Wiktionary:LDL/Link Guide

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This page provides guidance on how to create links to various pages on English Wiktionary, other language versions of Wiktionary and on other Wiki projects. This page is part of the Limited Documentation Languages project.

Converting a word to a link on Wiktionary or any other Wiki project is part of what is called "wikification." The Wiktionary Tutorial includes instructions on how to create links. This page also provides guidance on making links.

The basic symbols used for links are brackets [ ]. (Braces "{ }" have other uses such as templates.) Another common symbol is the pipe symbol | often found near the enter or return key on the keyboard.


Linking to English Wiktionary words[edit]

See also Help:Internal links.

To link to the English word "dog" on Wiktionary, simply use two brackets before and after the word.

What you want to link to What you type The displayed link
The Wiktionary entry for "dog" [[dog]] dog

Note: For help on displaying text different from the link, see the section "How to link to article X but show text Y" below.

Linking to English Wikipedia articles[edit]

To link to the English article on Wikipedia for "dog," use the same style link, but add "w:" for Wikipedia.

What you want to link to What you type The displayed link
The Wikipedia article on "Dog" [[w:Dog]] w:Dog

Note: Wikipedia articles start with capital letters by default. If you use a small letter instead, Wikipedia will automatically redirect. Wiktionary entries start with capitals or small letters according to the spelling of the word.

Linking to words on other language versions of Wiktionary[edit]

For words on Wiktionary, but on different language versions, you need to find the first letters of the URL, usually two or three letters. For example, the first letters of the URL on this page are "en" meaning "English," the first letters of all the Spanish Wiktionary pages are "es" (Español) and the first letters of the French Wiktionary are "fr". See Wiktionary on the Meta-Wiki site for a list of language codes.

What you want to link to What you type The displayed link
The Spanish Wiktionary entry for "dog" [[:es:dog]] es:dog
The Spanish Wiktionary entry for "perro" [[:es:perro]] es:perro
The French Wiktionary entry for "dog" [[:fr:perro]] fr:dog
The Chinese Wiktionary entry for "犬" [[:zh:犬]] zh:犬


Linking to articles on other language versions of Wikipedia[edit]

To link to a Wikipedia article in a different language, combine the "w:" for Wikipedia with the colon + language code + colon.

What you want to link to What you type The displayed link
The Spanish Wikipedia article on "Perro" [[:es:w:Perro]] es:w:Perro


Linking to other Wiki projects[edit]

Link as in the section immediately above, but substitute the "w:" of Wikipedia with the abbreviation for the Wiki project you want to link to. Here are some of the Wiki projects and their abbreviations:

  • Wikipedia – w
  • Wikibooks – b
  • Wikiquote – q
  • Wikisource – s
  • MediaWiki – mw
What you want to link to What you type The displayed link
The Wikibooks article on "Dog Care" [[b:Dog Care]] b:Dog Care
The French Wikibooks article on "Cynologie" (dog care) [[:fr:b:Cynologie]] fr:b:Cynologie
The Wikiquote article on "Dogs" [[q:Dogs]] q:Dogs
The Spanish Wikiquote article on "Perros" [[:es:q:Perros]] es:q:Perros

See Manual: Interwiki for a complete list of Wiki project links and technical details.

Linking to webpages outside of Wiki projects[edit]

To link to a URL (Internet address) outside of the Wiki projects, use one set of brackets instead of two. You must include the "http://" part.

What you want to link to What you type The displayed link
The Google search page [http://www.google.com] [1]

Note: Each external link on the page is numbered sequentially (unless other text is provided; see next section). The arrow appears automatically, indicating to the reader that it's an external link.

How to link to article X but show text Y[edit]

Frequently, it makes it easier for the reader to show different text than the actual link. For example, if your sentence has "dogs," but you want to link to the article for "dog," you can do that.

  • For Wiki links, use the pipe character "|" between the link page and the text to display. The pipe character is a vertical line often located on the keyboard near the "enter" key, and is the shifted version of the "\" character.
What you want to link to What you type The displayed link
The Wiktionary entry for "dog" (showing "dogs") [[dog | dogs]] dogs
The Wikipedia article on "Dog" (showing "dogs") [[w:Dog | dogs]] dogs
The Spanish Wiktionary entry for "perro" (showing "dogs") [[:es:perro | dogs]] dogs
The Spanish Wikipedia entry for Perro" (showing "dogs") [[w:es:Perro | dogs]] dogs
The Wikiquote article on "Dogs" (showing "dogs") [[q:Dogs | dogs]] dogs
The Spanish Wikiquote article on "Perros" (showing "dogs") [[:es:q:Perros | dogs]] dogs


  • For endings, like the "s" in "dogs" or the "ing" in "barking," you can also simply put brackets around the entry part.
What you want to link to What you type The displayed link
The Wiktionary entry for "dog" (showing "dogs") [[dog]]s dogs
The Wiktionary entry for "bark" (showing "barking") [[bark]]ing barking

Note: This does not work for languages that do not use spaces, like Japanese and Chinese (to avoid the rest of the paragraph being linked).


  • For links outside of Wikipedia, simply type a space followed by the text to display.
What you want to link to What you type The displayed link
The Google search page (showing "Google") [http://www.google.com Google] Google

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