8.3 Expiry

An article can be marked as "expired" after a certain date and is the ideal basis for an archiving system.

Setting an expiration date

To set the expiration date for an article:

  1. Click Set expiry in the page tools.
  2. Enter an expiration date. It could be today or any day in the future.
  3. Enter an expiration comment (optional).
  4. Click Save

When the expiration date is reached, the page shows the expiration marker "expired" in the title area. Additionally a watermark is shown on the article by default.

Unexpiring a page

To remove the expiration marker from an article, click the drop-down arrow next to the "expired"-marker in the title area and unexpire the page.

List of expired pages

To view all pages that have an expiration date, you can go to Global settings > Tools > Expired pages. From there, users can remove the expiration marker of any page.

Archiving obsolete pages

Administrators can create an Archive namespace if obsolete pages should be archived rather than deleted. Users can then move articles to this namespace.

Expiration log

Administrators can view a log with all expiration activities from the page Special:Log.

  1. Select the log type Expiry from the drop-down menu.
  2. Click Show.


You can set the following options in the Config manager.

Additionally, the display of the expiry status can be moved after the page content in the Config manager.

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