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Numbered Headings Plugin

Compatible with DokuWiki

  • 2018-04-22 "Greebo" yes
  • 2017-02-19 "Frusterick Manners" unknown
  • 2016-06-26 "Elenor Of Tsort" unknown
  • 2015-08-10 "Detritus" yes

plugin Adds numbered headings to DokuWiki without changing the actual behavior of the standard headings.

Last updated on
Conflicts with
ckgedit, htag, include

Tagged with headings, style


Search and install the plugin using the Extension Manager.

Alternatively, refer to Plugins on how to install plugins manually. Download the plugin package and unpack it to your plugin-directory (lib/plugins/). This will create a new folder called numberedheadings.


To use this plugin just add a '-' between the '=' and the actual heading:

====== - Level 1 Headline ======
===== - Level 2 Headline =====
==== - Level 3 Headline ====
==== - Level 3 Headline ====
===== - Level 2 Headline =====
==== - Level 3 Headline ====

The output should then look like this:

1. Level 1 Headline
    1.1 Level 2 Headline
        1.1.1 Level 3 Headline
        1.1.2 Level 3 Headline
    1.2 Level 2 Headline
        1.2.1 Level 3 Headline

The user can also set the outline level with the following markup (Thanks to Martin Klima):

=== - #<number> Heading text ===

For example:

====== - #3 Level 1 Headline ======
===== - Level 2 Headline =====

will be rendered

3 Level 1 Headline
    3.1 Level 2 Headline


The plugin can be configured within the DokuWiki configuration manager available through the admin menu.

startlevel level to start with numbered headings default = 21)
tailingdot show tailing dot after numbers (e.g. 1.2.) default = off
fancy styled heading numbers default = off

The example above generates the following output when startlevel=2 & tailingdot=1:

Level 1 Headline
    1. Level 2 Headline
        1.1. Level 3 Headline
        1.2. Level 3 Headline
    2. Level 2 Headline
        2.1. Level 3 Headline

You can also override the startlevel in a per-page basis. Just insert this code to your page:

{{startlevel>n}} (<- will be obsoleted in future release) 

Where n is a number between 1 and 5, so your numbering will start in the heading level specified there.


The Numbered Headings plugin was initially developed by Lars J. Metz, and provided provided for convenience to use with the DokuWiki plugin manager: numberedheadings.tar.gz (3kB) or (4kB)

Since 2019-01-02, the plugin code has moved to github repository to provide better accessibility for install and further development opportunity. Thanks Lars J. Metz for your early work and encouraging me to move the code to github. — s.saharas.sahara

2019-01-02 03:40

Change Log from github repository

Revision List

  • 2006-08-25 — Published Plugin
  • 2008-09-04 — Added startlevel per-page setting (mat)
  • 2010-05-11 — Added the availability to show a tailingdot
  • 2010-05-12 — Brought startlevel and tailingdot out to configuration (refactored the code)
  • 2019-01-02 — Added new macro to set startlevel in a page
  • 2019-01-03 — Allow css for tiered numbers in headings


For your information: I just wrote a different approach for numbered headings (per CSS). — Anika Henke 2008-01-06 16:02

Old Discussion

Could a similar system be used to format the numbered lists in nested decimal style instead of the crazy roman numerals and stuff? Better with just changing the css maybe? If so any ideas how best to do that? Armin.

Great thing, just what I was looking for, there is just one issue in combination with page-includes (include), they are not renumbered correctly, for each include page they start with 1. The same for headlines in the original page. 2006-09-19 23:31 Dirk 'el loco' Haage

I'm currently working on a fix, so that included pages are numbered correctly. I'll release it soon… 2006-09-27 09:45 Lars J. Metz
Unfortunately I couldn't do anything here, but it works fine with page-includes (include) at the moment Lars J. Metz 2010/05/12 17:51

Hi, I'm having a hard time making DokuWiki to view the saved files after the plugin is installed. When I click save, everything dissapears. I have to load from the startpage again, because the reload doesn't work (postdata). Do you have any idea why this plugin does this? If I remove the plugin DokuWiki works well 2006-11-17 13:20 Robert Popa

I saw this same behavior when I added Debian backports, and got DokuWiki-0.0.20061106-1~bpo.1 It looks like the fix is to remove the trailing ?> (last line) from the script above. That fixed it for me, and matches the syntax.php for all the other plugins I have installed. 2006-11-21 11:51 Rob Walsh

Seems like the changes in Rincewind metadata handling means that the numbering sometimes doesn't start from 0 anymore. Any plans to update for the official new release? - Senorandy 2011/05/03 11:01

Per page start level

I've just merged the code for adding the ability to set the startlevel in a per-page basis. Just added the first line of connectTo and the first if in handle. Also, added the instructions for using. — mat, 2008-09-04

Thanks — Lars J. Metz 2010/05/12 18:08

Set outline level for each heading

I have added the ability for the user to set the outline level with the following markup:

=== - #<number> Heading text ===

For example:

=== - #3 Heading level 1 ===
== - Heading level 2 ===

will be rendered

=== 3 Heading level 1 ===
== 3.1 Heading level 2 ===

Martin Klima

Added it in the Usage-Section. Thanks — Lars J. Metz 2010/05/12 18:08

Css for heading numbers

Fantastic plugin! I was wondering if anyone knows what I would need to modify to add tags like


around the heading numbers. This would allow them to be differently styled, positioned, and even do cool things like section numbering outside the margins of printed documents (what I'm trying to do.)

I have tried messing with the code myself, but any html I add shows as text, and not interpreted as real html code. Could anyone figure this out? - kououken 2012/02/07 14:32

Suggestion / Request

Great plugin - Can I make a request to:
- Include an option by wiki, to do this automatically (without the hyphens) for all pages
- Disable option by page, when enabled at wiki level
- Enable the option by page by a setting at the top of the page


I just developed this feature for my own needs. The code is available from Feedbacks are welcome. So this version adds:

  • an option to enable numbering by default on every page
  • the possibility to use {{enable_numbering}} or {{disable_numbering}}

Start pages with sub level

I would like to break up longer pages into subpages. These new pages then should to start numbering at a sub level.

For example:

====== - #3.1 Level 1 Headline ======
===== - Level 2 Headline =====

should be rendered as:

3.1 Level 1 Headline
    3.1.1 Level 2 Headline

What changes to syntax.php would be necessary in order to accomplish that?

More flexible numbering

Some modification. For example:

=== Chapter - Heading level 1 ===

will be rendered

=== Chapter 1 Heading level 1 ===


=== Chapter -#2 Heading level 1 ===

will be rendered

=== Chapter 2 Heading level 1 ===

Just replace some regular expressions:

//line 68:
        $this->Lexer->addSpecialPattern( '^[ \t]*={2,6}[^\n\-]*\-[^\n]+={2,6}[ \t]*(?=\n)',
//line 90 to line 94:
        if (preg_match('/#([0-9]+)/', $match, $startnumber) && ($startnumber[1]) > 0) {
            $this->headingCount[$level] = $startnumber[1];
            //delete the startnumber-setting markup from string
            $match = preg_replace('/#[0-9]+/', '', $match);
//line 119:
        $match = preg_replace('/(={2,}[^\-]*)\-/', '${1}'.$headingNumber, $match);

But this will make '-' unusable in headings. To avoid the problem, change like this

//line 68:
        $this->Lexer->addSpecialPattern( '^[ \t]*={2,6}[^\n\-]*\s{1}\-\s{1}[^\n]+={2,6}[ \t]*(?=\n)',
//line 90 to line 94 and line 119: same as above


=== SST-2003 ===

will be still

=== SST-2003 ===


=== SST - 2003 ===

will be

=== SST 1 2003 ===

lainme 2010/06/20 03:24

As I use a sidebar-index showing the first heading instead of the filename, I configured the plugin to start with the numbered headings from H2 on. Otherwise the numbers would be shown in the index… but feel free to change the level to 1.
plugin/numberedheadings.txt · Last modified: 2019-06-15 11:37 by s.sahara