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Compatible with DokuWiki

  • 2016-06-26 "Elenor Of Tsort" yes
  • 2015-08-10 "Detritus" yes
  • 2014-09-29 "Hrun" yes
  • 2014-05-05 "Ponder Stibbons" yes

plugin List pages and namespaces recursively in nested lists

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This plugin lists pages and namespaces recursively in the form of a multilevelled list. You can exclude pages, namespaces and their elements with regex. There are multiple options to personalize headlines and links. Elements can be sorted and put in columns. New pages can be quickly created in a given namespace with Add page... buttons.


On the right, example sidebar using Bootstrap, visible here.

Example using columns:


Legend: [needed], (optional)

<catlist (namespace:) -option1 -option2...>

If namespace is not provided, the namespace of current page is used by default.

Options :

Display options
[Default] -displayList Display with <ul> and <li>. Render is like on the first screenshots above.
-displayLine Display pages and namespaces into a single line. The content of namespaces are warped with [ and ]. Warning there is some display bugs with it.
-noNSInBold Don't display namespaces and head in bold (with <strong>)
-columns:[0-∞] Split the list into a certain number of columns. Uses the modern CSS features column-count. [Default 0]
Exclude options
-exclude:{page1 ns1: page2 …} Exclude a list of pages/namespaces based on exact ids relative to the listed namespace (: cannot be ignored on namespaces id). Not implemented yet.
-exclupage(:“regex”) Exclude pages that match with regex if provided; otherwise exclude all pages
-excluns(:“regex”) Exclude namespaces that match with regex if provided; otherwise exclude all namespaces
-exclunsall(:“regex”) Exclude all content of subnamespaces that match with regex if provided; otherwise don't show content of subnamespaces
-exclunspages(:“regex”) Exclude pages of subnamespaces that match with regex if provided; otherwise exclude all pages of subnamespaces
-exclunsns(:“regex”) Exclude subnamespaces of subnamespaces that match with regex if provided; otherwise exclude all subnamespaces of subnamespaces
Note : don't add delimiters to regex, the delimiter is /
[Default] -excludeOnID Exclusion based on page IDs (namespace:subnamespace:page)
-excludeOnName Exclusion based on name, without namespaces (page)
-excludeOnTitle Exclusion based on the first title of the page (The Page)
-maxDepth:depth Don't recurse deeper than depth
-noHead Don't display headline
-smallHead Display headline into a simple <span>, not into a title
-noLinkStartHead Don't add link to the start page of listed namespace
-h[1-5] Display headline into a title of the specified level [Default -h1]
-titleHead:“Title Replace startpage title of listed namespace by specified Title
Namespace heads
-noNSHeadTitle Don't use the title of start pages for namespace heads. Imply -nsLinks:none.
-nsLinks:none|auto|force Namespace links : disable, automatically detect the start page, or force links even if the start page doesn't exist [Default auto]
Create page buttons options
-noAddPageButton Don't display Add page… button for listed namespace
-addPageButtonEach Display Add page… button for each subnamespace (if user have rights for creating pages)
Sort options (filesystem sorting by default)
-sortAscending Ascending Sort (alphabetically)
-sortDescending Descending Sort (alphabetically)


You want to exclude all page in listed namespace (mynamespace) except mypage1 and mypage2 but you don't want to exclude pages in subnamespaces. It's a little bit hard in regex… I will simplify things like this but in the meantime, here is the solution :


You can stylize the columns of the -columns: option by a small CSS code :

	.catlist_columns {
		-webkit-column-rule: 1px solid #BBB;
		   -moz-column-rule: 1px solid #BBB;
		        column-rule: 1px solid #BBB;

Here are the CSS classes you can use to modify the appearance :

  • catlist-head : the strong or span of the headline
  • catlist-nshead : the strong or span of namespace heads
  • catlist-nslist : ul of namespace sub-lists
  • catlist-ns : li that warp namespace sub-lists
  • catlist-page : li that warp page links
  • catlist_addpage : li that warp Add page… buttons

It is recommended to add the NOCACHE directive if Add page… buttons are used to force rescan of the namespace after adding a page.


Install the plugin using the Plugin Manager and the download URL above, which points to latest version of the plugin. Refer to Plugins on how to install plugins manually.

Alternatively, install from these links


Change Log

  • 2012-07-31
    • Initial release
  • 2012-09-02
    • Resolved bug with multi-leveled namespace in generated links
  • 2012-09-15
    • Added support for onfiguration option 'hidepages'
  • 2012-11-27
    • Added support for configuration options 'userewrite', 'useslash' and 'sepchar' in the “Add page…” button
  • 2012-11-30
    • Resolved a bug with empty 'hidepages' configuration option
  • 2013-01-28
    • -noLinkStartHead now works
    • When URL rewriting is not enabled, the add button don't redirect to the base URL, but use a relative one
  • 2013-06-02 : Qing Xianhao qingxianhao [at] gmail [dot] com
    • Fix a Add new page prefix problem
    • Add Simplified chinese translation
    • Add Enter key open edit page.
  • 2013-09-30 :
    • Don't list files that don't end with .txt
    • Added -maxDepth option
  • 2014-10-04 :
    • Sort options
    • Added russian (from rmuratov) and japanese translation
  • 2014-11-29 :
    • Typo bug affecting the sort function (thanks to aweall)
  • 2015-07-03 :
    • Columns displaying
  • 2015-07-08 :
    • Corrected fatal PHP syntax error
  • 2015-10-09 :
    • Sort function doesn't make the plugin to crash any more on PHP < 5.4.0 (thanks to Frank Thommen and MJD for the report)
  • 2016-04-17 :
    • Support for encoded file names. Thanks to Guillaume Lecêtre and Chifeng Li.
    • Added -noNSHeadTitle
  • 2016-04-20
  • 2016-06-27
    • Added -nsLinks option and deprecated -forceLinks.
    • Added CSS classes to various elements of rendered html.

Known Bugs and Issues

  • Display bugs with -displayLine

ToDo/Wish List

  • Clean ID when creating page (in JS) (is there a function for cleaning IDs in dokuwiki's scripts ?). Curently, I only replace spaces by _ and check if pagename is not empty…
  • Sorting by title, not by file name
  • Alphanumeric index


  • English
  • French
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Russian
  • Japanese
  • German


Please send me an e-mail at xcodexif [at] xif [dot] fr

plugin/catlist.txt · Last modified: 2016-08-12 14:02 by dregad