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linkprefix Plugin

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Lemming, Anteater, Rincewind, Angua, Adora Belle, Weatherwax, Binky, Ponder Stibbons, Hrun, Detritus, Elenor of Tsort, Frusterick Manners, Greebo

plugin This plugin adds a custom string in front of all external URLs. That is useful for referer remove services.

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This extension has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues.

Similar to refererremove

Tagged with links, privacy, referer


I created this plugin to remove the HTTP referer most browsers send.

Why should someone want to remove the HTTP referer? I'm running a private wiki, which shouldn't be accessed by unauthorized people. If someone clicks a link in my wiki, the URL would probably transferred to the destination site. With this plugin I try to avoid this.


  • 2019-01-02: PHP7 compatibility (thanks Dwight Donovan Benvenuto)
  • 2017-10-06: Fix external dereferer (thanks Doobry)
  • 2015-09-10: Bug fixes (thanks Christoph).
  • 2015-08-20: Code optimized.
  • 2014-01-04: An option to ignore URLs pointing to the same domain where dokuwiki is running added. (enabled by default)
  • 2013-11-12: Replaced PHP short open tag with <?php (thanks Richard).
  • 2013-05-12: Removed Java-Script, switched to HTML5.
  • 2010-03-28: Support for interwiki links added.


Search and install the plugin using the Extension Manager. Refer to Plugins on how to install plugins manually.


In order to use this plugin, you have to change the renderer_xhtml option in the configuration to linkprefix.


In the plugin configuration you can customize the string to add in front of an URL as you want. Default setting is to point to an included PHP script called redirect.php, which redirects after 1 second to the destination. This way the HTTP referer should be removed.

If you want to use an external service such as, you can enter something like:


So nobody complains anything, I guess everything works fine with this plugin :o)

Open Bugs

  • Doesnt work on the Docs links in the extension manager

Fixed Bugs

I don't think so. I've added the plugin, but it doesn't seem to work. In the Sourcecode there is still no thing like “”. Im using Angua. Is there any reset to trigger? THX

Did you change the renderer_xhtml option in your configuration? Please read the complete instruction above.
— Heiko 2014/02/05 00:14

Thanks, worked. I thought the renderer_xhtml was the option provided by the plugin itself. Sorry, my bad.

Hi, I added this plugin and it almost worked right away. The only quirk is that I had to add '<?php' to the beginning of redirect.php, where it only started with '<?'. It refuses to render with only '<?' on my server.

Thanks for reporting. I'll fix that asap. — Heiko 2014-06-10 16:50

Wrongly affects other protocols

I enabled the file:// scheme according to urlschemes and configured firefox to allow local links from my dokuwiki instance. Unfortunately the linkprefixplugin gets in the way and changes the URI from e.g.
http://wiki/lib/plugins/linkprefix/redirect.php?file%3A%2F%2F%2Fusr. When I checked the other protocols I found they're affected, too.1)

I guess this is unintented behaviour and should probably be fixed.

Fixed. — Heiko 2015-09-10 03:00

If one uses more than one Interwiki link in a row only the first one will work.


I'm (also previous bug report) using the 2014-09-29d “Hrun” release, but for the plugin this shouldnt matter, should it?

Fixed. — Heiko 2015-09-10 03:00

External Dereferer

Seems like the plugin is broken with external dereferers. It always prefixes the URL with $_SERVER[“HTTP_HOST”] which doesn't make sense for external dereferers. Also, some external dereferers don't expect urlencoded URLs. Thus the following change was necessary (which in turn breaks the plugin for the internal dereferer):

-               $url    = $protocol . "://" . $_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"] . $this->getConf('prefix') . urlencode($url);
+               // Plugin was broken with external dereferer:
+               // * prefix of $_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"] doesn't make sense with
+               //   an external dereferer
+               // * our dereferer doesn't like urlencoded URLs
+               //$url  = $protocol . "://" . $_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"] . $this->getConf('prefix') . urlencode($url);
+               $url    = $this->getConf('prefix') . $url;
You are right, $_SERVER[“HTTP_HOST”] makes absolutely no sense :) I will fix that and provide an option to disable URL encoding. — Heiko 2017-09-26 00:09
plugin/linkprefix.txt · Last modified: 2023-10-30 23:36 by Klap-in

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