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OrphanMedia2 Plugin

Compatible with DokuWiki

  • 2024-02-06 "Kaos" unknown
  • 2023-04-04 "Jack Jackrum" unknown
  • 2022-07-31 "Igor" yes
  • 2020-07-29 "Hogfather" yes

plugin Display orphan and missing media files. Based on unmaintained orphanmedia plugin

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Based on the abandoned OrphanMedia Plugin


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



Use this plugin to find orphan and missing media files within your DokuWiki. There are 4 options provided to get the related information.

OrphanMedia show which medias are:

Option Output
all will display the complete set of results of the other parameters togethers
summary Counter based information:
# of Page files
# of Media files
# of Media references
→ Filter settings
# of valid, qualified references
# of valid, relative references
# of Missing media files
# of Orphan media files
valid all valid media links referenced by full qualified path will be displayed
relative all valid media links referenced by relative path will be displayed
missing Missing Media, the media file does not exist, but there are link(s) to it elsewhere on the pages
orphan Orphan Media, the media file exists, but not linked and wasting space only

Detection & Limits

Link Type Comment
standard, local DW media links
full qualified links also as relative links, with or without parameters, all detected
enclosed DW media links
<box params|{{:ns:mediafile|title}}>
all detected
specials excluded medialinks within <code>, <file>, <nowiki>, <php>, <html> and %% are ignored
further can be excluded by adding regexpr to plugin conf
linked external media files
all detected; if valid, they will be viewed within relative section.
mediafile will be displayed as missing in the event a login will be neccesary to open it
(e.g. linked documents from CMS)
gallery plugin references
{{gallery ...
not recognized, will be displayed as orphan if not otherwise linked
flashplayer flashplayer may work for local files (not yet tested sufficiently)
unc path not yet tested sufficiently
windows shares not yet tested sufficiently


Basic usage is to place one of the following five syntax lines into the page markup of a page with Admin/Superuser ACL:

 ====== Orphan Media detection ======

The summary will be displayed in any case.

You can combine outputs. For instance you want to see the summary, missing and orphan option only
the following syntax is valid (put the options together without delimiter):


Further you can specify a filter to limit the output to then specified file-extension according
following example (add file-extensions separated by “:”):


:!: The summary counters will be affected accordingly beside the limited output.

It does also check for flashplayer-plugin links if they refer to local path.


Each valuable help is welcome. The code is not that complicated, just looping through and
displaying some filename and path info without any effect to your source.


The plugin was tested with DW 2022-07-31 “Igor” and older.


If you have multiple pictures named e.g. Image006.gif then the tool fails.
Please try to keep good style by authoring and give descriptive names to your media files.

Known Bugs and Issues

It could happen that not all media files will be detected or some feed links, etc. interpreted as such.
I tried to filter that out but due to that many syntax plugins it cannot catch all issues.
If you have a real problem please tell me the root cause of your problem at: OrphanMedia2 Issues

Sites using this Plugin

Feel free to add yours here:


Discussion and Bugs

Please use only the DokuWiki Forum for discussion. To report an issue please refer to: OrphanMedia2 Issues

plugin/orphanmedia2.txt · Last modified: 2023-08-19 03:56 by

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