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DokuWiki can convert text smileys to their graphically equivalent. The default smileys images are stored in the lib/images/smileys/ directory and configured in the conf/smileys.conf file.

Customize smileys

To add your own smileys, and make them upgrade-safe as well, you should follow these instructions instead of mixing them with the default-smileys from Dokuwiki-package:

  1. Create a new folder called local inside the smileys-dir

    and put the imagefiles into it (make sure the images are readable by the webserver)

  2. Create a custom smiley-config file at

    and prefix each image filename with “local/…”

An example configuration file could look like this:

# Custom Smileys
# Images are seen relatively from the smiley directory lib/images/smileys/
:MYFACE:                local/i_am_so_pretty.jpg

Notes and hints

  • It is good practice to surround your own text macros with colons (“:”), like “:REPLACEME:
  • You can't use # or $ in the configuration file.
  • If your newly added smiley does not appear in your edit toolbar popup, it is almost always a problem of caching. You may have to purge the cache, then refresh your page.

User provided additional smileys

The following smileys were created by DokuWiki users, using a similar style to the default ones. If you like them place them in your smiley directory and adjust the config file.

See also

smileys.txt · Last modified: 2014-02-21 20:44 by Cyrille37