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This template will allow you to create a local or interwiki link (such as a link to the history of a page) on a page without having the external link icon following the link. This can be used, for example, when internal or interwiki links appear as external links. See "Wikipedia logo"Help:URL#URLs on other Wikimedia projects for more information.


You can use {{fullurl}} "Wikipedia logo"magicword to generate URLs to Wikipedia pages.

Also, this template is not suitable for genuinely external links, since it suppresses displaying the external link small icon (12px); for external links, use {{URL}}


  • {{Plain link|url=https://www.wikipedia.org}} gives [1]
  • {{Plain link|https://www.wikipedia.org Wikipedia}} gives Wikipedia
  • {{Plain link|https://www.wikipedia.org | Wikipedia}} gives Wikipedia
  • {{Plain link|https://www.google.co.uk|Google}} gives Google

Note that if your url or link title contains an equals sign = you must use named parameters:

  • {{Plain link|url=//en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Equals_sign&oldid=282228764|name="=" }} gives "="


To be more concise, you can use {{scp}} or {{plnk}} and numbers as parameter names, e.g.:

  • {{scp|1=//en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Equals_sign&oldid=282228764|2="="}} gives the same "="
  • {{plnk|1=//en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Equals_sign&oldid=282228764|2="="}} gives the same "="


This is the "Wikipedia logo"TemplateData for this template used by TemplateWizard, "Wikipedia logo"VisualEditor and other tools. Click here to see a monthly parameter usage report for this template based on this TemplateData.

TemplateData for Plainlink

	"description": "Use this template to add a local or interwiki link that would otherwise show a box and arrow icon next to the link without the icon.",
	"format": "inline",
	"params": {
		"url": {
			"aliases": ["URL","1"],
			"label": "URL",
			"description": "URL of the link. For Wikimedia links, use the format \"//example.com\". This allows users to use the protocol they're currently using.",
			"type": "url"
		"name": {
			"aliases": ["NAME","2"],
			"label": "Text",
			"description": "Text to be linked",
			"type": "string"
	"paramOrder": [

See also