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{{Template category}} should be placed at the top of categories that contain template pages and their related subcategories. This template populates "Wikipedia logo"Category:Wikipedia template categories.



{{Template category
Basic topical
Syntax of {{Template category}}
No type Navbox Sidebar Stub
{{Template category
{{Template category
{{Template category
{{Template category
{{Template category
| onright = 
| type = 
| container = 
| topic = 
| description = 
| help = 

Parameters and examples

The template may be used without any parameters.

With no parameters

The following, however, may be used to make the template more informative:


Use onright (or rhs) to place right-aligned boxes beside the template such as {{Portal}} (to provide link/s to related portal/s), {{Commons category}} (to provide a link to the same or a similarly-named Commons category), etc. If more than one box is included, ensure the widest one appears first (see example below) otherwise overlapping may occur.
topic, onright
{{Template category
| topic = the [[United States]]
| onright = {{Commons category|United States|the United States}}{{Portal|United States}}

Template:Commons categoryTemplate:Portal


Setting type to one of the following values adds a preset note as to which type of template the category (but not necessarily its subcategories) is meant to contain. The values are:
  • ambox
  • campaignbox
  • (category header
  • category heading
  • catheader
  • cat header
  • cathead)
  • conversion
  • external link
  • formatting
  • function
  • infobox
  • message
  • meta
  • module
  • (navigation
  • navigational
  • navbox)
  • sidebar
  • stub
  • sub
  • timeline
  • (user
  • userbox)
If type is set to something other than one of these values, the default "The pages listed in this category are templates" note appears unmodified.
type alone
{{Template category |type=sidebar}}


Set container as true, yes, etc. to identify the category as a "Wikipedia logo"container category, i.e. a category meant to contain only subcategories. A note requesting that no templates are added to the template category is then included. The category is automatically added to "Wikipedia logo"Category:Container categories.
container alone
{{Template category |container=true}}
An alternative to using container is to place {{Container category}} after the {{Template category}} template:
{{Container category}} following {{Template category}}
{{Template category
| type = ''type''
| topic = ''[[topic]]''
| description = This text supplied by the ''description'' parameter.
{{Container category}}
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This is a container category. Due to its scope, it should contain only subcategories. edit


Use topic to add a default description ending "...relating to topic", where topic is usually a "Wikipedia logo"wikilink to the main article associated with the category (e.g. United States for the Category:United States templates).
topic alone
{{Template category |topic=the [[United States]]}}
type, topic
{{Template category |type=infobox |topic=the [[United States]]}}


Use description if a customised description is needed instead of – or, if topic also used, to follow – the default description above.
type, topic, description
{{Template category
| type = navbox
| topic = [[China]]
| description = <br />{{small|For templates relating specifically to the [[People's Republic of China|People's Republic of China (PRC)]] or the current [[Taiwan|Republic of China (ROC, "Taiwan")]], see, respectively, {{c|People's Republic of China templates}} and {{c|Taiwan templates}}.}}
description alone
{{Template category |description=This text is supplied by the ''description'' parameter.}}


Use help to replace the instructions on adding a template to the category (second paragraph of the "Further template category notes" section):
replace help text
{{Template category |help=This text supplied by the ''help'' parameter.}}
To omit the default instructions, set help to no:
omit help text
{{Template category |help=no}}

Tracking category

Uses with a topic or description parameter are tracked:


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 Template category

	"params": {
		"onright": {
			"aliases": [
		"type": {},
		"container": {},
		"topic": {},
		"description": {
			"aliases": [
		"ALTTEXT": {},
		"help": {
			"aliases": [
		"category": {}
	"description": "This template is used as a header for category pages that contain templates."

See also

"Wikipedia logo"Other category-header templates