The inline directive is supplied by the [[!iki plugins/inline desc=inline]] plugin.

This is a directive that allows including one wiki page inside another. The most common use of inlining is generating blogs and RSS or Atom feeds.


[[!inline  pages="blog/* and !*/Discussion" limit="10" rootpage="blog"]]

Any pages that match the specified PageSpec (in the example, any SubPage of "blog") will be part of the blog, and the newest 10 of them will appear in the page. Note that if files that are not pages match the PageSpec, they will be included in the feed using RSS enclosures, which is useful for simple [[!iki podcast desc=podcasting]]; for fuller-featured podcast feeds, enclose media files in blog posts using meta.

The optional rootpage parameter tells the wiki that new posts to this blog should default to being SubPages of "blog", and enables a form at the top of the blog that can be used to add new items.

If you want your blog to have an archive page listing every post ever made to it, you can accomplish that like this:

[[!inline  pages="blog/* and !*/Discussion" archive="yes"]]

You can even create an automatically generated list of all the pages on the wiki, with the most recently added at the top, like this:

[[!inline  pages="* and !*/Discussion" archive="yes"]]

If you want to be able to add pages to a given blog feed by tagging them, you can do that too. To tag a page, just make it link to a page or pages that represent its tags. Then use the special link() PageSpec to match all pages that have a given tag:

[[!inline  pages="link(life)"]]

Or include some tags and exclude others:

[[!inline  pages="link(debian) and !link(social)"]]


There are many parameters you can use with the inline directive. These are the commonly used ones:

  • pages - A PageSpec of the pages to inline.
  • limit - Specify the maximum number of matching pages to inline. Default is 10, unless archiving, when the default is to show all. Set to 0 to show all matching pages. In older versions of IkiWiki this parameter was called show, which also still works.
  • archive - If set to "yes", only list page titles and some metadata, not full contents.
  • title - Sets the title of the rss feed if one is generated. Defaults to the name of the page.
  • description - Sets the description of the rss feed if one is generated. Defaults to the name of the wiki.
  • skip - Specify a number of pages to skip displaying. Can be useful to produce a feed that only shows archived pages.
  • postform - Set to "yes" to enable a form to post new pages to a blog.
  • postformtext - Set to specify text that is displayed in a postform.
  • rootpage - Enables the postform, and allows controling where newly posted pages should go, by specifiying the page that they should be a SubPage of.

Here are some less often needed parameters:

  • actions - If set to "yes" add links to the bottom of the inlined pages for editing and discussion (if they would be shown at the top of the page itself).
  • rss - controls generation of an rss feed. If the wiki is configured to generate rss feeds by default, set to "no" to disable. If the wiki is configured to allowrss, set to "yes" to enable.
  • atom - controls generation of an atom feed. If the wiki is configured to generate atom feeds by default, set to "no" to disable. If the wiki is configured to allowatom, set to "yes" to enable.
  • feeds - controls generation of all types of feeds. Set to "no" to disable generating any feeds.
  • emptyfeeds - Set to "no" to disable generation of empty feeds. Has no effect if rootpage or postform is set.
  • id - Set to specify the value of the HTML id attribute for the feed links or the post form. Useful if you have multiple forms in the same page.
  • template - Specifies the template to fill out to display each inlined page. By default the inlinepage template is used, while the archivepage template is used for archives. Set this parameter to use some other, custom template, such as the titlepage template that only shows post titles or the microblog template, optimised for microblogging. Note that you should still set archive=yes if your custom template does not include the page content.
  • raw - Rather than the default behavior of creating a blog, if raw is set to "yes", the page will be included raw, without additional markup around it, as if it were a literal part of the source of the inlining page.
  • sort - Controls how inlined pages are sorted. The default is to sort the newest created pages first, and if pages were created in the same commit, sort them by the name of the page (equivalent to sort="age title").
  • reverse - If set to "yes", causes the sort order to be reversed.
  • feedlimit - Specify the maximum number of matching pages to include in the rss/atom feeds. The default is the same as the limit value above. In older versions of IkiWiki this parameter was called feedshow, which also still works.
  • feedonly - Only generate the feed, do not display the pages inline on the page.
  • quick - Build archives in quick mode, without reading page contents for metadata. This also turns off generation of any feeds.
  • timeformat - Use this to specify how to display the time or date for pages in the blog. The format string is passed to the strftime(3) function.
  • feedpages - A PageSpec of inlined pages to include in the rss/atom feeds. The default is the same as the pages value above, and only pages matched by that value are included, but some of those can be excluded by specifying a tighter PageSpec here.
  • guid - If a URI is given here (perhaps a UUID prefixed with urn:uuid:), the Atom feed will have this as its <id>. The default is to use the URL of the page containing the inline directive.
  • feedfile - Can be used to change the name of the file generated for the feed. This is particularly useful if a page contains multiple feeds. For example, set "feedfile=feed" to cause it to generate page/feed.atom and/or page/feed.rss. This option is not supported if the wiki is configured not to use usedirs.
  • pagenames - If given instead of pages, this is interpreted as a space-separated list of absolute page names (LinkingRules are not taken into account), and they are inlined in exactly the order given: the sort and pages parameters cannot be used in conjunction with this one.
  • trail - If set to "yes" and the [[!iki plugins/trail desc=trail]] plugin is enabled, turn the inlined pages into a trail with next/previous links, by passing the same options to trailitems. The skip and limit options are ignored by the trail, so the next/previous links traverse through all matching pages.