History Plugin

Shows a complete history of a topic.

The output can arbitrarily be formatted. An example for a Wikipedia-like history is included.

When using PatternSkin enabling the HistoryPlugin changes the "History" link in the bottom action bar so it opens a page with a nice user interface where you can select the versions to compare.

With other skins for Foswiki you will need to tweak the templates.

If CompareRevisionsAddOn is installed and activated the "History" user interface will allow you to choose how the changes are rendered (interweaved vs side-by-side, and context).

If RevCommentPlugin is installed and activated the "History" page will show the comments entered for each revision.

This plugins is designed to work together with CompareRevisionsAddOn and RevCommentPlugin but works well on its own or with just one of the two other plugins.

Syntax Rules

Syntax: %HISTORY{ attributes }%

Parameter Description Default
Format of one line, may include any variable which is supported by macro REVINFO r$rev - $date - $wikiusername
topic Topic name, can be in web.topic format current topic
web Web name current web
versions Number or range (format: from..to). Examples:
To get version 2, write: versions="2"
To get version 2 to 3, write: versions="2..3"
To get version 2 to the latest, write: versions="2.."
To get all versions up to version 5, write: versions="..5"
To get all versions up to but not including the latest, write: versions="..-1"
To get the versions from 1 to 5 in reverse order, write: versions="5..1"
all versions in the order latest to first
header Text to print before the list.
May contain the tokens $next and $previous which will be evaluated if there are newer or older revisions available for the topic that are not listed according to versions (or rev1, rev2, nrev).
These tokens take the syntax $next{'some text' url='url'} (the same for $previous). 'some text' is the text which should be printed, 'url' is the url for the corresponding link.
The tokens $rev1, $rev2, $nrev in 'text' or 'url' will be replaced by appropriate values for the next or previous block of revisions. See the attached oopshistory.tmpl for an example of how to use this.
footer="text" Text to print after the list. May contain the tokens $next and $previous (see header) $previous

Deprecated (but supported) parameters:
Parameter Description Default
nrev Number of revisions to show. Ignored if versions is specified, or if both rev1 and rev2 are specified. 10
rev2 Newest revision to show rev1+nrev if rev1 is specified, latest revision otherwise
rev1 Oldest revision to show rev2-nrev
reverse Show newest revisions first, if on "on"

Additional macros

The following macros are expanded only if there is a corresponding %HISTORY% on the page. If more than one %HISTORY% is used on the same page, the values from the last one will be used.

  • %HISTORY_REV1%: Oldest revision from the printed history
  • %HISTORY_REV2%: Latest revision from the printed history
  • %HISTORY_NREV%: Number of the printed revisions
  • %HISTORY_MAXREV%: Latest available revision of the topic

Custom settings:

If the preference variable HISTORYPLUGIN_NREV is set, it overrides the default number of revisions shown in history when the topic History link is selected. For example, the following setting changes the revisions shown to 5. Copy this setting into a topic to enable it for a pariticular topic, user, Web, or site wide. See System.PreferenceSettings.



The call %HISTORY% shows a simple list of available revisions like
r3 - 17 Feb 2005 - 09:56 - AnUser
r2 - 31 Dec 2004 - 10:22 - AnotherUser
r1 - 15 Nov 2003 - 01:23 - YetAnotherUser

For a more complex example see the attached oopshistory.tmpl which also allows the comparison of two selected revisions.

Example screenshot of the topic history with HistoryPlugin enabled and working with CompareRevisionsAddOn and RevCommentPlugin.


Installation Instructions

You do not need to install anything in the browser to use this extension. The following instructions are for the administrator who installs the extension on the server.

Open configure, and open the "Extensions" section. "Extensions Operation and Maintenance" Tab -> "Install, Update or Remove extensions" Tab. Click the "Search for Extensions" button. Enter part of the extension name or description and press search. Select the desired extension(s) and click install. If an extension is already installed, it will not show up in the search results.

You can also install from the shell by running the extension installer as the web server user: (Be sure to run as the webserver user, not as root!)
cd /path/to/foswiki
perl tools/extension_installer <NameOfExtension> install

If you have any problems, or if the extension isn't available in configure, then you can still install manually from the command-line. See https://foswiki.org/Support/ManuallyInstallingExtensions for more help.

Test if the installation was successful:


Foswiki::Plugins::ZonePlugin>=1.0Required. required for Foswiki < 1.1

Change History

16 Nov 2020: 1.20 Foswikitask:Item14992: always display date and times of revisions; clean up templates
22 Jan 2018: 1.14 Foswikitask:Item14471: HistoryPlugin not properly rendering date tokens.
Foswikitask:Item14605: Unescaped brace in Regular Expression, Perl 5.27.8.
08 Sep 2015: 1.13 Remove RevCommentPlugin hooks from the templates.
15 Mar 2015: 1.12 Version released with Foswiki 2.0 Foswikitask:Item12881: Add HISTORYPLUGIN_NREV setting.
28 Nov 2012: 1.11 Version released with Foswiki 1.1.6. Change to perl version strings
11 Apr 2011: 1.10 Version released with Foswiki 1.1.3. Only a minor change related to how the plugin is being upgraded
13 Mar 2011: 1.9 Arthur Clemens: added parameter versions as a more versatile alternative to rev1, rev2, nrev and reverse.
13 Mar 2011: 1.8 Arthur Clemens: fix rendering of REVINFO date and time parameters; add unit tests.
27 Dec 2010: 1.7 Arthur Clemens: update of screen layout.
31 Jul 2010: 1.6 Paul Harvey: Foswikitask:Item9415 - Documentation updates
09 Feb 2009: 1.5 Kenneth Lavrsen: Small cosmetic updates. Changed the author name to non liked to avoid bogus links to Main.loginname. Changed some CSS names to Foswiki that I missed in 1.4
08 Dec 2008: 1.4 Kenneth Lavrsen: Changed the author to myself. JChristophFuchs is the original author but announced in 2006 that he no longer maintains this plugin. So now I officially take the task as maintainer. Plugin is changed to Foswiki namespace and tested and works under Foswiki 1.0.0
09 Dec 2007: 1.3 Kenneth Lavrsen: Restored the features that were lost in revision 1.1 including: Showing comments made by RevCommentPlugin, selection of render styles "interweave" and "side by side" provided by CompareRevisionsAddOn, and link to rdiff history. Restored compatibility with older releases, which means removing the dependency of 4.2 only CSS feature. Updated the default rev format to 4.X format.
13 Nov 2007: 1.2 Michael Daum: removed cruft from plugin, updates to use modern APIs, added some more flexibility to create a diff interface, removed plugin topic options
07 Nov 2007: 1.1 Arthur Clemens: improved user interface.
19 Jan 2007: 1.002 Corrected coding error that causes the plugin to fail with HISTORY tag in topic
9 Apr 2006: 1.001 Updated for new PatternSkin
17 Feb 2005: Initial version

PackageForm edit

Author Foswiki:Main.KennethLavrsen
Version 1.20
Release 16 Nov 2020
Description Shows a complete history of a topic
Repository https://github.com/foswiki/distro
Copyright 2006, JChristophFuchs; 2008-2020 Kenneth Lavrsen and Foswiki Contributors
License GPL (GNU General Public License)
Home https://foswiki.org/Extensions/HistoryPlugin
Support https://foswiki.org/Support/HistoryPlugin
Topic revision: r1 - 28 Mar 2022, UnknownUser
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