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Con­figu­ration para­meter "$smwgExperimentalFeatures"

Configuration parameter details:
Name $smwgExperimentalFeatures
Description Sets experimental features
Default setting
Software Semantic MediaWiki
Since version
Until version still available
Configuration Query performance · Store settings · Miscellaneous
Keyword query features · query performance · store setup · store · mysql · postgresql

$smwgExperimentalFeatures is a configuration parameter to enable features 12 that are considered stable but for any unforeseen behaviour, the feature can be disabled to return to a previous working state avoiding the need for hot-patching a system. The configuration parameter was introduced in Semantic MediaWiki 3.0.0Released on 11 October 2018 and compatible with MW 1.27.0 - 1.31.x..

Due to the added indices introduced by the improved entity lookup specific features, the maintenance script "setupStore.php"Allows to set up the data backend/store or MediaWiki's maintenance script "update.php" might take longer to run the first time depending largely on the size of the database backend.

Default setting[edit]


This means that improved entity lookup specific features are used addressing the "Store::getInProperties" performance triggering a significant improvement in query execution time by extending the "INNER JOIN "with a subquery to pre-select and filter possible matches before being materialized.

Available options[edit]

  • SMW_SQLSTORE_TRAVERSAL_PROPERTY_LOOKUP – Sets that a new query form for selecting incoming properties is being used, this flag1 It is specific to relational data stores, i.e. MySQL and PostgreSQL.

Changing the default setting[edit]

If you change the setting for this configuration parameter, please ensure to run maintenance script "setupStore.php"Allows to set up the data backend/store followed by maintenance script "rebuildData.php"Allows to rebuild all the semantic data for a selected data backend/store.

To modify the setting to this configuration parameter, add one of the following lines to your "LocalSettings.php" file after the enableSemantics() call:

Disable entity specific lookup features
$smwgExperimentalFeatures = '';

or alternatively

$smwgExperimentalFeatures = false;
NoteNote: Currently this is equal to disabling all experimental features which will in future no be recommended in case this configuration parameters offers more than just one feature flag.
This setting allows to retain the behaviour prior to the introduction of the new behavior in connection with the respective new feature in the unlikely case that issues arise.


  1. a b  Semantic MediaWiki: GitHub pull request gh:smw:2461
  2. ^  Semantic MediaWiki: GitHub pull request gh:smw:2936