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This template can be used to provide a summary for articles on computer operating systems.

Usage[edit]

If the article is about OS version, use {{Infobox OS version}} redirect instead.
{{{title}}}
A version of the {{{version_of}}} operating system
[[File:{{{logo}}}|{{{logo_size}}}|alt={{{logo_alt}}}|{{{logo_alt}}}]]
{{{logo_caption}}}
Developer {{{developer}}}
Written in {{{programmed_in}}}
OS family {{{family}}}
Working state {{{working_state}}}
Source model {{{source_model}}}
Released to
manufacturing
{{{RTM_date}}}[1]
General
availability
{{{GA_date}}}[2]
Final release {{{latest release version}}} / {{{latest release date}}}[3]
Final preview {{{latest preview version}}} / {{{latest preview date}}}[4]
Marketing target {{{marketing_target}}}
Available in {{{language}}}
Update method {{{updatemodel}}}
Package manager {{{package_manager}}}
Platforms {{{supported_platforms}}}
Kernel type {{{kernel_type}}}
Userland {{{userland}}}
Influenced {{{influenced}}}
Influenced by {{{influenced_by}}}
Default user interface {{{ui}}}
License {{{license}}}
Preceded by {{{preceded_by}}}
Succeeded by {{{succeeded_by}}}
Official website {{{website}}}
Support status
{{{support_status}}}
Articles in the series
{{{other_articles}}}
{{Infobox OS
| name                   = <!-- Name of program or distribution -->
| logo                   = <!-- filename only (no wikilink, no Image:/File:) -->
| logo caption           = 
| logo alt               = 
| screenshot             = <!-- filename only (no wikilink, no Image:/File:) -->
| caption                = 
| screenshot_alt         = 
| collapsible            = 
| version of             = <!-- For articles about releases of operating systems ONLY -->
| developer              = <!-- Name of main developer or sponsor-->
| family                 = <!-- "Unix-like" or "Microsoft Windows" -->
| working state          = <!-- "Current", "Discontinued" (operating systems), or "No longer supported" (releases) -->
| source model           = <!-- "Open source", "Closed source", or "Shared source" -->
| released               = <!-- {{Start date and age|YYYY|MM|DD|df=yes/no}} -->
| discontinued           = <!-- DON'T use this for articles about releases of operating systems -->
| RTM date               = <!-- {{Start date and age|YYYY|MM|DD|df=yes/no}} ONLY for articles about OS releases -->
| GA date                = <!-- {{Start date and age|YYYY|MM|DD|df=yes/no}} ONLY for articles about OS releases -->
| latest release version = 
| latest release date    = <!-- {{Start date and age|YYYY|MM|DD|df=yes/no}} -->
| latest preview version = 
| latest preview date    = <!-- {{Start date and age|YYYY|MM|DD|df=yes/no}} -->
| marketing target       = 
| programmed in          = 
| language               = <!-- Supported human languages (English, French, Italian, Arabic, ...) -->
| language count         = 
| language footnote      = 
| update model           = <!-- APT, Windows Update, etc. -->
| package manager        = <!-- dpkg, rpm, Windows installer, etc. -->
| supported platforms    = <!-- [[IA-32]], [[x86-64]], [[Itanium]], [[ARM architecture|ARM]], etc. -->
| kernel type            = <!-- Hybrid, Monolithic, Microkernel, Exokernel, Nanokernel, etc. -->
| userland               = 
| ui                     = 
| license                = 
| preceded by            = 
| succeeded by           = 
| website                = <!-- {{URL|www.example.org}} -->
| support status         = <!-- For articles about releases of operating systems ONLY -->
| other articles         = 
}}

Parameters[edit]

This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools.

See the monthly error report for this template.

TemplateData for Infobox OS

This template can be used to provide a summary for articles on computer operating systems and their particular releases.

Template parameters

This template prefers block formatting of parameters.

Parameter Description Type Status
Name name

Name of the infobox. This is used internally in combination with Template:Latest stable software release/'name' and is also displayed at the top of the infobox if the Title parameter is absent. It must be pure text. Do not include any wikimarkup in this parameter.

Default
PAGENAME
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String required
Title title

Name of the operating system. Displayed at the top of the infobox. If not specified the 'Name' parameter or the PAGENAME are used. It should be plain text. Do not include a wikilink, hyperlink or image in this parameter.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Logo logo

An image path for the logo associated with this operating system. Logos used must comply with [[Wikipedia:Logos]] guidelines. For example: 'File:Microsoft Windows XP Logo.svg'

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
File optional
Logo size logo sizelogo_size

A width for the image, including the 'px'; the default is '250px'. For example: '106px'

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Logo caption logo captionlogo_caption

Icon to display in the title

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Logo's alternative text logo altlogo_alt

An alternative text for the logo. The alternative text is read by screen readers for the blind and must fill out the role of the logo.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Screenshot screenshot

A screenshot depicting the operating system in its default configuration. Screen shots should not include any non-standard themes, third-party applications, or personally identifiable information. For example: 'File:Windows 8 screenshot.png'

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
File optional
Screenshot size screenshot_size

A width for the screenshot, including the 'px'; the default is '290px'. For example: '200px'

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Screenshot's alternative text screenshot_alt

An alternative text for the screenshot. The alternative text is read by screen readers for the blind and must fill out the role of the screenshot.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Caption caption

A caption describing the screenshot. Use of the word 'screenshot' in the description can be considered redundant, as the template places the image in a section titled 'Screenshot'. For example: 'Screenshot of the Windows 8 desktop'

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Collapsible collapsible

If the screenshot is too big, this parameter set to 'yes' will collapse this

Default
no
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Line optional
Version of version ofversion_of

Name of operating system. (For articles about particular operating system releases.)

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Developer developer

Name of the current developer of the software product. It can be either an individual or an organization/business. For example: 'Microsoft'

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Family family

The name of the family of operating systems that this version is a part of. Examples include '[[Microsoft Windows]]', '[[Unix-like]]' and '[[Mac OS]]'; 'Linux' and 'Mac OS X' are not OS families

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Working state working stateworking_state

Working state of the operating system. Can be 'Current', 'Discontinued', or 'No longer supported'

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Line optional
Source model source modelsource_model

Source model of the operating system. Can be '[[Open-source]]', '[[Closed-source]]', '[[Shared-source]]' or '[[source-available]]'. Do not use 'free software', 'free and open source software' or 'FOSS' as they are mainly licensing models and may or may not use the 'open source' development methodology

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Line optional
Initial release released

The date of first public release of operating system. Should be set to {{Start date and age|Year|Month|Day}}. The value of this field is not shown if 'RTM date' or 'GA date' parameters are set

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Discontinued discontinued

Set to 'yes' if operating system is discontinued. Note: operating-system versions cannot be discontinued; do not use this parameter in articles about operating-system versions

Default
no
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Line optional
Released to manufacturing RTM dateRTM_datefirst release datefirst_release_date

The date when operating system version was released to manufacturing. Should be set to {{Start date and age|Year|Month|Day}}. Any value in this field disables display of 'Released' parameter. Note: only particular versions of operating systems may be released to manufacturing; do not use this parameter in articles about operating systems

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Citation for release to manufacturing info RTM urlRTM_url

DEPRECATED. Do not use.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unbalanced wikitext deprecated
General availability GA dateGA_date

The date when operating system version became generally available. Should be set to {{Start date and age|Year|Month|Day}}. Any value in this field disables display of 'Released' parameter. Note: only particular versions of operating systems may be released to manufacturing; do not use this parameter in articles about operating systems

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Citation for general availability info GA urlGA_url

DEPRECATED. Do not use.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unbalanced wikitext deprecated
Latest release version latest release versionlatest_release_versionrelease versionrelease_version

For operating systems, the version number of latest stable release (for example 'Windows 8.1'). For operating system versions, the version of latest stable build (for example '6.3.9600')

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Line optional
Latest release date latest release datelatest_release_daterelease daterelease_date

The date of latest stable release (for operating systems) or build (for operating system versions). Should be set to {{Start date and age|Year|Month|Day}}

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Citation for release info release urlrelease_url

DEPRECATED. Do not use.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unbalanced wikitext deprecated
Latest preview version latest preview versionlatest_preview_versionpreview versionpreview_version

For operating systems, the version number of latest preview ('beta', 'unstable', 'development') release (for example 'Windows 8 Consumer Preview'). For operating system versions, the version of latestpreview ('beta', 'unstable', 'development') build (for example '8250')

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Line optional
Latest preview date latest preview datelatest_preview_datepreview datepreview_date

The date of latest preview ('beta', 'unstable', 'development') release (for operating systems) or build (for operating system versions). Should be set to {{Start date and age|Year|Month|Day}}

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Citation for preview info preview urlpreview_url

DEPRECATED. Do not use.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unbalanced wikitext deprecated
Marketing target marketing targetmarketing_target

Target audience of operating system or its version

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Programmed in programmed inprog languageprog_languageprogrammed_in

Programming languages this operating system is written in. For example: '[[C (programming language)|]]'

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Language count language count

Number of languages supported. Causes the list of languages to become collapsed.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Number optional
Language footnote language footnote

A citation for the number of languages supported. (The list of languages can have an independent citation.) Include tags if you use the footnote system.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unbalanced wikitext optional
Language languagehuman languagehuman_language

Human languages this operating system is available in. Avoid stating just number of translations or wikilinking languages

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Update model update modelupdatemodelupdate_model

Tools or methods of updating operating system

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Package manager package managerpackage_manager

Wikilinked name of package management software supplied with operating system

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Supported platforms supported platformssupported_platforms

Hardware platforms supported by operating system

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Kernel type kernel typekernel_type

Type of kernel of operating system. Possible values include '[[Monolithic kernel|Monolithic]]' or '[[Microkernel]]''. Note: for Linux distributions, this should be '[[Monolithic kernel|Monolithic]] ([[Linux kernel|Linux]])'

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Userland userland

(For Unix-like operating systems) type of userland of operating system. Examples include 'BSD', '[[GNU Core Utilities|GNU]]', etc

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Influenced influenced

Name of technologies, software, devices or methodologies that this operating system influenced.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Influenced by influenced byinfluenced_by

Name of other technology, software, devices or methodology that influenced the creation of this operating system.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Default user interface ui

User interface the default installation of operating system boots into

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
License license

License or licensing model used for this operating system. May be set either to well-known license or licenses with wikilink (for example: '[[GPLv2]]'), or to licensing model ('[[Proprietary software|Proprietary]]' or '[[Freeware]]')

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Preceded by preceded bypreceded_by

For operating system: OS or list of OSs that were officially superseded by this operating system. For operating system versions: previous version of the operating system intended for the same target audience

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Succeeded by succeeded bysucceeded_by

For operating system: OS that officially superseded this operating system. For operating system versions: next version of the operating system intended for the same target audience

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Official website website

The web site URL of the software package. This URL must be readable in print. Therefore, you should use '{{tl|URL}}' template like this: '{{URL|http://www.example.com}}'. Avoid using printer-hostile forms like '[http://www.example.com Example website]'. In absence of this parameter, infobox attempts to acquire the website link form Wikidata. This parameter overrides the Wikidata link. (It is useful when a second infobox for something different is defined on a page.) In addition, the special value 'hide' suppresses this field, even in presence of a Wikidata link. (It is useful for articles that have several infoboxes and do not want all of them show a Wikidata link ad nauseam.)

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Support status support statussupport_status

Support status of operating system version. Not applicable to operating systems

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Other articles other articlesother_articles

List of very closely related articles. For loosely related articles, consider using the 'See also' section instead.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Content optional
Body style bodystyle

CSS style rules to be applied to the entire infobox. Use only when absolutely necessary. Do not use for evil. ;)

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional

Moving release data outside the article[edit]

The subject's latest release version, latest release date, latest preview version and latest preview date can be moved outside the article. Users visiting the article may click the version number or "[±]" link in the infobox to edit that external source. This mode is very useful for articles about software products whose vendors keep releasing updates or newer versions. With this mode is enabled, users can quickly and effectively edit the release data without editing the article proper (and cluttering its edit history with inconsequential edits).

Note, however, that if |latest release version= or |latest preview version= parameters are explicitly specified, the infobox does not look for external sources. (This can be useful if, for example, the preview version is frequently updated, but the release version is not.)

To make the infobox retrieve release data from outside the article:

  1. Create an external source that supplies data for latest stable release. To do so:
    1. Copy and paste the following URL into your browser's address bar, replacing INFOBOX_NAME with the value supplied in |name= parameter of the infobox:
      //en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template:Latest_stable_software_release/INFOBOX_NAME&action=edit&preload=Template:LSR/syntax
    2. In the page that opens, fill in the required information.
    3. Save the page.
  2. Create an external source that supplies data for latest preview release. To do so:
    1. Copy and paste the following URL into your browser's address bar, replacing INFOBOX_NAME with the value suppplied in |name= parameter of the infobox:
      //en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template:Latest_preview_software_release/INFOBOX_NAME&action=edit&preload=Template:LPR/syntax
    2. In the page that opens, fill in the required information.
    3. Save the page.
  3. In the main article, delete |latest release version=, |latest release date=, |latest preview version= or |latest preview date= parameters.
  4. Save the article.
  5. Refresh the article.

Example[edit]

Debian
Debian-OpenLogo.svg
Debian Etch-ja.png
Debian v4.0 ("Etch")
Developer Debian Project
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release 16 August 1993 (1993-08-16)
Latest release 4.0r2 Etch / December 27, 2007; 8 years ago (2007-12-27)
Update method APT (several front-ends available)
Package manager dpkg
Platforms i386 (x86), amd64 (x86-64), PowerPC, SPARC, DEC Alpha, ARM, MIPS, HPPA, S390, IA-64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux, FreeBSD), Micro (Hurd)
Userland GNU
Default user interface GNOME, KDE, Xfce, and LXDE
License Free software licenses (mainly GPL) and other licenses[5]
Official website www.debian.org
This infobox is just an example, and it isn't supposed to reflect the present state of this particular piece of software, or even make any sense. It is only shown to demonstrate the effect of the options.
{{Infobox OS
| name                   = Debian
| logo                   = Debian-OpenLogo.svg
| logo_size              = x64px
| screenshot             = Debian Etch-ja.png
| developer              = Debian Project
| family                 = [[Unix-like]]
| working state          = Current
| source model           = [[Open source]]
| released               = {{Start date|df=yes|1993|08|16}}
| latest release version = 4.0r2 Etch
| latest release date    = {{start date and age|2007|12|27}}
| kernel type            = [[monolithic kernel|Monolithic]] ([[Linux kernel|Linux]], [[FreeBSD]]), [[microkernel|Micro]] ([[GNU Hurd|Hurd]])
| userland               = [[GNU Core Utilities|GNU]]
| ui                     = [[GNOME]], [[KDE]], [[Xfce]], and [[LXDE]]
| license                = [[Free software]], mainly the [[GNU GPL]], and other licenses<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.debian.org/legal/licenses/|title=License information|publisher=Debian|accessdate=2009-02-28}}</ref>
| supported platforms    = [[IA-32|i386 (x86)]], [[x86-64|amd64 (x86-64)]], [[PowerPC]], [[SPARC]], [[DEC Alpha]], [[ARM architecture|ARM]], [[MIPS architecture|MIPS]], [[PA-RISC family|HPPA]], [[IBM eServer zSeries|S390]], [[IA-64]]
| update model           = [[Advanced Packaging Tool|APT]] (several front-ends available)
| package manager        = [[dpkg]]
| website                = {{URL|www.debian.org}}
}}

References

These references will appear in the article, but this list appears only on this page.
  1. ^ {{{RTM_url}}}
  2. ^ {{{GA_url}}}
  3. ^ {{{release_url}}}
  4. ^ {{{preview_url}}}
  5. ^ "License information". Debian. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 

See also[edit]