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This template adds __NOINDEX__, which may remove the page from some external search engines and automatically categorizes pages in Category:Noindexed pages. This is sometimes done administratively (see Wikipedia:User pages#Handling inappropriate content § Notes), but may also be done voluntarily by users to their own user pages, userspace drafts of articles, etc. It has no effect on talk pages.

By default, the template displays no content.

  • {{NOINDEX}}


  • {{NOINDEX|visible=yes}}


  • |visible = yes – makes the template display a line of plain text to inform editors that the page is excluded from search engine indexing:
  • |text = – customise the display text; defaults to "This page has been removed from search engines' indexes."


Note: to avoid unexpected results or unnecessary duplication, read Wikipedia:Controlling search engine indexing to make sure you are familiar with the different ways noindexing is done.

This template should not be used in articles. If an article is bad enough that search engines shouldn't index it, it should be nominated for deletion. __NOINDEX__ is disabled in article space and this template consequently has no effect there.

Note: major search engines should respect the NOINDEX tag, but it may take days or even weeks for content already indexed to be removed from them.


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

TemplateData for NOINDEX

This template adds __NOINDEX__ to a page, a search engine tag that prevents indexing

Template parameters

Parameter Description Type Status
Visible visible

When set to 'yes', the template will display a message stating that the page is not indexed.

Auto value
String optional