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Wikipedia API on Python

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MediaWikiAPI is a Python library that makes it easy to access and parse data from Wikipedia.

Search Wikipedia, get article summaries, get data like links and images from a page, and more. Wikipedia wraps the MediaWiki API so you can focus on using Wikipedia data, not getting it.

>>> from mediawikiapi import MediaWikiAPI
>>> mediawikiapi = MediaWikiAPI()
>>> print(mediawikiapi.summary("Wikipedia"))
# Wikipedia (/ˌwɪkɨˈpiːdiə/ or /ˌwɪkiˈpiːdiə/ WIK-i-PEE-dee-ə) is a collaboratively edited, multilingual, free Internet encyclopedia supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation...

# [u'Barak (given name)', u'Barack Obama', u'Barack (brandy)', u'Presidency of Barack Obama', u'Family of Barack Obama', u'First inauguration of Barack Obama', u'Barack Obama presidential campaign, 2008', u'Barack Obama, Sr.', u'Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories', u'Presidential transition of Barack Obama']

>>> ny ="New York (state)")
>>> ny.title
# u'New York (state)'
>>> ny.url
# u''
>>> ny.content
# u'New York is a state in the northeastern United States. New York was one of the original thir'...
>>> ny.links[0]
# u'1790 United States Census'

>>> mediawikiapi.config.language = "fr"
>>> mediawikiapi.summary("Facebook", sentences=1)
# Facebook est un service de réseautage social en ligne sur Internet permettant d'y publier des informations (photographies, liens, textes, etc.) en contrôlant leur visibilité par différentes catégories de personnes.


To install MediaWikiAPI, simply run:

pip install mediawikiapi

MediaWikiAPI is compatible with Python 3 and Python 2.7.


Changelog could be find in the documentation.


The documentation is available here

To run tests, clone the repository on GitHub, then run:

poetry install 
poetry build
poetry run pytest --junitxml=pytest.xml --cov-report=term-missing:skip-covered --cov=mediawikiapi

in the root project directory.

To build the documentation yourself, after installing requirements.txt, run:

pip install sphinx
cd docs/
make html

To run formatter and mypy run:

poetry run mypy --strict .
poetry run flake8 . --count --select=E9,F63,F7,F82 --show-source --statistics
poetry run black --diff --check .


MIT licensed. See the LICENSE file for full details.


  • @goldsmith for making such a fantastic library to fork

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