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Python MediaWiki Bot Framework

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The Pywikibot framework is a Python library that interfaces with the MediaWiki API version 1.19 or higher.

Also included are various general function scripts that can be adapted for different tasks.

For further information about the library excluding scripts see the full code documentation.

Quick start

git clone
cd core
git submodule update --init
python script_name

Or to install using PyPI (excluding scripts)

pip install -U setuptools
pip install pywikibot

Our installation guide has more details for advanced usage.

Basic Usage

If you wish to write your own script it’s very easy to get started:

import pywikibot
site = pywikibot.Site('en', 'wikipedia')  # The site we want to run our bot on
page = pywikibot.Page(site, 'Wikipedia:Sandbox')
page.text = page.text.replace('foo', 'bar')'Replacing "foo" with "bar"')  # Saves the page

For more documentation on pywikibot see our docs.

The contents of the package

pywikibot Library routines, control files and global settings
pywikibot/comms Communication layer
pywikibot/data Module with several layers for data access to wiki
pywikibot/families wiki-specific information and settings
pywikibot/page Module with classes for MediaWiki page content
pywikibot/site Module with classes for MediaWiki sites
pywikibot/specialbots Module containing special bots reusable by scripts
pywikibot/tools Miscellaneous helper functions (not wiki-dependent)
pywikibot/userinterfaces GUI and terminal interface

Required external programs

It may require the following programs to function properly:

  • 7za: To extract 7z files


Current release changes

  • callback parameter of comms.http.fetch() is desupported
  • Fix api.APIError() calls for Flow and Thanks extension
  • edit, move, create, upload, unprotect and prompt parameters of Page.protect() are deprecated (T227610)
  • Accept only valid names in (T265328, T265353)
  • New plural.plural_rule() function returns a rule for a given language
  • Replace deprecated urllib.request.URLopener with http.fetch (T255575)
  • OptionHandler/BaseBot options are accessable as OptionHandler.opt attributes or keyword item (see also T264721)
  • pywikibot.setAction() function was removed
  • A namedtuple is the result of textlib.extract_sections()
  • Prevent circular imports in and (T264500)
  • version.get_module_version() is deprecated and gives no meaningfull result
  • Fix version.get_module_filename() and update log lines (T264235)
  • Re-enable printing log header (T264235)
  • Fix result of tools.intersect_generators() (T263947)
  • Only show _GLOBAL_HELP options if explicitly wanted
  • Deprecated Family.version() methods were removed
  • Unused parameters of page methods like forceReload, insite, throttle, step was removed
  • Raise RuntimeError instead of AttributeError for old wikis (T263951)
  • Deprecated script options were removed
  • lyricwiki_family was removed (T245439)
  • RecentChangesPageGenerator parameters has been synced with APISite.recentchanges
  • APISite.recentchanges accepts keyword parameters only
  • LoginStatus enum class was moved from site to
  • WbRepresentation derives from abstract base class abc.ABC
  • Update characters in the Cf category to Unicode version 12.1.0
  • Update __all__ variable in pywikibot (T122879)
  • Use api.APIGenerator through site._generator (T129013)
  • Support of MediaWiki releases below 1.19 has been dropped (T245350)
  • Page.get_best_claim () retrieves preferred Claim of a property referring to the given page (T175207)
  • Check whether _putthead is current_thread() to join() (T263331)
  • Add BasePage.has_deleted_revisions() method
  • Allow querying deleted revs without the deletedhistory right
  • Use ignore_discard for login cookie container (T261066)
  • Siteinfo.get() loads data via API instead from cache if expiry parameter is True (T260490)
  • Move latest revision id handling to WikibaseEntity (T233406)
  • Load wikibase entities when necessary (T245809)
  • Fix path for stable release in version.getversion() (T262558)
  • “since” parameter in EventStreams given as Timestamp or MediaWiki timestamp string has been fixed
  • Methods deprecated for 6 years or longer were removed
  • Page.getVersionHistory and Page.fullVersionHistory() methods were removed (T136513, T151110)
  • Allow multiple types of contributors parameter given for Page.revision_count()
  • Deprecated tools.UnicodeMixin and tools.IteratorNextMixin has been removed
  • Localisation updates

Future release notes

  • 5.0.0: PageRelatedError.getPage() will be removes in favour of
  • 5.0.0: HttpRequest result of http.fetch() will be replaced by requests.Response (T265206)
  • 5.0.0: edit, move, create, upload, unprotect and prompt parameters of Page.protect() will be removed (T227610)
  • 5.0.0: OptionHandler.options dict will be removed in favour of OptionHandler.opt
  • 5.0.0: version.getfileversion() is desupported and will be removed
  • 5.0.0: Methods deprecated for 5 years or longer will be removed
  • 5.0.0: Outdated recentchanges parameter will be removed
  • 5.0.0: site.LoginStatus will be removed in favour of login.LoginStatus
  • 5.0.0: Property.getType() method will be removed
  • 5.0.0: Request.http_params() method will be removed
  • 5.0.0: DataSite.get_item() method will be removed
  • 5.0.0: date.MakeParameter() function will be removed
  • 5.0.0: pagegenerators.ReferringPageGenerator is desupported and will be removed
  • 4.3.0: Unsused UserBlocked exception will be removed
  • 4.3.0: Deprecated Page.contributingUsers() will be removed
  • 4.2.0: tools.StringTypes will be removed
  • 4.1.0: Deprecated editor.command will be removed
  • 4.1.0: tools.open_compressed, tools.UnicodeType and tools.signature will be removed
  • 4.1.0: comms.PywikibotCookieJar and comms.mode_check_decorator will be removed


Our code is maintained on Wikimedia’s Gerrit installation, learn how to get started.

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The development of this software is covered by a Code of Conduct.

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