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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 1.14 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

  • Read correct object in SiteLinkCollection.normalizeData (T259426)
  • tools.count and tools classes Counter, OrderedDict and ContextManagerWrapper were removed
  • Deprecate UnicodeMixin and IteratorNextMixin
  • Restrict site module interface
  • EventStreams “since” parameter settings has been fixed
  • Unsupported debug and uploadByUrl parameters of UploadRobot were removed
  • Unported compat decode parameter of Page.title() has been removed
  • Wikihow family file was added (T249814)
  • Improve performance of CosmeticChangesToolkit.translateMagicWords
  • Prohibit positional arguments with Page.title()
  • Functions dealing with stars list were removed
  • Some pagegenerators functions were deprecated which should be replaced by site generators
  • LogEntry became a UserDict; all content can be accessed by its key
  • URLs for new domain were updated
  • pywikibot.__release__ was deprecated
  • Use one central point for framework version (T106121, T171886, T197936, T253719)
  • rvtoken parameter of Site.loadrevisions() and Page.revisions() has been dropped (T74763)
  • getFilesFromAnHash and getImagesFromAnHash Site methods have been removed
  • Site and Page methods deprecated for 10 years or longer have been removed
  • Support for Python 2 and 3.4 has been dropped (T213287, T239542)
  • Bugfixes and improvements
  • Localisation updates

Future releases

  • 4.0.0: Deprecate tools.UnicodeMixin and tools.IteratorNextMixin will be removed
  • 4.0.0: Site.Family() function will be removed in favour of Family.load() method
  • 4.0.0: Site.getExpandedString method will be removed in favour of expand_text
  • 4.0.0: Unused parameters of page methods like forceReload, insite, throttle, step will be removed
  • 4.0.0: site/family methods code2encodings and code2encoding will be removed in favour of encoding/endcodings methods
  • 4.0.0: Methods deprecated for 6 years or longer will be removed
  • 3.0.20200508: Page.getVersionHistory and Page.fullVersionHistory() methods will be removed (T136513, T151110)
  • 3.0.20200306: Support of MediaWiki releases below 1.19 will be dropped (T245350)


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

Code of Conduct

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

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