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CLI tool for downloading files from MediaWiki sites

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Something like wget for downloading a file from MediaWiki sites (like Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons) using only the file name or the URL of its description page.

Requires Python 3.5+. Get it with pip install --user wikiget or, if you prefer Homebrew, brew tap clpo13/brew && brew install wikiget.


wikiget [-h] [-V] [-q | -v] [-f] [-a] [--site SITE] [-o OUTPUT] FILE

If FILE is in the form File:Example.jpg or Example.jpg, it will be fetched from the default site, which is "". If it's the fully-qualified URL of a file description page, like, the file is fetched from the specified site, in this case "". Full URLs may contain characters your shell interprets differently, so you can either escape those characters with a backslash \ or surround the entire URL with single ' or double " quotes.

The site can also be specified with the --site flag, though this will not have any effect if the full URL is given.

More detailed information, such as the site used and full URL of the file, can be displayed with -v or --verbose. Use -vv to display even more detail. -q can be used to silence warnings.

By default, the program won't overwrite existing files with the same name as the target, but this can be forced with -f or --force. Additionally, the file can be downloaded to a different name with -o.

Files can be batch downloaded with the -a or --batch flag. In this mode, FILE will be treated as an input file containing multiple files to download, one filename or URL per line. If an error is encountered, execution stops immediately and the offending filename is printed.

Example usage

wikiget File:Example.jpg
wikiget --site File:Example.jpg
wikiget -o test.jpg

Future plans

  • batch download by (Commons) category or user uploads
  • download from any MediaWiki-powered site, not just Wikimedia projects
  • maybe: download Wikipedia articles, in plain text, wikitext, or other formats


It's recommended that you use a virtual environment manager like venv or virtualenv to create an isolated environment in which to install this package's dependencies so as not to clutter your system Python environment:

# if you plan on submitting pull requests, fork the repo on GitHub
# and clone that instead
git clone
cd wikiget
python3 -m venv venv

To activate the virtual environment, use one of the following commands:

# Linux and macOS; activate.csh and are also available
source venv/bin/activate

# Windows (Command Prompt or PowerShell)

Then run pip install -e . to invoke an "editable" install, meaning any changes made to the source will be reflected immediately in the executable script. Unit tests can be run with python test.


Copyright (C) 2018, 2019, 2020 Cody Logan

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program (see LICENSE). If not, see

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