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Wikipedia API for Python

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Wikipedia 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.

>>> import wikipedia
>>> print wikipedia.summary("Wikipedia")
# Wikipedia (/wkpidi/ or /wkipidi/ WIK-i-PEE-dee-) 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")
>>> ny.title
# u'New York'
>>> ny.url
# u''
>>> ny.content
# u'New York is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States. New York is the 27th-most exten'...
>>> ny.links[0]
# u'1790 United States Census'


To install Wikipedia, simply run:

$ pip install wikipedia


Read the docs at


MIT licensed. See the LICENSE file for full details.


  • wiki-api by @richardasaurus for inspiration

  • @nmoroze and @themichaelyang for feedback and suggestions

  • The Wikimedia Foundation for giving the world free access to data

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