Token[edit | edit source]
To (un)watch a page, a token is required. This token is the same for all pages (and is not different for watch vs unwatch), but changes at every login. Watch/unwatch tokens can be obtained via action=tokens with type=watch (MW 1.20+), or by using the following method:
Obtaining a watch token
<?xml version="1.0"?> <api> <query> <pages> <page pageid="1" ns="0" title="Main Page" touched="2012-02-07T17:27:37Z" lastrevid="2" counter="21" length="440" starttimestamp="2012-02-09T18:03:17Z" watchtoken="f2583b3edcdc2142f7256be161764d91+\" /> </pages> </query> </api>
Watching and unwatching pages[edit | edit source]
Pages can be watched (added to your watchlist) and unwatched (removed from your watchlist) with action=watch. Of course, you can only add and remove pages to/from your own watchlist.
Parameters[edit | edit source]
title: Single page to (un)watch (Deprecated (MW 1.24)+ in favour of
titles: List of one or more pages to (un)watch
entirewatchlist: If set, unwatches all pages in bulk. This can be useful for some situations with prolific accounts that have accidentally overfilled their watchlists and have trouble managing it. Can only be used along with
unwatchparameter. Since 1.24
unwatch: If set, unwatch the page. If not set, watch the page.
token: Your (un)watch token.
Requests Must be "POST"ed, but for example's sake, "GET"s are used here:
Examples[edit | edit source]
Watching Main Page
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <api> <watch title="Main Page" watched="" /> </api>
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <api> <watch title="Dog" unwatched="" /> </api>
Possible errors[edit | edit source]
Only the usual stuff.