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POST request to move a page.

API documentation[edit]


(main | move)
  • This module requires read rights.
  • This module requires write rights.
  • This module only accepts POST requests.
  • Source: MediaWiki
  • License: GPL-2.0-or-later

Move a page.


Title of the page to rename. Cannot be used together with fromid.


Page ID of the page to rename. Cannot be used together with from.

Type: integer

Title to rename the page to.

This parameter is required.

Reason for the rename.

Default: (empty)

Rename the talk page, if it exists.

Type: boolean (details)

Rename subpages, if applicable.

Type: boolean (details)

Don't create a redirect.

Type: boolean (details)

Unconditionally add or remove the page from the current user's watchlist, use preferences or do not change watch.

One of the following values: watch, unwatch, preferences, nochange
Default: preferences

Ignore any warnings.

Type: boolean (details)

Change tags to apply to the entry in the move log and to the null revision on the destination page.

Values (separate with | or alternative):

A "csrf" token retrieved from action=query&meta=tokens

This parameter is required.


Making any POST request is a multi-step process:

  1. Log in, via one of the methods described on API:Login .
  2. GET a CSRF token .
  3. Send a POST request, with the CSRF token, to take action on a page.

The sample code below covers the final step in detail.

POST request[edit]

Move "CurrentTitle" and its talk page to "Page with new title", without creating a redirect.


    "move": {
        "from": "CurrentTitle",
        "to": "Page with new title",
        "reason": "wrong title",
        "talkfrom": "Talk:CurrentTitle",
        "talkto": "Talk:Page with new title"

Sample code[edit]



    MediaWiki Action API Code Samples
    Demo of `Move` module: Move a page with its
    talk page, without a redirect.
    MIT license

import requests

S = requests.Session()

URL = "https://test.wikipedia.org/w/api.php"

# Step 1: Retrieve a login token
PARAMS_1 = {
    "action": "query",
    "meta": "tokens",
    "type": "login",
    "format": "json"

R = S.get(url=URL, params=PARAMS_1)
DATA = R.json()

LOGIN_TOKEN = DATA['query']['tokens']['logintoken']

# Step 2: Send a POST request to log in. For this login
# method, obtain credentials by first visiting
# https://www.test.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manual:Bot_passwords
# See https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/API:Login for more
# information on log in methods.
PARAMS_2 = {
    "action": "login",
    "lgname": "user_name",
    "lgpassword": "password",
    "format": "json",
    "lgtoken": LOGIN_TOKEN

R = S.post(URL, data=PARAMS_2)
DATA = R.json()

# Step 3: While logged in, retrieve a CSRF token
PARAMS_3 = {
    "action": "query",
    "meta": "tokens",
    "format": "json"

R = S.get(url=URL, params=PARAMS_3)
DATA = R.json()

CSRF_TOKEN = DATA["query"]["tokens"]["csrftoken"]

# Step 4: Send a POST request to move the page
PARAMS_4 = {
    "action": "move",
    "format": "json",
    "from": "Current title",
    "to": "Page with new title",
    "reason": "wrong title",
    "movetalk": "1",
    "noredirect": "1",
    "token": CSRF_TOKEN

R = S.post(url=URL, data=PARAMS_4)
DATA = R.text


Possible errors[edit]

Code Info
nofrom The from parameter must be set.
noto The to parameter must be set.
notoken The token parameter must be set.
cantmove-anon Anonymous users can't move pages
cantmove You don't have permission to move this page.
cantmovefile You don't have permission to move this file.
If file moving is disabled altogether, you'll get an immobilenamespace error instead
selfmove Can't move a page to itself
immobilenamespace You tried to move pages from or to a namespace that is protected from moving
articleexists The destination article already exists and is not a redirect to the source article
protectedpage You don't have permission to perform this move
protectedtitle The destination article has been protected from creation
nonfilenamespace Cannot move file to non-file namespace.
filetypemismatch The new file extension does not match its type.
mustbeposted The move module requires a POST request.

Parameter history[edit]

  • v1.29: Introduced tags
  • v1.17: Deprecated watch, unwatch
  • v1.17: Introduced watchlist

Additional notes[edit]

  • Successful use of the noredirect parameter requires the suppressredirect right, which is granted to bots and sysops, not ordinary users.
  • Creating a redirect is the API's default behavior. If you do not have the suppressredirect right, the API will not return an error; it will simply create a redirect.
  • The Move API uses two additional error handling methods when the page move succeeded, but the talk page or subpage move failed:
    • Talk page - The relevant error will be returned in the talkmove-error-code and talkmove-error-info fields.
    • Subpage - The relevant error will be returned as a standard code/info structure under the subpages key.

See also[edit]

  • API:Import - interwiki imports allow for an alternate way to move pages around a wiki.