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POST request to patrol a page or a revision.

API documentation[edit]


action=patrol

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

Patrol a page or revision.

Parameters:
rcid

Recentchanges ID to patrol.

Type: integer
revid

Revision ID to patrol.

Type: integer
tags

Change tags to apply to the entry in the patrol log.

Values (separate with | or alternative):
token

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

This parameter is required.

Example[edit]

Patrolling a request is a multi-step process:

  1. Log in, via one of the methods described on API:Login .
  2. GET a patrol token . This token is the same for all pages, but changes at every login.
  3. Send a POST request, with the patrol token, to patrol a request.

The sample code below covers the final step in detail.

POST request[edit]

Patrolling a recent change of rcid 437659.

Response[edit]

{
  "patrol": {
    "rcid": 437659,
    "ns": 0,
    "title": "Sandbox"
  }
}

Sample code[edit]

Python[edit]

#!/usr/bin/python3

"""
    patrol.py

    MediaWiki API Demos
    Demo of `Patrol` module: Patrol a recent change
    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 bot 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": "username",
    "lgpassword": "password",
    "format": "json",
    "lgtoken": LOGIN_TOKEN
}

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

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

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

PATROL_TOKEN = DATA["query"]["tokens"]["patroltoken"]

# Step 4: Send a POST request to patrol a recent change
PARAMS_4 = {
    "action": "patrol",
    "format": "json",
    "rcid":"437659",
    "token": PATROL_TOKEN
}

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

print(DATA)

PHP[edit]

<?php

/*
    patrol.php

    MediaWiki API Demos
	Demo of `Patrol` module: Patrol a recent change

    MIT license
*/

$endPoint = "https://test.wikipedia.org/w/api.php";

$login_Token = getLoginToken(); // Step 1
loginRequest( $login_Token ); // Step 2
$patrol_Token = getPatrolToken(); // Step 3
patrol( $patrol_Token ); // Step 4

// Step 1: GET Request to fetch login token
function getLoginToken() {
	global $endPoint;

	$params1 = [
		"action" => "query",
		"meta" => "tokens",
		"type" => "login",
		"format" => "json"
	];

	$url = $endPoint . "?" . http_build_query( $params1 );

	$ch = curl_init( $url );
	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true );
	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, "cookie.txt" );
	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEFILE, "cookie.txt" );

	$output = curl_exec( $ch );
	curl_close( $ch );

	$result = json_decode( $output, true );
	return $result["query"]["tokens"]["logintoken"];
}

// Step 2: POST Request to log in. Use of main account for login is not
// supported. Obtain credentials via Special:BotPasswords
// (https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:BotPasswords) for lgname & lgpassword
function loginRequest( $logintoken ) {
	global $endPoint;

	$params2 = [
		"action" => "login",
		"lgname" => "bot_user_name",
		"lgpassword" => "bot_password",
		"lgtoken" => $logintoken,
		"format" => "json"
	];

	$ch = curl_init();

	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_URL, $endPoint );
	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_POST, true );
	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, http_build_query( $params2 ) );
	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true );
	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, "cookie.txt" );
	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEFILE, "cookie.txt" );

	$output = curl_exec( $ch );
	curl_close( $ch );

}

// Step 3: GET Request to fetch Patrol token
function getPatrolToken() {
	global $endPoint;

	$params3 = [
		"action" => "query",
		"meta" => "tokens",
		"type" => "patrol",
		"format" => "json"
	];

	$url = $endPoint . "?" . http_build_query( $params3 );

	$ch = curl_init( $url );

	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true );
	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, "cookie.txt" );
	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEFILE, "cookie.txt" );

	$output = curl_exec( $ch );
	curl_close( $ch );

	$result = json_decode( $output, true );
	return $result["query"]["tokens"]["patroltoken"];
}

// Step 4: POST request to patrol a recent change
function patrol( $patroltoken ) {
	global $endPoint;

	$params4 = [
		"action" => "patrol",
		"rcid" => "91",
		"token" => $patroltoken,
		"format" => "json"
	];

	$ch = curl_init();

	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_URL, $endPoint );
	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_POST, true );
	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, http_build_query( $params4 ) );
	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true );
	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, "cookie.txt" );
	curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEFILE, "cookie.txt" );

	$output = curl_exec( $ch );
	curl_close( $ch );

	echo ( $output );
}

Javascript[edit]

/*  
    patrol.js
 
    MediaWiki API Demos
    Demo of `Patrol` module: Patrol a recent change

    MIT license
*/

var request = require('request').defaults({jar: true}),
    url = "http://dev.wiki.local.wmftest.net:8080/w/api.php";

// Step 1: GET Request to fetch login token
function getLoginToken() {
    var params_0 = {
        action: "query",
        meta: "tokens",
        type: "login",
        format: "json"
    };

    request.get({ url: url, qs: params_0 }, function (error, res, body) {
        if (error) {
            return;
        }
        var data = JSON.parse(body);
        loginRequest(data.query.tokens.logintoken);
    });
}

// Step 2: POST Request to log in. 
// Use of main account for login is not
// supported. Obtain credentials via Special:BotPasswords
// (https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:BotPasswords) for lgname & lgpassword
function loginRequest(login_token) {
    var params_1 = {
        action: "login",
        lgname: "bot_username",
        lgpassword: "bot_password",
        lgtoken: login_token,
        format: "json"
    };

    request.post({ url: url, form: params_1 }, function (error, res, body) {
        if (error) {
            return;
        }
        getPatrolToken();
    });
}

// Step 3: GET request to fetch Patrol token
function getPatrolToken() {
    var params_2 = {
        action: "query",
        meta: "tokens",
        type: "patrol",
        format: "json"
    };

    request.get({ url: url, qs: params_2 }, function(error, res, body) {
        if (error) {
            return;
        }
        var data = JSON.parse(body);
        patrol(data.query.tokens.patroltoken);
    });
}

// Step 4: POST request to patrol a recent change
function patrol(patrol_token) {
    var params_3 = {
        action: "patrol",
        rcid: "104",
        token: patrol_token,
        format: "json"
    };

    request.post({ url: url, form: params_3 }, function (error, res, body) {
        if (error) {
            return;
        }
        console.log(body);
    });
}

// Start From Step 1
getLoginToken();

MediaWiki JS[edit]

/*
	patrol.js

	MediaWiki API Demos
	Demo of `Patrol` module: Patrol a recent change

	MIT License
*/

var params = {
		action: 'patrol',
		revid: '77',
		format: 'json'
	},
	api = new mw.Api();

api.postWithToken( 'patrol', params ).done( function ( data ) {
	console.log( data );
} );

Possible errors[edit]

In addition to the standard error messages :

Code Info
patroldisabled Patrolling is disabled on this wiki
noautopatrol You are not allowed to mark your own changes as patrolled.
Only users with the autopatrol right can do this
notpatrollable The revision rid can't be patrolled as it's too old.
nosuchrcid There is no recent change with ID rcid.
nosuchrevid There is no revision with ID revid.

Parameter history[edit]

  • v1.27: Introduced tags
  • v1.22: Introduced revid

Additional notes[edit]

  • For MediaWiki versions earlier than 1.17, the patrol token is the same the edit token.
  • autopatrol rights are required in order to use this module.
  • revid and rcid may be obtained through API:Recentchanges .