API:Tokens

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MediaWiki version: 1.24

API:Tokens module provide tokens required by data-modifying actions such as logging, editing or moving a page, and watching or patrolling changes. For each action, you need a specific type of token. For example: if you want to login to a wiki site via the Action API, you would need a token of type “login” to proceed.

API documentation[edit]


meta=tokens

(main | query | tokens)

Gets tokens for data-modifying actions.

Parameter:
type

Types of token to request.

Values (separate with | or alternative): createaccount, csrf, deleteglobalaccount, login, patrol, rollback, setglobalaccountstatus, userrights, watch
Default: csrf
Examples:
Retrieve a csrf token (the default).
api.php?action=query&meta=tokens [open in sandbox]
Retrieve a watch token and a patrol token.
api.php?action=query&meta=tokens&type=watch|patrol [open in sandbox]

Example[edit]

GET request[edit]

Response[edit]

{
    "batchcomplete": "",
    "query": {
        "tokens": {
            "logintoken": "9ed1499d99c0c34c73faa07157b3b6075b427365+\\"
        }
    }
}

Sample code[edit]

Python[edit]

#!/usr/bin/python3

"""
    tokens.py
    MediaWiki API Demos
    Demo of `Token` module: Fetch token of type `login`
    MIT License
"""

import requests

S = requests.Session()

URL = "https://www.mediawiki.org/w/api.php"

PARAMS = {
    "action": "query",
    "meta": "tokens",
    "type": "login",
    "format": "json"
}

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

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

print(LOGIN_TOKEN)

PHP[edit]

<?php

/*
    tokens.php

    MediaWiki API Demos
    Demo of `Token` module: Fetch token of type `login`

    MIT License
*/

$endPoint = "https://www.mediawiki.org/w/api.php";
$params = [
    "action" => "query",
    "meta" => "tokens",
    "type" => "login",
    "format" => "json"
];

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

$ch = curl_init( $url );
curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true );
$output = curl_exec( $ch );
curl_close( $ch );

$result = json_decode( $output, true );
echo( $result['query']['tokens']['logintoken'] . "\n" );

JavaScript[edit]

/*
    tokens.js
    MediaWiki API Demos
    Demo of `Token` module: Fetch token of type `login`
    MIT License
*/

var request = require('request'),
    url = "https://www.mediawiki.org/w/api.php";

var params = {
    action: "query",
    meta: "tokens",
    type: "login",
    format: "json"
};

request.get( { url: url, qs: params }, function( error, response, body ){
    body = JSON.parse( body );
    console.log( body.query.tokens.logintoken );
});

MediaWiki JS[edit]

/*
    tokens.js
    MediaWiki API Demos
    Demo of `Token` module: Fetch token of type `csrf`
    MIT License
*/

var params = {
		action: 'query',
		meta: 'tokens',
		type: 'csrf',
		format: 'json'
	},
	api = new mw.Api();

api.get( params ).done( function ( data ) {
	console.log( data.query.tokens.csrftoken );
} );

Possible errors[edit]

Code Info
Unrecognized value for parameter "type": xxx Token type 'xxx is not valid

Parameter history[edit]

  • v1.27: Introduced login, createaccount

See also[edit]