API:Watch

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Pages can be watched (added to your watchlist) and unwatched (removed from your watchlist) with action=watch. Unlike API:Watchlist, which allows you to view others' watchlists with the relevant token, you can only modify your own watchlist.

Parameters[edit]

  • title: Single page to (un)watch. Use titles instead. (Deprecated in 1.23)
  • unwatch: If set, unwatch the page. If not set, watch the page.
  • continue: When more results are available, use this to continue. 1.23+
  • titles: A list of titles to work on. Separate values with |. No more than 50 (500 for bots) allowed. 1.23+
  • pageids: A list of page IDs to work on. Separate values with |. No more than 50 (500 for bots) allowed. Type: list of integers 1.23+
  • revids: A list of revision IDs to work on. Separate values with |. No more than 50 (500 for bots) allowed. Type: list of integers 1.23+
  • generator: Get the list of pages to work on by executing the specified query module. Note: Generator parameter names must be prefixed with a "g". Possible values: allcategories, alldeletedrevisions, allfileusages, allimages, alllinks, allpages, allredirects, allrevisions, alltransclusions, backlinks, categories, categorymembers, contenttranslation, contenttranslationsuggestions, deletedrevisions, duplicatefiles, embeddedin, exturlusage, fileusage, geosearch, gettingstartedgetpages, images, imageusage, iwbacklinks, langbacklinks, links, linkshere, listpages, oldreviewedpages, pageswithprop, prefixsearch, protectedtitles, querypage, random, recentchanges, redirects, revisions, search, templates, transcludedin, watchlist, watchlistraw. 1.23+
  • redirects: Automatically resolve redirects in titles, pageids, and revids, and in pages returned by generator. 1.23+
  • converttitles: Convert titles to other variants if necessary. Only works if the wiki's content language supports variant conversion. Languages that support variant conversion include gan, iu, kk, ku, shi, sr, tg, uz, zh. 1.23+
  • token: A "watch" token retrieved from action=query&meta=tokens
  • uselang: Language to show the message in. 1.21-1.25 (Removed in 1.25)

Token[edit]

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

Examples[edit]

Requests Must be "POST"ed, but for example's sake, "GET"s are used here:

Watching Main Page

Unwatching Dog

Possible errors[edit]

Only the usual stuff.




action=watch

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

Add or remove pages from the current user's watchlist.

Parameters:
title
Deprecated.

The page to (un)watch. Use titles instead.

unwatch

If set the page will be unwatched rather than watched.

Type: boolean (details)
continue

When more results are available, use this to continue.

titles

A list of titles to work on.

Separate values with | or alternative. Maximum number of values is 50 (500 for bots).
pageids

A list of page IDs to work on.

Type: list of integers
Separate values with | or alternative. Maximum number of values is 50 (500 for bots).
revids

A list of revision IDs to work on.

Type: list of integers
Separate values with | or alternative. Maximum number of values is 50 (500 for bots).
generator

Get the list of pages to work on by executing the specified query module.

Note: Generator parameter names must be prefixed with a "g", see examples.

allcategories

Enumerate all categories.
alldeletedrevisions
List all deleted revisions by a user or in a namespace.
allfileusages
List all file usages, including non-existing.
allimages
Enumerate all images sequentially.
alllinks
Enumerate all links that point to a given namespace.
allpages
Enumerate all pages sequentially in a given namespace.
allredirects
List all redirects to a namespace.
allrevisions
List all revisions.
alltransclusions
List all transclusions (pages embedded using {{x}}), including non-existing.
backlinks
Find all pages that link to the given page.
categories
List all categories the pages belong to.
categorymembers
List all pages in a given category.
deletedrevisions
Get deleted revision information.
duplicatefiles
List all files that are duplicates of the given files based on hash values.
embeddedin
Find all pages that embed (transclude) the given title.
exturlusage
Enumerate pages that contain a given URL.
fileusage
Find all pages that use the given files.
images
Returns all files contained on the given pages.
imageusage
Find all pages that use the given image title.
iwbacklinks
Find all pages that link to the given interwiki link.
langbacklinks
Find all pages that link to the given language link.
links
Returns all links from the given pages.
linkshere
Find all pages that link to the given pages.
messagecollection
Query MessageCollection about translations.
mostviewed
Lists the most viewed pages (based on last day's pageview count).
pageswithprop
List all pages using a given page property.
prefixsearch
Perform a prefix search for page titles.
protectedtitles
List all titles protected from creation.
querypage
Get a list provided by a QueryPage-based special page.
random
Get a set of random pages.
readinglistentries
List the pages of a certain list.
recentchanges
Enumerate recent changes.
redirects
Returns all redirects to the given pages.
revisions
Get revision information.
search
Perform a full text search.
templates
Returns all pages transcluded on the given pages.
transcludedin
Find all pages that transclude the given pages.
watchlist
Get recent changes to pages in the current user's watchlist.
watchlistraw
Get all pages on the current user's watchlist.
wblistentityusage

Returns all pages that use the given entity IDs.
One of the following values: allcategories, alldeletedrevisions, allfileusages, allimages, alllinks, allpages, allredirects, allrevisions, alltransclusions, backlinks, categories, categorymembers, deletedrevisions, duplicatefiles, embeddedin, exturlusage, fileusage, images, imageusage, iwbacklinks, langbacklinks, links, linkshere, messagecollection, mostviewed, pageswithprop, prefixsearch, protectedtitles, querypage, random, readinglistentries, recentchanges, redirects, revisions, search, templates, transcludedin, watchlist, watchlistraw, wblistentityusage
redirects

Automatically resolve redirects in titles, pageids, and revids, and in pages returned by generator.

Type: boolean (details)
converttitles

Convert titles to other variants if necessary. Only works if the wiki's content language supports variant conversion. Languages that support variant conversion include en, crh, gan, iu, kk, ku, shi, sr, tg, uz and zh.

Type: boolean (details)
token

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

This parameter is required.