This is a script which helps to add a text at the end of the page but above categories, interwiki and template for the stars of the interwiki (default setting), or add a text at the top of the page.

This needs Python with at least v2.7 as stated on Manual:Pywikibot/Installation .


These command line parameters can be used to specify which pages to work on:

-cat                Targets entries within a specific category
-page               Use a page as generator
-file               Read a list of pages to treat from the named text file. Page titles in the file must be 
                    enclosed with [[brackets]] or separated by newlines. Argument can also be given as "-file:filename".

Furthermore, the following command line parameters are supported:

-text               Define which text to add
-talkpage           Put the text onto the talk page instead
-summary            Define the summary to use
-except             Use a regex to check if the text is already in the page **DEPRECATED IN 6.3.0 - Use "-grepnot" instead**
-excepturl          Use the html page as text where you want to see if there's the text, not the wiki-page.
-newimages          Add text in the new images
-untagged           Add text in the images that don't have any license template
-always             If used, the bot won't ask if it should add the text specified
-up                 If used, put the text at the very top of the page *
-noreorder          Disable reordering of categories

For more command line parameters, run the bot help command for example: python add_text -help | more


Adding a template to specific pages[edit]

It will add the text "{{Documentation subpage}}" at the very top of the pages with "Category:Template documentation", except for those which already include it.

$ python add_text -cat:template_documentation -text:"{{Documentation subpage}}" -grepnot:"\{\{([Tt]emplate:|)(\s|)[Dd]ocumentation [Ss]ubpage" -up
  • -cat:template_documentation — only target entries categorized in the page of "Category:Template documentation"
  • -text:"{{Documentation subpage}}" — add the template "{{Documentation subpage}}" (excluding the quotes)
    • To insert return code, use "\n". But, if you use "-up" option, it becomes invalid.
  • -grepnot:"\{\{([Tt]emplate:|)(\s|)[Dd]ocumentation [Ss]ubpage" — regex commands to exclude entries which have this template already in the page
  • -up — put the text at the top of the page instead

Another example:

$ python add_text -cat:catname -summary:"Bot: Adding a template" -text:"{{Something}}" -grepnot:"\{\{([Tt]emplate:|)(\s|)[Ss]omething" -up

Adding category to pages without any category[edit]

This is a real instance that is used on Wikipedia to put a template on a page without any category, because if there are any hidden categories, the page will be defined as categorized.

$ python add_text -excepturl:"class='catlinks'>" -uncat -text:"{{Categorizzare}}" -grepnot:"\{\{([Tt]emplate:|)[Cc]ategorizzare" -summary:"Bot: Aggiungo template Categorizzare"

Global arguments available

These options will override the configuration in settings.

Global options
Parameter Description Config variable
-dir:PATH Read the bot's configuration data from directory given by PATH, instead of from the default directory.  
-config:file The user config filename. Default is
-lang:xx Set the language of the wiki you want to work on, overriding the configuration in xx should be the language code. mylang
-family:xyz Set the family of the wiki you want to work on, e.g. wikipedia, wiktionary, wikitravel, ... This will override the configuration in family
-user:xyz Log in as user 'xyz' instead of the default username. usernames
-daemonize:xyz Immediately return control to the terminal and redirect stdout and stderr to file xyz. (only use for bots that require no input from stdin).  
-help Show the help text.  
-log Enable the log file, using the default filename 'script_name-bot.log' Logs will be stored in the logs subdirectory. log
-log:xyz Enable the log file, using 'xyz' as the filename. logfilename
-nolog Disable the log file (if it is enabled by default).  
-maxlag Sets a new maxlag parameter to a number of seconds. Defer bot edits during periods of database server lag. Default is set by maxlag
Set the minimum time (in seconds) the bot will wait between saving pages. put_throttle
Enable the log file and include extensive debugging data for component "item" (for all components if the second form is used). debug_log
Have the bot provide additional console output that may be useful in debugging. verbose_output
Toggles the cosmetic_changes setting made in or to its inverse and overrules it. All other settings and restrictions are untouched. cosmetic_changes
-simulate Disables writing to the server. Useful for testing and debugging of new code (if given, doesn't do any real changes, but only shows what would have been changed). simulate
-<config var>:n You may use all given numeric config variables as option and modify it with command line.