Manual:Pywikibot/Basic use

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Use[edit | edit source]

See Shortcut in command line for Windows users.

Select and run a bot script[edit | edit source]

Now that you have installed python and Pywikipediabot, you need to get to a textual interface to your Operating System.

Accessing pywikipedia

After you have created the file that is named, you can access pywikipedia.

On Windows this is done by opening the start menu, and clicking on 'Run'. You are asked to give the name of a program, type "cmd.exe".

  • Change the root to C: by typing chdir C:\
  • Type chdir \"name of the folder where pywikipedia bot has been downloaded" (For example: chdir \"pywikipedia" if the file is in the C: folder.)

The following steps might need to be done:

  • Move the folder httplib2 that is in the subfolder externals one level up.
  • All scripts that you would like to use need to be copied from the scripts subfolder to the main folder. This includes

On Mac, find in /Applications/Utilities, see Mac Installation.

On Linux or any other Unix, use any terminal application such as gnome-terminal, konsole, xterm, or simply the text-mode console.

Run the script by typing "python" (or just "" for windows). If you don't have yet, this command will interactively create it.

Entering password

Python will then return:

Password for user your_bot on your_site:en:

Use the password you used for the bot's login name. Note that your input will not be visible for privacy reasons. The bot can't work anonymously. Unless you change your password, you normally need to run this program only once, the bot usually does not get logged off.

Using a bot

The bots are in the main pywikipedia folder when downloaded.

If necessary, use the command cd to go to the directory where the bot files are saved.

Now run any of the bots here by typing "python" (If you are using Windows, you can leave out "python").

Scripts[edit | edit source]

Main page: Manual:Pywikipediabot/Scripts

Command-line arguments[edit | edit source]

Although many bot scripts have their own command line arguments, which should be documented on their respective pages (or in their source code), all bots unless specifically stated to the contrary recognize the following command line arguments:

Print a list of global bot arguments (this list), followed by bot-specific help if available.
Set the language of the wiki you want to work on to language code xx, overriding the configuration in
Set the family of the wiki you want to work on, e.g., wikipedia, wiktionary, wikitravel, ... This will override the configuration in
Log in as user 'xyz' instead of the default username.
Enable the logfile. Logs will be stored in the logs subdirectory.
Enable the logfile, using xyz as the filename.
Disable the logfile (if it's enabled by default).
Set the minimum time (in seconds) the bot will wait between saving pages. The default value is 10.

For example, python -family:wiktionary will run the "scriptname" bot on wiktionary articles, overriding the default family setting in your user configuration.

Permission on Wikimedia projects[edit | edit source]

Make sure that your bot is approved by the wiki community where you are going to use it: see the global m:Bot policy for guidance. Strictness differs greatly between various projects.

Using your normal browser, create a login name and password for the bot. It is best to use a name that makes clear that it is a bot, and preferably also who is operating it. A common method is to use your own login name and add the word 'bot' to it, but several other forms also exist.