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2015–2016 2016–2017 2017–2018
Q1: July – September 2015 Q1: July – September 2016 Q1: July – September 2017
Q2: October – December 2015 Q2: October – December 2016 Q2: October - December 2017
Q3: January – March 2016 Q3: January – March 2017 Q3: January – March 2018
Q4: April – June 2016 Q4: April – June 2017 Q4: April - June 2018

Annual Roadmap[edit]

Across Audiences[edit]


Audiences teams[edit]

An Audience team covers a set of features developed according to specific user flows and needs.


We build collaborative, inclusive tools for creating and editing free knowledge.

Contributors primary metrics
Metric Two-year trend Monthly
(April 2018)
M/M ± Y/Y ±
Monthly active editors
83 799 –2.9% 1.1%
—of which new (first-month)
16 100 –8.9% –5.0%
—of which second-month
4 740 9.0% –0.5%
—of which existing
62 900 –2.0% 2.9%
Monthly non-bot edits
20.8 M –17.5% 19.6%
Monthly mobile edits
1.10 M –1.4% 30.3%
—as % of non-bot edits 5.3%
New editor retention rate
6.7% –13.5% 11.3%
Updated 2018-05-14.

For further documentation, see Contributors/Metrics.

Metrics analysis[edit]

Active editors continue to be stable long-term, as existing active editors gradually grow and new active editors decline. Non-bot edits have grown and become more volatile since 2015, due largely to Wikidata edits (which include many untagged bots).

New editor retention has grown somewhat over the past year or two—last month’s value was the highest since 2008—due mainly to an upward trend on English Wikipedia which has taken average retention from roughly 5.5% to roughly 6.5% over that span.

Recent Highlights[edit]

  • The filters on Recent Changes beta feature now lets you save sets of filters, with further improvements coming soon.
  • The Linter tool, which helps editors find and highlight wikitext errors, is now available on all wikis except the largest (like – see the linting index page). We will release it to the remaining wikis soon, once performance concerns are addressed.
  • Improvements to Content Translation to replace its editor with the same platform as the visual editor continue.
  • In the visual editor, you can now see visual diffs as you edit. We will improve and expand it in the weeks ahead.
  • Our work on deploying Compact Language Links out of beta (T66793) is nearing completion. It is available to everyone on all wikis except two Wikipedias, English and German. (T136677)
  • Our work to release the visual editor to all Wikipedias is now almost complete. There are now outstanding only the eight multi-script Wikipedias (including Chinese) which are technologically blocked, on which we're working with Parsing. There are also three other Wikipedias in incomplete deployment states (English, Spanish and Dutch), for which work is paused pending the new wikitext editor release, and won't resume until some point, probably in mid-to-late-2017.


We build exceptional learning and reading experiences for the sum of all knowledge.

Total pageviews in year-over-year comparison, 2013-2018 (also available separately for desktop and mobile)
Pageviews since 2013.
Metrics Monthly
(March 2018)
year-over-year change
Pageviews[r 1][r 2] 15.7 B -2.7%
… Desktop[r 1][r 2] 7.3 B -10.0%
… Mobile Web[r 1] 8.2 B +5.2%
… Global North[r 1][r 2] 12.0 B -2.5%
Unique Devices (all Wikipedias) 1.58 B N/A
Android Uniques 5.18 M N/A
iOS Uniques N/A N/A
Android Installs 15.3 k/d -5.9%
iOS Downloads[r 3] 3.06 k/d -26.95%
Updated April 24, 2018. For some analysis of longer-term trends, see also the quarterly core Readers metrics overview for Q2 and other Readership metrics reports. More information about the Android app's metrics can be found in this overview.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 From projectview_hourly/pageview_hourly, normalized to 30 days/month
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Corrected for spurious IE7 views from some countries
  3. Via App Annie (first-time downloads from the app store; does not includes updates or installs on an additional device using the same account).May contain some artifacts(numbers being too high on some isolated days) from desktop (see numbers reported by iTunes Connect Sales and Trends broken down by device).

Metrics analysis[edit]

The year-over-year decrease in total pageviews has become smaller again once again this month, due to both desktop and mobile.

As before, apparent causes for the year-over-year drop include the rollout of the page previews feature and a decline in Google referrals; see the recent quarterly Readers metrics presentation for more detail. This (slight and intentional) cannibalizing effect of page previews could grow following the feature’s full deployment in mid-April.

Community Tech[edit]

Technical work supporting the core community of the Wikimedia projects


Wikidata is a free and open knowledge base that can be read and edited by both humans and machines. This project is maintained by the Software Development & Engineering department at Wikimedia Deutschland.


WMDE Fiscal Year 2016

WMDE Fiscal Year 2017