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How to fetch data from Special:Ask via cURL? #3168

mwjames opened this Issue May 13, 2018 · 2 comments


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mwjames commented May 13, 2018


Essentially, I'd like the results of a query such as:
{{#ask: [[Category:Foo]] [[MyParam::Bar]] |format=csv }}
How does one write a cURL statement so as to querry the wiki from a php script and save the data into a veriable?

// Wiki url
$url = '';

// Query parameters
$params = [
	'title' => 'Special:Ask',
	// Query conditions
	'q'     => '[[Has number::+]]',
	// Printouts
	'po'    => 'Has number',
	// Parameters
	'p'     => 'format=csv',
	// since 3.0+
	'request_type' => 'raw'

$options = array(
	CURLOPT_URL => $url,
	CURLOPT_POST => true,
	CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS => http_build_query( $params ),

// Create curl resource
$ch = curl_init();

// Set options
curl_setopt_array( $ch, $options );

// Fetch output string
$output = curl_exec( $ch );

// Close curl resource
curl_close( $ch );

The $output contains the content as string from the predefined format. The above example uses a similar approach as implemented by #3167.


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mwjames commented May 13, 2018

@kghbln FYI


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kghbln commented May 13, 2018

@kghbln kghbln closed this May 13, 2018

@kghbln kghbln added this to Documentation in Documentation May 13, 2018

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