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We archive wikis, from Wikipedia to tiniest wikis

WikiTeam software is a set of tools for archiving wikis. They work on MediaWiki wikis, but we want to expand to other wiki engines. As of January 2017, WikiTeam has preserved more than 27,000 stand-alone wikis, several wikifarms, regular Wikipedia dumps and 34 TB of Wikimedia Commons images.

There are thousands of wikis in the Internet. Every day some of them are no longer publicly available and, due to lack of backups, lost forever. Millions of people download tons of media files (movies, music, books, etc) from the Internet, serving as a kind of distributed backup. Wikis, most of them under free licenses, disappear from time to time because nobody grabbed a copy of them. That is a shame that we would like to solve.

WikiTeam is the Archive Team (GitHub) subcommittee on wikis. It was founded and originally developed by Emilio J. Rodríguez-Posada, a Wikipedia veteran editor and amateur archivist. Many people have helped by sending suggestions, reporting bugs, writing documentation, providing help in the mailing list and making wiki backups. Thanks to all, especially to: Federico Leva, Alex Buie, Scott Boyd, Hydriz, Platonides, Ian McEwen, Mike Dupont, balr0g and PiRSquared17.

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Quick guide

This is a very quick guide for the most used features of WikiTeam tools. For further information, read the tutorial and the rest of the documentation. You can also ask in the mailing list.


Confirm you satisfy the requirements:

pip install --upgrade -r requirements.txt

or, if you don't have enough permissions for the above,

pip install --user --upgrade -r requirements.txt

Download any wiki

To download any wiki, use one of the following options:

python --xml --images (complete XML histories and images)

If the script can't find itself the API and/or index.php paths, then you can provide them:

python --api= --xml --images

python --api= --index= --xml --images

If you only want the XML histories, just use --xml. For only the images, just --images. For only the current version of every page, --xml --curonly.

You can resume an aborted download:

python --api= --xml --images --resume --path=/path/to/incomplete-dump

See more options:

python --help

Download Wikimedia dumps

To download Wikimedia XML dumps (Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikinews, etc) you can run:

python (download all projects)

See more options:

python --help

Download Wikimedia Commons images

There is a script for this, but we have uploaded the tarballs to Internet Archive, so it's more useful to reseed their torrents than to re-generate old ones with the script.


Build Status

You can run tests easily by using the tox command. It is probably already present in your operating system, you would need version 1.6. If it is not, you can download it from pypi with: pip install tox.

Example usage:

$ tox
py27 runtests: commands[0] | nosetests --nocapture --nologcapture
Trying to parse かずさアノテーション - ソーシャル・ゲノム・アノテーション.jpg from API
Retrieving image filenames
.    Found 266 images
Ran 1 test in 2.253s

_________________ summary _________________
  py27: commands succeeded
  congratulations :)