An updated version of MWDumper that can export tab delimited files rather than XML or SQL
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A quick little tool for extracting sets of pages from a MediaWiki dump file.

Can read MediaWiki XML export dumps (version 0.3, minus uploads), perform
optional filtering, and output back to XML or to SQL statements to add things
directly to a database in 1.4 or 1.5 schema.

Still very much under construction.

MIT-style license like our other Java/C# tools; boilerplate to be added.

Contains code from the Apache Commons Compress project for cross-platform
bzip2 input/output support (Apache License 2.0).

If strange XML errors are encountered under Java 1.4, try 1.5:


Sample command line for a direct database import:
  java -jar mwdumper.jar --format=mysql:1.5 pages_full.xml.bz2 |
    mysql -u <username> -p <databasename>

You can also do complex filtering to produce multiple output files:
  java -jar mwdumper.jar \
    --output=bzip2:pages_public.xml.bz2 \
      --format=xml \
      --filter=notalk \
      --filter=namespace:\!NS_USER \
      --filter=latest \
    --output=bzip2:pages_current.xml.bz2 \
      --format=xml \
      --filter=latest \
    --output=gzip:pages_full_1.5.sql.gz \
      --format=mysql:1.5 \
    --output=gzip:pages_full_1.4.sql.gz \
      --format=mysql:1.4 \

A bare parameter will be interpreted as a file to read XML input from;
if none is given or "-" input will be read from stdin. Input files with
".gz" or ".bz2" extensions will be decompressed as gzip and bzip2 streams,

Internal decompression of 7-zip .7z files is not yet supported; you can
pipe such files through p7zip's 7za:

  7za e -so pages_full.xml.7z |
    java -jar mwdumper --format=mysql:1.5 |
    mysql -u <username> -p <databasename>

Defaults if no parameters are given:
* read uncompressed XML from stdin
* write uncompressed XML to stdout
* no filtering

Output sinks:
      Send uncompressed XML or SQL output to stdout for piping.
      (May have charset issues.) This is the default if no output
      is specified.
      Write uncompressed output to a file.
      Write compressed output to a file.
      Write compressed output to a file.
  --output=mysql:<jdbc url>
      Valid only for SQL format output; opens a connection to the
      MySQL server and sends commands to it directly.
      This will look something like:

Output formats:
      Output back to MediaWiki's XML export format; use this for
      filtering dumps for limited import. Output should be idempotent.
      SQL statements formatted for bulk import in MediaWiki 1.4's schema.
      (MySQL output format.)
      SQL statements formatted for bulk import in MediaWiki 1.5's schema.
      Both SQL schema versions currently require that the table structure
      be already set up in an empty database; use maintenance/tables.sql
      from the MediaWiki distribution.
      (MySQL output format.)
      SQL statements formatted for bulk import in MediaWiki 1.4's schema.
      (PostgreSQL output format.)
      SQL statements formatted for bulk import in MediaWiki 1.5's schema.
      (PostgreSQL output format.)

For backwards compatibility, "sql" is an alias for "mysql".  PostgreSQL output
requires superuser access to temporary disable foreign key checsk during the

Filter actions:
      Skips all but the last revision listed for each page.
      FIXME: currently this pays no attention to the timestamp or
      revision number, but simply the order of items in the dump.
      This may or may not be strictly correct.
      Skips all revisions after the specified timestamp.
      Timestamp must be compatible with the one used in a XML Dump
      (e.g. 2005-12-31T23:59:59Z).
      Skips all revisions before the specified timestamp.
      Excludes all pages whose titles do not appear in the given file.
      Use one title per line; blanks and lines starting with # are
      ignored. Talk and subject pages of given titles are both matched.
      As above, but does not try to match associated talk/subject pages.
      Includes only the revisions specified by ID in the given file. 
      Includes only pages in (or not in, with "!") the given namespaces.
      You can use the NS_* constant names or the raw numeric keys.
      Excludes all talk pages from output (including custom namespaces)
      Excludes all pages whose titles do not match the regex.

Misc options:
      Change progress reporting interval from the default 1000 revisions.
      Don't send any progress output to stderr.


To speed up importing into a database, you might try:

* Java's -server option may significantly increase performance on some
  versions of Sun's JVM for large files. (Not all installations will
  have this available.)

* Increase MySQL's innodb_log_file_size. The default is as little as 5mb, but
  you can improve performance dramatically by increasing this to reduce
  the number of disk writes. (See the my-huge.cnf sample config.)

* If you don't need it, disable the binary log (log-bin option) during the
  import. On a standalone machine this is just wasteful, writing a second
  copy of every query that you'll never use.

* Various other wacky tips in the MySQL reference manual at

* Add some more junit tests

* Include table initialization in SQL output
* Allow use of table prefixes in SQL output

* Ensure that titles and other bits are validated correctly.
* Test XML input for robustness

* Provide filter to strip ID numbers
* <siteinfo> is technically optional; live without it and use default namespaces

* GUI frontend(s)
* Port to Python? ;)

Change history (abbreviated):
2007-07-06: Fixed namespace filter inversion (brion)
2007-03-09: Added PostgreSQL support (river)
2006-10-25: Added before and after filters by Aurimas Fischer
2005-10-25: Switched SqlWriter.sqlEscape back to less memory-hungry StringBuffer
2005-10-24: Fixed SQL output in non-UTF-8 locales
2005-10-21: Applied more speedup patches from Folke
2005-10-11: SQL direct connection, GUI work begins
2005-10-10: Applied speedup patches from Folke Behrens
2005-10-05: Use bulk inserts in SQL mode
2005-09-29: Converted from C# to Java
2005-08-27: Initial extraction code