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It is a cumbersome task to administer local Wikipedia databases, especially if you need access to multiple language versions of Wikipedia.

With wp-download you can automatically download the newest database dumps for all language edition you want:

$ wp-download --resume -v /path/to/wikipedia/dumps
Read configuration from: '/home/foobar/.wpdownloadrc'
Set timeout to 30s
Processing language: sw
Creating directory: /path/to/wikipedia/dumps/sw/20090821
Latest dump for (sw) is from Friday 21 August 2009
Skip: swwiki-20090821-redirect.sql.gz
Skip: swwiki-20090821-category.sql.gz
Resume: swwiki-20090821-pages-articles.xml.bz2
swwiki-20090821-pages-articles.xml.bz2 [****] 100% Time: 00:00:00   3.19 M/s


wp-download does not use setuptools but plain distutils, which gives you the following installation options.

Using means that you will download the source distribution file and run:

$ tar xjf wp-download-0.1.tar.bz2
# python install --prefix=/usr/local

which will install wp-download within /usr/local. You might have to include /usr/local/bin in your $PATH.

$ export PATH=/usr/local/bin:$PATH

To meet wp-downloads requirements you also have to install [progressbar (=2.2)] pbar with an installation tool of your choice.


pip [] is an excellent tool for installing python software in a sane way. If you already use it, or plan to do so you might be happy to hear that wp-download provides a pip [requirements file] pipreq that can be used to install wp-download and it's requirements.

You should never install software into /usr which is used by the package management system of your distribution.

But fear not! virtualenv [] and pip [] make it easy to install software like this into an completely isolated environment.

# pip install -E wp-download -r requirements-0.1.1.txt


Documentation for wp-download can be found [here] documentation