Discover interesting connections starting from a Wikipedia article
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Discover interesting connections starting from a Wikipedia article.

This is a Node.js library and command-line tool to see connections from Wikipedia articles. For example, you can use it to see the Getting to Philosophy effect, but it can do much more.


$ npm install -g wikilope

Basic usage

On the command line

wikilope -l <language code> -a <article name>

Or using a script

const Wikilope = require('../index.js');

const lope = new Wikilope({
    article : '<article name>',
    language : '<language>'

Advanced usage

Command line

The wikilope command has a lot of options you can use for interesting queries:

Usage: wikilope [options] <cmd> [env]


  -a, --article <article>    Wikipedia article name
  -c, --count <count>        Number of links to fetch
  -f, --format <format>      Output format: 'tree' (default) or 'terms'
  --json                     Output in JSON format
  -l, --language <language>  Language code for Wikipedia edition (e.g. 'en', 'nl', 'fr')
  --no-redirects             Don't follow redirects
  --no-cache                 Don't cache entries
  -r, --recursive            Also crawl up from results
  -s, --steps <steps>        How many steps should we go up?
  -v, --verbose
  -h, --help                 output usage information

Here's the classical Getting to Philosopy effect, starting from the English language Wikipedia version of the 'Amsterdam' article.

wikilope -l en -a Amsterdam

Let's not just get the first link, but the first three links. And let's use the German Wikipedia.

wikilope -l de -a Amsterdam -c 3

To also get the links from the articles you find use the recursive (-r) option.

wikilope -l en -a Elephant -r

Get the same data, but in JSON format

wikilope -l en -a Elephant -r --json

To limit the number of articles we're getting we could use the step (-s) option. We're also getting the first three links and doing it recursive.

wikilope -l en -a Blockchain -rs 5 -c 3


Use this module for Node.js like this:

const Wikilope = require('../index.js');

const lope = new Wikilope({
    article : 'Amsterdam',
    language : 'en'

All options of the command line version have equivalent arguments in the Wikilope constructor:

 // Class option      : Command line flag
    article           : article,
    count             : count,
    debug             : verbose,
    followRedirects   : redirects,
    format            : format,
    json              : json,
    language          : language,
    recursive         : recursive,
    steps             : steps,
    useCache          : cache


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