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NAME ^

MediaWiki::API - Provides a Perl interface to the MediaWiki API (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/API)

VERSION ^

Version 0.39

SYNOPSIS ^

This module provides an interface between Perl and the MediaWiki API (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/API) allowing creation of scripts to automate editing and extraction of data from MediaWiki driven sites like Wikipedia.

  use MediaWiki::API;

  my $mw = MediaWiki::API->new();
  $mw->{config}->{api_url} = 'http://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php';

  # log in to the wiki
  $mw->login( { lgname => 'username', lgpassword => 'password' } )
    || die $mw->{error}->{code} . ': ' . $mw->{error}->{details};

  # get a list of articles in category
  my $articles = $mw->list ( {
    action => 'query',
    list => 'categorymembers',
    cmtitle => 'Category:Perl',
    cmlimit => 'max' } )
    || die $mw->{error}->{code} . ': ' . $mw->{error}->{details};

  # and print the article titles
  foreach (@{$articles}) {
      print "$_->{title}\n";
  }

  # get user info
  my $userinfo = $mw->api( {
    action => 'query',
    meta => 'userinfo',
    uiprop => 'blockinfo|hasmsg|groups|rights|options|editcount|ratelimits' } );

    ...

FUNCTIONS ^

MediaWiki::API->new( $config_hashref )

Returns a MediaWiki API object. You can pass a config as a hashref when calling new, or set the configuration later. When creating a new object, defaults for max lag and retries are set.

  my $mw = MediaWiki::API->new( { api_url => 'http://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php' }  );

Configuration options are

An example for the on_error configuration could be something like:

  $mw->{config}->{on_error} = \&on_error;

  sub on_error {
    print "Error code: " . $mw->{error}->{code} . "\n";
    print $mw->{error}->{stacktrace}."\n";
    die;
  }

Errors are stored in $mw->{error}->{code} with more information in $mw->{error}->{details}. $mw->{error}->{stacktrace} includes the details and a stacktrace to locate where any problems originated from (in some code which uses this module for example).

The error codes are as follows

Other useful parameters and objects in the MediaWiki::API object are

MediaWiki::API->login( $query_hashref )

Logs in to a MediaWiki. Parameters are those used by the MediaWiki API (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/API:Login). Returns a hashref with some login details, or undef on login failure. If Mediawiki sends requests a LoginToken the login is attempted again, but with the token sent from the initial login. Errors are stored in MediaWiki::API->{error}->{code} and MediaWiki::API->{error}->{details}.

  my $mw = MediaWiki::API->new( { api_url => 'http://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php' }  );

  #log in to the wiki
  $mw->login( {lgname => 'username', lgpassword => 'password' } )
    || die $mw->{error}->{code} . ': ' . $mw->{error}->{details};

MediaWiki::API->api( $query_hashref, $options_hashref )

Call the MediaWiki API interface. Parameters are passed as a hashref which are described on the MediaWiki API page (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/API). returns a hashref with the results of the call or undef on failure with the error code and details stored in MediaWiki::API->{error}->{code} and MediaWiki::API->{error}->{details}. MediaWiki::API uses the LWP::UserAgent module to send the http requests to the MediaWiki API. After any API call, the response object returned by LWP::UserAgent is available in $mw->{response}. This function will NOT modify the input query_hashref in any way.

  binmode STDOUT, ':utf8';

  # get the name of the site
  if ( my $ref = $mw->api( { action => 'query', meta => 'siteinfo' } ) ) {
    print $ref->{query}->{general}->{sitename};
  }

  # list of titles for "Albert Einstein" in different languages.
  my $titles = $mw->api( {
    action => 'query',
    titles => 'Albert Einstein',
    prop => 'langlinks',
    lllimit => 'max' } )
    || die $mw->{error}->{code} . ': ' . $mw->{error}->{details};

  my ($pageid,$langlinks) = each ( %{ $titles->{query}->{pages} } );

  foreach ( @{ $langlinks->{langlinks} } ) {
    print "$_->{'*'}\n";
  }

MediaWiki's API uses UTF-8 and any 8 bit character string parameters are encoded automatically by the API call. If your parameters are already in UTF-8 this will be detected and the encoding will be skipped. If your parameters for some reason contain UTF-8 data but no UTF-8 flag is set (i.e. you did not use the "use utf8;" pragma) you should prevent re-encoding by passing an option skip_encoding => 1 in the $options_hash. For example:

 my $mw = MediaWiki::API->new();
 $mw->{config}->{api_url} = 'http://fr.wiktionary.org/w/api.php';

 my $query = {action => 'query',
   list => 'categorymembers',
   cmlimit => 'max'};

 $query->{cmtitle} ="Cat\x{e9}gorie:moyen_fran\x{e7}ais"; # latin1 string
 $mw->list ( $query ); # ok 

 $query->{cmtitle} = "Cat". pack("U", 0xe9)."gorie:moyen_fran".pack("U",0xe7)."ais"; # unicode string
 $mw->list ( $query ); # ok

 $query->{cmtitle} ="Cat\x{c3}\x{a9}gorie:moyen_fran\x{c3}\x{a7}ais";  # unicode data without utf-8 flag
 # $mw->list ( $query ); # NOT OK
 $mw->list ( $query, {skip_encoding => 1} ); # ok

If you are calling an API function which requires a file upload, e.g. import or upload, specify the file to upload as an arrayref containing the local filename. The API may return a warning, for example to say the file is a duplicate. To ignore warnings and force an upload, use ignorewarnings => 1. All the parameters as with everything else can be found on the MediaWiki API page.

 $mw->api( {
   action => 'import',
   xml => ['wiki_dump.xml']
  } );

 $mw->api( {
   action => 'upload',
   filename => 'test.png',
   comment => 'a test image',
   file => ['test.png'],
  } );

You can also give the data to be uploaded directly, should you want to read the data in yourself. In this case, supply an arrayref with three parameters, starting with an "undef", followed by the filename, and then a Content => $data pair containing the data.

 $mw->api( {
   action => 'import',
   xml => [ undef, 'wiki_dump.xml', Content => $data ]
  } );

 $mw->api( {
   action => 'upload',
   filename => 'test.png',
   comment => 'a test image',
   file => [ undef, 'test.png', Content => $data ],
  } );

MediaWiki::API->logout()

Log the current user out and clear associated cookies and edit tokens.

MediaWiki::API->edit( $query_hashref, $options_hashref )

A helper function for doing edits using the MediaWiki API. Parameters are passed as a hashref which are described on the MediaWiki API editing page (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/API:Changing_wiki_content). Note that you need $wgEnableWriteAPI = true in your LocalSettings.php to use these features. This function will modify the input hashref.

Currently

are supported via this call. Use this call to edit pages without having to worry about getting an edit token from the API first. The function will cache edit tokens to speed up future edits (Except for rollback edits, which are not cachable).

Returns a hashref with the results of the call or undef on failure with the error code and details stored in MediaWiki::API->{error}->{code} and MediaWiki::API->{error}->{details}.

The options hashref currently has one optional parameter (skip_encoding => 1). This is described above in the MediaWiki::API->api call documentation.

Here are some example snippets of code. The first example is for adding some text to an existing page (if the page doesn't exist nothing will happen). Note that the timestamp for the revision we are changing is saved. This allows us to avoid edit conflicts. The value is passed back to the edit function, and if someone had edited the page in the meantime, an error will be returned.

  my $pagename = "Wikipedia:Sandbox";
  my $ref = $mw->get_page( { title => $pagename } );
  unless ( $ref->{missing} ) {
    my $timestamp = $ref->{timestamp};
    $mw->edit( {
      action => 'edit',
      title => $pagename,
      basetimestamp => $timestamp, # to avoid edit conflicts
      text => $ref->{'*'} . "\nAdditional text" } )
      || die $mw->{error}->{code} . ': ' . $mw->{error}->{details};
  }

The following code deletes a page with the name "DeleteMe". You can specify a reason for the deletion, otherwise a generated reason will be used.

  # delete a page
  $mw->edit( {
    action => 'delete', title => 'DeleteMe', reason => 'no longer needed' } ) 
    || die $mw->{error}->{code} . ': ' . $mw->{error}->{details};

This code moves a page from MoveMe to MoveMe2.

  # move a page
  $mw->edit( {
    action => 'move', from => 'MoveMe', to => 'MoveMe2' } )
    || die $mw->{error}->{code} . ': ' . $mw->{error}->{details};

The following scrippet rolls back one or more edits from user MrVandal. If the user is not the last editor of the page, an error will be returned. If no user is passed, the edits for whoever last changed the page will be rolled back.

  $mw->edit( {
    action => 'rollback', title => 'Sandbox', user => 'MrVandal' } )
    || die $mw->{error}->{code} . ': ' . $mw->{error}->{details};

MediaWiki::API->get_page( $params_hashref )

A helper function for getting the most recent page contents (and other metadata) for a page. It calls the lower level api function with a revisions query to get the most recent revision.

  # get some page contents
  my $page = $mw->get_page( { title => 'Main Page' } );
  # print page contents
  print $page->{'*'};

Returns a hashref with the following keys or undef on an error. If the page is missing then the returned hashref will contain only ns, title and a key called "missing".

Full information about these can be read on (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/API:Query_-_Properties#revisions_.2F_rv)

MediaWiki::API->list( $query_hashref, $options_hashref )

A helper function for getting lists using the MediaWiki API. Parameters are passed as a hashref which are described on the MediaWiki API editing page (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/API:Query_-_Lists). This function modifies the input query_hashref.

This function will return a reference to an array of hashes or undef on failure. It handles getting lists of data from the MediaWiki api, continuing the request with another connection if needed. The options_hashref currently has three parameters:

The value of max specifies the maximum "queries" which will be used to pull data out. For example the default limit per query is 10 items, but this can be raised to 500 for normal users and higher for sysops and bots. If the limit is raised to 500 and max was set to 2, a maximum of 1000 results would be returned.

If you wish to process large lists, for example the articles in a large category, you can pass a hook function, which will be passed a reference to an array of results for each query connection.

The skip_encoding parameter works as described above in the MediaWiki::API->api call documentation.

  binmode STDOUT, ':utf8';

  # process the first 400 articles in the main namespace in the category "Surnames".
  # get 100 at a time, with a max of 4 and pass each 100 to our hook.
  $mw->list ( { action => 'query',
                list => 'categorymembers',
                cmtitle => 'Category:Surnames',
                cmnamespace => 0,
                cmlimit=>'100' },
              { max => 4, hook => \&print_articles } )
  || die $mw->{error}->{code} . ': ' . $mw->{error}->{details};

  # print the name of each article
  sub print_articles {
    my ($ref) = @_;
    foreach (@$ref) {
      print "$_->{title}\n";
    }
  }

MediaWiki::API->upload( $params_hashref )

This function is deprecated. For uploading on mediawiki versions 1.16 or later, you are recommended to use MediaWiki::API->edit or MediaWiki::API->api directly, which has much better error handling, and supports uploading files by just passing a filename.

A function to upload files to a MediaWiki. This function does not use the MediaWiki API currently as support for file uploading is not yet implemented. Instead it uploads using the Special:Upload page, and as such an additional configuration value is needed.

  my $mw = MediaWiki::API->new( {
   api_url => 'http://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php' }  );
  # configure the special upload location.
  $mw->{config}->{upload_url} = 'http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Upload';

The upload function is then called as follows

  # upload a file to MediaWiki
  open FILE, "myfile.jpg" or die $!;
  binmode FILE;
  my ($buffer, $data);
  while ( read(FILE, $buffer, 65536) )  {
    $data .= $buffer;
  }
  close(FILE);

  $mw->upload( { title => 'file.jpg',
                 summary => 'This is the summary to go on the Image:file.jpg page',
                 data => $data } ) || die $mw->{error}->{code} . ': ' . $mw->{error}->{details};

Error checking is limited. Also note that the module will force a file upload, ignoring any warning for file size or overwriting an old file.

MediaWiki::API->download( $params_hashref )

A function to download images/files from a MediaWiki. A file url may need to be configured if the api returns a relative URL.

  my $mw = MediaWiki::API->new( {
    api_url => 'http://www.exotica.org.uk/mediawiki/api.php' }  );
  # configure the file url. Wikipedia doesn't need this but the ExoticA wiki does.
  $mw->{config}->{files_url} = 'http://www.exotica.org.uk';

The download function is then called as follows

  my $file = $mw->download( { title => 'Image:Mythic-Beasts_Logo.png'} )
    || die $mw->{error}->{code} . ': ' . $mw->{error}->{details};

If the file does not exist (on the wiki) an empty string is returned. If the file is unable to be downloaded undef is returned.

AUTHOR ^

Jools 'BuZz' Wills, <buzz [at] exotica.org.uk>

BUGS ^

Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-mediawiki-api at rt.cpan.org, or through the web interface at http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/ReportBug.html?Queue=MediaWiki-API. I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.

SUPPORT ^

You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc MediaWiki::API

You can also look for information at:

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ^

COPYRIGHT & LICENSE ^

Copyright 2008 - 2012 Jools Wills, all rights reserved.

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

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