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Original author(s)ST47
Developer(s)The Perlwikibot team
Initial releaseAugust 25, 2007
Stable release5.5.7 / Nov 2013
Written inPerl
LicenseGNU General Public License

What is this thing?[edit | edit source]

Perlwikibot is a bot framework, similar to Pywikibot, except it's written in Perl.

Does that mean you're trying to make pywikibot obsolete?[edit | edit source]

Of course not! Pywikibot is a valuable bot framework (the Tawkerbot2 code, as well as most major bots, are written using it), however, if Perl coders are confined to using Python, they can't customize and extend the code to fit their needs. With an open-source framework written in their "native language," they'll be able to better write bots in a language that they are comfortable with, and even customize the framework to fit needs it wasn't originally imagined for.

How complete is perlwikipedia?[edit | edit source]

Perlwikibot is almost completely cross-wiki, so you can write bots for virtually any MediaWiki wiki with it. As of version 5.005007, Perlwikibot does not support WikiData-specific queries or edits.

Editing and querying wikis[edit | edit source]

  • Retrieve the wikitext of articles, sections, and old revisions
  • Edit pages
  • Retrieve the history of articles
  • Revert to old revisions of articles (manually, with undo, or with rollback)
  • Retrieve the Recent Changes log
  • Retrieve backlinks and transclusions
  • Purge page caches
  • Retrieve a listing of all pages in a category
  • Run linksearches

Admin functions[edit | edit source]

  • Deleting and undeleting pages
  • Blocking and unblocking users
  • Protecting and unprotecting pages
  • Performing transwiki imports (XML upload is in the works)

Installation[edit | edit source]

The latest stable version can be installed from CPAN:

user@host:~$ cpan
cpan> install MediaWiki::Bot

Or download from [1] and install it like you would any other Perl module:

perl Makefile.PL
make test
sudo make install

Development versions[edit | edit source]

The latest unstable source code can be acquired from the github repo.

 git clone

Unlike pywikibot, we do not recommend using the unstable source tree for production.

Who wrote perlwikibot?[edit | edit source]

perlwikibot is maintained by ST47, Shadow1, Jmax-, Oleg Alexandrov, and Mike.lifeguard.

Can I help?[edit | edit source]

Sure! Check out the OpenHatch page for ways to get started, or jump into the list of issues and start hacking!