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Free Software Directory:Participate/Using pywikibot should be merged to this page.


  • Add this to LocalSettings.php
# Allow batch uploading for pywikibot
$wgGrantPermissions['editprotected']['editarticles'] = true;

Generate a bot account for your user

The bot will be associated with the user name that are logged in.

Background to using the bot


Pywikibot [1] is a MediaWiki bot library which we are attemting to utilize to perform batch uploads. However, because of CASAuth, we are unable [2] to perform main account CAS-based login, and have to resort to using BotPasswords. However, to upload, permissions to alter "File" namespace is needed, but it is restricted to the 'editarticles' permission [4], and there is no grant [5] that gives the permission to any BotPasswords-based login. Please add 'editarticles' to the 'Edit protected pages' set [5], or any other set if you deem appropriate, to allow batch uploading.


//, zhuyifei1999_ in #pywikibot at,


sudo apt-get install python-pip
sudo pip install --upgrade pip
git clone pywikibot-core
cd pywikibot-core
python '' 'freesoftwaredirectorydev'
python generate_user_files
# Select family of sites we are working on, just enter the number or name (default: wikipedia): freesoftwaredirectorydev
# The only known language: en
# The language code of the site we're working on (default: en): 
# Username on en:freesoftwaredirectorydev: WikiSysop
# Do you want to add any other projects? ([y]es, [N]o): n
# Do you want to add a BotPassword for WikiSysop? ([y]es, [N]o, [q]uit): y
# See to
# know how to get codes.Please note that plain text in /home/root
# /pywikibot-core/ and anyone with read access to that
# directory will be able read the file.
# BotPassword's "bot name" for WikiSysop: wikibot
# BotPassword's "password" for "WikiSysop" (no characters will be shown): 
# '/home/root/pywikibot-core/' written.

Test pywikibot on MediaWiki

python upload -always -ignorewarn ~/heckert_gnu.transp.small.png "Some description"

Further reading

Read,_pagefromfile.py_and_Nokogiri for more information

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