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This is the discussion page for the AWB project. It is also the place to discuss using the AWB program itself (if you need help, or have a question about AWB, etc.). Before asking questions, please read the Frequently asked questions below. Where to make specific types of reports or requests is explained in the Before you post section below...

Before you post[edit]

Do you want to ... Please use
Report a bug in AWB? Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Bugs
Report an incorrectly fixed typo? Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Typos
Request a feature for a future version of AWB? Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Feature requests
Request approval to use AWB? Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/CheckPage
Ask a question about AWB or ask for help? This page

Frequently asked questions[edit]

  • When I start it up I get one of the following errors:
    "The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135). Click on OK to terminate the application.", or
    "To run this application, you must first install one of the following versions of the .NET Framework..."
    This error means your computer does not have the .NET framework version 2 installed properly. You can choose from various versions for download here, or you can run Microsoft Update and select version 2 of the .Net framework from the "Optional Updates" section, if you want the choice made for you.
  • Does AWB run on Linux or Mac?
    Linux, a qualified yes. Mac, not natively but via virtualisation.
    AWB runs reasonably under Wine. See details here
    AWB might also run under Mono.
    A native version, PyAutoWikiBrowser (screenshots here), based on Python, is being developed separately for Unix-like systems.
    On the Mac, AWB is not natively available, but an option is to use virtualisation with Parallels Desktop for Mac (subject to meeting supported operating systems requirements) and then run Microsoft Windows virtually with AWB as the Windows instructions above. Note this option is not free, as a license is required for both Parallels Desktop for Mac and Microsoft Windows. An alternative visualization method is to use the free VirtualBox, see also Comparison of platform virtual machines.
  • Does AWB work on other projects/languages?
    Many Wikimedia projects and languages are supported, see the "User and project preferences" option in the general menu. Other languages will be added on request, though at the moment the interface is always in English. You are also able to use AWB with third-party wikis: Options > Preferences > Site, you can change the wiki there. The wiki must support the Bot API required by AWB. This means that it should have latest HEAD version of MediaWiki or something close to that. The wmf-deployment branch is also recommended, as this is what is currently live on WMF sites.
  • What interwiki link order does AWB use?
    The software reads the interwiki sort order from Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser/IW, which is generally mirrored to reflect the order at m:Interwiki sorting order.
  • AWB puts stubs after categories, though categories are always rendered the last by MediaWiki?
    According to WP:STUB#Categorizing stubs, By convention they are placed at the end of the article, after the External links section, any navigation templates, and the category tags, so that the stub category will appear last. If your wiki uses another order, please let us know here.
  • I don't like or use Internet Explorer; please use Firefox instead.
    AWB does not use Internet Explorer per se. It does, however, use the same web browser control (MSHTML) as Internet Explorer; the equivalent Firefox component does not provide the needed functionality.
  • How do I open the page in another browser if I can't use the one in AWB?
    Right click on the edit box in the bottom right side of your screen. Select "Open page in browser".
  • How do I edit a page that doesn't exist?
    Uncheck "Ignore non existing pages" in the "Skip articles" box.
  • How do I skip certain articles?
    Use the "Skip if contains" and "Skip if doesn't contain" on the "Skip" tab
  • Can't you leave up a "stable" version, so I don't have to download new versions?
    It is important to keep people up to date with the latest versions, because their use of the software doesn't just affect them, but the whole of Wikipedia. As any bugs that remain will be trivial; hopefully releases won't be too frequent.
  • How can I stop AWB clicking when it changes pages?
    This is a Windows sound theme setting. This page explains how to turn off the clicking sound.
    Alternatively, delete the following key from the Windows registry:
  • AWB randomly crashes upon page load on my system, and I always use a browser other than Internet Explorer when using Wikipedia.
    You may have installed custom scripts incompatible with IE. Wrap the contents of your monobook.js into conditional:
               //Detect IE5.5+
               if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf("MSIE")==-1)
                   // Previous contents go here
  • I get Just In Time Debugger Messages when loading AWB/loading pages.
    In Internet Explorer, go to Tools --> Options --> Advanced. Make sure 'Disable Script Debugging (Internet Explorer)' and 'Disable Script Debugging (Other)' Are both checked. Press apply and close.
  • Why does AWB run very, very slowly if I try to make changes in the edit window on larger pages, especially pages with long lists or tables?
    If running on Windows, exit the Speech Recognition software that is built into some versions of Windows; don't just turn it 'Off', you must 'Exit' the software if you have started up Speech Recognition.
  • When I do a clean install of AutoWikiBrowser the application seems to find old setting data somewhere. I'd like to do a really clean install. Any ideas?
    Clean up your registry and remove the folder "C:\Documents and Settings\user name\Local Settings\Application Data\AutoWikiBrowser" (Windows XP) or "C:\Users\user name\AppData\Local\AutoWikiBrowser\" (Windows 7). Note that the application data folder may be hidden.
  • AWB prompts that there is a newer version but won't update
    Check the version number of your AWBUpdater.exe. The current version is If you have an older version, you have to download the latest AWB version and make a clean install.
  • Which .NET Framework version do I have?
    You can find your .NET Framework version in Help --> About box.
  • Where are the default settings stored?
    • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\AutoWikiBrowser
    • Windows Vista and Windows 7: C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\AutoWikiBrowser\Default.xml
  • I cannot copy text from the diff window using the Control+C keyboard shortcut.
    You must have Microsoft.mshtml.dll available for AWB to use for this functionality to work. You can try downloading the file (there are a number of third-party websites offering DLL file downloads) and putting it in the same folder as AutoWikiBrowser.exe. This is reported not to work for all users, presumably due to .NET Framework problems.
  • Is there any way to set AWB to not use https? (GFW blocks 443 port)
    In preferences, set project to "custom". Set the left box to http. In the webpage box, type (English Wikipedia) or (Chinese Wikipedia). Note that leaving off the /w/ will result in a "root element missing" error.


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Links on: Colonel Sanders isn't loading anything[edit]


Even after going back to original default settings, when I try to load "Links on:" Colonel Sanders, nothing loads. Is there anything in that article that could be preventing this load? Stevie is the man! TalkWork 03:01, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

It looks like the links table wasn't updated correctly after the recent blanking was undone by Cluebot. I gave it a null edit, and now AWB sees the links. -- John of Reading (talk) 08:04, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! Stevie is the man! TalkWork 13:42, 18 February 2015 (UTC)



AWB is adding [[Category:Living people]] to a bunch of bio articles at scowiki when I use it there, can anyone fix it so it'll understand that articles with a category "XXXX daiths" shouldn't have the category "Living people" added to it? And the correct translation for "Living people" is "Livin fowk" for Scots anyway. --AmaryllisGardener talk 22:35, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

@Rjwilnsi, AmaryllisGardener: this is a bug. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:48, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
Rjwilmsi (correct link for the ping) --AmaryllisGardener talk 22:50, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Fixed in the next release. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:13, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

AWB again inappropriately suggesting underlinked tag[edit]

Per this discussion, Gene Wiki articles were placed on a AWB {{Underlinked}} ignore list. This ignore list no longer seems to be working (see this discussion). I would appreciate if you would take another look at this. Thanks. Boghog (talk) 06:14, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

After checking what links here, I would echo that the underlinked tag was correctly added. OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 06:22, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
@Boghog: Looks like you wanted to link to this discussion on User talk:TAnthony.
Thanks for fixing the link. I should get in the habit of using {{oldid2}} in the future. Boghog (talk) 05:54, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
@OccultZone: The {{underlinked}} tag indicates an article needs more links going out, not article links going in article links going in to C6orf89. GoingBatty (talk) 03:05, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
5 internal links to other Wikipedia articles are enough. OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 04:42, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
Ping Special:PermanentLink/649043204#AWB. (tJosve05a (c) 04:52, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
The criteria for determining if an article is underlinked should be a percentage and not an absolute number of words linked. Furthermore the word and link count should be limited to prose (ignoring infoboxes, categories, references, lists, and tables etc.) determined for example using this script. I realize that this may be difficult to code. Boghog (talk) 05:54, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
@OccultZone: Oops - the article in question was C6orf89, so I have fixed my post above.
@Boghog: AWB's tagger logic is that it "Appends {{Underlinked}} if article has 1–3 wikilinks or the number of wikilinks is smaller than 0.25% of article's size. Removes tag otherwise (comments, categories, defaultsort, {{Persondata}}, infoboxes, {{Chembox}} and {{Drugbox}} are excluded from wikilink and size count)." It also excludes articles with certain templates, including {{PBB}}, which C6orf89 contains.
@TAnthony: I can't replicate this problem with AWB - can you? Thanks everyone! GoingBatty (talk) 22:14, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
Well I set up AWB for a task but made a mistake so it was skipping/not catching what I was actually trying to do. It detected a couple of orphans, and then some underlinked articles, so I tagged a few until Boghog alerted me. The common denominator between the articles I was dealing with seems to be the {{PBB}} tag, which AWB didn't seem to be skipping.— TAnthonyTalk 22:34, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

@Boghog, TAnthony, OccultZone: I am pretty sure I fixed the code for Gene Wiki articles per Wikipedia_talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Archive_28#AWB_inappropriately_suggesting_underlinked_tag. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:05, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

I am making a release, during next week, and this will resolve the problem. TAnthony use the latest official version, while the issues has been fixed in the latest revision. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:17, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

deadend tag removed?[edit]

Hello, this diff [1] at the Hannah Moskowitz article shows some weird behaviour: AWB removed a deadend tag, but the article only contained a few categories and some (deadlink) links to non-existant inter-language links at the end of the article (has been fixed later). It looks like, "deadend" would be a correct tag in this situation - any idea, why AWB removed the tag? (@Ser Amantio di Nicolao:, for the AWB batch changes). GermanJoe (talk) 06:59, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

@GermanJoe: Just ran AWB against the article again, and it doesn't want to remove the {{dead end}} tag. GoingBatty (talk) 03:15, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
Did you test the current or an old version of the article? There have been a few bug fixes after the initial AWB run, that might affect the result. Just making sure to avoid misunderstandings. We could briefly reset the article (it's an orphan anyway). GermanJoe (talk) 04:04, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

OK, I just did another test and the problem can be reproduced based on the "old" version of the article (27 February 2015 with 14,436 bytes, Note: I have reverted back to the "correct new" version for now. Testing with the previous, old version: AWB tries to remove the "deadend" tag, but the tag is valid. Unless there is some special AWB rule for this situation, that behavior is a bug. Could someone please double-check my test based on the old version? Thanks for your help. GermanJoe (talk) 16:20, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

@Rjwilmsi: -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:26, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

GermanJoe Two possible explanation: Older AWB buggy version was used or custom editing. AWB does not remove the tag in its current version. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:22, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

The tested version, where I could reproduce the error in a second run, was (should have mentioned). If you need more specific information about my actual AWB settings (most is default iirc), please let me know. GermanJoe (talk) 01:18, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

GermanJoe The problem seems to have been fixed in -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:22, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Good news, thanks for the information. GermanJoe (talk) 14:29, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Missing items in database scan[edit]


As part of a test for something larger, I'm trying to find the Featured Lists in WP:VG. There are 67 of them listed here. I suspect its a problem with my RegEx, but I'm probably suffering snow blindness and can't see something obvious.
The RegEx I'm using is \{\{(Wikiproject Video games|cvgproj)(.*?)class( *?)=( *?)FL to find the transclusions of the template on the talk pages. The RegEx brings back 65 results, and regardless of whether I use greedy or non-greedy it still misses out the same two articles (Talk:List of Crystal Dynamics video games and Talk:List of The Elder Scrolls video games) The template code in them is exactly the same as other articles that are detected by the RegEx. I've checked that both pages are in the database dump and I'm now scratching my head as to what the reason for their none appearance in the results is. Any help gratefully received. - X201 (talk) 16:02, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

The two mentioned talk pages use {{WikiProject Video games}}, with capital P. Regexes are case-sensitive. There are also several more redirects your regex would not catch. SiBr4 (talk) 16:10, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
Also these two talk pages were edited only a few days ago. If your database dump predates those edits then the scanner will be running your regex against the old version of the project tag. -- John of Reading (talk) 16:15, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
That's it. I forgot I'd cleaned up the few WPVG redirects. Told you it was snow blindness. Thanks chaps. - X201 (talk) 16:18, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

Failure to Merge refs...[edit]

Not *completely* sure this is a bug rather than my own stupidity. I ran AWB on St. Mary's College of Maryland and it merged a *lot* of the references, but it appeared to miss at least one. The three references for Zach P. Messitte in the article appear to be identical, but weren't merged. any ideas?Naraht (talk) 12:57, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

@Naraht: They look the same to me too. I think one reference is sufficient for the Messitte entry, so I would remove the first two. However, I didn't do so in order to give the AWB developers a chance to diagnose this issue. GoingBatty (talk) 17:31, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
@GoingBatty: Agreed. I copied them to a notepad and couldn't find a difference. Theoretically there could be something bizarre like an LtoR marker to force them to be different but if that's true, I'm going to be *really* annoyed at that editor.Naraht (talk) 17:47, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
Oops. Soory. I merged them automaticly when tagging dead links. (tJosve05a (c) 21:27, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
Hopefully a copy of the page as it was prior to this edit can be tested on...Naraht (talk) 21:35, 2 March 2015 (UTC)