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I'm merging some features written by cs:User:Beren, courageous people can get the latest version from svn

Notice about new site layout[edit]

I added the manual to the main page, added a navigation bar to the top of pages, and moved some content to separate pages to keep the main page from getting too large and for readability purposes.

Henna, please look at my changes and if you would rather that it be done a different way, or have any suggestions regarding it, I won't be offended and will set these pages up in a different way.

—-- That Guy, From That Show! (talk) 2006-03-24 03:35Z

Here is the current "site-map"

User:Henna/VF - Main page and Manual
User_talk:Henna/VF/Bugs - Bug reporting page
User:Henna/VF/Feature_requests - Features requested
User:Henna/VF/Previous_versions - Previous versions and notes
User:Henna/VF/Translations - Translation template
User:Henna/VF/Navigation_template - The navigation bar template

—-- That Guy, From That Show! (talk) 2006-03-24 03:35Z

Fixed Links[edit]

Hi, your links to the 2.4 files were incorrect; I took the liberty to fix them. I hope this is okay. Thanks for adopting a great tool! --Gribeco 19:46, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

no big deal, didn't realise they were incorrect :) Henna 23:36, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

Problem running the JAR[edit]

Hi Henna,

I just downloaded and tried to run it but I've got this error message :
C:\>java -jar vf30.jar
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NumberFormatException: null
at java.lang.Integer.parseInt(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Integer.parseInt(Unknown Source)
at configuration.getIntProp(
at configuration.getColorProp(
at vf.<init>(
at vf.main(

C:\>java -version
java version "1.5.0_01"
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.5.0_01-b08)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.5.0_01-b08, mixed mode, sharing)

Is it because I don't have any vfdata.dat file ?


--Effco 13:05, 6 March 2006 (UTC)

VF30 works with computers I use but I have JRE version 1.5.0_06-b05 installed. Try updating and see if that helps.
—-- That Guy, From That Show! (talk) 2006-03-10 08:03Z
Yes, VF3.1.1 Works For Me (TM) now with Java version 1.5.0_06-b05, Thanks ! --Effco 17:59, 12 March 2006 (UTC)

version 3.1.1[edit]

It works great here, thanks! —-- That Guy, From That Show! (talk) 2006-03-12 05:42Z

The only issue that I am having is that the color of Highlight edits by blacklisted users is also setting the text of all entries to that same color. So, blacklisted user entries can't be read (same foreground and background colors) and the other entries are hard to read unless I set blacklisted users to have a black color.
Other than that, everything is fine. —-- That Guy, From That Show! (talk) 2006-03-12 09:30Z



When I click on any Live IRC edits, my Firefox browser always opens first a tab to prior to opening the URL I clicked on. Is this some kind of sponsoring to pay the IRC bandwidth or VF development ?

Thanks --Effco 08:28, 12 March 2006 (UTC)

no :), afaik it's not sponsoring :) Does it happen when you click on irc or when you click on edits in vandalfighter (slightly unclear :)).

IF it only happens in vandalfighter when there are special edits, (Special:Log/delete, Special:Log/block, ...) try using the latest version. Henna 09:30, 12 March 2006 (UTC)

Hi Henna, I'm using the very latest version (3.1.1) and it happens everytime I click on edits in vandalfighter. Very strange, you must have the link to written somewhere in the code. --Effco 18:07, 12 March 2006 (UTC)
Hello again. I've been looking for the string "" in the source code using but didn't found anything (hopefully ;) ) so I guess this problem must be coming from the link provided when clicking on the edits in vandalfighter. --Effco 19:08, 12 March 2006 (UTC)
I'm running vf on fr.wikipedia to test it :). when I click on edits, I just end up in the french wikipedia however. Henna 19:59, 12 March 2006 (UTC)
Maybe trying to run a anti-spyware program like Spybot or ad-aware? That might be it as well. effeietsanders 20:55, 12 March 2006 (UTC)
I'm running 3.1.1 on fr: (XP, Firefox) and I don't see this. --Gribeco 20:00, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
Sorry, my fault... In the configuration tab, I did uncheck the "Automatically detect browser" checkbox and put the "firefox %u" command to open Firefox. The "%u" usually means "pass the URL" for Firefox. But in this case, it is exactly like if you put "%u" in the address bar of Firefox and press Enter. Firefox queries for the "%u" string, which is for me... I removed the "%u" and it works as expected. thanks, --Effco 22:21, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

I use Linux and when I click on an edit in RC tab nothing happens (with "Automatically detect browser" checked). If I uncheck it an set "firefox %u" in the textbox, it opens a new firefox with two tabs: the right one and University of Alberta 's website. With XP the same version works without touching anything, any idea ? 16@r 13:30, 7 July 2006 (UTC)

Yes, if I'm not mistaken the browserchecking algorithm assumes netscape as standard browser on linux, so so far you'll have to set it manuallly. Henna 14:31, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
Okay, it works thank you very much. 16@r 10:42, 11 July 2006 (UTC)


Why is CDVF disconnecting all the time now? I am an admin on, and it keep disconnecting *RIGHT* when the goatse/move/flood vandals strike. --Connel MacKenzie 10:52, 12 March 2006 (UTC)

Wich version?, does it happen often? (so that I can check wether the irclog might help me in figuring it out. ) Henna 11:36, 12 March 2006 (UTC)

Import Watchlist[edit]

Is there a trick to importing a watchlist? I copied my watchlist into a text file, then I tried to import it. Nothing appears to happen. Does any know what is required to import? If the function in the VF doesn't work is there a way to edit the vfdata.dat file to insert the list? Thanks, -Will Beback 20:48, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Ponder, I haven't been messing with the watchlist function. you could make a seperate program to read the vfdata.dat file and insert the watchlist but it would be annoying to do :). on the top of my head I don't know another option, unless looking thru WP:CDVF. I'm working on a different way to export & import them tho. Henna 23:04, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
I thought that maybe my watchlist is too big, but I can't even import a single-item list. I see at User:CryptoDerk/CDVF it says (about a similar feature):
  • When importing a list of admins to the whitelist, the list may look blank. The status will still indicate that the import was successful.
But the list does not act as if it were there either. Someone posted the same question at User talk:CryptoDerk/CDVF#Import watchlist in October, but never got a response there. -Will Beback 23:58, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Save the watchlist as an html file. Do not copy it, just FILE -> SAVE PAGE AS (or similar depending the browser). I just tried it and it works with the current version as well as older ones.
Let me know if that helps or not, Vandal Fighter is running a regular expression against html code to extract the links and expects an exact copy of the page, not a "copied into text" one.
—-- That Guy, From That Show! (talk) 2006-03-21 06:43Z
That did the trick. Thanks, it never occurred to me. Perhaps this detail should be noted somewhere on the description page. Cheers, -Will Beback 07:38, 21 March 2006 (UTC)
I added that information to the manual as well. —-- That Guy, From That Show! (talk) 2006-03-21 20:24Z

Not working here though. Saved as an HTML file, import, tried both options to specific en.wikipedia, and... nothing. kcylsnavS{screechharrass} 20:20, 30 May 2010 (UTC)

Another VF question[edit]

Hello. I've tried various ways to whitelist the Special:Log/newusers so that it doesn't appear, but none worked. I'd like the other logs to still appear, though. Any hints? BTW, I watch #en.wiktionary. Thanks. Vildricianus 08:03, 5 April 2006 (UTC)

mm, completely forgot to answer, try entering a regex in the regexpanel for it? Henna 19:55, 23 April 2006 (UTC)
I tried nearly any combination, but it doesn't seem to work. Vildricianus 11:22, 25 April 2006 (UTC)

Problem with latest version[edit]

The settings to only show IP edits, show newpages and the setting to show only black/watchlisted entries appears to be broken in the latest version of VF (3.4) Pegasus1138Talk | Contribs | Email ---- 21:39, 11 April 2006 (UTC)

My problem is that I couldn't get it to launch a tab in my browser, though 3.3 works fine for that. But it looks great. The text is much easier to read. -Will Beback 10:43, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
I've been fiddling with the UI and apparantly broke some things that I didn't think about, whoops, there's a new vesion, wich should be fixec. Henna 19:53, 23 April 2006 (UTC)
Yes, it works now. Thanks! -Will Beback 23:00, 23 April 2006 (UTC)
However VF 3.45 won't read my VFDATA.DAT file. Though I could reimport the watchlists and reset the configuarations, I have a large userlist to bring over, and there doesn't seem to be any way of doing it. -Will Beback 19:50, 24 April 2006 (UTC)
I've tried loading 3.4, which will read my VFDATA, and using its "export lists" action, then tried "import lists" in 3.45, but I didn't see any result. -Will Beback 19:57, 24 April 2006 (UTC)
It's working perfectly in 3.5bg. Thanks for your work on this valuable tool. Cheers, -Will Beback 01:12, 16 May 2006 (UTC)
Oops, almost perfect. I can "import lists", then sae the configuration, but when I reload the program the lists are no longer there and have to be re-imported. Other configuration items are saved correctly. -Will Beback 01:24, 16 May 2006 (UTC)
OK, I'm testing 3.5bj. It loads and saves the configuration list properly. However it doesn't handle the "Show only edits on watchlist & user..." setting correctly. It either shows all edits, or none. -Will Beback 23:51, 16 May 2006 (UTC)
Just to warn you, for some reason the list remains blank after starting again, the users are in the list but they're just not visible, sort the list and you'll see them.Henna 07:49, 17 May 2006 (UTC)
Even with the watchlist/user lists showing, and "Show only edits on watchlist" checked, I still get all edits. Also, it doesn't seem to be able to reconnect after a disconnect. -Will Beback 09:09, 17 May 2006 (UTC)
try 3.5bk? Henna 15:58, 17 May 2006 (UTC)
I downloaded 3.5bl, but when I load it the title bar says "3.5bk", so I guess that's what I'm trying. It still has trouble reconnecting after disconnect, though it works occasionally. But it still doesn't filter using the watchlist. I get all or nothing. -Will Beback 00:01, 18 May 2006 (UTC)

Irritating bug in 3.4.1[edit]

I'm having trouble with the newest version. My default project is no:, and it's the only project I am interested in having the edits from. But the highrisk edits from en: somehow manages to get on the list. I've tried deleting the vfdata.dat file, but that doesn't help at all. I really hope this can be fixed. --Stianbh 11:16, 23 April 2006 (UTC)

try 3.4.5 or open vfdata.xml in any text editor (notepad on windows), find the line wich says '<entry key="vandalism_en_box">true</entry>' and change it to '<entry key="vandalism_en_box">false</entry>' Henna 19:52, 23 April 2006 (UTC)

Problems with 3.3 and 3.5 version[edit]

Hi! I'm an user from es: Wikipedia. I'd like to tell you a problem that I'm having with the vandl fighter.

Well, let's begin, I downloaded and executed the 3.5 Vandal Fighter seeing the es: RC . The next day, I put it again, but it worked on the en: wikipedia. I decided to change the configuration and it didn't work, though. I run more times the VF with configuration on es:, but it always doesn't work... it only works on en:

It happened to another Wikipedian friend... Do you know what it could be or shall I use the 2.2 version? =P

I downloaded the 3.3 version, but it work in the same way...

Thanks and sorry for my english, --Equi 23:02, 29 May 2006 (UTC)

Now, I found out that if I download the 3.3 version, in the first time, it works... When I close it and execute it again, it lose the configuration... I'd like to know what can I do with the 3.3 version. :( Equi 01:58, 30 May 2006 (UTC)

Does it loose the whole configuration or just the default project? Henna 23:06, 30 May 2006 (UTC)
It restarts everithing... if I quit the program, I can't put the es:wiki and it only works in en:wiki with the default configuration. --Equi 01:21, 13 June 2006 (UTC)
When I execute it, it runs on the en wiki, althought I had put as default proyect. --Equi 02:20, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

I'll look into it, but it will take a few weeks, as I'm temporarily working fulltime. Henna 14:33, 9 July 2006 (UTC)

Problem with vf35-48[edit]

I successfully run vf 2.2 for quite long time. I am trying to run 3.5-48 but I always get this after a launch:

$ java -jar vf.jar
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: Vandalfighter (Unsupported major.minor version 49.0)
       at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass0(Native Method)
       at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass(
       at Method)
       at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(
       at sun.misc.Launcher$AppClassLoader.loadClass(
       at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(
       at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClassInternal(

I have the same problem with 3.5-50.

Version of Java on my Gentoo:

java version "1.4.2-03"
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build Blackdown-1.4.2-03)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build Blackdown-1.4.2-03, mixed mode)

Miraceti 20:19, 15 June 2006 (UTC)


Solution is really very easy:

as root:

# emerge sun-jre-bin

as a normal user:

$ cd /path/to/new/vandalfighter
$ /opt/sun-jre-bin- -jar vf.jar

Simply: RTFM ;-) Miraceti 21:10, 15 June 2006 (UTC)

Message from CryptoDerk[edit]

Hi, I'm glad that you took up work on the project. It's nice to see good ideas flourish. CryptoDerk 17:08, 14 July 2006 (UTC) hehe, thx Henna 05:28, 27 July 2006 (UTC)

3.5 Download Link[edit]

When I click on the Download link, it tells me that accessing the page is Forbidden... If someone can tell me their email by email and send it to me it would be great :) --Deenoe 12:44, 24 July 2006 (UTC)

works again, server is in a (hopefully temporary) habit of crashing atm.

Henna 05:29, 27 July 2006 (UTC)

Server [1] cannot be found. Is there a mirror? --Alastair Rae (talk) 18:31, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
And I can't get SVN from either. --Alastair Rae (talk) 11:05, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

What am I doing wrong[edit]

I've just downloaded Vandal Fighter, but when I click on Connect nothing happens. My Java is up to date! What am I doing wrong? --Katieh5584 10:24, 11 August 2006 (UTC)

dead links[edit]

all links are dead.... --grin 13:44, 15 August 2006 (UTC)

It appears that they still haven't been fixed. Answerthis 05:00, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

the downloadlinks work for me, or are you talking about other links? Henna 18:14, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

The links under versions 3.5 and 3.3 do not work. When clicked, it takes me to "this page cannot be displayed". Answerthis 00:27, 18 September 2006 (UTC)

I've checked with some other ppl but the links apear to work for them as well. otherwise you can try navigating the directory structure: Henna 10:10, 18 September 2006 (UTC)

Crazy Errors[edit]

Hey is a screen shot of the errors I am getting:


edit: fixed link

how can I fix this? thanx harrisale 21:28, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

VF 3.3[edit]

I used VF 2.2 previously, after a few months away from anti-vandalism I tried to use it toady and it didn't work. Using 3.3 now, but Auto permanent blacklist those reverted by Whitelist, is not working. - RoyBoy 800 20:08, 28 September 2006 (UTC) 2.2 has a few problems since the IRC format changed, I'm not sure how much of it still works Henna 22:46, 11 November 2006 (UTC)


What licence is used for this tool? Is it open source? NerdyNSK 01:42, 16 October 2006 (UTC)

Wikimedia resource[edit]

Hey, I think VF uses the IRC feed to poll its data. I recently came across and . I'm not sure how they might be helpful yet, but the wheels are spinning. Just thought I'd let you know that resource exists, should you want to make use of it. :) --Brad Beattie (talk) 17:17, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

Mac OS X[edit]

I'm trying to run VF 3.3 on my Mac PowerBook G4. I'm running OS X 10.3.9. I'm able to load the application. Import the list of admins from the site as well as import my watchlist. I try and connect and I don't receive any feed. I was able to view the live feed in XChat so I don't think it has to do with my Java runtime environment. VF 3.3 works perfectly on my PC though. Any thoughts? Mkdwtalk 04:37, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

you're probably not connecting to the ircserver for the feed itself, could you check wether you're connected to the ircserver? if you start vf from a terminal it shows lots of debugging information, amongst wich is the nick used to join the channel: 'vf' followed by random numbers. Henna 22:48, 11 November 2006 (UTC)
I've got a similar problem as Mkdw (no feed, but on a Pc. with Linux, VF33-Français, Sun Java Version 1.5.0 (build 1.5.0_06-b05)) and a nick appears on my terminal. Grasyop 19:22, 12 November 2006 (UTC)
3.5 doesn't work either. It gives me "The jar file 'vf35ba.jar' couldn't be lauched. Check the Console for possible error messages." I've tried all the 3.5 versions. 3.3 opens on this computer, but no feed. Mkdwtalk 20:38, 19 November 2006 (UTC)

Site Down?[edit]

Tried to download VF but I guess your site is down...why don't you host it on Sourceforge or Google Code? Dinesh Cyanam 23:57, 4 November 2006 (UTC)

Source code[edit]

Where would I be able to get the source code for the program? Cheers, Ansell 10:51, 5 November 2006 (UTC) should be in the tar, otherwise I have to check my release script. Henna 22:27, 11 November 2006 (UTC)

Netrange, regex[edit]

Hello, is there a way to use VF to monitor edits made by a netrange? For example, using regex to filter edits made by - could be useful for tracking network abuse for educational institutions. I can't figure it out on my own, so please help. Regards, Tuxide 22:33, 10 November 2006 (UTC)

you could try a regular expression and match it on the editor, I'm working on a better model for this, but it's still in the planning stage. Henna 22:49, 11 November 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for your response. Any idea what the regular expression would be for my example? That's the part I'm stumped on. Regards, Tuxide 00:54, 12 November 2006 (UTC)
Ah, of course! "Watched" pages take precedence must be turned on for it to work. Regards, Tuxide 01:01, 2 February 2007 (UTC)


When I download VF, it opens in a Nokia PC Suite thing. It shouldn't be right? I think there's an error with this, I could download CDVF and it worked fine with Java. I have Java installed in the PC, there must be something wrong. Terence Ong 03:45, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

Link to user manual is down[edit]

Not working for me at least. --Goyston 08:06, 24 December 2006 (UTC)

Can someone please fix this? I need to consult it. Mouse Nightshirt 18:11, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
Ditto. --Crimson30 23:17, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

How do I scan for user regexps?[edit]

I've just installed Vandal Fighter 3.5 and am really impressed with it, but I can't seem to figure out scanning for users using regexps. I've got "Apply regexp blacklist to user names" turned on and have added a regexp of "Vashti" to scan for my own edits to test it. That works fine, but if I change it to "Vash.*" or "Vash.+", those don't highlight anything. Any idea what I'm doing wrong? Thanks... Vashti 12:52, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

I believe I've hit on it - I have "Show only edits on watchlist and user/regexp blacklists" turned on, and if I turn that off my edits show up appropriately blacklisted. Vashti 11:36, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
I've now installed the latest JDK (as opposed to the runtime environment only) and now it seems to work perfectly. *waves a dead chicken* Vashti 14:06, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

SVN not working[edit]

Downloading via SVN does not work, it says "svn: Can't connect to host '': Connection timed out" --Credema 09:25, 28 January 2007 (UTC)


First time user and I'm only seeing nl.wikipedia edits. Under config en.wikiepdia is the default project. Is there a way to see only en.wikipedia edits? --Crimson30 23:23, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

Disregard. I figured it out. Holy cow, btw. --Crimson30 23:27, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

Slight updates[edit]

I've updated the link to the newest JRE, Diff as well as reworded the sentence about tabbed browsing, since these are integral features off FF and IE7 which don't require extensions. Diff Feel free to revert if there are other considerations I'm not aware of. - WeniWidiWiki 01:14, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

Excluding non-mainspace edits?[edit]

I want to focus only on mainspace edits, excluding all edits to talk pages, but I can't work out how to get VF to filter out non-mainspace edits. Can anyone advise on how to do this? -- ChrisO 15:44, 27 February 2007 (UTC)

Use the regex whitelist. From the main page is an example:
Cheers, Tuxide 20:59, 27 February 2007 (UTC)


Can anyone offer me some guidance on getting Vandal Fighter to work. I've installed the latest and greatest versions of JRE and of VF (I think ... I've got vf35b_17.jar, but I've also tried vf35b_3.jar). When I open the .jar file, it opens Vandal Fighter and the status bar at the bottom says "Ready to connect ....". I click Connect. The status bar says "joined channel". I assume that it's at this point that the window should start populating with possible cases of vandalism, but nothing comes up; even after letting it run for 20 or 30 minutes. Any suggestions? Thanks! Sanfranman59 01:43, 22 March 2007 (UTC)

Anybody home?? --Sanfranman59 17:49, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
Howdy - not sure exactly what the problem is... I started with vf35b_17 and had no problems, clicking "Connect" floods the table with new edits in seconds. Check the settings on the "Connections" tab and make sure they look ok.
I would also try out vf-beren.jar as it's actually a newer version(3.5b_26) with some nice improvements and so far I've had no problems. If you have any other queries, feel free to ask me on my talk page, or contact me on ICQ (details on user page). Regards, Zarius 16:32, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for the response, Zar. I think the problem may be that I was trying to run the software on my office computer and it may be that our firewall blocks IRC access. I tried it on my clunky home computer last night and while it was slow as molasses, it seemed to work. Another possible explanation is that my office computer is a Windows 2000 Professional system. Is VF compatible with older versions of Windows? --Sanfranman59 17:45, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
No probs. Odd that it goes so slow, not sure what that problem would be - although I can't see a reason it would work different on Windows 2000, I've never tried it on anything but Windows XP. Did you test the latest vf-beren.jar as well? Other than that I've got no idea.Zarius 03:22, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

Page updates (downloads & support)[edit]


I added a downloads section to the navigation template to make it easier for people to locate the current stable and dev versions. Hope it looks ok.

BTW: What bugs are outstanding on version "3.5b 26 (beren)" stopping it being a stable version? I've found I prefer using this version and haven't had any problems yet. I've only seen one bug posted to the bugs page related to it too.

Is the "graying bug" still in that version? I noticed that's why the 3.5 section has been tagged with a message saying "going back to 3.3" since 12 April 2006 (diff).

Zarius 05:01, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

B column[edit]

How do I enable it? I'm watching over eswiki, enabled the "B" takes to block page. Yet there is no B column. -- drini [meta:] [commons:] 04:39, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Running 3.5b 26 (beren) -- drini [meta:] [commons:] 04:40, 16 April 2007 (UTC)


What is the greylist for? There isn't anywhere mentioning it. Fufu Fang 23:26, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

I was able to find the answer in the changelog on the download page. Apparently the Graylist removes that user's edits from the RC table without giving them white list propteries (automatic blacklist of users that they revert). Nn123645 01:35, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

VF 3.3- live rc page not showing anything[edit]

did i do something wrong? Chris 05:24, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Are you able to use IRC? VandalFighter requires your IRC port to be unblocked. Tuxide 05:50, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Download Link not working![edit]

The download link isnt working. Could some one email me VandalFighter please? My email is [2] Thanks! ACBestMy Contributions 18:57, 3 May 2007 (UTC)

Sent effeietsanders 09:18, 20 May 2007 (UTC)

Download Error: Server doesn't exist. ? I've checked on multiple computers — Johnl1479(talk) 17:47, 7 March 2008 (UTC)


i can't download the program from -- 09:02, 20 May 2007 (UTC) Filosottile on itwiki

you can send the it version by mail to me
sent vf-beren , hope that is the correct one. effeietsanders 09:19, 20 May 2007 (UTC)
Seconded, I can't download the english version. email is [3] but fix the _at_. Gscshoyru 20:37, 14 July 2007 (UTC)
Sorry, the website is no longer running. :( But you can get an old version here. --Mschel 01:18, 15 July 2007 (UTC)

SVN down, development stopped[edit]

Dear VF users and developers, I'm quite unsure about the state of VF and VF development. Who at all is developing VF and what is the current version? Best regards, Codeispoetry 11:01, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

Try mailing Henna. She had made changes as recently as this august (at wikimania). I was sitting next to her, so I should know. :-) --Kim Bruning 00:03, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

Regular expressions[edit]

I can not get regular expressions to work. I have added ^User talk:.* to my regexp whitelist and I have told it to apply the whitelist to page names, but it still does not work. Could someone help? Thanks. --Mschel 20:10, 5 June 2007 (UTC)


Seems to be refusing connections.

Error: Can't connect to host '': No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it.    

Q T C 17:53, 18 August 2007 (UTC)


Do we need to be approved into a list to use it?--Sunny910910 (talk|Contributions) 23:49, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

Nope. :-) --Kim Bruning 00:02, 15 October 2007 (UTC)


Hi, I downloaded the program after searching the talk page, and now I want to know, is there a way to have it open my browser with me logged in already? YДмΔќʃʀï→ГC← 10-13-2007 • 20:31:08

I'm asking because it takes to long to log in each time I click a link, and other users always beat me to the revert. Please respond on my talk page, because I don't generally check a page more than three days after a post, but I'll be checking tomorrow and the day after. YДмΔќʃʀï→ГC← 10-13-2007 • 20:33:44
And can I get it to open a page in Firefox? When I tried to set it to Firefox, it wouldn't work. YДмΔќʃʀï→ГC← 10-13-2007 • 21:24:53

VF: translation to spanish[edit]

I wrote you a e-mail, but something is wrong... (perhaps the address is mistaked?) The original message was:

I´m Amadís (admin in es.wikipedia; my userpage:;
I translated to spanish the Messagesfile of VF; you can find the translation here:
My english it isn´t very good; I used the portuguese translation, viewing the english text at the same time, and I request a check to other admins;

(I forgot to sign... xp) --Amadís 01:00, 2 November 2007 (UTC)


Is there any way to open up Firefox from VP instead of the default Internet Explorer? The Chronic 06:26, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Nvr mnd. The Chronic 04:31, 22 November 2007 (UTC)


I am de:User:TheWolf on German Wikipedia and use VF 3.5b 26 for some months. I would like to exclude all namespaces except main. But with the regexp list it doesn't really work. Do I have to use the German or the English names of the namespaces (Benutzer or User and so on)? Could maybe somemone make a list of expressions I have to import into the whitelist? I could give you easily a list of the German names for the namespaces, if you should need it. yours (talk) 17:14, 9 December 2007 (UTC) (de:User:TheWolf)


Hello all,

I just downloaded VF (beren?) and would like some help in making it work for me. I am new to both VF and Java in general. Does anyone have any tips, suggestions, or general help they can give me so that I can make better use of VF? For example, is there a way I can make the risk ratings more accurate (perhaps by updating my white/blacklist, etc.)? Thanks! --Malachirality (talk) 17:56, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

Specifically, why does SineBot appear highlighted as a blacklisted user (even after I have placed it on the whitelist)? --Malachirality (talk) 18:54, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

Vandal not working[edit]

Where is the load up file inside the folder, i can't find it plus it's not even appearing on Mozilla, nor IE7 the one's available for download couldn't connect to the site, and it said try the beren one, so i did an it's not working, please tell me how to open the file . →Yun-Yuuzhan 19:17, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

Hi Yun-Yuuzhan,
Please try it directly through this link: [4] effeietsanders 20:37, 2 January 2008 (UTC)
Done it, opened the folder and there's no launcher to open the software. →Yun-Yuuzhan 12:23, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
Hi Yun-Yuuzhan,
First of all, please make sure that you installed Java properly. If you click on the link I gave up here, you should get a download option. Please download the file to an empty folder. If you did this successfully, please go to that folder. There should be one single file in it. A .jar-file (in windows it shows me an ugly cup of coffee/tea as icon). This is a java-file I think. It only works if you have installed Java correctly. Now double click this file. It might take a while before the program actually opens. Please be patient. You can check your task manager to see whether your computer opened the program. (through ctrl-alt-del on windows) Please let it know if this is not what is happening with you, and what does happen then. effeietsanders 12:51, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
Checked system spec's can confirm that Java Runtime wasn't apparently installed, followed the link provided on the mainpage, and downloaded Java, installed it, restarted my pc and it's detected Java and the software. Now i'll download the manual on the mainpage. So i know what to do with the program. Thanks for the comment it help me. →Yun-Yuuzhan 14:02, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

Randomly picking up nl.wikipedia channel[edit]

Whilst logged in to the #en.wikipedia channel, I also get some random nl.wikipedia channel changes through as well. This doesn't happen all the time, but does occasionally (like today!) These people are not on my watch/black lists so are appearing as normal colours.

Great program by the way! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Samtheboy (talkcontribs) 09:57, 6 January 2008 (UTC)

Are you sure you did not log in by accident on the nl.wikipedia channel? Maybe try a fresh install in another folder, and see if it happens there too? effeietsanders 12:23, 6 January 2008 (UTC)
I'm definitely not logged into the nl channel! Might try a fresh install and see if it helps! --Samtheboy (t/c) 20:43, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

IP edits, new articles and new images?[edit]

Hi, I want to monitor all IP edits, the new articles _and_ the new images. I managed 1 and 2, but how can I monitor new images? Regards, Ireas ask! 16:17, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Does this work under Linux?[edit]

I can't open any web page from this program in my browser. Single-clicking on an item in the list produces no effect, neither does any of the options in the right-click menu. --carelesshx talk 22:41, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

How to download?[edit]

Exactly how are you supposed to download it? —Preceding unsigned comment added by MingusMeringue (talkcontribs) 20:22, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Above user blocked as vandal and/or unauthorized bot. DMacks (talk) 20:50, 4 November 2008 (UTC)


Become a Vandal Fighter now!

I've made an image about this if you want to use it, see to the right. :) //moralist 13:44, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

Other Wikis[edit]

Is it possible to use this on other wikis? (as in, I was trying to get it to work for a wiki I host, but couldn't figure out how). -- NightKev (talk) 05:40, 5 January 2009 (UTC)

Proxy problem[edit]

Hello, does it work behind a proxy? — STAR TREK Man [Space, the final frontier...] 15:43, 16 January 2009 (UTC)


Could someone email me the latest version? Email here. Thanks Mkdwtalk 02:17, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

Anyone here?[edit]

Is anyone watching this page? kcylsnavS{screechharrass} 14:23, 31 May 2010 (UTC)[edit]

I think it would be a good idea to move the localization to so that it becomes easy to translate to lots of languages. Could that be done? --Ainali (talk) 11:33, 14 July 2010 (UTC)

Update is already end? I made new revision[edit]

Hi all. It lools like updating is already over... so I build new revision that inculudes "ja", "pt" and "ru". This is very simple addition. I don't know what SVN is and where should I upload it. So I upload it my tool site . This would be helpful especcialy for japanese, portuguese and russian. I hope you like it. thank you. --Was a bee (talk) 19:08, 11 August 2010 (UTC)

here's nineten language versions. check it out. thanks :> --Was a bee (talk) 20:40, 11 August 2010 (UTC)

Hi, I added ar(partly translated) and fixed some bugs(table related issues). And I links it on WP:VF. [5]. I don't know whether it is OK or not OK to added link there. If somthing problematic, please delete it. thank you :o) --Was a bee (talk) 22:53, 14 August 2010 (UTC)

IRC address changed - new build[edit]

IRC address changed from "" to "". So VF could not connect to server. I found that Huggle also encountered same sort of problem (reports). Anyway I fixed line.3977 of and upload new build. This works. thank you.--Was a bee (talk) 17:43, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

It doesn't run[edit]

Hi community! Since two days vandalfighter suddenly doesn't display any edits it just says "ready to connect" but it doesn't. Please help :( --Avoided (talk) 18:11, 14 October 2010 (UTC)

Ah it's ok now. I've downlaoded the b52 from the last section here. --Avoided (talk) 18:25, 14 October 2010 (UTC)
I have the same problems here .. and couldn't find the b52 you mentioned. Can anybody help ? — Tjmoel Icons-flag-id.png bicara 09:33, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
Just above or here (vf35b52_en.jar). Temporarily Henna is inactive, so I uploaded fixed version as b52. --Was a bee (talk) 09:56, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

VF - Can it be used in other language project other than EN Wikipedia?[edit]

Dear Henna, Greetings from Khmer Wikipedia! I'm one of the Admin Team. Now we need a better tool to monitor vandalism. So, can it be used outside the EN Wikipedia? Thanks, --វ័ណថារិទ្ធ (talk) 13:58, 18 June 2011 (UTC)

What about compatibility?[edit]

What things are compatible with Vandal Fighter? NoRwEgIaNbAcTeRiUm (talk) 18:54, 8 July 2012 (UTC)

Repo source code[edit]

Hello, the SVN repo is offline: svn://

Where can I checkout? Thanks--B3t (talk) 16:23, 30 October 2013 (UTC)

Hi B3t. Here is my old wesite[6]. After downloading the Jar file, change the file extension from ".jar" to ".zip". Then you will be able to get the archived source. I hope you can get it. --Was a bee (talk) 18:01, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
Thank you.--B3t (talk) 22:18, 16 April 2014 (UTC)