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Huggle version 3.0.0
Original author(s) Gurch
Developer(s) Adam Shorland, Petr Bena, et al.
Stable release 3.1.10
Development status Active
Written in C++, Python
Operating system Windows 2000 and later, Linux, OS X
Available in 35 languages[1]
License GPL

Huggle is a fast diff browser application intended for dealing with vandalism or other unconstructive edits on Wikimedia projects, written in C++. It was originally developed in .NET Framework by Gurch, who is no longer active on this project. Anyone can download Huggle, but rollback permission is required on English wikipedia.

The core idea of Huggle as an anti-vandalism software is to make it possible for Wikipedia to stay as much open as possible (everyone can edit, without any restrictions), while clean of any vandalism - edits made either by malicious robots or bad-faith edits made by people.

With Huggle users can load and review edits made to Wikipedia in real time, it also helps users identify unconstructive edits, and allows them to be reverted quickly. Various mechanisms are used to draw conclusions to whether an edit is constructive or not. It uses a semi-distributed model where edits are retrieved using a "provider" (this can be anything that is capable of distributing a stream of edit information, such as the Wikipedia API or IRC recent changes feed), pre-parsed and analyzed. This information is then shared with other anti-vandalism tools, such as ClueBot NG. Huggle also uses a number of self-learning mechanisms, including a global white-list (users that are considered trusted) and user-badness scores that are stored locally on the client's computer.

Where to start

There is a user manual available here. It is recommended for new users to read it so that they can figure out what Huggle is and how it works. In order to use Huggle on the English Wikipedia, you need to be familiar with how to deal with vandalism (Huggle is not intended for new wikipedia users) and for this reason you are required to have a rollback permissions. These are however not needed from technical point of view, so in case you want to try out Huggle and see how it works, you can also test it on with no need for any permissions.

If you are experienced wikipedian and you already got rollback permissions, or if you want to try huggle on test wiki, proceed to download page and get a latest version of huggle for your OS. Before using Huggle, it is recommended that users read the privacy statement written by the developers, which contains information about how Huggle stores and manages data. Support and development chat is available on #huggle connect

Download Huggle


The current stable download is version 3.1.10.

Huggle may be used on any wiki that is running MediaWiki. See meta:Project:Huggle/List for a list of Wikimedia projects where Huggle can be used. If you wish to have it enabled on any other project, contact us on the feedback page or on the Wikimedia Phabricator.

Huggle 3 is here, now with instant reverts, more cookies, and support for Linux and OS X!

Note: Huggle 3 is officially out!! We would like to announce that the development of Huggle 2x has been stopped for inclusion of new features; support for the tool will remain for at least 3 months after the release of Huggle 3.0, which means that bugs will be resolved, while implementation of new features will be postponed to the next version which will replace the current version.

Huggle 3 is written in C++ and Python, and includes many new features such as compatibility with Linux and OS X, a scripting interface, better performance and more.

Login form (ubuntu)

Huggle 2 users

If you did use Huggle 2 and would like to switch to the new version, there are some differences in basic Huggle configuration and layout. Huggle 3 contains some different options and will not overwrite legacy configuration page in your userspace. That means you can change your Huggle 3 preferences and it will not change the Huggle 2. First thing you may want to do once you start Huggle 3 is to open preferences and click that big button Change all huggle settings to behave more like Huggle 2. Layout is not looking the same, but it can be easily modified. The widgets can be removed or changed, so that it would look more like old Huggle if you prefer that more.

Beta testing

Nightly builds - you can download pre-release versions of Huggle for Windows and Ubuntu at these versions are built every night, but do not contain any updater. You will need to update them yourself. The windows version is just a zip file.

If you would like to become a Huggle beta tester, please add yourself to the list of project members (as a beta tester) and you will be automatically notified by email / message every time a new beta version is released. Don't forget to send all feedback related to beta versions to the issue tracker.

You can help

If you like Huggle and want to help with its development, you can contribute and assist with its development even if you lack any computer programming knowledge. You can:

If you are interested in this project, you are welcome to join us. Just add your name to the table in WP:Huggle/Members and include how you will participate (example: translation/helping on feedback page or irc). If you want to become a developer, fork our repository on github, make your changes, and submit a pull request. Every little bit of help is greatly appreciated!

See also

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