Wikipedia:Tip of the day/March 22
To search all of Wikipedia using regex, you need to download the Wikipedia database and do the search offline with AutoWikiBrowser's Database Scanner. Activate it from the tools menu in AutoWikiBrowser (AWB). It returns the names of the pages that match your query, which you can have sent directly to AWB's list maker (then you can use AWB to view them all). The Database Scanner has many features, and each query can be easily configured to match, exclude, specify namespaces, ignore redirects, etc. as you see fit.
To a lesser extent, regex (regular expressions) can be used online to search Wikipedia in the following ways:
- To search Wikipedia titles with regex, use Grep.
- WikEd, the full-featured Wikipedia integrated text editor for Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome web browsers, can do regex searches within the current page (in the edit window). Enable WikEd from your user Preferences in Gadgets.
- AutoWikiBrowser can do regex search/replaces, on a list of articles that you provide it.