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The pages listed below contain various tools and tutorials intended to simplify, make more efficient, or provide additional functionality to Wikipedians. See also Category:Wikipedia tools and Task-oriented tool list. For the Toolserver, see Wikipedia:Toolserver. For other useful directories, see the navigation bar above. For selection of tools, see the tool directory or Directory NG.

Browsing and editing[edit]

wikEd is a full-featured in-browser text editor for Wikipedia edit pages
  • Editing tools, tools intended to provide enhanced editing functionality. Contains edit page tools, edit bots, spellcheckers, wikisyntax conversion utilities, etc.
  • Browser tools, tools categorized by browser type
  • Citation tools, tools for citing and referencing
  • Anti-vandalism tools, tools for patrolling and cleaning up Wikipedia
  • Alternative browsing, alternatives to accessing Wikipedia through your web browser (mobile devices, desktop integration, alternate portals, etc.)
  • User scripts, a collection of JavaScript routines that add functionality to Wikipedia pages (e.g., regex search and replace, changing article formatting, and simplifying common tasks)
  • MW, "VCS-like nonsense for MediaWiki websites" with status, pull, diff, commit, and merge.
  • WatchlistBot is a bot that delivers realtime alerts via instant message (XMPP) when watched articles are edited or when watched users or IP networks edit.
  • Navigation shortcuts offer the ability to add personal links to the sidebar, providing quick and easy access to favourite articles within Wikipedia.


  • Axon, a Firefox search add-on. Double-click a word or select text to open the Wordnik dictionary definition or a Wikipedia article in any language of your choosing.
  • Cleeki, Cleeki is a Windows-based program for generic search purpose, but particularly optimized for Wikipedia. It allows one click keyword grabs from anywhere on the screen and returns Wikipedia results for them.
  • WikiProjects – WikiBrowse for Windows
  • GlobalWPSearch, search across projects and show missing interlanguage links.
  • Macintosh Dashboard Widget
  • whichsub finds transcluded templates of a given page which contain a given string.


Google tools[edit]

Note: Google search results can be several days or even weeks out of date.

Page histories[edit]



Finding the responsible user[edit]

  • WikiBlame, searches for given text in versions of article
  • Article Blamer, similar to WikiBlame, identifies revisions that added given text (originally from Soxred93)
  • User:AmiDaniel/WhodunitQuery, Windows application that identifies the edit and user who added a specific word or phrase

User edit counts and analysis[edit]

  • userhist, user script, adds interface elements for isolating a user's changes to a page.
superseded by X!'s Page History

Edit counters[edit]

User interaction analysis[edit]

  • Editor Interaction Analyzer, compares the edits of specified editors to see which articles overlap, sorted by minimum time between edits by both users. Only works on the English Wikipedia.
  • Intersect Contribs, compares the edits of two or more editors in any Wikimedia Foundation wiki to see which articles overlap


Importing (converting) content to Wikipedia (MediaWiki) format[edit]

Google Docs Spreadsheet[edit]

  • MediaWiki Table Utility or this updated version This class constructs a MediaWiki-format table from an Excel/GoogleDoc copy&paste. It provides a variety of methods to modify the style. It defaults to a Wikipedia styling with first column header.[2]

Microsoft Office[edit]


2007 and later[edit]
Prior versions[edit]
  • mw:Extension:Word2MediaWikiPlus, a tool that converts Microsoft Word documents to MediaWiki. For Ms Word 2000 or 2003
  • For other Macro, see mw:Word macros, Visual Basic macros to use within Microsoft Word to prepare content to be pasted into a Wikipedia page.
  • wikEd, a full-featured in-browser text editor for Wikipedia edit pages that can convert text and tables pasted from Microsoft Word with a button click


  • excel2wiki: Copy & Paste Excel-to-Wiki Converter
  • de:Wikipedia:Technik/Text/Basic/EXCEL-Tabellenumwandlung/en: Convert EXCEL-Table with most formatting like background- and fontcolor, fontstyle(bold/italic), columnheight, -width, etc. to Wiki-tableformat
  • de:Benutzer:Duesentrieb/csv2wp (en) or CSV Converter: Converts many types of spreadsheet tables, including CSV, tab-separated, etc., to MediaWiki or HTML
  • A free open source tool, in .net to convert CSV and EXCEL files to wiki table format: csv2other.
  • A proprietary, commercial, tool to create mass Mediawiki pages using CSV datasource and variable based templates. Results merged into a valid Mediawiki XML Import file. Mediawiki CSV Import tool.
  • wiki2csv can convert wikitables to CSV and back. Useful to edit wikitables in Excel (or OpenOffice).


  • Sun Wiki Publisher, an OpenOffice extension that allows exporting documents as MediaWiki source text via the File → Export → File Format drop down menu. Since can open all Microsoft Office files, one can open files created in Microsoft Word and export them to the MediaWiki format. Compatible with: 3.0 | StarOffice 9 or higher. Also available for LibreOffice


  • Html2Wiki is an extension for MediaWiki that imports HTML





Google Slides[edit]

Google Docs[edit]

Many formats[edit]

  • Pandoc is a universal document converter

Export: Conversion to other formats[edit]

LaTeX or PDF[edit]

HTML for Wordpress blogs[edit]

Geotagging related tools[edit]

  • GeoLocator, Wikipedia compatible geotagging metadata generator and coordinate editor


  • Syndication, RSS feeds, etc.
  • Researching Wikipedia: Tools for data analysis
  • Not English, tools that have not yet been translated completely into English. Some need their descriptions translated from German, others are not available in English. Help translate if you can!
  • Checklinks, Check all external links and helps resolve HTTP redirects
  • WikiBiff, To alert users when they have new messages waiting on their talk pages
  • Desktop Watchlist, Enhanced watchlist for Windows
  • Category Watchlist, Watching additions and removals to categories
  • CategoryWatchlistBot, Watch category and/or template additions/removals, supports partial name matches and subcategories
  • PetScan (manual), searches categories recursively. will find subcategories that overlap with other categories, templates, etc.
  • Yanker: creates list of the following: (1) pages in a category or (2) page titles matching a particular pattern
  • User:SuggestBot for suggested articles you might like to edit
  • RAMP editor: can generate enhanced authority records for creators of archival collections
  • XEcho Shows your global cross-wiki notifications from 800+ wikis at a glance
  • quarry:Quarry, a place to run queries on databases of Wikimedia projects
  • MTC!, A tool that makes it easy to transfer files to Commons en masse.

Sources for code for new tools[edit]

See also[edit]