Bots are automated scripts or processes which perform jobs on Wikipedia. Usually, they do jobs which would take a long time to do without the bot.

Bots perform their jobs under a different user name than the owner, so that it is easy to tell them apart. Also, bot edits are hidden from pages like Special:Recentchanges to keep them from flooding the list. To see the bot edits, manually add hidebots=0 to your query string, or click "show bot edits" at the top of Newest changes.

The most popular type of bot is called the Python Wikipedia Robot Framework or "pywikibot" for short. See also this list of other frameworks for creating bots.

Current botsᱥᱟᱯᱲᱟᱣ

These users have been given a "bot flag" and are approved to perform tasks. See Special:Listusers/bot for a current list of fully approved bots. All bots should be approved (with or without a bot flag) before editing. During their approval process (see below), bots may make up to 50 edits to show how they will be working. Any bot not approved (with or without a flag) or found to be making edits it was not approved for may be blocked.

Bot Name Owner function
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links Operator873 Talk page archives
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links Kanashimi fixing broken anchors, adding Template:Unsigned template, and Template:Article issues template.
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links Chenzw Anti-vandalism bot
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links Smith609 Citation fixes
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links Cyberpower678 Edits Adminstats and dates maintenance tags.
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links Ferien WPCleaner, currently fixing Check Wikipedia error 61
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links GoingBatty Citation fixes
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links Cyberpower678 Retrieves archived copies of dead links.
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links Jon Kolbert Replace unsecured http:// links with https:// if supported.
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links Mike Peel Fix Template:Commons category links.
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links R'n'B Double redirects and manual disambiguation
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links Djsasso Talk page archives, category redirects, cleans sandbox
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links xqt Cosmetic changes, fixing double redirects
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links Zabe interwiki, double redirects

Some other bots make occasional edits here, usually creating interwiki links, but do not have a bot flag. These bots do not usually edit often enough for them to need the bot flag. Also, there may be other reasons for their edits to not be marked as a bot edit. The following bots are approved to edit without a bot flag:

Bot Name Owner Uses
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links Siebrand Commons based image bot
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links MZMcBride Global delivery of Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links Hydriz Update Database reports
ᱣᱤᱠᱤᱯᱤᱰᱤᱭᱟ:BOT/links JJMC89 Replace BSicons

Bot approvalsᱥᱟᱯᱲᱟᱣ

To get approved to run a bot, you should be a good contributor first. Describe your bot on the talk page, create a new account for it, run some tests for a short time, and get agreement from other users that the bot's use is a good idea. Once that is done, your bot may be given a bot flag by a bureaucrat.

Global botsᱥᱟᱯᱲᱟᱣ

Bot help requestsᱥᱟᱯᱲᱟᱣ

If you have a task which you think a bot can help with, contact one of the bot owners, or make a request on the talk page.

Related pagesᱥᱟᱯᱲᱟᱣ

  1. en:Wikipedia:Bot requests
  2. meta:Interwiki bot
  3. meta:Interwiki bot/Getting started
  4. meta:Category:Pywikipedia
  5. sourceforge:projects/pywikipediabot
  6. sourceforge:projects/dotnetwikibot