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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 bots[change source]

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
Cewbot (t · c) Kanashimi fixing broken anchors, adding Template:Unsigned template, and Template:Article issues template.
ChenzwBot (t · c) Chenzw Anti-vandalism bot
Cyberbot I (t · c) Cyberpower678 Edits Adminstats and dates maintenance tags.
InternetArchiveBot (t · c) Cyberpower678 Retrieves archived copies of dead links.
KolbertBot (t · c) Jon Kolbert Replace unsecured http:// links with https:// if supported.
Pi bot (t · c) Mike Peel Fix Template:Commons category links.
RussBot (t · c) R'n'B Double redirects and manual disambiguation
SassoBot (t · c) Djsasso Talk page archives, category redirects, cleans sandbox
Xqbot (t · c) xqt Cosmetic changes, fixing 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
CommonsDelinker (t · c) Siebrand Commons based image bot
EdwardsBot (t · c) MZMcBride Global delivery of Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost
HydrizBot (t · c) Hydriz Update Database reports
JJMC89 bot (t · c) JJMC89 Replace BSicons

Bot approvals[change source]

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 bots[change source]

Bot help requests[change source]

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 pages[change source]

  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