Wikipedia:Tools/Editing tools

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Wikipedia editing tools

Screenshot of wikEd, a full-featured in-browser text editor


wikEd is a full-featured, in-browser text editor that adds enhanced text processing functions to Wikipedia and other MediaWiki edit pages (currently Mozilla, Firefox, SeaMonkey, Safari, and Chrome only).

Features include:

  • Pasting formatted text, e.g. from MS-Word (including tables)
  • Converting the formatted text to wikicode
  • Wikicode syntax highlighting
  • Regular expression search and replace and find-as-you-type
  • Server-independent Show preview and Show changes
  • Fullscreen editing mode
  • Single-click fixing of common mistakes
  • History for summary, search, and replace fields
  • Search/replace box that supports regular expressions.

MW (ubiquity script)

MW is a Firefox Ubiquity script. It uses the mediawiki API to suggest and insert an internal link.


CSVLoader is an AutoWikiBrowser plug-in that allows creating and updating articles using CSV data files.


With this Firefox-add-on it is possible to make little edits to wiki-articles without having to leave or reload the page, so the flow in reading an article is barely disturbed.

Available at


WikiUp is a small utility for adding images and files to your MediaWiki wiki site. (Windows only). With WikiUp you simply paste the image from the clipboard, click upload and then paste the Wiki-tag directly into the page you're editing.

You can drag and drop files and images to upload instantly. Automatic naming of pasted images.

WikiUp is proprietary freeware.

Available at


Wiki's is a software to edit wikis more easily, it content buttons to go in a page, to edit a page more speedily, etc.[awkward]

Download Wiki's


WinMerge is a free and open-source differencing and merging tool for Windows. WinMerge can compare both folders and files, presenting differences in a visual text format that is easy to understand and handle. This application is very helpful for keeping track of changes on large, complicated edits.


Semi-auto edit bots


AutoWikiBrowser – (Windows platform) Makes repetitive, tedious edits such as spell checkings or category moves faster and easier.

mwpush is a Perl script which takes a Wikified text file or input and submits it to a target MediaWiki page.


PyAutoWikiBrowser (PyAWB) is an editing assist tool for Mediawiki similar to AWB, but since it is written in Python, it is intended to be cross-platform. Currently it is under development, but it is available for testing as a command line tool. While in beta please restrict editing to your own userspace, or preferably, sign up at test wikipedia and use that. Enter the project test (not Wikipedia) and language test when running to set up the software.


Useful for creating bots, or for interactive repair of interwiki links.

  • mw:Manual:Pywikibot


DotNetWikiBot has an option to review and change each edit in Microsoft Word before saving it to live wiki. DotNetWikiBot is a client API on .NET, intended for building bots for MediaWiki sites.

Relink is a Perl5 script that relinks wikitext. It removes red links, given a list of titles that it generates from the raw wikitext. It can also add links given a list of words to link. It will report link counts, how many times each link occurs, and the total number of outgoing links.

Information display

Navigation popups

Wikipedia:Tools/Navigation popups gives a popup box containing the first paragraph of an article when hovering over a link; it also allows quick access to common editing operations. If the wiki provides the NavPop gadget, it can be enabled in user preferences under the gadgets tab. Otherwise, installed by editing the user's [[User:Name/monobook.js]] file.

Alternative preview

  • Alex Smotrov's QPreview adds an edit toolbar button that uses XMLHttpRequest to generate page preview without reloading the whole page. QPreview functionality has also been added to the wikEd editor tool.

WikiCheck watchlist tool

WikiCheck is a small tool to make checking your watchlist easier. Docked to the left screen edge it shows a list of changes that occurred since the last time the list was checked. Clicking on a change will open the corresponding diff in a new browser window. Recently rewritten.


vfd_NavBar is a modified version of the experimental navigation bars. This will hide closed discussions in the AFD & AFC pages, but not in the AFD sub pages (where there's only 1 discussion) and allows you to toggle them individually. There's no other requirements, just {{subst:User:Sanbeg/vfd_NavBar.js}} into your monobook.js -Steve Sanbeg 21:12, 17 October 2006 (UTC)

Wikisyntax conversion utilities

From spreadsheet tables

  • User:Cacycle/wikEd editor extension functionality, see above
  • The CSV to Wikipedia converter allows you to convert tables in CSV format into the MediaWiki syntax for tables (or to HTML, if you prefer). This way you can import tables directly from spreadsheet applications like Excel or from databases. For more information, see de:Benutzer:Duesentrieb/csv2wp (en). (by de:Duesentrieb).
  • The HTML::WikiConverter Perl module (mentioned below) is also capable of table conversion.
  • A very simple Copy & Paste Excel-to-Wiki Converter
  • A free open source tool to convert from csv and Excel files to wiki table format: csv2other
  • Spreadsheet-to-MediaWiki-table-Converter 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.[1]

From Microsoft Word or OpenOffice

see also "From OpenOffice" section below for conversion from or via OpenOffice

  • VisualEditor, the WYSIWYG editor deployed on multiple Wikipedias allows for the copying/pasting of content from Word documents into a wiki page. Most formatting is kept intact - including tables. However, images and advanced formatting will need to be cleaned up upon import.
  • User:Cacycle/wikEd editor extension functionality, see above
  • Extension:Word2MediaWikiPlus: Converts most text, tables and pictures into wiki format.
  • Microsoft Office Word Add-in For MediaWiki: Converts Word documents to wiki formatting. Doesn't do images.
  • Word2MediaWiki using a Word Visual Basic macro
  • A Perl script that convert Word files to Mediawiki using OpenOffice (running "headless"). Images are also supported. Images are extracted from the Word file and saved as ordinary images which are uploaded to the wiki using pywikipediabot. Runs on Linux.
  • A Python script that convert Word files to Mediawiki using OpenOffice. Images are also supported.
  • Excel2Wiki tool for converting Excel tables to wiki tables.
  • Adding code to Microsoft visual basic editor
Add the source code below (currently hidden in a collapsed table) to the visual basic editor in Word.
Copy and paste the below code into a file.
Open the visual basic editor tools → macro → visual basic editor (In Word 2007, Show Developer Tab in Ribbon must be checked in Word Options → Popular)
Right click on Normal in the Project pane and select Import File...
Import the file saved above (that file is no longer needed after import)
Save the code File → Save normal
Close the visual basic editor.
Converting the Word formatted text is simply done by running your new 'installed' macro tools → macro → macros.
See the notes[2] for more formatting options.

On the other hand, transferring a single wiki page in mediawiki to Word is easy, just save the desired webpage and then open the page in Microsoft Word.


Online, no installation required
  • html2wiki (
  • An AJAX interface for the HTML::WikiConverter (remove HTML head if not working)
  • A browser based HTML to Wiki converter Emiliano Bruni's I love wiki – HTML2Wiki Converter (also using Perl module HTML::WikiConverter, remove HTML head if not working)
  • HTML::WikiConverter on the Toolserver: (asf of 1 November 2011 the account has expired)
Note: You must change the "Wiki dialect" to MediaWiki or it won't work properly. You can enter a url to convert a web page. It is based on the Perl module HTML::WikiConverter which performs html→wiki conversion and is available on CPAN. (by en:Diberri). This converter can fetch a URL instead of pasting the html.
Tip: If you receive no conversion but an "Internal Server Error" or nothing at all, the HTML source may be too large
Tip: If you experience problems with non-ASCII characters, paste UTF-8 code as ASCII (Ä instead of Ä), convert and restore original encoding (SciTe could help you doing the encoding conversions)
  • : HTML paste supported, offers both HTML clean-up and converts to wikitext using Parsoid. Decent support for HTML from Google Docs and GMail.
To download
  • Html2Wiki is an extension for MediaWiki that imports HTML
  • HTML::WikiConverter
  • User:Cacycle/wikEd editor extension functionality, see above
  • Another HTML to Wiki converter
  • A C++ based program also called Html2mediawiki

From OpenOffice and LibreOffice

  • LibreOffice provides MediaWiki export functionality, package libreoffice-wiki-publisher needs to be installed
  • via OpenOffice 2.x to MediaWiki: open the .doc with 2.x and export as mediawiki text. Not available any longer in OpenOffice 3.x versions.
  • Odt2Wiki – Wiki
  • OpenOffice2MediaWiki: Export filter for converting from ODT format to MediaWiki
  • Writer2MediaWiki: OpenOffice macro for converting to MediaWiki format
  • Sun Wiki Publisher: OpenOffice extension from Sun to publish in MediaWiki format

From LaTeX

  • LaTeX2wiki converts sections, math, and references using a web form.

From source codes

  • Wikipedia supports syntax highlighting. For information on how to use it, and the languages supported, see Syntax Highlight Extension.

From Wikispaces

  • A very simple Wikispaces text to MediaWiki text Converter.

Misc. editing tools

RecentChanges tools

Spell Checkers

Interwiki link checker

  • [1] to interwiki articles in different languages which ought to have a link.

Disambiguation fixer

Disambiguation fixer is a program to fix the links to Disambiguation pages. (See Wikipedia:Disambiguation pages with links)

Go-to-edit-page contextual menu item

  • This script for a Firefox extension allows one to go directly to the edit page of a right-clicked wiki page link (control-clicked on a Macintosh one-button mouse).

Timeline creation tool

For a tool to create nice graphical timelines, see meta:Wikipedia Project Time Charts and the Easy Timeline Homepage. (by meta:Erik Zachte)

AFD tools

note : AFD stands for Articles For Deletion

Add the following to your monobook.js file

Added by ABCD
This should be improved by saving a 7-day cookie as to the hidden or shown status of each VFD --jnothman talk 02:01, 2 November 2005 (UTC)

Afd helper

A script to speed up voting on AFDs. See afd helper. Feedback needed.

WikiDiscussion Manager

This is a tool for posting your opinion on discussions on Wikipedia. Currently only AfD is supported, more are coming. WDM. This is a console app using .NET and C++.

Regex: change heading levels

The following may seem trivial for Unix-experienced people, but a collection of ready to use regular expressions can help people who don't know anything or much about regular expressions. For these people: You can use regular expressions in many editors to perform complex editing tasks.

This will give the headings more (or less) equal signs ("="). I can only provide a version which is verified to work in Eclipse, but it will work in many text editors which feature Unix-style regular expressions.

Please change the expressions only if you are very, very sure that it will work correctly, say you have tested that it works.

Verified in Eclipse

For more equal signs replace with:
For less equal signs replace with:
To balance right equals signs to left:

Hints for text editors not mentioned

In other editors the replace strings will have to be different:

For more equal signs replace with:


For less equal signs replace with:


Footnote renumbering tool

If you have a page with many footnotes ({{Fn|...}} and {{Fnb|...}}), and they're all in the wrong order, this script could be useful. Written in Python, tested on a Linux system with Python 2.4.

User:Skagedal/Footnote renumbering tool

Extra edit page buttons

Extra edit page buttons.png

For extra edit page buttons, put the following code in your skin.js.


The buttons include: left aligned text, sub-script, super-script, insert table, insert quoted text.

More details can be found at User:MarkS/Extra edit buttons.

Units of measure formatting and conversion tool and date formatting tool

User:MJCdetroit/monobook.js is a monobook tool that allows many common units to be correctly formatted (e.g. km² and not sq km) and converted between metric and imperial/U.S. customary systems with one click on a 'units' tab in edit mode.

Dates can be delinked and common errors associated with can be corrected with one click on a 'dates' tab in edit mode.

Units and dates can be combined by clicking the 'combined' tab in the edit mode.

To avoid false positives, editors can/should review the changes offered and accept or reject the changes offered and/or do more editing before pressing 'Save'. Simply add importScript("User:MJCdetroit/monobook.js"); to your own monobook. Follow the instructions in your monobook to clear the cache (i.e. press Ctrl-Shift-R in Firefox, or Ctrl-F5 in IE) before it will work. —MJCdetroit (yak) 20:32, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

Wiki Welcome

// A small piece of JS written by [[User:MatthewFenton]], This is my first piece of JS.
function welcome() {
    if (document.title.indexOf('Editing User talk:') == 0) {
        document.editform.wpTextbox1.value = document.editform.wpTextbox1.value + '==' +
          'Welcome' + '==\n' + '{{subst:User:' + 'MatthewFenton/Welcome}}\n~~' + '~~';
        document.editform.wpSummary.value = 'Welcome a user to Wikipedia using JS WW';
function welcome_tab() {
    add_link('javascript:welcome()', 'Welcome');

if (document.title.indexOf('Editing User talk:') == 0) {

The code adds a tab when you are on user talk pages, you can then click it to add a welcome template and then save. A little time saver for me i thought I would share. Matthew Fenton (contribs) 16:25, 12 July 2006 (UTC)

Image tagging tools

Script for quickly tagging images as lacking source, licensing, or fair use rationale. Also simplifies nominating images for deletion:

User talk:Howcheng/quickimgdelete.js

Labelled Image Editor

The Labelled Image Editor is a Java tool that creates and edits labelled links for an image. Useful for creating clickable maps like Template:United States Labelled Map.


A Greasemonkey script to add a menu with common WP:CSD criteria next in the form that appears when deleting articles. It saves time and provides more meaningful deletion reasons in the logs. Can be included directly into monobook.js with basic modification. It is available at User:Chairboy/csdhelper.greasemonkey.js. Wikipedia administrator access required.

AFD Organizer

An application used in AFD discussions. Loads a list of all the recent AFD's, and then pre-loads several useful pages when opening an AFD, saving valuable time and energy.


  1. ^
  2. ^ Note: You may want to alter this Microsoft Word visual basic editor code so that Word H1 tags become Wiki H2 tags, H2->H3, and so on. H1 is widely considered the title of a web page, whereas H1 is widely considered just the top-level heading in Word.
    Note: this macro also provides a workaround converting linebreaks from word to paragraphs in wiki – line breaks in word are ignored in wiki so everything runs together in one paragraph in the older version of this code. Additionally, the code no longer makes any changes to the source document. Changes are made on a document in memory and put on the clipboard for pasting into the wiki text area.

See also

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