Template scripts#

template script#

Very simple script to replace a template with another one

It also converts the old MediaWiki boilerplate format to the new format.


python pwb.py template [-remove] [xml[:filename]] oldTemplate \

Specify the template on the command line. The program will pick up the template page, and look for all pages using it. It will then automatically loop over them, and replace the template.

Command line options:

-remove      Remove every occurrence of the template from every article

-subst       Resolves the template by putting its text directly into the
             article. This is done by changing {{...}} or {{msg:...}} into
             {{subst:...}}. If you want to use safesubst, you
             can do -subst:safe. Substitution is not available inside
             <ref>...</ref>, <gallery>...</gallery>, <poem>...</poem>
             and <pagelist ... /> tags.

-assubst     Replaces the first argument as old template with the second
             argument as new template but substitutes it like -subst does.
             Using both options -remove and -subst in the same command line has
             the same effect.

-xml         retrieve information from a local dump
             (https://dumps.wikimedia.org). If this argument isn't given,
             info will be loaded from the maintenance page of the live wiki.
             argument can also be given as "-xml:filename.xml".

-onlyuser:   Only process pages edited by a given user

-skipuser:   Only process pages not edited by a given user

-timestamp:  (With -onlyuser or -skipuser). Only check for a user where his
             edit is not older than the given timestamp. Timestamp must be
             written in MediaWiki timestamp format which is "%Y%m%d%H%M%S".
             If this parameter is missed, all edits are checked but this is
             restricted to the last 100 edits.

-summary:    Lets you pick a custom edit summary. Use quotes if edit summary
             contains spaces.

-always      Don't bother asking to confirm any of the changes, Just Do It.

-addcat:     Appends the given category to every page that is edited. This is
             useful when a category is being broken out from a template
             parameter or when templates are being upmerged but more
             information must be preserved.
other: First argument is the old template name, second one is the new

name. If you want to address a template which has spaces, put quotation marks around it, or use underscores.


If you have a template called [[Template:Cities in Washington]] and want to change it to [[Template:Cities in Washington state]], start:

python pwb.py template "Cities in Washington" "Cities in Washington state"

Move the page [[Template:Cities in Washington]] manually afterwards.

If you have a template called [[Template:test]] and want to substitute it only on pages in the User: and User talk: namespaces, do:

python pwb.py template test -subst -namespace:2 -namespace:3

Note that -namespace: is a global Pywikibot parameter

This next example substitutes the template lived with a supplied edit summary. It only performs substitutions in main article namespace and doesn’t prompt to start replacing. Note that -putthrottle: is a global Pywikibot parameter:

python pwb.py template -putthrottle:30 -namespace:0 lived -subst -always \
    -summary:"BOT: Substituting {{lived}}, see [[WP:SUBST]]."

This next example removes the templates {{cfr}}, {{cfru}}, and {{cfr-speedy}} from five category pages as given:

python pwb.py template cfr cfru cfr-speedy -remove -always \
    -page:"Category:Mountain monuments and memorials" \
    -page:"Category:Indian family names" \
    -page:"Category:Tennis tournaments in Belgium" \
    -page:"Category:Tennis tournaments in Germany" \
    -page:"Category:Episcopal cathedrals in the United States" \
    -summary:"Removing Cfd templates from category pages that survived."

This next example substitutes templates test1, test2, and space test on all user talk pages (namespace #3):

python pwb.py template test1 test2 "space test" -subst -ns:3 -always

templatecount script#

Display the list of pages transcluding a given list of templates

It can also be used to simply count the number of pages (rather than listing each individually).


python pwb.py templatecount options templates

Command line options:

-count        Counts the number of times each template (passed in as an
              argument) is transcluded.

-list         Gives the list of all of the pages transcluding the templates
              (rather than just counting them).

-namespace:   Filters the search to a given namespace. If this is specified
              multiple times it will search all given namespaces


Counts how many times {{ref}} and {{note}} are transcluded in articles:

python pwb.py templatecount -count -namespace:0 ref note

Lists all the category pages that transclude {{cfd}} and {{cfdu}}:

python pwb.py templatecount -list -namespace:14 cfd cfdu