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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 "pywikipediabot" for short.

Current bots

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
ArthurBot (t · c) User:Mercy interwiki links, double redirect fixing
CarsracBot (t · c) nl:User:Carsrac interwiki links
Chobot (t · c) meta:User:ChongDae interwiki links
Chris G Bot (t · c) User:Chris G RfA tracking bot
Cyberbot I (t · c) en:User:Cyberpower678 Edits Adminstats and dates maintenance tags.
Dinamik-bot (t · c) ru:user:Dinamik interwiki links
EdoBot (t · c) User:EdoDodo interwiki links
Escarbot (t · c) fr:User:Vargenau interwiki links
GhalyBot (t · c) en:User:Ghaly interwiki links
GrouchoBot (t · c) nl:User:Groucho NL interwiki links
Idioma-bot (t · c) lt:User:Hugo.arg interwiki links
JAnDbot (t · c) cs:User:JAn Dudík interwiki links
Jotterbot (t · c) ml:User:Jyothis interwiki links
Kgsbot (t · c) ml:User:Kiran Gopi interwiki links
Minsbot (t · c) ko:User:Ha98574 interwiki links
MiszaBot (t · c) User:Misza13 pywikipediabot
Ptbotgourou (t · c) fr:User:Gdgourou interwiki links
Robbot (t · c) nl:User:Andre Engels interwiki links
RussBot (t · c) en:User:R'n'B Double redirects and manual disambiguation
SassoBot (t · c) User:Djsasso Talk page archives pywikipediabot
SilvonenBot (t · c) fi:Käyttäjä:Silvonen interwiki links
Soulbot (t · c) no:Bruker:Soulkeeper interwiki links
Synthebot (t · c) en:User:Julian Mendez interwiki links
TXiKiBoT (t · c) eu:Lankide:TXiKi interwiki links
VolkovBot (t · c) ru:User:Volkov interwiki links
Xqbot (t · c) de:User:xqt interwiki links and cosmetic changes, fixing double redirects
ZéroBot (t · c) fr:Utilisateur:Toto Azéro interwiki links

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
ChenzwBot (t · c) User:Chenzw Archive bot on WT:BOTS
CommonsDelinker (t · c) commons:User:Siebrand Commons based image bot
EdwardsBot (t · c) en:User:MZMcBride Global delivery of Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost
GoblinBot4 (t · c) User:Bluegoblin7 PHP Anti-Vandalism Bot
HydrizBot (t · c) User:Hydriz Run scripts upon command

Bot approvals

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

Bot help requests

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

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