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MediaWiki has several application programming interfaces (APIs).

The three most important APIs of MediaWiki probably are:

Note that the MediaWiki Action API and the MediaWiki JavaScript API are both modular: both can be extended by extensions, so the available API modules can differ from wiki to wiki.[1] While the API modules built into MediaWiki Core are available in most MediaWiki wikis, built-in Action API modules can also be disabled .

Within the context of the MediaWiki website the Action API can be accessed from JavaScript via the mw.API JavaScript API. For libraries to access the MediaWiki Action API from your favorite programming language, see API:Client code .

Other web APIs

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API Availability URL base Example
MediaWiki Action API Included with MediaWiki

Enabled on Wikimedia projects

/api.php https://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php?action=query&prop=info&titles=Earth
MediaWiki REST API Included with MediaWiki 1.35+

Enabled on Wikimedia projects

/rest.php https://en.wikipedia.org/w/rest.php/v1/page/Earth
Wikimedia REST API Not included with MediaWiki

Available for Wikimedia projects only

/api/rest https://en.wikipedia.org/api/rest_v1/page/title/Earth
For commercial-scale APIs for Wikimedia projects, see Wikimedia Enterprise

See also

Suggestions and ideas for the MediaWiki APIs are tracked on Phabricator :


  1. For extending the Action API, see API:Extensions . For information about JavaScript modules, see ResourceLoader .