++ed by:
Author image Mike.lifeguard
and 3 contributors


MediaWiki::Bot::Plugin::Admin - A plugin to MediaWiki::Bot providing admin functions


version 3.004000


    use MediaWiki::Bot;

    my $bot = MediaWiki::Bot->new('Account');
    $bot->login('Account', 'password');
    my @pages = ('one', 'two', 'three');
    foreach my $page (@pages) {
        $bot->delete($page, 'Deleting [[:Category:Pages to delete]] en masse');


A plugin to the MediaWiki::Bot framework to provide administrative functions to a bot.



Calling import from any module will, quite simply, transfer these subroutines into that module's namespace. This is possible from any module which is compatible with MediaWiki::Bot. Typically, you will use MediaWiki::Bot and nothing else. Just use the methods, MediaWiki::Bot automatically imports plugins if found.

rollback($pagename, $username[,$summary[,$markbot]])

Uses rollback to revert to the last revision of $pagename not edited by the latest editor of that page. If $username is not the last editor of $pagename, you will get an error; that's why it is a very good idea to set this. If you do not, the latest edit(s) will be rolled back, and you could end up rolling back something you didn't intend to. Therefore, $username should be considered required. The remaining parameters are optional: $summary (to set a custom rollback edit summary), and $markbot (which marks both the rollback and the edits that were rolled back as bot edits).

    $bot->rollback("Linux", "Some Vandal");
    # OR
    $bot->rollback("Wikibooks:Sandbox", "Mike.lifeguard", "rvv", 1);


Deletes the page with the specified summary. If you omit $summary, a generic one will be used.

    my @pages = ('Junk page 1', 'Junk page 2', 'Junk page 3');
    foreach my $page (@pages) {
        $bot->delete($page, 'Deleting junk pages');


Undeletes $page with $summary. If you omit $summary, a generic one will be used.


delete_archived_image($archivename, $summary)

Deletes the specified revision of the image with the specified summary. A generic summary will be used if you omit $summary.

    # Get the archivename somehow (from iiprop)
    $bot->delete_archived_image('20080606222744!Albert_Einstein_Head.jpg', 'test');


Blocks the user with the specified options. All options optional except user and length. Anononly, autoblock, blockac, blockemail and blocktalk are true/false. Defaults to a generic summary, with all options disabled.

        user        => 'Vandal account 2',
        length      => 'indefinite',
        summary     => '[[Project:Vandalism|Vandalism]]',
        anononly    => 1,
        autoblock   => 1,

For backwards compatibility, you can still use this deprecated method call:

    $bot->block('Vandal account', 'infinite', 'Vandalism-only account', 1, 1, 1, 0, 1);


Unblocks the user with the specified summary.

    $bot->unblock('Jimbo Wales', 'Blocked in error');

unprotect($page, $reason)

Unprotects a page. You can also set parameters for protect() such that the page is unprotected.

    my @obsolete_protections = ('Main Page', 'Project:Community Portal', 'Template:Tlx');
    foreach my $page (@obsolete_protections) {
        $bot->unprotect($page, 'Removing old obsolete page protection');

protect($page, $reason, $editlvl, $movelvl, $time, $cascade)

Protects (or unprotects) the page. $editlvl and $movelvl may be 'all', 'autoconfirmed', or 'sysop'. $cascade is true/false.


Do a transwiki import of a page specified in the hashref.

  • prefix must be a valid interwiki on the wiki you're importing to. It specifies where to import from.

  • page is the title to import from the remote wiki, including namespace

  • ns is the namespace number to import to. For example, some wikis have a "Transwiki" namespace to import into where cleanup happens before pages are moved into the main namespace. This defaults to 0.

  • history specifies whether or not to include the full page history. Defaults to 1. In general, you should import the full history, but on very large page histories, this may not be possible. In such cases, try disabling this, or do an XML import.

  • templates specifies whether or not to include templates. Defaults to 0;



Import an XML file to the wiki. Specify the filename of an XML dump.


Sets the user's group membership to the given list. You cannot change membership in *, user, or autoconfirmed, so you don't need to list them. There may also be other limits on which groups you can set/unset on a given wiki with a given account which may result in an error. In an error condition, it is undefined whether any group membership changes are made.

The list returned is the user's new group membership.

    $bot->set_usergroups('Mike.lifeguard', ['sysop'], "He deserves it");


Add the user to the specified usergroups:

    $bot->add_usergroups('Mike.lifeguard', ['sysop', 'editor'], "for fun");

Returns the list of added usergroups, not the full group membership list like set_usergroups does.


Revoke the user's membership in the listed groups:

    $bot->remove_usergroups('Mike.lifeguard', ['sysop', 'editor'], "Danger to himself & others");

Returns the list of removed groups, not the full group membership list like set_usergroups does.


The project homepage is https://metacpan.org/module/MediaWiki::Bot::Plugin::Admin.

The latest version of this module is available from the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN). Visit http://www.perl.com/CPAN/ to find a CPAN site near you, or see https://metacpan.org/module/MediaWiki::Bot::Plugin::Admin/.


The development version is on github at http://github.com/MediaWiki-Bot/MediaWiki-Bot-Plugin-Admin and may be cloned from git://github.com/MediaWiki-Bot/MediaWiki-Bot-Plugin-Admin.git


You can make new bug reports, and view existing ones, through the web interface at https://github.com/MediaWiki-Bot/MediaWiki-Bot-Plugin-Admin/issues.


  • Dan Collins <en.wp.2t47@gmail.com>

  • Mike.lifeguard <mike.lifeguard@gmail.com>

  • patch and bug report contributors


This software is Copyright (c) 2012 by the MediaWiki::Bot team <perlwikibot@googlegroups.com>.

This is free software, licensed under:

  The GNU General Public License, Version 3, June 2007