MediaWiki 1.37/Deprecation of legacy API token parameters

On October 7, 2021, the deprecated parameters that were used to obtain tokens in MediaWiki API were removed. If your script/tool/bot or gadget is using these deprecated parameters on Wikimedia Foundation wikis, it broke unless you migrate it before October 7, 2021.

Before MediaWiki 1.24 (2014, change 153110), API tokens were obtained by using various different "token" parameters in different Action APIs. In November 2014, these were deprecated, in favour of a central CSRF token query. The API responses for the deprecated features has included deprecation warnings for the past six years.

Affected features

Deprecated query Replacement query
action=query&prop=info&intoken=... action=query&meta=tokens&type=...
action=tokens&type=... action=query&meta=tokens&type=...
action=query&list=recentchanges&rctoken action=query&meta=tokens&type=patrol
action=query&prop=revisions&rvtoken=rollback action=query&meta=tokens&type=rollback
action=query&meta=userinfo&uiprop=preferencestoken action=query&meta=tokens&type=csrf
action=query&list=users&ustoken=userrights action=query&meta=tokens&type=userrights
Deprecated type Replacement type
edit csrf
delete csrf
protect csrf
move csrf
block csrf
unblock csrf
email csrf
import csrf
options csrf

Example deprecation warning:

  "warnings": {
    "info": {
      "*": "The parameter \"intoken\" has been deprecated."
  "query": {
      // ..

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What to use instead


Since 2014, action=query&meta=tokens is the central way to obtain CSRF tokens from the API.

For example, to obtain a watch token and a patrol token, use:


For more examples and help, check out the API:Tokens manual on



If you are using Pywikibot, you will need to upgrade to at least version 6.6.1, which contains a fix to no longer use these deprecated parameters.

See also