The Wikimedia REST API offers access to Wikimedia's content and metadata in machine-readable formats. Focused on high-volume use cases, it tightly integrates with Wikimedia's globally distributed caching infrastructure. As a result, API users benefit from reduced latencies and support for high request volumes.
The REST API along with its documentation is available for all major Wikimedia projects at the location /api/rest_v1/. For example, for the English Wikipedia it is available at https://en.wikipedia.org/api/rest_v1/.
While the functionality offered by most projects closely matches that on English Wikipedia, there are some noteworthy exceptions:
The REST API follows this API versioning policy.
Terms and conditionsEdit
- To avoid impacting other API users, limit your clients to no more than 200 requests/sec to this API overall. Many entry points additionally specify and enforce more restrictive rate limits.
- We ask you to set a unique
Api-User-Agentheader that allows us to contact you quickly. Email addresses or URLs of contact pages work well.
- RESTBase, the technology behind the REST API
- Blog post announcing the 1.0 release. Describes several important production use cases, discusses how the REST API fits into Wikimedia's larger technical strategy, and provides pointers to some implementation details.
- The API is implemented using Node.js. This blog post describes our experience upgrading the REST API and other services to Node 6.
- Wikimedia Services team, product owners for the REST API.