Tool Labs/Collection of issues after Toolserver shutdown

Collection: Issues after Toolserver shutdown / Sammelstelle: Probleme nach Toolserver-AbschaltungEdit

Hi! We would like to provide an overview for everyone and see which tools are most wanted and what is not working properly.

If you miss any tools or have noticed any broken redirects or any other error messages, please fill in below! The Toolserver was a community project and Wikimedia Deutschland cannot maintain volunteers' tools in the long run. But as many tools use free licenses, you could become the new maintainer. If you are a tool developer or if you want to become one, you can use the list of most-missed tools to get an idea where to get started. We can help you to contact the person who first wrote the tool and find out if he or she is still active or agrees to handing over the project. We will also check the broken redirects and other errors.

Please note that the backups of the tools will only be available until end of August 2014.

Thank you all for your help!

Hallo! Wir möchten einen Überblick über die am meisten vermissten Tools schaffen und sammeln, was seit der Toolserver-Abschaltung nicht mehr funktioniert.

Wenn Dir ein Tool besonders fehlt oder Du eine kaputte Weiterleitung oder andere Fehlermeldungen entdeckt hast, trag sie bitte unten ein. Der Toolserver war ein Community-Projekt und Wikimedia Deutschland kann nicht langfristig Tools von Freiwilligen warten. Da aber viele Tools unter freien Lizenzen stehen, kannst Du das bei Interesse tun! Wir können Dich dabei unterstützen, die Person zu kontaktieren, die das Tool geschrieben hat und herauszufinden, ob sie noch aktiv ist oder damit einverstanden ist, das Projekt zu übergeben. Darüber hinaus überprüfen wir die nicht funktionierenden Weiterleitungen und anderen Fehlermeldungen.

Die Backups für die Tools können noch bis Ende August herausgegeben werden.

Danke für Eure Beteiligung!

Birgit Müller (WMDE) (talk) and Silke Meyer (WMDE) (talk) 15:16, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Summary of the voting belowEdit

Hi everyone,

thank you for participating and for all your feedback! The good news are, that, among the tools which got named very often: Dispenser's tools are back in service, though he quit Tool Labs; Overlordq's Whois will hopefully be migrated by their maintainers; Luxo's derivative has found new maintainers. Also some other tools got fixed or will be migrated. Thanks, this is much appreciated!

What's next? Where can you help?

  • As mentioned below, Steinsplitter and Bawolff still are looking for someone who would like to help them out with Luxo's derivative.
  • VVV's adminstats got 9 votes, followed by Holek's citigen and Nikola's SVG translate. So if you are interested in maintaining a tool and you don't prefer a specific one, these could be the tools to get started with. We can help you to contact the current maintainers to find out about the whereabouts of their tools.

Not migrated, nobody working on it (3 or more mentions)Edit

  • adminstats_vvv: 9 (there is a substitute that might work for may users)
  • Citegen by Holek: 5
  • SVG Translate by Nikola: 4, Jarry1250 is working on a fork already.

Will probably migrate or hasn't finished migration (3 or more mentions)Edit

  • derivative by luxo: 22 (Steinsplitter, Bawolff, help wanted)

Will migrate for sure (3 or more mentions)Edit

  • Merlbot by Merlissimo
  • the OSM projects
  • Overlordq/Whois: 7 (Overlordq promised to migrate, time issue)

Is on Tool Labs but not fully functional (3 or more mentions)Edit

  • Connectivity by Lvova et al.: 3

Best, Birgit Müller (WMDE) (talk) and Silke Meyer (WMDE) (talk) 08:14, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Voting: This is the tool I miss most / Dieses Tool fehlt mir am meistenEdit

Please name the tool and, if possible, the name of the tool developer and the tool's old web address. Please add your signatures to vote until July 15th (IPs welcome).

Do not add the same tool more than once please! Just add your +1 if a tool has already been named! (as in "add your signature to vote...)

Bitte benenne das Tool und, wenn möglich, den Namen des Entwicklers oder der Entwicklerin und die alte Webadresse. Signiere bis zum 15.7. (IP-Adressen willkommen), damit wir sehen, welche Tools tatsächlich am häufigsten genannt werden.


seems to be upcoming here: toollabs:revertstat Silke WMDE (talk)


  Support Kein Einstein (talk) 09:22, 11 September 2014 (UTC)



  • - please bring it back! Michał Rosa (talk) 05:35, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
  •   Support. it used to save a lot of dumb work of filling "cite" templates every sihgle day! --Akim Dubrow (talk) 15:10, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
  • This tool seemed to work much better than most of the alternatives for quickly building citation references from arbitrary web pages.--ToddDTaft (talk) 05:59, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
  •   Support. An indispensable tool by Holek for generating citation templates. Michał Sobkowski (talk) 18:57, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
  •   Support. This tool makes it (easy) possible to properly cite sites about sights and seen scenes. We still need this! Hires an editor (talk) 17:06, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
  •   Support --MB-one (talk) 13:52, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
  •   Support --Aplasia (talk) 07:37, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
  •   Support --Radio89 (talk) 13:03, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
  •   Support --Nealmcb (talk) 03:01, 2 September 2014 (UTC)



Doesn't work, something with the operator being unauthorised I think. FunkMonk (talk) 16:23, 22 November 2014 (UTC)
I and others get this message when trying to log in: "Login Internal Error. Wrong answer from the TUSC system, please notify User:Luxo on his talkpage. Error: t - string" FunkMonk (talk) 13:10, 17 December 2014 (UTC)





Doesn't seem to work, though, cannot connect to site. Perhaps it's a temporary problem, but...-- 20:34, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

Loss of Reflinks tool (partly moved up here from bottom of page)

It seems that Reflinks, previously hosted on Toolserver, is no longer functioning. Reflinks is a tool essential for our mission to provide citations and enhance verifiability. It simplifies the job of populating references, yet the developer feels that the WMF is forcing him to abandon the tool. It's exactly cases like these that makes me wonder where I should be asking questions about the whys and the wherefores. Not only that, I'm extremely disappointed and slightly angry that this has happened, and would like to appeal to the powers that be to reconsider. --Ohconfucius (talk) 07:22, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

  • +1 -- Fylbecatulous talk 12:30, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
  • +2 --Moxy (talk) 18:03, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
  • +3 --Epicgenius (talk) 18:37, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
  • +4 I also support the reinstatement of the WP:Reflinks tool. -- 19:32, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
  • -1. Dispenser has told me on IRC that it is under a proprietary license (unusable on Labs), and seems unlikely to reconsider. πr2 (tc) 19:00, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
    • Never mind, someone checked and it seems to be under GPL. πr2 (tc) 13:48, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
  • +5 -Davey2010 (talk) 21:33, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
  • +6 - Useful tool. Are there any suggested replacements? Reify-tech (talk) 22:20, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
  • +7- Used it often. Had absolutely no idea it was to 'disappear'. S#cks. :-( 220 of Borg (talk) 05:28, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
  • +8 -MaxPayne888 (talk) 08:16, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
  • +9 Indispensable tool. Sam Sailor Sing 08:31, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
  • +10 Please bring this back. It is in no way "[un]aligned with the Wikimedia Foundation's priorities".--Auric (talk) 12:46, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
  • +11 Very Useful tool. --Aftabuzzaman (talk) 15:35, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
  • +1 It tastes great, and it's less filling. 20:22, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
Running: tools:~dispenser/view/Reflinks --2A02:810D:10C0:6F4:5CAB:F127:4580:B2B3 16:46, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
  Done Thank you, I'm marking this as done. Silke WMDE (talk) 10:23, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for providing the tool, marked reflinks as done, Silke WMDE (talk) 10:47, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Yay!!! Happy now!   Is it linked into the Linkrot template on en.WP as before? 220 of Borg (talk) 05:38, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Bring back reflinks!
  Support --User:SecretName101 I support bringing back reflinks, it was a useful tool that should not have been removed. Either, there should have been a proper replacement or no removal at all. Many new users have difficulty creating proper links, and this tool helped them immesurably, and even experienced users utilized it to save time correcting articles with innumerable references needing corrections. SecretName101 (talk) 16:35, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
  Support I frequently use reflinks while doing AfC reviewing. This is a really essential tool! Jodi.a.schneider (talk) 13:54, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
transcluded changesEdit
logs / File viewerEdit
dabsolver & dablinksEdit
  • - It's really helpful with getting rid of the linkrot. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 21:22, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Most recently (20–28 June) for many of the changes within this bunch of edits -- which took a fair amount of time, but much less than without checklinks. I'd only recently discovered checklinks and had been planning to continue, using checklinks to go through every article for which I was the major contributor. sometimes seemed to be down. No big deal: I'd just wait till it was up again. (There were always plenty of other things to keep me busy in the meantime.) -- Hoary (talk) 13:31, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Checklinks was useful for locating dead links for replacement. 03:45, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
  • I'm now abe to get to this tool and though it seemed to run, it didn't display any links. —Ost316 (talk) 13:30, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Bar none the most useful tool I have ever used. Bring this back please! Ithinkicahn (talk) 08:51, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Peer reviewerEdit


  • I already ported the cross-wikiness tool. bugzilla:60881 Don't I get any credit? :P πr2 (tc) 17:37, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
    It's apparently broken now, even though Nemo_bis confirmed it worked before. Unfortunately I don't have access to fix it even though I asked erwin a while back. AFAIK none of the other maintainers are active... πr2 (tc) 17:44, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
    Never mind. Cyberpower678 fixed it in less than ten seconds after I asked. All erwin's tools were giving 404 before. πr2 (tc) 17:51, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
    Thanks for the timely action PiRSquared17 and Cyberpower678! Good job. Cheers, Taketa (talk) 19:27, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
    Hey πr2, was ~vvv/sulutil.php the same thing? --Elitre (talk) 09:07, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
  •   Done "Related Changes" by Erwin85. Was incredibly useful for monitoring changes to files within a specific category tree on Commons, and no other tool replicated its range of functionality. Note that the tool was partially migrated to, but is not functional...possibly a database issue? Huntster (talk) 09:05, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
    • I have migrated that one. There is still a problem with it for commons, which I don't understand and hope to tackle later. Are you trying to use it for commons? Akoopal (talk) 11:47, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
      • Akoopal, yes, I use it exclusively on Commons. If it is at all possible to get it working, you'll have my undying gratitude. I don't check this wiki often, but if you get it functioning, please ping me on Commons or, I'll be happy to test and troubleshoot. Huntster (talk) 01:39, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
        • Did some debugging myself now, and I have find the cause. The tool should now be completely working. Akoopal (talk) 23:16, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
          • Looks fully functional to me. Big thanks mate, marking this "done". Huntster (talk) 02:15, 3 July 2014 (UTC)


I miss Helloannyong's range contributions tool at [1] very much. Can it be found somewhere else? Bishonen (talk) 12:52, 6 July 2014 (UTC).

Hey, you can find it here: Birgit Müller (WMDE) (talk) 11:54, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
Great, thank you very much, Birgit. Bishonen (talk) 08:29, 16 July 2014 (UTC).


Oh! Hehe, thanks, Schnark. Update: It doesn't work any more now, sorry. Silke WMDE (talk) 08:58, 1 July 2014 (UTC)





Thanks to all who have done such a wonderful job with this magical tool.   Lotje (talk) 05:24, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
  • +1 - Good tool, would use it today, but not possible. Is there a status? Thx, Conny (talk) 10:38, 4 September 2014 (UTC).


  • "Migrated" here, needs a lot of changes to work. --Incola (talk) 12:01, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
    • +1 one of the most important tools for wikilink (disambig, orphan, etc.) and category (tree, loops, etc.) --AlessioMela (talk) 12:18, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
    • category tree is what i miss most. now loops will begin to accumulate... Akim Dubrow (talk) 15:12, 3 July 2014 (UTC)


Okay, wrong, the tool *has* moved and now the redirect is in place. Silke WMDE (talk) 09:46, 2 July 2014 (UTC)


  In progress merl is migrating. His tools are still working on Toolserver because he got in touch with WMDE about the amount of work needed for him to adapt the code for Tool Labs (incl. rewriting a formerly proprietary library). Partly, he was waiting for missing features in Tool Labs until very recently, too. So we agreed to give him just a bit more time to finish migration. (The same for OSM-related projects.) Silke WMDE (talk) 08:45, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Today its not working a toolserver and i cant find it at labs either. /Hangsna (talk) 14:51, 10 July 2014 (UTC)




  In progress Jarry1250 confirmed that he's on it. Thanks a lot! Silke WMDE (talk) 09:33, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
    • +1 --TnoXX (talk) 16:22, 23 September 2014 (UTC)


OSM is migrating. Won't be lost. Silke WMDE (talk) 11:04, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

overlordq and nakonEdit

Yes, it suffered from some webserver problem on Tool Labs but has migrated. Added to missing links. Silke WMDE (talk) 12:49, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
  • +1 on the whoistool by overlordq. Mbch331 (talk) 13:52, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
    If the source is available I would be willing to port it. πr2 (tc) 18:03, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
  • +1 the overlordq whois CGI is linked from all anonymous Special:Contributions on en:, and is really useful. --Joy (talk) 15:31, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
  • The autoblock finder tool link from w:Special:Log/Block is still pointing to a toolserver 403 page. Has this tool been moved? I have struck the "done" tick for now as it appears that this tool is not working. The link certainly doesn't work. This tool is essential for admins. Without it it is next to impossible to unblock someone who has been caught in collateral damage from someone elses block. SpinningSpark 09:57, 6 July 2014 (UTC)


Hey, I heard that the data aren't updating? Is the tool fully functional already, Thgoiter? Silke WMDE (talk) 09:43, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
has moved, redirect is in place, see: [3]



  Query arbitrary number of IP's/users for one wiki: toollabs:xtools/rangecontribs --Hedonil (talk) 22:32, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
how d you use this tool for users? And the old tool is still better, you can filter namespaces etc. Natuur12 (talk) 08:17, 2 July 2014 (UTC)




  • made it easy to find out, where a file was previously used. --Leyo (talk) 21:13, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
    • Do you know this great script? Natuur12 (talk) 08:17, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
      No. What does it do? I did not find a description. Does in work on (German) Wikipedia, too? --Leyo (talk) 22:12, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
    • The tool does not depend on any toolserver support. It only uses api.php. The code could be placed on any public webspace. -- 18:04, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
See below - ireas offered to migrate afterUpload! Silke WMDE (talk) 15:13, 10 July 2014 (UTC)



sk / persondata toolsEdit


Theopolisme / CBMEdit


Schools watchlist: AS coordinator of the en.Wiki schools project I miss this important tool: Wikiproject Watchlist - WikiProject Schools --Kudpung (talk) 12:45, 3 July 2014 (UTC)





Probably due to its link in Wiktionary FAQ, there are rare but steady requests for this tool in IRC help channel. - Amgine (talk) 13:17, 21 July 2014 (UTC)


  • [[4]] interactive map of limes

3RR report helper toolEdit This used to be linked from WP:AN3. Adjwilley (talk) 04:46, 31 July 2014 (UTC)


These bot was working on commons. --Woelle ffm (talk) 10:55, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

A other Bot is doing atm this Job. --Steinsplitter (talk) 12:24, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
See here. Cheers, DerHexer (talk) 15:06, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

CheckUsageEdit used to be able to bulk track global usage of files uploaded onto Commons, it was very useful. The tool has been down since the end of May and doesn't look like it is coming back anytime soon. Simon Burchell (talk) 15:06, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Orphan ImagesEdit








global user contributionsEdit

such anice tool! What a pity it doesn't work anymore... Joshua Jonathan (talk) 18:16, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

Ah! There's an alternative: Global Account Information. Joshua Jonathan (talk) 05:10, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
Works for me. --Steinsplitter (talk) 20:10, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Milestone finder (tangotango)Edit

A nice tool to look up edit milestones of users. Does a replacement already exit and I just don't find it? -Barras (talk) 23:18, 3 October 2014 (UTC)


--Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 10:03, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

I might consider to maintain a tool / Ich kann mir vorstellen, ein Tool zu pflegenEdit

Please name the tool and what kind of information you need within August 20th.

Bitte benenne das Tool und welche Informationen Du darüber haben möchtest (bis 20.8.).

  • I'm interested in helping migrate an abandoned tool to Tool Labs. I don't particularly care which tool -- happy to work on the one most needed / most abandoned. I'll need access to the source code, any data files, crontab entries, etc. Ijon (talk) 20:22, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
  • As Ijon above, I am interested in porting tools to Tool Labs. I have already done a few. πr2 (tc) 22:34, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
    • Thank you, Ijon and πr2, much appreciated! Let's wait some more days (July 15th) to see which tools get the most ++. Birgit Müller (WMDE) (talk) 09:36, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
Hey Ijon and πr2! Thanks again for your offer! As you see above, luxo's tool is missed by lots of people. There are Steinsplitter and Bawolff who started to migrate it. Steinsplitter would appreciate help with security questions. (But didn't go into detail, yet.) Does one of you want to support him to get luxo's tool up and running? Best, Silke WMDE (talk) 09:36, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
I'm afraid I can't offer help on security review, specifically. Sorry. Ijon (talk) 16:59, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
  •; I already have an account on Tools Labs that could be used. --R'n'B (talk) 10:04, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
    The author, Dispenser says it is under a proprietary license which cannot be used on Labs. πr2 (tc) 19:03, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
    I don't know why he won't work with the WMF on it, from what some of there people are saying they are willing to work with him. Someone needs to come up with a similar tool to DabSolver & Reflinks if he is unwilling to work with the WMF. We need high quality tools like these.Blethering Scot (talk) 20:42, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
Cool, Ireas, thanks a lot!!! Silke WMDE (talk) 15:14, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Popular pages and Transcluded changes toolEdit

Hello, please restore Mr.Z-bot tool as well as this tool to see recent changes. It is very helpful as it helps us to reduce vandalism levels --Yacatisma (talk) 15:08, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Commons gadgetsEdit

Commons is still using some non-existing tools, most don't even have a bug report: commons:Commons:Administrators'_noticeboard#Deprecated_toolserver.org_URLs_in_MediaWiki_namespace. --Nemo 06:40, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

This tool is lacking a proper redirect to its new location / Bei diesem Tool stimmt etwas mit der Weiterleitung nichtEdit

Please paste broken toolserver links and new locations here.

Bitte kaputte Toolserver-Links einfügen.

Is this in the right section? If so, where should it redirect? πr2 (tc) 03:16, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
Not a missing redirect but a missing tool. Marking this at "not done", it has already been mentioned above. Silke WMDE (talk) 09:22, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

I'm observing strange effects here... / Mir ist hier was Komisches aufgefallen...Edit

Please add only what is related to the Toolserver. ;)

Bitte nur Probleme mit Toolserver-Bezug nennen. ;)

Edit Request for TS main pageEdit

Can someone please update Toolserver's main page to reflect that the site has been shut down (instead of will be shut down) and add a link to this discussion for people to be able to request tool migrations and note bugs with redirects or whatnot? Thanks. Technical 13 (talk) 14:58, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Technical 13, thanks for the reminder! Done. Best, Silke WMDE (talk) 07:49, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

Where is the WHOIS tool?Edit

With the closure of toolserver, we were left without a WHOIS tool (only days after I replaced the previous, "account-expired" tool). There's dozens of tools at the wmflabs page, none is labeled clearly as "Whois" and I don't have time to check each and everyone of them. Which is the whois tool we could use for the "WHOIS" option at the bottom of the IP contributions page? Also, to whom it may concern: please consider maintaining some basic tools, like whois, global contribs, edit count etcetera, by WMF's developers as an integral/centralized part of the wiki sites function, to avoid having to look for these tools, especially in hours of need, again and again every time a developer account expires. Thanks - Badseed (talk) 23:10, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Tried to contact overlordq about his/her missing tools. No answer yet though. Whois is licensed under GPLv3, so anyone could resurrect the tool. Silke WMDE (talk) 09:31, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
This needs fixing as a matter of urgency. It is not just a tool in the toolbox of a few experienced editors. It is linked on the talk page and the history page of every single IP editor and they are all returning a 403 error. This is not quite as broken as the site could get but it is a pretty poor situation. I don't think the Foundation developers should be sitting around on their thumbs hoping that some volunteer will pick this up. SpinningSpark 16:39, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
The link was added by the admins of some wikis, and they can remove it just as easily. It is not there by default. πr2 (tc) 17:48, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
I know that, but removing the link to the tool and pretending it never existed is not really any kind of solution. The transfer of tools from Toolserver has been completely botched, relying entirely on the efforts of individual volunteers to get it done. There is stuff broken all over the wiki. This is not the only highly visible breakage; most of the tools in the RfA menu have stopped working. SpinningSpark 09:47, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Agreed, this is pretty useful/visible tool. Shame that it is now broken. Red Harvest (talk) 09:36, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
For my personnal usage I switched from to followed by the IP, wich is not linked in tools.wmflabs --JackAttack (talk) 11:31, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
It's not identical but does work for you? You can use for a direct result from ARIN and similarly for APNIC etc. I will be happy to have the place "/whois" on Tool Labs taken over by OverlordQ or someone else for a complete migration or a better tool. whym (talk) 10:29, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
OverlordQ got back to us by now. He wrote in an email that he hasn't had time to migrate, yet, but he's got his backup and will hopefully set it up on Tool Labs soon. Silke WMDE (talk) 08:54, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

Toolserver's Jira ticketsEdit

i.e. here, 404ed since September 25th? --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 03:49, 2 November 2014 (UTC)

Showing 404 "We've moved!" description page now. --*devunt (talk) 11:04, 30 January 2015 (UTC)

Related collections / Andere SammelstellenEdit