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MediaWiki Dump

MediaWiki XML Dumps contain the content of a wiki (wiki pages with all their revisions), without the site-related data. A XML dump does not create a full backup of the wiki database, the dump does not contain user accounts, images, edit logs, etc.

This covers how to load a MediaWiki XML dump file into a document format that we can use downstream.

It uses mwxml from mediawiki-utilities to dump and mwparserfromhell from earwig to parse MediaWiki wikicode.

Dump files can be obtained with dumpBackup.php or on the Special:Statistics page of the Wiki.

# mediawiki-utilities supports XML schema 0.11 in unmerged branches
%pip install --upgrade --quiet git+
# mediawiki-utilities mwxml has a bug, fix PR pending
%pip install --upgrade --quiet git+
%pip install --upgrade --quiet mwparserfromhell
from langchain_community.document_loaders import MWDumpLoader
loader = MWDumpLoader(
# namespaces = [0,2,3] Optional list to load only specific namespaces. Loads all namespaces by default.
skip_redirects=True, # will skip over pages that just redirect to other pages (or not if False)
stop_on_error=False, # will skip over pages that cause parsing errors (or not if False)
documents = loader.load()
print(f"You have {len(documents)} document(s) in your data ")
You have 177 document(s) in your data 
[Document(page_content='\t\n\t\n\tArtist\n\tReleased\n\tRecorded\n\tLength\n\tLabel\n\tProducer', metadata={'source': 'Album'}),
Document(page_content='{| class="article-table plainlinks" style="width:100%;"\n|- style="font-size:18px;"\n! style="padding:0px;" | Template documentation\n|-\n| Note: portions of the template sample may not be visible without values provided.\n|-\n| View or edit this documentation. (About template documentation)\n|-\n| Editors can experiment in this template\'s [ sandbox] and [ test case] pages.\n|}Category:Documentation templates', metadata={'source': 'Documentation'}),
Document(page_content='Description\nThis template is used to insert descriptions on template pages.\n\nSyntax\nAdd <noinclude></noinclude> at the end of the template page.\n\nAdd <noinclude></noinclude> to transclude an alternative page from the /doc subpage.\n\nUsage\n\nOn the Template page\nThis is the normal format when used:\n\nTEMPLATE CODE\n<includeonly>Any categories to be inserted into articles by the template</includeonly>\n<noinclude>{{Documentation}}</noinclude>\n\nIf your template is not a completed div or table, you may need to close the tags just before {{Documentation}} is inserted (within the noinclude tags).\n\nA line break right before {{Documentation}} can also be useful as it helps prevent the documentation template "running into" previous code.\n\nOn the documentation page\nThe documentation page is usually located on the /doc subpage for a template, but a different page can be specified with the first parameter of the template (see Syntax).\n\nNormally, you will want to write something like the following on the documentation page:\n\n==Description==\nThis template is used to do something.\n\n==Syntax==\nType <code>{{t|templatename}}</code> somewhere.\n\n==Samples==\n<code><nowiki>{{templatename|input}}</nowiki></code> \n\nresults in...\n\n{{templatename|input}}\n\n<includeonly>Any categories for the template itself</includeonly>\n<noinclude>[[Category:Template documentation]]</noinclude>\n\nUse any or all of the above description/syntax/sample output sections. You may also want to add "see also" or other sections.\n\nNote that the above example also uses the Template:T template.\n\nCategory:Documentation templatesCategory:Template documentation', metadata={'source': 'Documentation/doc'}),
Document(page_content='Description\nA template link with a variable number of parameters (0-20).\n\nSyntax\n \n\nSource\nImproved version not needing t/piece subtemplate developed on Templates wiki see the list of authors. Copied here via CC-By-SA 3.0 license.\n\nExample\n\nCategory:General wiki templates\nCategory:Template documentation', metadata={'source': 'T/doc'}),
Document(page_content='\t\n\t\t \n\t\n\t\t Aliases\n\t Relatives\n\t Affiliation\n Occupation\n \n Biographical information\n Marital status\n \tDate of birth\n Place of birth\n Date of death\n Place of death\n \n Physical description\n Species\n Gender\n Height\n Weight\n Eye color\n\t\n Appearances\n Portrayed by\n Appears in\n Debut\n ', metadata={'source': 'Character'})]

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