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wikipedia-languages v1.1.1

All the languages, and basic statistics, of Wikipedia


Get all the languages Wikipedia is in, from the source, at Wikistats:

Important caveat This is an unofficial npm repository and software package, unsanctioned by the Wikimedia Foundation. Furthermore, the Wikistats service might change at any time, rendering this package unusable. Please open an issue or get in touch if/when this happens.


Node.js In your Node.js project, run

$ npm add --save wikipedia-languages

Then in your JavaScript files,

// import the module
var wikilangs = require('wikipedia-languages');

// example usage (see below for full API):
wikilangs().then(res => console.log(res));

Browser Download the dist/bundle.min.js and load it by putting the following in your HTML:

<script type="text/javascript" src="bundle.min.js"></script>

This will load the library's function into the global namespace as wikilangs (JavaScript nerd note: the only place that name appears in this repository is in the package.json, the package name that browserify uses), so you can pop open your JavaScript Console and run this (same as for Node, above):

wikilangs().then(res => console.log(res));


Once the wikilangs variable is available, either in Node or in the browser, invoke it as a function that returns a Promise. It's call signature is:

wikilangs(source=DEFAULT_SOURCE, keys=DEFAULT_KEYS, sep=",", userAgent="See [repo url]") // => [Object]

That is,

  • source is the URL to load; by default, the Wikipedias CSV file hosted on;
  • keys is an array of strings corresponding to the columns in that CSV file; by default, this module will look for and return the following columnar keys: lang, prefix, total, good, views, edits, users, admins, loclang, loclanglink, activeusers, ratio (meaning, stub to article ratio). Currently, these and the following keys are available: id, ts, images, version, si_mainpage, si_base, si_sitename, si_generator, si_phpversion, si_phpsapi, si_dbtype, si_dbversion, si_rev, si_case, si_rights, si_lang, si_fallback8bitEncoding, si_writeapi, si_timezone, si_timeoffset, si_articlepath, si_scriptpath, si_script, si_variantarticlepath, si_server, si_wikiid, si_time, method, http, status.
  • sep is the separator, by default the comma, since we're loading a CSV (comma-separated value) file.
  • userAgent is a string to identify your request to the Wikimedia Foundation Labs server as. If you plan on deploying this in a way that might place a burden on the WMF server, pass in a custom string here telling them how to get in touch with you (email or contact URL; otherwise they might just block your IP address and send a banshee to torment you). By default it points to this GitHub repo.

The returned Promise will wrap an array of objects whose keys were specified in keys. The values are lightly massaged, e.g., strings are converted to numbers, HTML escape sequences like "Fran&#231;ais" and "&#26085;&#26412;&#35486;" are unescaped to "Français" and "日本語".

Truncated output from Node:

> wikilangs(null, 'lang;prefix;edits;loclang'.split(';')).then(x => console.log(x));
[ { lang: 'English', prefix: 'en', edits: 824284542, loclang: 'English' },
  { lang: 'Cebuano', prefix: 'ceb', edits: 20990777, loclang: '"Sinugboanong Binisaya"' },
  { lang: 'Swedish', prefix: 'sv', edits: 42461390, loclang: 'Svenska' },
  { lang: 'German', prefix: 'de', edits: 173796206, loclang: 'Deutsch' },
  { lang: 'French', prefix: 'fr', edits: 145639901, loclang: 'Français' },
  { lang: 'Dutch', prefix: 'nl', edits: 50968414, loclang: 'Nederlands' },
  { lang: 'Russian', prefix: 'ru', edits: 90981026, loclang: 'Русский' },
  { lang: 'Italian', prefix: 'it', edits: 94827439, loclang: 'Italiano' },
  { lang: 'Spanish', prefix: 'es', edits: 105583907, loclang: 'Español' },
  { lang: 'Polish', prefix: 'pl', edits: 52493781, loclang: 'Polski' },

(You may have the exact same question that I had, in which case we have company: see "Why are there so many articles in the Cebuano Wikipedia?".)


After installing Git and Node.js, clone this repository by running the following in your command prompt:

$ git clone

Then run the following to enter the directory you just cloned and install all dependencies:

$ cd wikipedia-languages && npm install

After editing some files (all the source currently lives in index.js, tests in tests/test.js), format code with clang-format. My editor invokes this on save, but you can also run, e.g., clang-format -i index.js.

Run tests with $ npm test. This uses tape behind the scenes.

Bundle and transpile for old browsers with $ npm bundle. (This calls Browserify to concatenate all dependencies into a single dist/bundle.js, and then calls Google Closure Compiler to optimize and transpile this to dist/bundle.min.js. (If you use an older Node, you should be able to require this minified ES5-compatible bundle.min.js.))




1.1.1 Documentation changes.

1.1.0 Add userAgent argument to the module.

1.0.0 Initial.


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