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WikiTeam software is a set of tools for archiving wikis. They work on MediaWiki wikis, but we want to expand to other wiki engines. As of January 2016, WikiTeam has preserved more than 27,000 stand-alone.

You can check our collection at Internet Archive, the source code in GitHub and some lists of wikis by status in WikiApiary.

Current status

The total number of MediaWiki wikis is unknown, but some estimates exist.

According to WikiApiary, which is the most updated database, there are 21,369 independent wikis (1,508 are semantic) and 4,554 in wikifarms.[1] But it doesn't include Wikia 400,000+ wikis and the independent list coverage can be improved for sure.

According to Pavlo's list generated in December 2008, there are 20,000 wikis.[2] This list was imported into WikiApiary.

According to WikiIndex, there are 20,698 wikis.[3] The URLs in this project were added to WikiApiary in the past too.

A number of wikifarms have vanished and about 150 are still online.[4][5][6]

Most wikis are small, containing about 100 pages or less, but there are some very large wikis:[7][8]

  • By number of pages: Wikimedia Commons (40 million), English Wikipedia (37 million), DailyWeeKee (35 million), WikiBusiness (22 million) and Wikidata (19 million).
  • By number of files: Wikimedia Commons (28 million), English Wikipedia (800,000).

The oldest dumps are probably some 2001 dumps of Wikipedia when it used UseModWiki.[9][10]

As of November 2015, our collection at Internet Archive holds dumps for 27,420 wikis (including independent, wikifarm wikis, some packages of wikis and Wiki[pm]edia).[11]


There are also wikifarms with hundreds of wikis. Here we only create pages for those we have some special information about that we don't want to lose (like archiving history and tips). For a full list, please use WikiApiary wikifarms main page.

Before backing up a wikifarm, try to update the list of wikis for it. There are Python scripts to generate those lists for many wikifarms.

Wikis to archive

Please add a wiki to WikiApiary if you want someone to archive it sooner or later; or tell us on the #wikiteam channel if it's particularly urgent. Remember that there are thousands of wikis we don't even know about yet.

You can help downloading wikis yourself. If you don't know where to start, pick a wiki which was not archived yet from the lists on WikiApiary. Also, you can edit those pages to link existing dumps! You'll help others focus their work.

Examples of huge wikis:

  • Wikipedia - arguably the largest and one of the oldest wikis on the planet. It offers public backups (also for sister projects):
    • They have some mirrors but not many.
    • The transfer of the dumps to the Internet Archive is automated and is currently managed by Hydriz.
  • Wikia - a website that allows the creation and hosting of wikis. Doesn't make regular backups.

We're trying to decide which other wiki engines to work on: suggestions needed!

Tools and source code

Official WikiTeam tools


Wiki dumps

Most of our dumps are in the wikiteam collection at the Internet Archive. If you want an item to land there, just upload it in "opensource" collection and remember the "WikiTeam" keyword, it will be moved at some point. When you've uploaded enough wikis, you'll probably be made a collection admin to save others the effort to move your stuff.

For a manually curated list, visit the download section on GitHub.

There is another site of MediaWiki dumps located here on Scott's website.


Some tips:

  • When downloading Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons dumps, pages-meta-history.xml.7z and pages-meta-history.xml.bz2 are the same, but 7z use to be smaller (better compress ratio), so use 7z.
  • To download a mass of wikis with N parallel threads, just split your full $list in N chunks, then start N instances of (tutorial), one for each list
    • If you want to upload dumps as they're ready and clean up your storage: at the same time, in a separate window or screen, run a loop of the kind while true; do ./ $list --prune-directories --prune-wikidump; sleep 12h; done; (the sleep ensure each run has something to do).
    • If you want to go advanced and run really many instances, use tmux[1]! Every now and then, attach to the tmux session and look (ctrl-b f) for windows stuck on "is wrong", "is slow" or "......" loops, or which are inactive[2]. Even with a couple cores you can run a hundred instances, just make sure to have enough disk space for the occasional huge ones (tens of GB).

BitTorrent downloads

You can download and seed the torrents from the collection. Every item has a "Torrent" link.

Old mirrors

  1. Sourceforge (also mirrored to another 26 mirrors)
  2. Internet Archive (direct link to directory)


We also have dumps for our coordination wikis:

Restoring wikis

Anyone can restore a wiki using its XML dump and images. is restoring some sites.


  1. Websites - WikiApiary
  2. Pavlo's list of wikis (mediawiki.csv) (backup)
  3. WikiIndex Statistics
  4. Wikifarms
  5. Comparison of wiki hosting services
  6. Category:WikiFarm
  7. List of largest wikis
  8. List of largest wikis in the world
  9. Wikimedia Downloads Historical Archives
  10. Dump of Nostalgia, an ancient version of Wikipedia from 2001
  11. WikiTeam collection at Internet Archive
  12. battlestarwikiorg - dumps
  13. bluwiki - dumps
  14. communpedia - dumps
  15. - list of wikis
  16. - dumps
  17. Farm:EditThis
  18. - list of wikis
  19. - dumps
  20. We're sorry about the downtime we've been having lately
  21. - list of wikis
  22. - dumps
  23. - list of wikis
  24. orain - dumps
  25. Orain wikifarm dump (August 2013)
  26. - list of wikis
  27. - dumps
  28. Referata wikifarm dump 20111204
  29. Referata wikifarm dump (August 2013)
  30. - list of wikis
  31. - dumps
  32. What is ScribbleWiki?
  33. - list of wikis
  34. - dumps
  35. ShoutWiki wikifarm dump
  36. sourceforge - dumps
  37. - list of wikis
  38. - dumps
  39. - list of wikis
  40. - list of wikis
  41. Wikia wikis data dumps
  42. wikihub - dumps
  43. - list of wikis
  44. - dumps

External links

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Battlestar Wiki · BluWiki · Communpedia · EditThis · · Miraheze · · Orain · Referata · ScribbleWiki · ShoutWiki · Sourceforge · TropicalWikis · · Wiki-Site · Wikia · WikiHub · Wiki.Wiki · Wikkii ·


Wikipedia · Wikimedia Commons · Wikibooks · Wikidata · Wikinews · Wikiquote · Wikisource · Wikispecies · Wiktionary · Wikiversity · Wikivoyage · Meta-Wiki

Other wikis

Anarchopedia · Citizendium · Conservapedia · Creation Wiki · EcuRed · Enciclopedia Libre Universal en Español · GNUPedia · Nupedia · OmegaWiki · OpenStreetMap


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