This is a list of tools that editors can use to make tasks easier. Please feel free to add something that you think might help me or others to work more efficiently.


Further information: Wikipedia:Aids for Writing Simple English

Readability testsEdit




  • gWatch lets you build a kind of global watchlist by watching a page in every project (such as your user page). You can also import a raw watchlist using your watchlist token.
  • New pages shows the most recent pages created. Is automatically filtered by namespace, and can be further filtered by user or trigger.


  • Short pages lists all short articles by size, starting from the smallest.
  • All pages with prefix lists all pages with a specified prefix. It splits the list into three columns and longer lists are restricted to 120 items per page.
  • Subpages lists all subpages of a given page in raw text.
  • Yanker searches for pages by a particular pattern.


  • CatScan searches categories, recursively and according to specified criteria, for intersection with other categories, templates, stubs, recent changes, etc. Instructions are available on meta at CatScan and User:Duesentrieb/CatScan. Hasn't been adapted to simple yet, but should be fairly easy.
  • Categorycount counts the number of articles in a category.
  • Catanalyzer shows a category tree and counts the articles in those categories.
  • Talk page category intersect shows articles that are in one category with its talk page in another category.


  • Erwin's tool lists all the projects from the Wikimedia Foundation, and can filter the list by number of sysops.
  • Free Image Search Tool searches for free images which can be added to articles, or replace non-free images and placeholders.



  • Wikipedia:Accessibility, manual of style for maximising ease of navigation and readability. Some basic information:

Specialised syntaxEdit



General toolsEdit

  • AutoWikiBrowser is a semi-automated editor used for tedious repetitive tasks, such as typo fixing, mass disambiguation, and finding and replacing. See the user manual for more.
  • Wikipedia Cleaner aids in various maintenance tasks, including fixing ambiguous links.
  • Check Wikipedia automatically locates errors in wiki markup.
  • CatScan performs a search and gives a list of pages by category, size, template used. Detailed here.
  • CatScan v2.0 is another version of the above tool written by a different user, with more features.
  • Category intersection lists all pages or images that are in a set of given categories.
  • Text Mechanic is a collection of free online tools for editing and manipulating text.
  • Duplication Detector compares any two web pages to identify text which has been copied from one to the other.

External linksEdit

  • Checklinks detects the status of external links within an article.
  • Wayback machine archives web pages so you can fix dead links in an article using |archiveurl= and |archivedate=.
  • Special:LinkSearch lists which articles link to a particular website.


  • Pages linking to disambiguation pages lists all the articles that link to a disambiguation page.
  • Dab solver disambiguates several links at once, looks for unlisted red links, and can pick the best redirect for a link.
  • Dablinks checks for disambiguation links on individual Wikipedia articles or up to 500 articles from a category or list.
  • Dabfix is an edit-assist tool to automatically build a disambiguation page with appropriate links.
  • Solve is a python bot script designed to help fix ambiguous links.
  • Disambiguation pages with links lists all disambiguation pages that are linked to by articles.
  • Disambiguation link count gives you the number of mainspace links to any disambiguation page.
  • Articles with multiple dablinks lists all articles that have links to more than one disambiguation page. Check what those links are using its companion tool. A third tool lists all templates that link to disambiguation pages, which can help remove ambiguous links from many articles at once.

System maintenanceEdit

  • Bugzilla is the issue tracker for MediaWiki software and site-specific problems on Wikimedia's wiki sites. A different login is required.
  • JIRA is the issue tracker for Toolserver. A different login is required.

References and resourcesEdit



  • Global user manager checks the global status of a user.
  • Luxo's counter (cross-wiki contribs or global contributions) gives an overview of a user's latest contributions on all public wikis.
  • SUL info shows the status of a user's SUL and their status on each wiki they are registered at.
  • CrossActivity shows the date and time of a user's latest action on all wikis.
  • xContribs (cross-contribs) measures cross-wikiness, i.e., how much of their contributions are spread across wikis.
  • Edit summary calculator shows how often a user gives an summary for their edits. Fl's tool does the same, by namespace.
  • FindMe! shows on which wikis a user has registered an account.
  • Contribs shows the contributions of multiple users in a single list.
  • Watcher shows how many users are watching a certain page. It won't show the exact number if the page has fewer than 30 watchers.
  • Stalker compares the contributions of up to ten users. The search can be filtered by namespace.
  • Stalk toy provides comprehensive information about the status of a user, IP address, or CIDR range on all Wikimedia wikis.

Anonymous usersEdit

Warning and blockingEdit

Further information: User talk page warnings and Category:Vandalism and warning templates
  • Gadgets for automated warnings:
  • Block finder finds the block responsible for blocking a given IP address. It checks both global and local blocks as well as range and normal blocks.

Wikilove stuffEdit