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This is the discussion page for the AWB project. It is also the place to discuss using the AWB program itself (if you need help, or have a question about AWB, etc.). Where to make specific types of reports or requests is explained in the Before you post section below. Before asking questions, please read the Frequently asked questions below.

Before you post[edit]

Do you want to ... Please use
Report a bug in AWB? Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Bugs (but see instructions for Phabricator there)
Report an incorrectly fixed typo? Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Typos
Request a feature for a future version of AWB? Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Feature requests
Request approval to use AWB? Wikipedia:Requests for permissions/AutoWikiBrowser
Ask a question about AWB or ask for help? This page

Frequently asked questions[edit]

Frequently asked questions
  • When I start it up I get one of the following errors:
    "The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135). Click on OK to terminate the application.", or
    "To run this application, you must first install one of the following versions of the .NET Framework..."
    This error means your computer does not have the .NET framework version 2 installed properly. You can choose from various versions for download here, or you can run Windows Update and select version 2 of the .Net framework from the "Optional Updates" section, if you want the choice made for you.
  • Does AWB run on Linux or Mac?
  • Does AWB work on other projects/languages?
    Many Wikimedia projects and languages are supported, see the "User and project preferences" option in the general menu. Other languages will be added on request, though at the moment the interface is always in English. You are also able to use AWB with third-party wikis: Options > Preferences > Site, you can change the wiki there. The wiki must support the Bot API required by AWB. This means that it should have latest HEAD version of MediaWiki or something close to that. The wmf-deployment branch is also recommended, as this is what is currently live on WMF sites.
  • Under Windows Vista (and newer), AWB is using wrong font size, which results in clipped text and lost buttons and options, (see example here). How to fix it?
  • Solution #1: Go to "Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display" and switch resizing of the fonts to 100%
    Solution #2: Right click on AutoWikiBrowser.exe --> Properties -> Compatibility (tab) --> enable the "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings" option or for Windows 10, if available, select System (Enhanced)
  • AWB puts stubs after categories, though categories are always rendered the last by MediaWiki?
    According to WP:STUB#Categorizing stubs, by convention they are placed at the end of the article, after the External links section, any navigation templates, and the category tags, so that the stub category will appear last. If your wiki uses another order, please let us know here.
  • I don't like or use Internet Explorer; please use Firefox instead.
    AWB does not use Internet Explorer per se. It does, however, use the same web browser control (MSHTML) as Internet Explorer; the equivalent Firefox component does not provide the needed functionality.
  • How do I open the page in another browser if I can't use the one in AWB?
    Right click on the edit box in the bottom right side of your screen. Select "Open page in browser".
  • How do I edit a page that doesn't exist?
    Uncheck "Ignore non existing pages" in the "Skip articles" box.
  • How do I skip certain articles?
    Use the "Skip if contains" and "Skip if doesn't contain" on the "Skip" tab
  • Can't you leave up a "stable" version, so I don't have to download new versions?
    It is important to keep people up to date with the latest versions, because their use of the software doesn't just affect them, but the whole of Wikipedia. As any bugs that remain will be trivial, hopefully releases won't be too frequent.
  • How can I stop AWB clicking when it changes pages?
    This is a Windows sound theme setting. This page explains how to turn off the clicking sound.
    Alternatively, delete the following key from the Windows registry:
  • AWB randomly crashes upon page load on my system, and I always use a browser other than Internet Explorer when using Wikipedia.
    You may have installed custom scripts incompatible with IE. Wrap the contents of your monobook.js into conditional:
               //Detect IE5.5+
               if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf("MSIE")==-1)
                   // Previous contents go here
  • I get Just In Time Debugger Messages when loading AWB/loading pages.
    In Internet Explorer, go to Tools → Options → Advanced. Make sure 'Disable Script Debugging (Internet Explorer)' and 'Disable Script Debugging (Other)' Are both checked. Press apply and close.
  • Why does AWB run very, very slowly if I try to make changes in the edit window on larger pages, especially pages with long lists or tables?
    If running on Windows, exit the Speech Recognition software that is built into some versions of Windows; don't just turn it 'Off', you must 'Exit' the software if you have started up Speech Recognition.
  • When I do a clean install of AutoWikiBrowser the application seems to find old setting data somewhere. I'd like to do a really clean install. Any ideas?
    Clean up your registry and remove the folder "C:\Documents and Settings\user name\Local Settings\Application Data\AutoWikiBrowser" (Windows XP) or "C:\Users\user name\AppData\Local\AutoWikiBrowser\" (Windows 7). Note that the application data folder may be hidden.
  • AWB prompts that there is a newer version but won't update
    Check the version number of your AWBUpdater.exe. The current version is If you have an older version, you have to download the latest AWB version and make a clean install.
  • Which .NET Framework version do I have?
    You can find your .NET Framework version in Help → About box.
  • Where are the default settings stored?
    • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\AutoWikiBrowser
    • Windows Vista onwards: C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\AutoWikiBrowser\Default.xml
  • I cannot copy text from the diff window using the Control+C keyboard shortcut.
    You must have Microsoft.mshtml.dll available for AWB to use for this functionality to work. You can try downloading the file (there are a number of third-party websites offering DLL file downloads) and putting it in the same folder as AutoWikiBrowser.exe. This is reported not to work for all users, presumably due to .NET Framework problems.
  • Is there any way to set AWB to not use http? (GFW blocks 443 port)
    In preferences, set project to "custom". Set the left box to http. In the webpage box, type (English Wikipedia) or (Chinese Wikipedia). Note that leaving off the /w/ will result in a "root element missing" error.
  • How do I login to AWB with accounts enabled with two-factor authentication?
    You should use a bot password. Despite the name, they aren't just for bots. See Wikipedia:Using AWB with 2FA.


Old/multingual wikisource[edit]

How to use AWB on , the old/multilingual/incubator wikisource? There is no language prefix and apparently it's not possible not to select a language nor to use the custom mode (error 403). If there is no solution, here is an idea : use mul as language prefix (which is done in some other cases).

Cdlt, VIGNERON * discut. 14:33, 1 August 2017 (UTC)

User:VIGNERON. Yah you can do it by just choise the Project "custom" and select "http://" then simply give url "".-- Jay ❯❯❯ Talk 07:15, 12 November 2017 (UTC)
@Jayprakash12345: you could try and tell me if it really works? As I said before, I've got a HTTP 403 error for some reason :/ Cdlt, VIGNERON * discut. 17:27, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
User:VIGNERON, Sorry Please use "http://" instead of "http://". And Login is working fine for me. [1] [2]-- Jay ❯❯❯ Talk 17:38, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
Oh, so obvious I missed it, thank you a lot! Cdlt, VIGNERON * discut. 19:40, 19 December 2017 (UTC)

Error messages not showing clearly in previews[edit]

Twice today I've had my errors fixed for me by Mikeblas - to whom my thanks - errors I've missed because my AWB preview has not shown the error messages clearly. I've been scrolling through the AWB preview looking for the usual bold red error messages, but in fact they are only shown in standard size text in black. Is it possible to do something to AWB or to my configuration to fix this?

To demonstrate, paste <ref name=x>foo</ref><ref name=x>bar</ref>{{reflist}} into the AWB edit window and ask for a preview. Don't save, of course. -- John of Reading (talk) 19:04, 11 March 2020 (UTC)

Wow! I don't use AWB, but that sounds like a pretty serious problem. Are other preview errors inhibited? -- Mikeblas (talk) 01:15, 12 March 2020 (UTC)
Some errors show in red; Module:Check for unknown parameters puts out an explicit style="color:red". The difference is that Template:Broken ref only puts out <span class="brokenref">, relying on that class definition being loaded. -- John of Reading (talk) 07:07, 12 March 2020 (UTC)

Wikitable issue[edit]

Hello, just wanted to report a small issue with recent AWB edits. As seen here and here, these edits are removing a line break before a wikitable, which evidently breaks things. In the latter example, that's all the edit did.

Possibly-helpful discussion of this can be seen on my talk page here as well as on JzG's.

This is not really my area of expertise, but I'll be glad to help with further info if I can. I've been poking around to find wikitable errors, and if I find more, I'll collect them (please let me know if I ought to add them here). Thanks, Jessicapierce (talk) 14:44, 15 March 2020 (UTC)