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Wikipedia from the Command Line February 9, 2006

Posted by Carthik in ubuntu.

Philippe Charest shares his home-brewed bash script to get information from Wikipedia on the command line using lynx.

You may have to install lynx first using:
$sudo apt-get install lynx

Phillippe says:

Nice blog by the way, I just wanted to share a new quick “hack” to obtain information from wikipedia on the command line.

Here is a dirty script that fetches information from wikipedia using lynx:

Into your favorite editor:

lynx -dump "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/$1" | less

Then just make the file executable ($sudo chmod +x) and in your path (or in /usr/bin)

Exemple (I named my script wikid)

$wikid "George Bush"


George Bush

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Jump to: [6]navigation, [7]search

George Bush can refer to:

* [8]George W. Bush, George Walker Bush, the 43rd and current
[9]President of the United States of America ([10]2001-present)
* [11]George H. W. Bush, George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President
of the United States ([12]1989-[13]1993), and father of George W.


1. benplaut - February 9, 2006

It would be more useful to open up firefox, but this is really cool, regardless

2. skippy - February 9, 2006

In a similar vein, WWW-Mediawiki-Client allows one to edit MediaWiki content from the command line, using their favorite text editor.
(See here for a Debian package and some basic instructions.)

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5. bagel - February 10, 2006

Hello benplaut;
>>It would be more useful to open up firefox, but this is really cool

firefox “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/$1”

should do the job (-;

6. Pascal Klein - February 11, 2006

As for those who like w3m, use this:

w3m “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/$1”

Nice script. Thanks. 🙂

7. Darren Griffith - February 15, 2006

Good tip! And I use this for dictionary look-ups:

lynx -dump -nolist -pseudo_inlines \
‘http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=’$1’&r=67’ \
| tail -n +13 | less -r

8. Lunatic - February 16, 2006

Really kool! So I can get even more i guess from that. Thnks

9. Lars - February 28, 2006

“WikipediaFS is a mountable Linux virtual file system that enables you to deal with Wikipedia articles as though they were real files on your hard drive.” [ http://wikipediafs.sourceforge.net/ ]

10. mark - April 23, 2006

if you add -nolist the annoying numbers in front of the links will go away.

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12. sonny - November 11, 2008

I like Opera:

opera “w $1”

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