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MediaWiki to LaTeX - compile MediaWiki pages via LaTeX to PDF


mediawiki2latex [OPTION] -o FILE -u URL


MediaWiki to LaTeX will fetch MediaWiki pages from a URL. It will fetch all its content recursively, i.e. subpages and pictures. Then the source code is converted to LaTeX, using the user template MAP if specified, or a default template otherwise. The LaTeX output is stored in LATEXTREE if provided. Finally a PDF if generated from the LaTeX source code if an appropriate LaTeX compiler is found. Note that it will automatically run several times to make sure all references are resolved. All steps can be controlled with command-line options.


-c, --copy=LATEXTREE
Write all generated LaTeX files to the specified folder.
-g, --vector
Keep vector graphics in vector form.
-h, --html
Use mediaWiki generated HTML as input (default).
-z, --zip
Output LaTeX Source Archive.
-i, --internal
Use internal template definitions.
-x, --hex=CONFIG
Take configuration data from hex encoded string given on the command line. This is only needed to avoid malicious shell injecion via the web form of the server
-m, --mediawiki
Use mediaWiki to expand the templates.
-o, --output=FILE
Specify the PDF output file.
-p, --paper=SIZE
Set the paper size. Possible values are A4, A5, B5, letter, legal, executive.
-r, --resolution=DPI
Set the maximum image reolution in dot-per-inch. The argument should be an integer.
-s, --server=PORT
Run as server. Listen on PORT
-t, --templates=MAP
Specify the user template map file. Usually called templates.user.
-l, --headers=EADERSPATH
The the path to the LaTeX headers, which should be used. May be omitted. Useful in combination -t.
-u, --url=URL
The input URI. It should point to a MediaWiki page.
-h, -?, -v, --version, --help
Show help options together with version number.


MediaWiki features a powerful template system which will control the appearance of specific parts in the text. This system can be used to our advantage to further control the appearance of the resulting PDF. You can tell MediaWiki to LaTeX to use the host site template result directly in the PDF, or you can use a custom template of yours. See the $XDG_DATA_DIRS/mediawiki2latex/latex for a template example.


All the downloaded files are kept into memory, so there will not be any MediaWiki files remaining on disk after the process. However, the generated LaTeX files -- the `LaTeX tree' -- need to be written on disk in order to produce the PDF. These files are written to /tmp/MediaWiki$$ by default. This folder will be removed when the program exits.

However you may want to keep the generated LaTeX tree on disk for LaTeX customiwation and to fasten future builds. If you use the -c option to set the LaTeX tree folder, the program will not remove it on exit so you can continue to use it.

The LaTeX tree is made of three folders:
A folder containing the LaTeX options, the special pages, the package loading, etc.
All the original picture files used in the article.
The complete LaTeX version of the source document is stored in main.tex.

To compile the PDF file yourself, simply run `xelatex' on the main.tex file. For instance:

xelatex LaTeX-tree/main/main.tex

You may need to run it several times to make sure all references are resolved.


MediaWiki to LaTeX was mainly developed by Dirk Hünniger <>. Other contributors are listed in the AUTHORS file.

This man page was written by Pierre Neidhardt <>.

2013-12-25 MediaWiki to LaTeX 7.26