I am trying to retrieve the URL of all articles listed inside wikipedia list articles. For concreteness lets consider the wikimedia list article List_of_American_scientists

I know how to use the wiki api and the following query gives a decent result:


But the result that it returns is a list in a single string. I will have to parse this string and convert the names to wikipedia urls myself. Is there a better way to retrieve the answers that can directly gives me the urls of the pages?

  • I haven't tried it myself, but parsing wikitext seems to return separate lists of internal and external links found in a wikitext document.
    – ojdo
    Aug 26, 2016 at 9:10

2 Answers 2


You can use the links API property to get the titles of all the links on the page: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php?action=query&format=jsonfm&titles=List_of_American_scientists&prop=links&pllimit=500. Note that this gives only the first 500, so you will need to make multiple queries to get them all, using plcontinue.


You might also use the SPARQL REST API to query wiki data. E.g. get a table of US citizens whose occupation is a subclass of scientist:

PREFIX schema: <http://schema.org/>

SELECT ?item ?itemLabel ?article WHERE {
  ?item wdt:P31 wd:Q5.
  ?item wdt:P27 wd:Q30.
  ?item wdt:P106 ?occupation.
  ?occupation wdt:P279 wd:Q901.
  ?article schema:about ?item.
  ?article schema:inLanguage "en".
  ?article schema:isPartOf <https://en.wikipedia.org/>.
  SERVICE wikibase:label { bd:serviceParam wikibase:language "en". }
GROUP BY ?item ?itemLabel ?article
ORDER BY ?itemLabel
LIMIT 1000

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