MediaWiki API help

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list=random (rn)

(main | query | random)
  • This module requires read rights.
  • This module can be used as a generator.

Get a set of random pages.

Pages are listed in a fixed sequence, only the starting point is random. This means that if, for example, Main Page is the first random page in the list, List of fictional monkeys will always be second, List of people on stamps of Vanuatu third, etc.

If the number of pages in the namespace is lower than rnlimit, fewer pages will be returned. The same page will not be returned twice.

Parameters:
rnnamespace

Return pages in these namespaces only.

Values (separate with |): 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 110, 111
rnlimit

Limit how many random pages will be returned.

No more than 10 (20 for bots) allowed.
Default: 1
rnredirect

Load a random redirect instead of a random page.

Examples:
Return two random pages from the main namespace.
api.php?action=query&list=random&rnnamespace=0&rnlimit=2
Return page info about two random pages from the main namespace.
api.php?action=query&generator=random&grnnamespace=0&grnlimit=2&prop=info
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