The JWBF provides access to many functions defined in the MediWiki API, for more details see the JavaDoc.
- Requests on demand:
You can request lists of articles (category, backlinks, …) or other lists in Iterator / Iterable form, with the additional feature that only a limited number of items will be downloaded instantly. JWBF will autonomously retrieve more items if they are needed. This helps to reduce traffic, especially in big wikis like Wikipedia.
- Thread reliability:
With JWBF you can write threaded bots.
- Unicode support:
JWBF has no problems with Asian, Arabic, IPA, … encodings.
- Support for older MediaWikis:
JWBF works since Mediawiki 1.9.*