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I think I've seen a script for converting mediawiki syntax to Latex. Also, in case there are more than one solution for this, it might be nice to summarize them here.

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If you working from within a mediawiki, there is the wiki2latex extension.

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Zim is WYSIWYG desktop note-taking application with a wiki markup that can directly export their .txt pages to HTML or LaTeX code. It is available for Windows, BSD and Linux (included in several distributions). It can export single pages or complete notebooks.

A simple page of Zim, their internal wiki code and the compiled LaTeX export as article is showed below:


Content-Type: text/x-zim-wiki
Wiki-Format: zim 0.4
Creation-Date: 2012-10-05T19:09:32+02:00

====== Testing Zim ======

===== Title 2 =====

==== Title 3 ====

=== Title 4 ===

== Title 5 ==

Some text  normal **bold** //italic// __underlined__
~~deleted~~ normal ''literal ''_{ sub} ^{super}

* item
* item
* item

[*] item checked
[ ] item not checked


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Unfortunately it doesn't use MediaWiki mark up, but its own format –  Alexey Grigorev Dec 29 '13 at 14:43
@AlexeyGrigorev, Yes, but for simple pages can be useful. If you simply make a search & replace from ''' to ** and from '' to // (in that order, obviously) you can later import the MediaWiki code with bolds and italics working, and the titles, the [[links]] and the itemized list are imported without modification. –  Fran Dec 30 '13 at 11:13

Actually there is a website doing that:


The software running there is licensed freely under GPL and can be obtained from:


You may download the binary for Windows from there too.

On Ubuntu 13.10 or higher it is

sudo apt-get install mediawiki2latex

and then call the program by, for instance,

mediawiki2latex -u https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Ries -o AdamRies.pdf
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Pandoc yet.

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This perl script seems to be the script I was thinking of.

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Javalatex seems like a very interesting project, and should have support for this. (Haven't tried them yet, but will report experience when I have)

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There is also WikiPublisher addon which is built specifically as an addon to pmwiki. I have been using it with quite some success.

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