Community Wishlist Survey 2021/Bots and gadgets/Importing data from IMDb

Importing data from IMDb

  • Problem: When creating new pages for actors, directors, etc. much of the information is available in a structuring format on their IMDb page but it is time-consuming to transfer manually to Wikipedia.
  • Who would benefit: Editors creating, improving, or updating pages that use IMDb for information.
  • Proposed solution: A tool that can auto-import IMDb fields (e.g. year, title of movie/show, role, etc.) and a bot that will update articles when there is an addition to their IMDb page.
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  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: GeneralBelly (talk) 22:23, 24 November 2020 (UTC)


  • @GeneralBelly: There are already Mix-n-match catalogues for IMDb (for example, for actors]; find them all by searching 'imdb' in the catalogue search form), to help with the importing part of this. Is that sufficient? The work then is to integrate this data into Wikipedia articles, the technical functionality for which already exists. —Sam Wilson 03:18, 25 November 2020 (UTC)
Hi Samwilson, I'm not familiar with Mix-n-match but I had a look at it and couldn't figure out a way to use it. Basically, I was hoping for a tool where I could identify an IMDb entry for an actor, e.g. Michelle Yeoh and it would give me a table of her work in wiki markup which I could add directly to the article. Is that possible? --GeneralBelly (talk) 16:27, 30 November 2020 (UTC)
  • @GeneralBelly: Sounds good. Mix-n-match helps with getting the actors' and movies' details into Wikidata, from where they can be added to Wikipedia articles. This can be done dynamically with Lua in some cases (for individual items) or en masse via a bot such as {{Wikidata list}}, or via wikitext exports. The details can be figured out after voting. —Sam Wilson 04:03, 1 December 2020 (UTC)
  • This seems perfectly suited to go through Wikidata. Silver hr (talk) 18:09, 30 November 2020 (UTC)
  • How would we avoid copyright issues? Oaktree b (talk) 16:26, 9 December 2020 (UTC)


  •   Support Owleksandra (talk) 18:45, 8 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support ThadeusOfNazereth (talk) 19:35, 8 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support A good idea شادي (talk) 22:33, 8 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support UncleMartin (talk) 01:31, 9 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support BugWarp (talk) 01:33, 9 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Implementing it to go through Wikidata sounds reasonable. Thomas Kinz (talk) 09:24, 9 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Lirazelf (talk) 16:48, 9 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support XenoF (talk) 18:36, 9 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose IMDb is not a reliable source. Cabayi (talk) 20:24, 9 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Emanuele676 (talk) 00:17, 10 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support - Darwin Ahoy! 01:41, 10 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support - yona B. (D) 07:10, 10 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Nonahg (talk) 08:47, 10 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Euro know (talk) 11:03, 10 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   NeutralI am not sure how much information should be imported from IMDb since it could count as plagiarism. If it is just the dates, the name, etc, then there's very little benefit to getting them from a bot. It takes less than 5 seconds to copy and paste each respective information. MarioSuperstar77 (talk) 11:35, 10 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose IMDb is user-edited and should not be automatically imported. —  HELLKNOWZ   ▎TALK   ▎enWiki 22:12, 10 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support IMDB is a database and it is important that you can import and a bot to update entry information. WikiFer msg 23:22, 10 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose Absolutely not. IMDB is not a reliable source. KevinL (aka L235 · t) 01:03, 11 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Not automatically, because after importing in a preview, must be ratified by the user. BoldLuis (talk) 10:42, 11 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose IMDB is not a reliable source, see perennial sources for more info. Alexcalamaro (talk) 10:46, 11 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose IMDb is a wiki. — Alexis Jazz (talk or ping me) 12:34, 11 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose IMDB is not reliable enough to let the information flow automatically into wikipedia. Hkoala (talk) 17:25, 11 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose IMDb ist not a reliable source. Anyone can edit it. The contributions there get checked, but you don't need to provide sources for an editting request. --Gereon K. (talk) 17:27, 11 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support IMDB is a wiki, anyone can edit it. Wikipedia is not a wiki, rly? Фред-Продавец звёзд (talk) 19:13, 11 December 2020 (UTC)
    @Фред-Продавец звёзд: Wikipedia is a wiki that requires all statements to be verifiable. On IMDb, nothing is sourced. So you may be able to import some information, but you'll still be spending most of your time hunting down proper references to support this information. By allowing easy import, we would only stimulate users to add unsourced information to biographies. — Alexis Jazz (talk or ping me) 20:41, 12 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Strong oppose -- Importing user generated content is never a good idea. See also en:WP:UGC. Wutsje (talk) 20:17, 11 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose As other opposes have noted, IMDB is user generated content. ONUnicorn (talk) 21:25, 11 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose Francois-Pier (talk) 11:49, 12 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose IMDb is a user-edited site. We don't accept Wikipedia as a reliable source, so why would IMDb be any different?--Sudonet (talk) 18:25, 12 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose --Encycloon (talk) 17:34, 13 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Lomrjyo (talk) 19:21, 14 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Ææqwerty (talk) 08:54, 16 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Support and suggest the same for other areas, such as transfermarkt for football players. Wolfmartyn (talk) 14:13, 16 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Risk Engineer (talk) 15:51, 17 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose IMDB should not be relied as the primary source.--Temp3600 (talk) 17:41, 17 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Unclemoo92 (talk) 20:40, 17 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support if information can be backed up with a WP:RS, as IMDb cannot be the sole source to a claim. DarkGlow (talk) 21:32, 17 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Make works more easy. Sorou6sh (talk) 10:08, 19 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Strong oppose IMDB is not a reliable source and should not be used as a refence in any case. WikiAviator (talk) 12:40, 20 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Great idea! Dolotta (talk) 16:24, 20 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose per L235 and Oaktree b2d37 (talk) 10:49, 21 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support S8321414 (talk) 14:06, 21 December 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose IMDb is not a reliable source. --Thibaut (talk) 16:56, 21 December 2020 (UTC)