Wb2pdf converts MediaWiki markup to LaTeX and, via LaTeX, to PDF. It can be used to export pages from any project running MediaWiki, such as Wikipedia.
Installation on Windows[Bearbeiten]
Note: Wikipedia has changed to mathml for rendering formulas, for now you will need to select "template expansion = mediawiki" in the GUI. A bug fix is currently available in source code format in version 7.23 and as binary release for Debian. We are working on a binary distribution of version 7.23 for Windows.
- Get wb2pdf https://sourceforge.net/projects/wb2pdf/files/ Download "MediaWikitoLaTeX.zip" in the latest folder
- start "MediaWiki to LaTeX.exe"
Installation on Ubuntu[Bearbeiten]
sudo apt-get install mediawiki2latex mediawiki2latex
Installation on Linux other than Ubuntu[Bearbeiten]
I recommend to use virtualbox or an other kind of virtual machine and run Ubuntu in there. The program itself is already larger than Ubuntu, so installing Ubuntu does not add much overhead. The large size of the program is due to the many dependencies for latex packages and fonts, and the way they are packaged. In total a bit more than 1 GByte of packages has to be downloaded during the installation on Ubuntu. The .tar.gz archive of the source code is also available on sourceforge.
see the User Manual
Command Line Version[Bearbeiten]
A command line version is currently available as part of the Jesse debian distribution, as well as the current ubuntu distribution. On Windows you find the command line version mediawiki2latex.exe in the src folder of the zip archive. You will need to extract the archive totally and set the current working directory to the src directory since the mediawiki2latex.exe calls the latex compiler using realative pathnames with respect to the src directory.
LaTeX intermediate Code[Bearbeiten]
On Linux you can use the -c command line option with an absolute pathname. On Windows you can also use the -c command line option or pause the LaTeX compiler with CTRL-C and look for the source in the temporary directory in case you are running the program via the GUI.
To see it in action look here: Datei:Wb2latexCompilingWikibook2PDF.ogg
The follwing Link Benutzer:Dirk Huenniger/wb2pdf/details explains some of the inner workings of the software.
Independent Installation on MikTeX[Bearbeiten]
The source archives produced with the current windows version of mediawiki2latex, do compile flawlessly with the current version of miktex.
Quality and Statistics[Bearbeiten]
A test run in October 2014 processing 4369 featured articles of the English Wikipedia did produce a PDF file in each case. In particular these were all featured articles we were able to find at the beginning of the test.
The project was largely written by Dirk Hünniger. He is currently unavailable. The project is currently maintained by Pierre Neidhardt (ambrevar). We prefer not to give his Email here and ask you to refer to the search engine of your choice in order to find his contact details.