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The objective of the Importer is to provide a simple mechanism for deploying data structures and support information during the installation (setup) process.

JSON format

The following JSON format has been selected to provide the technical means as well as being easy to understand and extendable by end-users.

Field definitions

  • description short description about the purpose of the import (used in the auto summary)
  • page the name of a page without a namespace prefix
  • namespace literal constant of the namespace (e.g. NS_MAIN, SMW_NS_PROPERTY ... ) the content is to be imported
  • contents contains either the raw text or as option specifies a
    • importFrom link to a file from where the raw text content is being fetched
  • options
    • canReplace to indicate whether content is being allowed to be replaced during an import or not

The `$smwgImportReqVersion` stipulates the required version and only an import file that matches that version is permitted to be imported.


    "description": "Semantic MediaWiki default vocabulary import",
    "import": [
            "page": "Smw import foaf",
            "namespace": "NS_MEDIAWIKI",
            "contents": {
                "importFrom": "foaf.txt"
            "options": {
                "canReplace": true
            "page": "Foaf:knows",
            "namespace": "SMW_NS_PROPERTY",
            "contents": "[[Imported from::foaf:knows]] ... ",
            "options": {
                "canReplace": false
    "meta": {
        "version": "1"

Import process

During the setup process, the Installer will run the ContentsImporter and inform about the process similar to:

Import of vocabulary.json ...
   ... replacing MediaWiki:Smw import foaf contents ...
   ... skipping Property:Foaf:knows, already exists ...
Import processing completed.

If not otherwise specified, content (a.k.a. pages) that pre-exists are going to be skipped by default.

Technical notes

Services are listed in ImporterServices.php with the SMW::SQLStore::Installer::AfterCreateTablesComplete hook to provide the execution event during the setup.

    |- ContentIterator
    |- ContentCreator
    |- JsonContentIterator
        |- JsonImportContentsFileDirReader
    | - DispatchingContentCreator
        |- XmlContentCreator
            |- ImporterServiceFactory
        |- TextContentCreator
            |- PageCreator
            |- Database
  • Importer is responsible for importing contents provided by a ContentIterator
  • ContentIterator an interface to provide access to individual ImportContents instances
  • ContentCreator an interface to specify different creation methods (e.g. text, XML etc.)
  • JsonContentIterator implements the ContentIterator interface
  • JsonImportContentsFileDirReader provides contents of all recursively fetched files from the `$smwgImportFileDir` setting that meet the requirements and interprets the described JSON definition to return a set of ImportContents instances
  • ImporterServiceFactory access to MediaWiki specific import instances
  • DispatchingContentCreator dispatches to the actual content creation instance based on ImportContents::getContentType
  • XmlContentCreator support the creation of MediaWiki XML specific content
  • TextContentCreator support of simple wikitext content

It is possible to implement a different format definition (CSV, XML etc.) by providing a different ContentIterator to the Importer.