The telnet gateway stopped working in October 2017, and was fully shut down in January 2019. Hopefully it will be revived in the future, see Phabricator for more details.
The gateway is also accessible as a Tor hidden service, at
lgcjxm7fttkqi2zl.onion. The Tor hidden service provides end-to-end encryption and anonymity. To connect to it, you will need to install Tor, and a Telnet (or raw socket) client that can communicate with Tor's local SOCKS proxy. On Linux, socat suffices, for example with the command line:
socat - SOCKS4A:localhost:lgcjxm7fttkqi2zl.onion:23,socksport=9050
PuTTY can also be used, and is available for Windows and UNIX-like systems. Enter "lgcjttkqi2zl.onion" as the hostname, and under Connection > Proxy, select proxy type "SOCKS 5", proxy hostname "localhost", port 9050.
The telnet gateway was written by C. Scott Ananian, inspired by a gist by Ori Livneh, and is based on the Offline Content Generator (OCG), which in turn is based on Parsoid. The plaintext output is actually available from OCG on most Wikimedia projects using the Book Creator link in the sidebar: use the "Word processor (plaintext)" format option under "Download".
- Server-side line editing with readline
- Tab completion of article titles, using the Discovery Team's groovy suggestion service
- With the ":use" command, you can connect to any Wikimedia wiki which supports the Wikimedia REST API[dead link].
For more information, please see the GitHub project page for wikipedia-telnet.
File bugs and feature requests on GitHub for now.
If the service is down, it can be started on
setup-firewall start wikipedia-telnet