|Total wiki pages||58,253,083|
|UTC time: 11:12 on 2023-May-29|
The size of the English Wikipedia can be measured in terms of the number of articles, number of words, number of pages, and the size of the database, among other ways. As of 29 May 2023, there are 6,661,530 articles in the English Wikipedia containing over 4.3 billion words (giving an average of about 654 words per article). Including articles, the total number of pages is 58,253,083. Being pages themselves, articles make up 11.44 percent of all pages on Wikipedia. As of 21 September 2022, the size of the current version of all articles compressed is about 21.23 GB without media.
Wikipedia continues to grow, and the number of articles on Wikipedia is increasing by over 17,000 a month. The number of articles added to Wikipedia every month reached its peak in 2006, at over 50,000 new articles a month, and has been slowly but steadily declining since then. While this might seem to show that Wikipedia's growth is slowing or stopping, it should be noted that the amount of text added to Wikipedia articles every year has been constant since 2006, at roughly 1 gigabyte of (compressed) text added per year. This implies that as time progresses, proportionally more content is added to existing articles rather than new articles, and that Wikipedia has maintained the same persistent rate of growth throughout at least the past decade. In other words, over time, the average article size is growing faster than the number of articles.
Most of the earlier entries were extracted from Wikipedia:Milestones. Later entries are taken from observations of the new software's built-in article count features. For information on what Wikipedia's software counts as an article, see Wikipedia:What is an article#Lists of articles and statistics.
The article count of bot-generated Wikipedias such as the Cebuano-language edition of Wikipedia, as well as the Swedish-, Dutch- and the Waray-language editions, grow much faster than those that are primarily written by humans such as the English Wikipedia. Swedish Wikipedian Sverker Johansson's Lsjbot is the primary author of those four primarily bot-generated Wikipedias. Cebuano and Waray are Filipino languages. However, individual articles in bot-generated Wikipedias are on average much shorter than those in primarily human-written Wikipedias. Thus, article count alone is a very poor indicator of the scale and scope of all Wikipedia editions.
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