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See Wikipedia:Statistics and Wikipedia:Announcements.

Note: recent statistics are now automatically compiled, and can be found at http://www.wikipedia.org/stats/

A proper explanation of hits vs. files served vs. pages served needs to go here. The effect of the new page-caching code on measured traffic should also be explained.

Alexa.com independently compiles traffic ranking figures. For regular tracking of this information, see Wikipedia:Awareness statistics.


Some late 2002 / early 2003 daily traffic figures for the English-language Wikipedia in hits/day:

  • note the apparent 7-day cycle, as well as
  • the one-off boost on September 11, 2002, the anniversary of the New York terrorist attacks, when many queries were made regarding topics related to the attacks.
  • traffic in January 2003 was well down on previous traffic, due to a problem with robots.txt causing Google to lose most Wikipedia pages from its index; this problem has now been fixed, and the Google index should start to pick up new pages as the site is spidered

Wikipedia hits per day late 2002 with a gap.png

Traffic data is measured in hits per day for each 24-hour period, from 00:00:00 UTC to 23:59:99 UTC.

Data set for the graph above:

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2003 traffic data

2003 Jan 01, 153536
2003 Jan 02, 199442
2003 Jan 03, 215752
2003 Jan 04, 119583
2003 Jan 06, 130032
2003 Jan 07, 151027
2003 Jan 08, 180543
2003 Jan 09, 188562
2003 Jan 10, 141881
2003 Jan 11, 210633
2003 Feb 19, 183900
2003 Feb 20, 198233
2003 Feb 21, 209976
2003 Feb 22, 164776
2003 Feb 23, 169201
2003 Feb 24, 199651
2003 Feb 25, 238234
2003 Feb 26, 230582
2003 Feb 27, 213807
2003 Feb 28, 193870
2003 Mar 01, 170235
2003 Mar 04, 206824
2003 Mar 05, 178290
2003 Mar 06, 178856
2003 Mar 07, 195111
2003 Mar 08, 169019
2003 Mar 09, 179610
2003 Mar 10, 246672
2003 Mar 11, 286787,  big slowdown on this day
2003 Mar 12, 316539,  back to over 300k, problems with timeouts
2003 Mar 13, 302237,  traffic is way back up again!

Average hits per hour in the period Aug 25 2002 - Sep 20 2002

Wikipedia hits vs hour of day sep 2002.png

Data for this graph:

hours, avg hits/hour
00, 8680
01, 8278
02, 8169
03, 7902
04, 7730
05, 7221
06, 7763
07, 7413
08, 7804
09, 8080
10, 7948
11, 7851
12, 8743
13, 9743
14, 9998
15, 10125
16, 10317
17, 10950
18, 10778
19, 10084
20, 9676
21, 9010
22, 8806
22, 8806
23, 8637

[edit] Notes

September 4, 2002: Server load average is currently running at between 5 and 6.

7:00am  up 55 days, 24 min,  2 users,  load average: 4.46, 5.64, 5.85

September 11, 2002:

On the first anniversary of the WTC attacks, the server was running at 13786 hits/hour in the period 20020911 20:00 to 20:59. If running continuously at this rate, this would equate to a daily hit rate of 330000 hits/day. (Note that the actual whole-day traffic for this day was only 260034 hits.) The server struggled to keep pace with the load on this day.

A few representative "uptime" results for September 11, 2002:

 9:25pm  up 5 days, 17:48,  1 user,  load average: 4.60, 9.68, 13.22
 9:34pm  up 5 days, 17:56,  2 users,  load average: 9.57, 8.64, 10.83
 9:34pm  up 5 days, 17:57,  2 users,  load average: 12.76, 9.38, 11.02
 9:34pm  up 5 days, 17:57,  2 users,  load average: 18.07, 10.80, 11.44
 9:35pm  up 5 days, 17:58,  2 users,  load average: 19.50, 12.29, 11.93
 9:40pm  up 5 days, 18:03,  2 users,  load average: 3.80, 7.92, 10.22
 9:41pm  up 5 days, 18:04,  2 users,  load average: 4.96, 7.74, 10.06

In the minute 20020911 20:35, the server served 305 hits, a rate of just over 5 hits per second sustained, equivalent to a sustained rate of just under 440,000 hits/day. It did this at a loadav of around 19, rather than the typical loadav of 5 or 6.

[edit] Top traffic sources

Top 13 traffic sources sep 2002.png

A snapshot of the top 100 of who is sending traffic to Wikipedia. This is for about a week, ending September 6, 2002:

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