From Wikitech

url-downloader is a Squid non-caching proxy for HTTP requests. It was originally created for MediaWiki's upload-by-URL functionality, these days it is being used by any service that wants to access resources outside the boundaries of the wikimedia production realm. It is not a highly available service and as such no assumptions should be made in code regarding availability


See also url_downloader in Puppet.
  • For eqiad: Hosted on urldownloader100[34].wikimedia.org
  • For codfw: Hosted on urldownloader200[34].wikimedia.org

In both datacenters only one url-downloader is active at any time, and is pointed at via the DNS record for url-downloader.$DC.wikimedia.org, and exposed at url-downloader.$DC.wikimedia.org:8080.

url-downloader.wikimedia.org:8080 points to eqiad for backward-compatibility.

In MediaWiki configuration, it would be typically obtained via $wmgLocalServices['urldownloader'] (which also provides an appropriate proxy URL on beta).

See also