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Welcome to Wikimedia Cloud Services (WMCS)!

WMCS is a flexible computing ecosystem built on OpenStack, GridEngine, and Kubernetes. We empower technical contribution to the Wikimedia software world.

Support and administration of the WMCS resources is provided by a Wikimedia Foundation team and Wikimedia movement volunteers.


Eventual final branding and renaming is open for discussion.

 Working titles are now in use across some documentation. The generic compute/'Labs' environment for running your own virtual instances is being referred to now as VPS and Tool Labs/Tools which is the PaaS environment is now being referred to as ToolForge.

From 2011 until early 2017, WMCS was known as "Wikimedia Labs".

The term 'Labs' became overloaded and often required clarification about what component of the ecosystem was being referred to. The former Wikimedia Foundation Labs team and the Tool Labs Support team have joined forces as the Wikimedia Cloud Services team and are launching a campaign to improve the language and branding surrounding products and services offered.

WMCS Products

What Product Should I Use

VPS => Wikimedia VPS

If you need to run full virtual instances and are willing to administer them on your own we can provide quota to do so.

PaaS => ToolForge

If you need to run a specific webservice, scheduled job, or perform analysis but do not want to or are not able to manage a full virtual environment this is the best place.

DaaS => Data Services

We provide replicas of the production databases and other data for analysis and experimentation. DaaS resources are available from both the VPS and the PaaS environments, though some of them may need to be requested for a specific VPS Project. In addition, the Quarry service provides database access via a web interface without project setup.


  • WMCS is working on a tool for read-only browsing of our projects at OpenStack Browser.
  • Project administration is done through the OpenStack dashboard known as Horizon.

Joining and Participating

Labs Account Holders are governed by the Labs terms of use and the Rules. The agreement to disclosure of personally identifiable information covers End-Users.

Getting Started

We are on IRC

Terms of Use


  • What is Wikimedia Cloud Service?