To add some context to my previous mail:

The Infrastructure Foundations team in Wikimedia Site Reliability Engineering is working on a new identity management system, named Bitu. It is intended to be a centralized point for managing logins, password, access rights and SSH keys for Wikimedia Developer accounts. This is unrelated to on-wiki user accounts and permissions. The new service is available at You can find the Bitu code at

In the initial release we focus on moving the developer account signup to Bitu. It’s important to us that this migration is communicated clearly and in a way that’s understandable and acceptable to our community, which is one of the reasons for a slow rollout of features. If you are helping people with creating a new account, please ask them to use

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to If you have any enhancement proposals or bug reports please file them in Phabricator with the “Bitu” component.

On Thu, Aug 31, 2023 at 10:29 AM Simon Lyngshede <> wrote:
Hi all,

We have removed the developer account signup from Wikitech and are now directing new users towards instead. 

This is the first step in the implementation of our new identity manager, and a small step towards making Wikitech a little less special.

Part of our documentation was updated yesterday, August 30th, and the first accounts have already been successfully created.

Should there be a need to re-enable the account creation process on Wikitech, this can be done by reverting:

If you have any questions, concerns or documentation that needs updating, please reach out to me or the infrastructure foundation team.

Thank you to everyone who helped us get this far.

Simon Lyngshede
Site Reliability Engineer / Infrastructure Foundations
Wikimedia Foundation