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On this page, users can ask for a deleted page or file (hereafter, "file") to be restored. Users can comment on requests by leaving remarks such as keep deleted or undelete along with their reasoning.

This page is not part of Wikipedia. This page is about the content of Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free media files used by Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia Commons does not host encyclopedia articles. To request undeletion of an article or other content which was deleted from the English Wikipedia edition, see the deletion review page on that project.

Finding out why a file was deleted

First, check the deletion log and find out why the file was deleted. Also use the What links here feature to see if there are any discussions linking to the deleted file. If you uploaded the file, see if there are any messages on your user talk page explaining the deletion. Secondly, please read the deletion policy, the project scope policy, and the licensing policy again to find out why the file might not be allowed on Commons.

If the reason given is not clear or you dispute it, you can contact the deleting administrator to ask them to explain or give them new evidence against the reason for deletion. You can also contact any other active administrator (perhaps one that speaks your native language)—most should be happy to help, and if a mistake had been made, rectify the situation.

Appealing a deletion

Deletions which are correct based on the current deletion, project scope and licensing policies will not be undone. Proposals to change the policies may be done on their talk pages.

If you believe the file in question was neither a copyright violation nor outside the current project scope:

  • You may want to discuss with the administrator who deleted the file. You can ask the administrator for a detailed explanation or show evidence to support undeletion.
  • If you do not wish to contact anyone directly, or if an individual administrator has declined undeletion, or if you want an opportunity for more people to participate in the discussion, you can request undeletion on this page.
  • If the file was deleted for missing evidence of licensing permission from the copyright holder, please follow the procedure for submitting permission evidence. If you have already done that, there is no need to request undeletion here. If the submitted permission is in order, the file will be restored when the permission is processed. Please be patient, as this may take several weeks depending on the current workload and available volunteers.

Temporary undeletion

Files may be temporarily undeleted either to assist an undeletion discussion of that file or to allow transfer to a project that permits fair use. Use the template {{Request temporary undeletion}} in the relevant undeletion request, and provide an explanation.

  1. if the temporary undeletion is to assist discussion, explain why it would be useful for the discussion to undelete the file temporarily, or
  2. if the temporary undeletion is to allow transfer to a fair use project, state which project you intend to transfer the file to and link to the project's fair use statement.

To assist discussion

Files may be temporarily undeleted to assist discussion if it is difficult for users to decide on whether an undeletion request should be granted without having access to the file. Where a description of the file or quotation from the file description page is sufficient, an administrator may provide this instead of granting the temporary undeletion request. Requests may be rejected if it is felt that the usefulness to the discussion is outweighed by other factors (such as restoring, even temporarily, files where there are substantial concerns relating to Commons:Photographs of identifiable people). Files temporarily undeleted to assist discussion will be deleted again after thirty days, or when the undeletion request is closed (whichever is sooner).

To allow transfer of fair use content to another project

Unlike English Wikipedia and a few other Wikimedia projects, Commons does not accept non-free content with reference to fair use provisions. If a deleted file meets the fair use requirements of another Wikimedia project, users can request temporary undeletion in order to transfer the file there. These requests can usually be handled speedily (without discussion). Files temporarily undeleted for transfer purposes will be deleted again after two days. When requesting temporary undeletion, please state which project you intend to transfer the file to and link to the project's fair use statement.

Adding a request

First, ensure that you have attempted to find out why the file was deleted. Next, please read these instructions for how to write the request before proceeding to add it:

  • In the Subject/headline: field, enter an appropriate subject. If you are requesting undeletion of a single file, a heading like [[:Image:DeletedFile.jpg]] is advisable. (Remember the initial colon in the link.)
  • Identify the file(s) for which you are requesting undeletion and provide image links (see above). If you don't know the exact name, give as much information as you can. Requests that fail to provide information about what is to be undeleted may be archived without further notice.
  • State the reason(s) for the requested undeletion.
  • Sign your request using four tilde characters (~~~~). If you have an account at Commons, log in first. If you were the one to upload the file in question, this can help administrators to identify it.

Add the request to the bottom of the page. Click here to open the page where you should add your request. Alternatively, you can click the "edit" link next to the current date below.


Closed undeletion debates are archived daily.

Current requests

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I uploaded the picture in order to complete my university profile on Wikipedia. My university profile wasn't complete on Wikipedia and there wasn't anyone eager to complete it. Indeed, the picture has a copyright, but it is also my university's copyright. I didn't upload it for my own benefit or interest but it's for my university progression to become an excellent university. I hope my reason could be acceptable.

Best Regards, --LAW AYR (talk) 09:36, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose While you apparently had the best of intentions, the fact remains that the logo is copyrighted and cannot be kept on Commons without a license from the university using the procedure at OTRS. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 12:33, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

File:sanjit magar.jpg

this image is for my user page so please do not delete.--Sanjit.khulal (talk) 09:51, 22 September 2014 (UTC)



This picture is a screenshot of the free, open source software Elektronika (see: ). The video clip seen in the screenshot is one of the clips included with the software by default. The source code of the software is released under the Apache 2.0 license (see: ). In view of this I was wondering if you could undelete it? Thanks.

I raised this with the Administrator who deleted it, her response was as follows:

Hi AlphaTangoVideo: The image didn't contain sufficient information in the accompanying file for a reasonable person to understand that the source is released as you say. I don't feel qualified after having made this error to work on the COM:UNDEL of this image. Please go to COM:UNDEL and have one of their administrators help you with the restoration of this file. Thank you for your understanding. Ellin Beltz (talk) 22:54, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

(see: )

AlphaTangoVideo (talk) 14:09, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose The license shown at is CC-BY-ND, which is not acceptable for Commons or WP:EN. The Apache license which is found at the location you cite is not used on Commons, principally because it requires that every use of the licensed material must include a copy of the license. Thus, in order to use the image on Commons, the image description would have to include the whole license. Please see COM:Licensing. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 14:20, 22 September 2014 (UTC)
The Apache Software Foundation's own advice on how to apply the license suggests that the authors of the license consider providing a link to the license to be in line with the spirit of the requirement in 4(c), and as far as I know {{Free screenshot|license=Apache}} is accepted here. If it's not, we've got a bigger problem. LX (talk, contribs) 14:43, 22 September 2014 (UTC)
...That said, the last note in {{Free screenshot}} is probably relevant with respect to the video screenshot, since it is presumably not a direct result of the program code itself. LX (talk, contribs) 14:46, 22 September 2014 (UTC)