Commons:Registered users by language preference

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This data was collected on September 1, 2007.

Users Interface language user preference
108864 en
31821 es
12487 fr
11552 de
5367 pt
3655 ja
2664 pl
2423 it
2065 nl
1625 sv
1621 pt-br
1235 no
1223 ar
1012 ru
830 zh
501 ca
488 cs
349 fi
233 zh-tw
231 hu
219 bg
204 zh-cn
174 zh-hk
166 he
165 da
123 tr
101 zh-yue
89 fa
77 id
59 sl
55 ko
54 ro
48 eu
47 vi
44 el
39 lt
38 hr
37 nn
32 th
31 eo
29 uk
23 sr
17 et
11 is
10 ms
8 gu
7 ast
6 gsw
5 be
4 br
3 be-tarask
2 af
1 ab


Graphs[edit]

Language codes with over 5,000 users[edit]

  • Title: Language preferences of Wikimedia Commons registered users, as of 2007-09-01
  • X: language code.
  • Y: number of users.
N TOTAL        LC
1 108864        en
2 31821         es
3 12487         fr
4 11552         de
5 5367  pt

N = rank.

Language codes with 1000--5000 users[edit]

  • Title: Language preferences of Wikimedia Commons registered users, as of 2007-09-01
  • X: language code.
  • Y: number of users.
N TOTAL        LC
6 3655  ja
7 2664  pl
8 2423  it
9 2065  nl
10 1625         sv
11 1621         pt-br
12 1235         no
13 1223         ar
14 1012         ru

N = rank.

Language codes with 100--1000 users[edit]

  • Title: Language preferences of Wikimedia Commons registered users, as of 2007-09-01
  • X: language code.
  • Y: number of users.
N TOTAL        LC
15 830  zh
16 501  ca
17 488  cs
18 349  fi
19 233  zh-tw
20 231  hu
21 219  bg
22 204  zh-cn
23 174  zh-hk
24 166  he
25 165  da
26 123  tr
27 101  zh-yue

N = rank.

2 to 21[edit]

Combined data[edit]

For LCs with > 100 users. This primarily corrects the information for Chinese languages/Chinese Wikipedia.

N TOTAL      WP   LCs
1 108864        en
2 31821         es
3 12487         fr
4 11552         de
5 6988  pt      pt, pt-br
6 3655  ja
7 2664  pl
8 2423  it
9 2065  nl
10 1625         sv
11 1441         zh      zh,zh-tw,zh-cn,zh-hk
12 1235         no
13 1223         ar
14 1012         ru
15 501  ca
16 488  cs
17 349  fi
18 101  zh-yue
19 231  hu
20 219  bg
21 166  he
22 165  da
23 123  tr


  • N: rank
  • WP: the language code of the relevant Wikipedia
  • LCs: the language codes that were combined to produce that total

Commons rank compared to Wikipedia rank[edit]

Wikipedia ranks are taken from m:List of Wikipedias which is based on article count, not user count.

"W-C" is the Wikipedia rank minus the Commons rank. If use of a language code at Commons indicates Commons "take-up": Positive values may indicate better-than-expected Commons take-up, based on the Wikipedia rank. Negative values may indicate worse-than-expected Commons takeup.

Also, empty entries in the "W-C" column are worse than negative entries. Blank entries indicate that despite that language Wikipedia having a rank of whatever, not a single person from there edits Commons using their language enabled via the preferences.

Disclaimer: not every user who edits Wikipedia X uses language code X at Commons. Not every user at Commons who uses language code Y edits that Wikipedia Y.

Note this is probably a stupid measurement when the Commons raw number is very low (say less than 10).


WPrank LC Commonsrank W-C
1 en 1 0
2 de 4 (-2)
3 fr 3 0
4 pl 7 (-3)
5 ja 6 (-1)
6 it 8 (-2)
7 nl 9 (-2)
8 pt 5 3
9 es 2 7
10 sv 10 0
11 ru 14 (-3)
12 zh 11 1
13 fi 17 (-4)
14 no 12 2
15 tr 23 (-8)
16 eo 36 (-20)
17 sk
18 cs 16 2
19 ca 15 4
20 ro 28 (-8)
21 hu 19 2
22 uk 37 (-15)
23 da 22 1
24 id 25 (-1)
25 vo
26 he 21 5
27 lt 32 (-5)
28 sl 26 2
29 lmo
30 sr 38 (-8)
31 bg 20 11
32 Ko 55 (-23)
33 Et 39 (-6)
34 Ar 13 21
43 Fa 24 19
95 Zh-yue 18 77
48 Eu 29 19
44 Vi 30 14
40 El 31 9
36 Hr 33 3
42 Nn 34 8
41 Th 35 6
50 Is 40 10
45 Ms 41 4
160 Gu 42 118
75 Ast 44 31
83 Be 43 40
56 Br 46 10
77 Af 47 30
212 Ab 48 164
  • eo is Esperanto, a constructed language, so lack of support at Commons should not be a priority.
  • looks like ko, sk, vo & lmo should try to be pushed for, soon
  • well done to the ar, gu communities - very impressive!