Commons:Upload tools

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There are several ways to upload media to Wikimedia Commons.

Integrated tools[edit]

Upload Wizard[edit]

The default tool, accessible from the « Upload a file » link in the left menu.

Possible customisation: default license in Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-uploads

GLAMwiki Toolset[edit]

An advanced tool that allows GLAMs to automatically upload large batches of digital versions of their collections.

Standalone desktop applications[edit]


Commonist interface

Commonist is a Java program for easy upload of larger numbers of images to Wikimedia Commons and other MediaWiki installations.


VicuñaUploader interface

VicuñaUploader is a free tool written in Java designed to upload files to Wikimedia Commons and other Wikimedia projects. It is a bit similar to Commonist but has some more functionality and different user interface.


Image software extension[edit]

KIPI uploader[edit]

A KIPI plugin for digiKam and Gwenview was made for easy upload of larger numbers of images to Wikimedia Commons and other MediaWiki installations.

Smartphone applications[edit]

Further information: Wikimedia Mobile Projects

Upload to Commons with Android[edit]

A free Android app is available for uploading images directly from the mobile phone to Commons. (Android 2.3+ operating system required). The tool can be found at the Market. You may adapt it for your own purposes using the GNU source code from github.

An official Wikimedia Commons uploader app for Android is in development (as of February 2013). Source is available under GPLv2 license.

Upload to Commons with iPhone[edit]

An official Wikimedia Commons uploader app for iOS is in development (as of February 2013). Source is available under GPLv2 license.

Needed images tours[edit]

Via the Unvisited app.

Transfer tools[edit]

Uploading from Flickr[edit]

There are various tools to help upload files from Flickr.

  • Flickr upload bot - The standard upload bot. Makes uploading with all the correct info much easier.
  • Flickr2Commons - This one is faster than the main Flickr upload bot (which can move really slowly occasionally and takes more clicks as it requires you to edit the image page), however a [User:Odie5533/F2ComButton TUSC login] is needed here and it adds a bunch of useless and redundant categories (but this one automatically adds geolocation information).
  • F2ComButton - A tool which adds buttons to Flickr to easily upload images yourself or using Magnus's tool.
  • Flinfo - For people who want to upload Flickr pictures by themselves.
  • FlickrLickr - A collaborative vetting process for selecting free (Creative Commons CC-BY) photos from Flickr, improving their metadata, and uploading them to Commons. No longer maintained and no new accounts will be created.
  • Upload Wizard - If you are an administrator or image reviewer, you can import images and photosets from Flickr via the Upload Wizard.

Upload from other projects[edit]

Commons Helper[edit]

This page will generate code that you can copy and paste when moving an image from a Wikipedia to Commons. Note that you still need to verify the source and only transfer images that have reasonable licenses. You also still need to give the image a category, although the assistant is hooked up to CommonSense, so it can suggest them at the same time. Developed by User:Magnus Manske.

Upload by URL[edit]

User's with the upload_by_url right (Image reviewers, Admins, GWToolset users), can directly transfer images from another website (If its on the whitelist) via the API

Command-line tools[edit]

It is possible to upload using command-line tools.

See also[edit]

  • derivativeFX tool for helping with upload of images derivative of other commons images;