Flickr2Commons is a tool written by Magnus Manske to easily upload single and multiple files from Flickr to Commons. If you have any questions you can ask for help at Commons:Flickr batch uploading and Commons:Batch uploading.
Wikimedia Commons is different to Flickr and only hosts images with educational value, e.g it does not accept holiday photographs, for more information see Commons:What Commons is not.
- 1 Licenses
- 2 Uploading images
- 2.1 Step 1: Authorise OAuth
- 2.2 Step 2: Choose which images to upload
- 2.3 Step 3: Run the Flickr2Commons image finder
- 2.4 Step 4: Name files
- 2.5 Step 5: Add descriptions
- 2.6 Step 6: Add categories
- 2.7 Step 7: Import
- 2.8 Step 8: Let the upload run
- 2.9 Step 9: Check the uploads
- 3 Using the images on Wikimedia projects
- 4 Measuring reach
On Flickr, you can search for images with the "Commercial use & mods allowed" license filter. You can upload images from Flickr that are available under one of the following licenses
Note: You cannot use Flickr2Commmons to upload images which use a no derivatives or non-commerical requirement.
Step 1: Authorise OAuth
You must authorise OAuth (a piece of software that uploads images on your behalf) before you use Flickr2Commons. See the link at the top of the Flickr2Commons tool to do so. You must be logged into your Wikimedia account to do this.
Remember to do this every time you want to upload images from Flickr2Commons.
Step 2: Choose which images to upload
You can choose which images to upload using Flickr2Commons in one of the following ways.
All eligible images from a Flickr user
You can upload all images from a user by pasting the username or NSID into the Flickr user ID or name field; to find a user's NSID you can use the idGettr tool.
If you would like to import a very large number of images from a Flickr account, it may be helpful to upload as a series of photosets: this will reduce the risk of losing a large amount of work if your browser crashes.
You can upload all eligible images by pasting the ID number of a photoset into the Flickr photoset ID field; to find the ID of a photoset, copy the string of numbers in the URL after albums/ when you are on the web page for that album.
A single photo
To upload a single photo, copy the photo ID into the single Flickr photo ID field by copying the last string of numbers in the URL when you are on a webpage for a photo.
Note: Alternatively you can use the Flickr Upload Wizard to upload a single file.
Step 3: Run the Flickr2Commons image finder
The next step is to click; if you have entered the information correctly and there are images available under a compatible licence they will appear in the tool. By default the tool will only show images not already uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.
Step 4: Name files
Make sure the file name is descriptive; names of images uploaded on Flickr can often be just a series of numbers, but Wikimedia Commons prefers some kind of descriptive name. For a series of images of one subject you can do this by adding a name prefix, so
If the images already have descriptive names with a string of numbers in brackets after them, these are perfectly acceptable to leave as they are. Wikimedia Commons does not accept file names with special characters e.g
Step 5: Add descriptions
Every image uploaded to Wikimedia Commons needs a description to help people to understand the image. Often images on Flickr will have an existing description which will appear just below the categories box under each image, you can simply copy and paste this description into the description box.
Step 6: Add categories
All files on Wikimedia Commons need categories, which help group photos by their subject and also by who created them, e.g. all images produced by UNESCO are in Category:Photographs produced by UNESCO. Having a category for the organisation that produced the images helps to keep them organised but also allows you to measure where they are used on Wikimedia projects and how many times they were seen. If you're creating a category for your organisation a common format to use is Category:Images from NAMEOFORGANISATION . Also please make sure the category you upload to is not already in use for another purpose, e.g. for another organisation with the same name.
To find which categories are already available:
Its important to check for existing categories because of differences in language around the world, e.g. US/UK spelling differences.
You can add categories to images by adding them individually to each images; make sure to use this formatting when adding a category to an image [[Category:NAMEOFCATEGORY]]. You can also add a category to all the images you want to upload by clicking the Add category just under Append everywhere (categories etc.) near the top of the page and pasting in the name of the category.
You can also use the Auto-detect categories button at the top of the page, although this often gives unexpected results.
Step 7: Import
Once you have checked your work you can upload the images to Wikimedia Commons: to do this click.
Tip: Make sure you don't press the other blue button labelled Run again, as this will wipe out all your work.
Step 8: Let the upload run
Uploading files is not instantaneous; it takes time. As the files upload they will get a blue window around them. Once a file has been uploaded the window will turn green for success, or red if there was a problem and the file couldn't be uploaded.
Step 9: Check the uploads
Once you have uploaded the images please check through them; the easiest way to do this is to look at your uploaded file list, which can be reached by clicking the Uploads button in the top right hand corner of any Wikimedia Commons page (when you are logged in).
Using the images on Wikimedia projects
You can use the images you have uploaded on other Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia: find out how to get started here.
If you have uploaded a lot of images from an organisation, or on a specific subject, you could contact a relevant Wikiproject or your local Wikimedia chapter or group who may be interested in helping get the images used on Wikimedia projects.
If you would like to see where images you have uploaded are used on Wikimedia projects and how many times they are seen you can use the GLAMorgan tool to run queries.
If you want to measure the reach of images from an institution with a large number of images on Wikimedia Commons you can also request that that your institution be added to BaGLAMa 2 which will provide you with a monthly report.