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Locator-tool is a tool which helps geocoding existing images, i.e., to add {{Location}} or {{Object location}} information and structured data to images on Wikimedia Commons.

The tool has been developed by Simon04 (talk), and is located at WMF Toolforge – locator-tool.


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In order to get the locator tool added to your toolbox, enable the Locator-tool gadget in your gadget preferences.


1. Navigate to WMF Toolforge – locator-tool, or, when you've activated the gadget, click on Locator-tool in toolbox.
2. Sign in using the button on the upper right corner.
3. Allow the locator-tool to edit existing pages. This is needed to automatically insert the {{Location}} or {{Object location}} information.
4. Click Select files and either provide a list of files to geocode or specify a category to fetch files from that.
5. Click load … to geolocate.
6. By default the list displays files lacking a {{Location}} information. Select one by clicking it.
If this file already has {{Object location}} assigned, the object location field will be filled with included coordinates.
7. Select its location in the map. For object location press additionally the  Shift key.
8. Click the green button on right side of the according input field. If you want to clear added coordinates, press the x button to the left instead.
9. The location of camera or object will be saved. To convince yourself view the history of the file description page.
In step 5, you can alternatively click "show … on map" in order to display all files on the map. This helps to spot files with incorrect/inaccurate coordinates.



Please help to translate locator-tool to your language:


  • 2020-06-30: Migrate to toolforge
  • 2019-05-17: Round coordinates to 5 digits [1]
  • 2018-11-01: Migrate source code to TypeScript
  • 2018-03-11: Fetch {{Object location}} via GeoData; separate icons for {{Location}}/{{Object location}}
  • 2018-03-11: Support fetching more than 500 user files
  • 2018-02-02: Migrate frontend to Bootstrap version 4
  • 2018-01-01: Display locator-tool build version in About page
  • 2017-12-25: ↓/↑ keys select next/previous image
  • 2017-06-07: Parse file list from HTML clipboard content (select images on Wikipedia pages, copy selection, paste selection to file list)
  • 2017-06-05: Support limit/start/end for user files
  • 2017-06-05: Display image categories as badges
  • 2017-05-23: The locator-tool got its own icon:
  • 2017-05-21: Image previews can be enlarged
  • 2017-05-20: Locator-tool is an official gadget
  • 2017-05-20: Markers can be dragged now
  • 2017-05-14: Show a map of all selected images with coordinates
  • 2017-02-26: Copy & paste of coordinates
  • 2017-01-09: Support for {{Object location}} added
  • 2016-12-31: French user language added
  • 2016-12-20: German user language added
  • 2016-05-18: First version (support for editing {{Location}})