Commons:Moving files to Commons

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Off they go!


I. Prepare the file[edit]

  • Check if the file has a proper license/author/source/permission.
  • Add or update the template {{Information}}. It is not required for a good transfer, but it is helpful in making sure the important details of the file are not lost in the upload.
  • If the file is own work replace {{<licence>}} with {{Self|<licence>}}, this will help the bot (for example {{GFDL}} with {{Self|GFDL}})

II. Transfer the file[edit]

You have several options:

  1. Use Commonshelper:
    • If the file page currently has the fine print "Copy to Commons: via CommonsHelper", click on via CommonsHelper. This simplifies/automates much of the work of transferring a file.
    • Use your own account to upload the file and get the text to paste from Commonshelper (be careful to upload the original file , not a thumbnail!)
    • Use the Commonshelper bot
  2. Use For the Common Good, an efficient downloadable tool
  3. Use your own bot ( in pywikipedia)

Don't forget to tag the source file with {{Nowcommons}}.

III. Check the file[edit]

  1. Click the link Check now! in {{BotMoveToCommons}} (will remove the template, set the edit summary and you can start editing the text)
  2. Clean up the information template
    • Description : You might want to remove some leftovers or maybe add a translation.
    • Source : Usually all right. You might want to remove the information about the source on the sister project (which will soon be unreachable and is redundant with the log included in the file page) and replace any "own work" statement with {{own}}.
    • Date : We don't care about the original upload date. If it's possible restore the original date.
    • Author : Set the author. If the original uploader is the author remove the "Original uploader was"
    • Permission : Remove information that is redundant with the license tags. If there is an OTRS ticket, leave it untouched.
    • Other_versions : Set if any other version exists, empty most of the time
  3. Check licence template(s) and remove redundant templates and comments (sometime more than one licence template is added by the bot).
  4. Set proper categories (You should always put your uploads into categories: Commons:Categories#How to use categories)


  • to avoid {{badJPEG}}: "convert non-photographic JPG to PNG before uploading it. The quality of thumbnails would gain."

See also[edit]