Commons:Upload tools

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There are several ways to upload media to Wikimedia Commons.

Integrated tools

Upload Wizard

The default tool, accessible from the "Upload file" link in the left menu.

Supports fields prefilling.

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

Basic Upload

Basic upload form, is the original upload interface. It is still useful if uploading files that do not use {{Information}} template, like files that use {{Artwork}}, {{Photograph}}, {{Art photo}} or {{Book}} templates. For example if you want to upload file using {{Artwork}} and {{PD-old-100}} templates you can prefill

== {{int:filedesc}} ==
|wikidata = Q....
|source = .....

== {{int:license-header}} ==


and paste it into the window.

GLAMwiki Toolset

An advanced tool that allows GLAMs (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) to automatically upload large batches of digital versions of their collections. This tool has been deprecated and is no longer actively maintained. The use of Commons:Pattypan is recommended instead.

Chunked uploads

This ECMAScript can be integrated with the importScript(); feature for uploads with a chosen chunk size. It avoids some Upload Stash oddities not yet handled by the Upload Wizard.

  • Supports individual uploads up to 4 GB

Standalone desktop applications

VicuñaUploader interface
ComeOn! 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.



ComeOn! is a free tool written in Java to upload pictures to Wikimedia Commons with extended support for JPEG metadata and its use in page templates. JPEG is the only picture format that is supported (no PNG, no SVG)[1]. It is currently in beta mode but stable. It also supports audio files.



Pattypan is an open-source tool written in Java to upload files to Wikimedia Commons and other Wikimedia projects using spreadsheets.


Sunflower interface

Sunflower is an upload tool for macOS which makes it easy to batch-upload files to the Wikimedia Commons.

Commonist (not working)

Commonist interface

Commonist is currently not working.[2][3]

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

Command-line tools

See Commons:Command-line upload.

Image software extensions


A plugin for Darktable which lets users export images to Wikimedia Commons.

KIPI uploader configuration

KIPI uploader

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


A plugin for Adobe Lightroom that lets you export files to MediaWiki.

Smartphone apps

Upload to Commons with Android

A free Android app is available for uploading images directly to Commons. The tool can be found on Google Play and on the open source repository F-Droid. The code is under the Apache license.

Offroader is an Android app, written to show, how an upload of large files (also with slow or bad internet connections) could work better with other Upload tools. It is an demonstrator and can write protocols, that - if sent to developers - can help developers identify problems of the MW upload process. It is available as an unpaid and a full paid version from a number of app shops.

Upload to Commons with iOS

An iOS app used to be available on the AppStore but it has been discontinued. The source code is still available on GitHub under the Apache License. Note: As of November 2018, it's not in active development.

The similar Wiki Uploader does its job with some quirks [clarification needed] and as of April 2019 is compatible with iOS 9.0 or later.

Transfer tools

Transfer within Wikimedia


The FileImporter (instructions here) is a Wikimedia Commons extension which imports the file including all data when all prerequisites are met. Technically, the files won't be "moved", but "copied". The tool provides a "Export" link to the local wiki in order to allow moving the file to Wikimedia Commons.

Commons Helper

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.

Derivative works from Wikimedia Commons

See Commons:derivativeFX

Uploading by URL

Provided that you have the upload_by_url right, you'll see an additional input box on Special:Upload for selecting the upload source.

Users with the upload_by_url right (all registered users), can directly transfer images from whitelisted websites via the API or via Special:Upload. With the Upload Wizard it is possible to upload files from Flickr.

URL2commons tool

The URL2commons tool allows all users to directly transfer images from websites to commons.

From specific external websites

British Library

eap2pdf tool can mass-download books from the Endangered Archives Programme of British Library and also download single book and upload it to Commons. Installation of Python3 is required. The tool can be used in Linux, also adaptable to Windows.


There are various tools to help upload files from Flickr.


For a set of GLAMs you can use Glam2Commons to upload files from those GLAMs to Commons.

GLAMpipe has also been used.


Internet Archive

IA Upload is available for everyone (uses OAuth) to upload DjVu files of books from the Internet Archive. You select any free IA book and the {{Book}} template is prefilled (you are given a chance to edit it before upload).

If the desired book is not yet on Internet Archive, you can use BUB (Book Uploader Bot) to request its addition from another source. The job is entirely automatic, accepts requests for multiple books at once, and can notify by email when the book is ready with a link to ia-upload to complete the transfer.

Internet Archive also provides conversion of video from any format to ogv. You are advised to upload the video at the highest quality you have, up to about 400 GB per item.

For comprehensive help on how to use the Internet Archive for Wikisource and other Wikimedia activities, refer to s:en:Help:DjVu files#The Internet Archive.


Mapillary 2 Commons and Updated tool for uploading Mapillary images to Wikimedia Commons (WIP) are both available for everyone (uses OAuth) to upload street-level imagery.


See Commons:video2commons

  • Use video2commons to upload any video from the web. The tools automatically converts videos to a Commons-compatible format (uses OAuth).


VideoCutTool allows users to upload videos in any format to Commons with a user friendly UI and provides the users with options to edit videos before the upload.

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