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Wikimedia Commons

A collection of free-to-use media files which anyone can contribute to.

Getting Started

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How to start using Wikimedia Commons, including how to make an account.

Copyright and Licensing

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The aim of Wikimedia Commons is to provide a media file repository "that makes available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content to all, and that acts as a common repository for the various projects of the Wikimedia Foundation."

How to upload media to Commons

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How to upload a media file to Wikimedia Commons - this could be an image, video or audio file.

How to upload images to Wikimedia Commons in bulk

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Uploading media to Commons in bulk is made much easier through helpful tools and programs, like Pattypan and URL2Commons.

Top tips

A quick guide to making high quality contributions to Wikimedia Commons.


Categories help to organise media on Commons, making it easier for others to find and reuse media.

Wiki Loves Monuments

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Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM) is an annual international photographic competition held during the month of September, organised worldwide by Wikipedia community members with the help of local Wikimedia affiliates across the globe. Participants take pictures of local historical monuments and heritage sites in their region, and upload them to Wikimedia Commons.

© Ewan McAndrew and Erin Boyle, University of Edinburgh, 2021, CC BY-SA 4.0, unless otherwise indicated.