Technical Wishes: FileExporter and FileImporter become default features on all Wikis

The FileExporter and FileImporter [1] will become default features on August 5th, 2020 on all Wikis. They help you to move files from your local Wiki to Wikimedia Commons, while keeping all original file information (description, source, date, Author, and revision history) intact. The wish to make moving files from local Wikis to Wikimedia Commons easier originates from WMDE’s 2013 Technical Wishes survey. There it was voted into the top wishes for technological improvements by the German-speaking Wikipedia Community.

How does it work? 

  1. Step: If you are an auto-confirmed user, you will see a link “Export to Wikimedia Commons” in the menu on the local file page. 

  2. Step: When you click on this link, the FileImporter checks if the file can be moved to Commons. These checks are performed based on the wiki’s configuration page which is created and maintained by each local wiki community. 

  3. Step: If the file is compatible with Commons, you will be taken to a preview page on Wikimedia Commons, where you can update or add information about the file, such as the description. You can also add the ‘Now Commons’ template to the file on the source wiki by clicking the corresponding check box on the preview page on Wikimedia Commons. Admins can delete the file from the local Wiki by clicking the checkbox ‘delete file on source wiki in my name’. By clicking on the ‘Import’ button at the end of the page, the file is imported to Wikimedia Commons. 

If you want to know more about the FileImporter extension or the Technical Wishes Project [3], follow the links. We are looking forward to answering your questions and getting your feedback on our central feedback page [4]. --For the Technical Wishes Team: Max Klemm (WMDE) [5]






Max Klemm
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