Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons
Screenshot of Wikimedia Commons
Type of siteMedia repository
RegistrationOptional (required for uploading files)
Content licenseFree
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
Created byWikimedia community
LaunchedSeptember 7, 2004
265 ('s rank) (July 2016)
Current statusActive

Wikimedia Commons is a website owned by the Wikimedia Foundation, based on a wiki. Anybody can upload images, sounds, videos, and other multimedia files to the website. The files uploaded to Wikimedia Commons can be used by any other Wikimedia Foundation project, like Wikipedia or Wiktionary. For example, Wikipedia uses images on Wikimedia Commons to include pictures in their encyclopedia articles.

Other websites based on wikis can also use files from Wikimedia Commons, even if they are unrelated to the Wikimedia Foundation.

Wikimedia Commons has categories, which are groups of files that have something in common or similar. For example, there is a category for pictures of cats. Wikimedia Commons is a multilingual website, meaning that it can be used in every language. However, some parts of Wikimedia Commons are only in English, like names of categories.

Wikimedia Commons also has sound files. Not all of these are music. For example, there are recordings that read words out loud. These files are used in Wiktionary, a free dictionary, to teach people how to say words.

For every file on Wikimedia Commons, the person who made it has to let everybody use it and change it as much as they want, including companies (see Creative Commons). Many files are public domain but others must not be used without the permission of the people who made them, because that would break copyright laws.

The tenth million file uploaded

Wikimedia Commons reached 10 million files on April 15, 2011.[1]


The Wikimedia Foundation was given money to make it easier for people to use their websites. They used some of this money to make the UploadWizard, a new system for uploading files on Wikimedia Commons. People started using the UploadWizard in December 2010.

The UploadWizard also teaches new uploaders about copyright law. It has a tutorial for users to read so that they can check if the file they are uploading is violating copyright. Most uploads are by the UploadWizard.

Before, Wikimedia Commons only let people upload one file at a time. The UploadWizard lets people upload multiple files at the same time and include all the required information about each one.

Other Languages
Адыгэбзэ: Уикисурэтылъэ
Alemannisch: Wikimedia Commons
azərbaycanca: Vikianbar
Bahasa Banjar: Wikimedia Commons
Bân-lâm-gú: Wikimedia Commons
башҡортса: Викимилек
беларуская: Вікісховішча
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Вікісховішча
български: Общомедия
Чӑвашла: Викиампар
Ελληνικά: Wikimedia Commons
estremeñu: Commons
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Wikimedia Commons
հայերեն: Վիքիպահեստ
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: উইকিমিডিয়া কমন্স
Bahasa Indonesia: Wikimedia Commons
interlingua: Wikimedia Commons
עברית: ויקישיתוף
kalaallisut: Wikimedia Commons
Kapampangan: Wikimedia Commons
ქართული: ვიკისაწყობი
қазақша: Ортаққор
Кыргызча: Уикиказына
latgaļu: Vikiteka
latviešu: Vikikrātuve
lietuvių: Vikiteka
მარგალური: ვიკიოწკარუე
Bahasa Melayu: Wikimedia Commons
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Wikimedia Commons
မြန်မာဘာသာ: Wikimedia Commons
Nederlands: Wikimedia Commons
нохчийн: Викиларма
norsk nynorsk: Wikimedia Commons
олык марий: Викиклат
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Vikiombor
Plattdüütsch: Wikimedia Commons
português: Wikimedia Commons
Ripoarisch: Wikimedia Commons
русиньскый: Вікісклад
русский: Викисклад
Sesotho sa Leboa: Wikimedia Commons
slovenčina: Wikimedia Commons
slovenščina: Wikimedijina Zbirka
Soomaaliga: Wikimedia Commons
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Wikimedia Commons
ၽႃႇသႃႇတႆး : Wikimedia Commons
Basa Sunda: Wikimedia Commons
татарча/tatarça: Викиҗыентык
тоҷикӣ: Викианбор
удмурт: Wikimedia Commons
українська: Вікісховище
Tiếng Việt: Wikimedia Commons
文言: 維基共享
粵語: 維基同享
žemaitėška: Vikitėka