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Uploading files using VicuñaUploader
problemHow to successfully use VicuñaUploader for batch uploading on Commons and other wiki projects.
solutionFollow the instructions
created on12:51, 26 September 2019 (UTC)

What problem does this solve?[edit]

Upload batches of files with same description to Wikimedia Commons and other projects. It is useful while uploading large number of files from off-line. This software also supports geotagging, chunked uploads, and file-name conflicts but only supports Windows operating system.

Adding description in Settings
Adding description in Settings

What is the solution?[edit]

Install Vicuna[edit]

Edit File description[edit]

  • It is advisable to clump the files that have the same description and information.
  • This is the meta information. Go to settings. You can do it by clicking over the settings icon or press (Ctrl+T) keys.
  • Select author. There are two tabs for this. Own work or another option to fill the author information for files that are not your original work.
  • Next fill source, attribution (appropriate license) and categories (for more than one category separate using semicolon (;). All fields can (but do not have to) be filled in using wikicode; the License field must be filled in using wikicode, (for instance, PD-old-100, cc-by-sa-4.0, etc.) in double curly brackets. Find the right license here: Copyright tags
  • In text under license field, add the information for the work, such as Personality rights, Trademarked as well as OTRS permissions.
Conflict in filename
Conflict in filename

Choose the files/folder[edit]

Select the files you wish to upload to Wikimedia Commons or other Wiki project on your computer by clicking on the yellow folder icon. Alternatively, you can drag the file in the vicuna or press Ctrl+Space keys.

Add description and select to upload[edit]

Next step, in the file panel, you need to edit title name, Date, description and categories (if it is different than the ones applied earlier for whole batch). For description, you can add relevant information about the work in the template en | Description Text in English enclosed in double curly brackets. This can be done for multiple files at the same time by pressing left click and Shift or Left click and Ctrl to select them.

Login and upload[edit]

You can login with your Wikimedia username and password with Ctrl+’. Click the upload icon in the bottom right corner or simply press Ctrl+U. In the next step, you will be asked which Wiki project you want to upload the files to.

Upload window
Upload window

Things to consider[edit]

  • Make sure that the latest version of Java is installed on your computer. Download Java here: https://www.java.com/download/
  • The information you add should be in English. Vicuna does not support all the fonts but does support few languages other than English.
  • More information can be found on Commons:VicuñaUploader.
You can add geo-coordinates with the files
You can add geo-coordinates with the files

When to use[edit]

  • While uploading batch files for GLAM projects with same description fields.
  • When flexibility and control over descriptions is not needed
  • For GLAM projects: in order to create a custom description format
  • When you wish to upload a single big file or batch files on other Wiki projects (such as Wikisource) apart from Wikimedia Commons.


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