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Message, Invalid photo ID[edit]

Trying to use the new version: Repeatedly get a "Bad photo ID" pop-up when I use the standard URL for a single photo -- which works fine on the old version. ??? TIA, Tillman (talk) 17:37, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

  • This is a continuing problem, especially now that the old version has disappeared. Same problem as described above: the specific message is "Photo not found", for a valid Flickr URL. Since Bryan's Flickrbot is also broken, this is a major obstacle! TIA for any help, Tillman (talk) 15:46, 30 August 2013 (UTC)
An example URL would be nice... --Magnus Manske (talk) 10:32, 2 September 2013 (UTC)
The problem was, it wasn't clear that you are only to use the "bare" Flickr photo ID# rather than the entire URL (as was used in the previous version). Making this explicit on the form would be helpful. TIA, Tillman (talk) 21:22, 9 September 2013 (UTC)
Added a bit. Other users may want to add directions for the other upload options. --Tillman (talk) 01:25, 10 September 2013 (UTC)


Could you add an option to not add automatically any categories to transfered photo? Just the ones that I select, not Flickr tags. Dudek1337 (talk) 22:36, 18 December 2012 (UTC)


Today, after 01:30 trying, I managed to upload one image. It just takes forever to connect. What’s wrong? Tuvalkin (talk) 16:09, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

I didn't change anything. If it is slower than usual, or failing, it is most likely a problem with the toolserver (or, less likely, Flickr). --Magnus Manske (talk) 16:13, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

Feature request[edit]

"Max. pictures" is a good idea, but the tool should be able to browse to the "next 50" etc. For larger sets, the tool is hardly usable this way. --AndreasPraefcke (talk) 09:42, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

Another request: Please change "Run" to "Run Search (and delete form entries)" (or make it grey after the first click on it). Maybe I'm stupid but I accidently cleared entries numerous times (actually whenever I haven't visited the tool in a while and have to get used to it again), since one has to go all up to the beginning of the page after finishing editing it, and then the blue "Run" is just too tempting, but it doesn't mean "run" then but "ruin my work". --AndreasPraefcke (talk) 07:59, 30 January 2014 (UTC)


"Add to every description" does not do anything at all. --AndreasPraefcke (talk) 15:11, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

Some images just won't work[edit]

I love the tool (old and new version), but sometimes it just won't work, regardles how often and when you try (and I've tried numerous times for days now). Example: always produces a result that looks perfectly good (in v1) but there is no upload; and in version 2 there's a red field with "Transfer failed : Upload error" (without further explanation) instead of the usual green field with the link to the new file. What prevents the tool from uploading this? (and everything else in this FlickR set?) Licenses and files seem perfectly o.k. to me. Other uploads work just fine (or at least at second try). --AndreasPraefcke (talk) 15:11, 2 April 2013 (UTC)


Used 116108 times since 2008-04-08
TUSC verification OK.
Checking license ... license OK ({{cc-by-sa-2.0}})
Tags : Lorenz Maroldt, Diskussion, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Reihe „Was ist der Deutsche Traum?“ Vorbilder im Gespräch
Getting image URL ...
Used 116109 times since 2008-04-08
Output of upload bot

The image should now be at Lorenz_Maroldt_(8598254378).jpg. Edit the new description page.[[Image:Lorenz Maroldt (8598254378).jpg|thumb|Lorenz Maroldt (8598254378).]]
Now check the new image has good categories!

It's not there, though. --AndreasPraefcke (talk) 11:03, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

User and tag[edit]

Any chance of uploading by "user and tag", like please? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 16:27, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Unable to use the tool because it fails when I click "Register TUSC account"[edit]

"Register TUSC account" goes to a Bad Request page. Is this still a usable tool? If not, is there a good alternative for moving groups of files from flickr to wiki commons? Please advise, Mary Mark Ockerbloom (talk) 19:38, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

Mass-edit title[edit]

The tool works like a charm, lately. It is particularly useful because it automatically chooses a unique filename (unlike UploadWizard which just crashes) and it checks for duplicates (though not via hash yet) unlike all the other tools, however there is still one thing missing (which I love in Vicuña Uploader) i.e. the possibility to mass rename. Just uploading numbered photos is not particularly appreciated; I would need something as simple as adding a prefix to all filenames. --Nemo 08:13, 18 August 2013 (UTC)

File Overwrite.[edit]

When an image is transferred from Flickr to Commons is F2C able to overwrite a Commons' file of the same name? Saffron Blaze (talk) 04:16, 22 September 2013 (UTC)

"Transfer failed : 500 Internal Server Error"[edit]

Tool doesn't seem to be working today, returning this error message on several trials. --Tillman (talk) 19:39, 13 October 2013 (UTC)

Working again, as of this AM --Tillman (talk) 19:14, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

I have some troubles with this new flickr interface[edit]

Can this picture be uploaded? I think so but the tool keeps telling me that I'm wrong. Thank you. --Luckyz (talk) 12:02, 18 October 2013 (UTC)

It's possible that the page was already uploaded and deleted: there is no freedom of panorama in Italy and that's a recent building. I don't remember if the hash matching checks deleted files too. --Nemo 20:08, 26 October 2013 (UTC)

Flinfo issue 3[edit]

I’m getting this error «Flinfo issue 3», repeatedly, with different images and settings. What does it mean?, what should I do? Tuvalkin (talk) 01:07, 20 November 2013 (UTC)

Same here. Example: --AndreasPraefcke (talk) 18:42, 19 February 2014 (UTC)

I had this error too, but I realized that it was because the Flickr image didn't actually have a compatible license (needs to be cc-by-sa or freer, no commercial restrictions) czar  06:08, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Upload sets[edit]

There are problems when uploading sets. It uploads all the photos from a user not just a single set. And it also don't give automatically the ID number of a user when the username is insert.--SunOfErat (talk) 15:33, 20 December 2013 (UTC)

Time limit for filling out the form?[edit]

Is there a maximum time limit on filling out the form? I left the page half filled overnight and now I'm getting "Transfer failed : 500 Internal Server Error". It's taken me hours to fill it out, should I just try again later or is it permanently not going to work?

Mrjohncummings (talk) 13:39, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

Has it stopped working?[edit]

I have used this tool lots of time, but it does not work on my system now. I click to upload, then the pictures are surrounded by light blue, but this does not change to green and the pictures are not uploaded. Any comments? 11:55, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

I agree. Magnus, please verify the connection to - a 500 error is thrown every time.
Firebug screenshot:
Thanks. --Gikü (talk) 14:51, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
I first experienced the same problem as on January 6th, and the problem remains the same today. No photographs from Flickr sets will complete the upload process. Dolovis (talk) 15:00, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

Logged under --Gikü (talk) 15:32, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

Looks like it was fixed. --Gikü (talk) 12:21, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

"Bad Request" Error message after new file created[edit]

Lately this has sppened pretty regularly, most recently after creating File:Menu, Coppa’s Restaurant, San Francisco (12001587454).jpg. Tool appears to create the new file, but when you try to open it, get an error msg instead: "Bad Request Your browser sent a request that this server could not understand."

Workaround: re-enter the Flicker # and run tool again, get a red screen, file then comes up normally. Annoying and time-consuming. Help? --Tillman (talk) 20:23, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

Not working?[edit]

Last three times I've tried (all today, 01/22/14), tool acts like it's created a file, then returns the "No file by this name exists, but you can upload it" error message. Trying the workaround described above just runs you in a circle. Something seems broken. --Tillman (talk) 05:18, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

I've the same problem when I want upload this image. --ComputerHotline (talk) 08:07, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

Transfer failed : 200 OK[edit]

When trying to upload a set of photos, return erroi - "Transfer failed : 200 OK". This is going from a week ago til today JotaCartas (talk) 16:09, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

  • Also not working for me. Error msg: Transfer failed : 500 Internal Server Error. Hasn't worked in about a week. Help? Thx, Tillman (talk) 18:49, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Doesn't work at all. "Transfer failed : null" everywhere. --AndreasPraefcke (talk) 20:59, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Still not working. Now the message is Transfer failed : Bad API response[1]: N; --AndreasPraefcke (talk) 18:41, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Transfer failed : null[edit]

When I want to upload a file, there is this message "Transfer failed : null". Why ? --ComputerHotline (talk) 16:02, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

I get the same message, apparently since the authorization method changed from TUSC to OAuth. Does it work for anybody? darkweasel94 (talk) 10:25, 10 March 2014 (UTC)
Nope, getting it myself now.Morgan Riley (talk) 03:10, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

Should be working now[edit]

Sorry if it was down for a while (I didn't realize), but it should be working at least since a few days ago. If there's an issue, try and re-authorize. Please tell me (with example!) if something doesn't work. --Magnus Manske (talk) 16:49, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

@Magnus Manske: Es funktioniert noch immer nicht. Ich versuche gerade, das Album (photoset) mit der Nummer 72157630358496322 hochzuladen. Ich habe Flickr2Commons bereits neu autorisiert. Meine Einstellungen sind die Standardeinstellungen, außer dass ich nicht automatisch die Kategorien von Flickr übernehme, und dass ich folgende Kategorien für alle Dateien hinzufüge:
[[Category:Files uploaded by darkweasel94 (cleanup)]]
[[Category:Wiener Straßenbahnmuseum]]
Die Fehlermeldung ist wieder "Transfer failed : null". darkweasel94 (talk) 17:00, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
Habe eben in neuem Browser (wegen cache, cookies etc.) mit diesem photoset, ohne auto-cats, probiert. Fehler, da nicht autorisiert. Autorisiert, nochmal probiert, klappt. Habe Autorisiertung-Link jetzt "direkt" gemacht, vielleicht hilft das. Bitte noch mal autorisieren und versuchen! --Magnus Manske (talk) 19:13, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
Ich habe jetzt wiederholt in verschiedenen Reihenfolgen Cache und Cookies gelöscht, autorisiert (mit und ohne Refresh zwischen Autorisierung und Ausfüllen des Formulars). In ungefähr der Hälfte der Fälle habe ich "Transfer failed [1] : null" bekommen, aber manchmal auch: "Transfer failed [1] : Not authorized (bad API response[isAuthOK]: null)". Ich habe es auch in einem Browser probiert, den ich sonst nicht benutze (Safari; sonst verwende ich Firefox Aurora), dort auch die Fehlermeldung mit "null". darkweasel94 (talk) 19:41, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
"null" ist, was die Commons-API ausspuckt; für meinen Geschmack könnte das auch informativer sein... Hat vielleicht mit diesem Bug zu tun. Habe Firefox-Cache&cookies gelöscht - Fehler, nicht autorisiert. Autorisiert - läuft. Ebenso in Chrome. Ist mir ehrlich ein Rätsel, warum das bei euch nicht klappt.
Der Uploader verorgt jetzt auch URL2Commons - vielleicht mal probieren, ob das da klappt? Nur erstmal eine geeignete Datei auf dem Netz finden...
Wer mal ausprobieren will, of OAuth gesamt nicht geht (zumindest über meine Tools), oder nur der Uploader, kann mal in Reasonator oder Autolist das Wikidata-OAuth-Editing probieren.
Tut mir leid, aber mir gehen da langsam die Ideen aus. Wenn ich den gleichen Fehler bekommen würde, könnte ich's wahrscheinlich ausklamüsern, aber so... --Magnus Manske (talk) 21:03, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
CropTool funktioniert bei mir jedenfalls, ich probier einmal das aus, was du vorschlägst. darkweasel94 (talk) 21:13, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
URL2Commons hat ziemlich genau dasselbe Problem wie Flickr2Commons, ich bekomme zuerst, dass ich nicht autorisiert bin, und wenn ich es dann autorisiere (ist das normalerweise jedes Mal extra nötig? Ich habe vorher in die Liste geschaut und da war der OAuth Uploader dabei), bekomme ich "ERROR: null". Mit Wikidata kenne ich mich nicht aus, was genau muss man bei diesen Werkzeugen tun, um testweise irgendetwas zu machen (möglichst ohne viel kaputtzumachen) bzw. wo autorisiert man sie? darkweasel94 (talk) 21:31, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
PS: Falls das wichtig ist, die URL, die ich probiert habe, war [1] (du darfst das zum Testen als cc0 hochladen, es ist mein "Werk"). darkweasel94 (talk) 21:33, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

@Magnus Manske: Appears to not be working again. I'm trying to transfer 9677552436 using all the default settings. It is failing again with Transfer failed [1] : null Zellfaze (talk) 14:07, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

Trying this [2] and I've reauthrised it and still get Transfer failed [1] : null at other times I get a different message. Flickrworker (talk) 15:48, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
Confirm. Has Transfer failed [1] : null error message too. Ilya Voyager (talk) 17:03, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Ich habe es jetzt auch nochmal mit mehreren Browsern und Cache-Löschung und verschiedenen Accounts ausprobiert: imemr nur "Null". Schade, da das Tool vorher mit TUSC ausgezeichnet funktioniert hat. --AndreasPraefcke (talk) 14:04, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

Well, it appears to have worked for @Zellfaze: in the end, maybe he can tell us how. It works fine for me, even in a "virgin" browser after authorizing. I can't reproduce the error, which means I can't debug it. Did anyone try without any add-ons, cookie-blockers for example? Maybe that's it? --Magnus Manske (talk) 18:37, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
I just tried photoset 72157623625261313, adding [[Category:Files uploaded by darkweasel94 (cleanup)]] to all files, but I selected only the files with the tag "wienerprater". I tried it in a "virgin" Konqueror which I reset to factory settings before trying. Interestingly, I got "Transfer failed [1]: null" for most of them, but for 4482103553 (the third file out of those I uploaded) I got a different error message: "Flinfo issue 1" (not written in bold unlike the other one). darkweasel94 (talk) 18:47, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

OK, I created a new user, and sure enough, it doesn't work. I've filed a bug report. --Magnus Manske (talk) 11:55, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

Yeah sorry about that. After trying it with a few more uploads I just went ahead and uploaded it myself and tagged it accordingly. I wasn't able to get it working the other day though it may have appeared I did. I haven't tried it recently. Zellfaze (talk) 12:15, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

Update: Got a reply for the bug report. Apparently, "normal" users can't upload via URL. It works for me because I'm a Commons admin. I'll have to make a temporary copy of each file on Labs, then upload that. This is gonna be sooooo much fun :-( --Magnus Manske (talk) 14:48, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

OAuth upload fixed[edit]

Dear all, thanks for your patience. Using a magic incantation by Brad Jorsch (Anomie), I finally got the OAuth upload to work, and it should work for everyone now! Previously, I used the MediaWiki API's upload-from-URL function, which (on Commons) is only available to admins (not that the API would tell me that). That's why it worked for me and a few other, but not for most. Now, it is doing the "old-fashioned" upload procedure, which works for everyone. Now, get uploading y'all! --Magnus Manske (talk) 19:02, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

Thank you, works perfectly! :) darkweasel94 (talk) 19:09, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

Well, yes, it works now (thanks!), but I can't see the use of the tool right now. The old procedure had the advantage that the tool automatically verified the license at the time of uploading. Now, the files are in need of another review. And God knows when someone will do that, which means, that the photographers could change the licenses or delete the images in the meantime. The old tool was much better in this respect. --Narrenmarsch (talk) 10:12, 21 March 2014 (UTC) Sorry, I just saw that there is a bot that is supposed to do that. Let's hope it always works. --Narrenmarsch (talk) 10:15, 21 March 2014 (UTC)

User:Narrenmarsch, this is being discussed at Commons:Village_pump#OAuth_Flickr2Commons_Flickrreview_tags. darkweasel94 (talk) 17:37, 21 March 2014 (UTC)

Flinfo issue 4?[edit]

OAuth connected, tried to upload a bunch of photos from (US Gov-PD). Uploads do not happen, everything selected highlights red with the not-helpful "Flinfo issue 4" error message. Using Firefox 27. - hahnchen (talk) 00:40, 21 March 2014 (UTC)

I am using the Flinfo tool (not under my control) to get the file description. Upstream error; maybe Flickr user or images blacklisted there? --Magnus Manske (talk) 11:29, 21 March 2014 (UTC)
Turns out it was blacklisted. Would be helpful if the tool reported the Flinfo message instead of "issue 4". Might also be useful to check Flinfo when retrieving the gallery, before the upload. - hahnchen (talk) 16:40, 21 March 2014 (UTC)

Missed adding categories?[edit]

On March 30, I uploaded a large number of images to Commons (see my contribs [3]) and had placed categories to be added to each image. But, when it the transferred, it the categories didn't go through. I did another test today Commons:File:Front of BNY Mellon Center (3583589876).jpg, and the same thing happened.--GrapedApe (talk) 13:31, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Transfer failed [1] : Warning[edit] fails. What does that mean? I've now uploaded it with Flickr Upload Bot though. - hahnchen (talk) 17:54, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

Well, I can't tell for sure since you've uploaded it now, so my upload attempt will throw a "duplicate" error. I have improved the error display to contain warning messages; next time this happens, it should be more helpful at to the cause at least. --Magnus Manske (talk) 11:58, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Borked uploads at commons:Category:Tibi (brand)[edit]

I've been using Flickr2Commons to transfer thousands of fashion photographs from Masaki-H. It has gone quite well. Today however, doing a run of around 300 images to commons:Category:Tibi (brand), it seems to have malformed some images. The file seems to be broken on commons for the following -

I've tried re-uploading them through Flickr2Commons, but it's throwing up the duplicate error. I'll let you take a look at it Magnus, and if you don't spot anything, will request deletion before trying again. - hahnchen (talk) 21:12, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

Oh, this is going to be horrible! Looks like the upload stopped in the middle - the page doesn't exist, was never created, there is no history, and the "raw" file seems to point to the temporary upload path. This should never ever happen, thus I blame MediaWiki/Commons. Try the Commons village pump, they may have seen this before. Tell me if it happens again please! --Magnus Manske (talk) 23:09, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

Fails due to HTTPS issue with Flinfo[edit]

After successfully selecting a single Flickr image in the HTTPS version of the tool (thumbnail and filename are retrieved OK in the lower half of the page), clicking "Transfer selected files to Commons" fails with the following error message in the JavaScript console (on Chromium):

"[blocked] The page at '' was loaded over HTTPS, but ran insecure content from '[...]': this content should also be loaded over HTTPS."

Switching to the HTTP version avoids this error (although I'm then getting "Flinfo issue 3"; the image I'm trying to transfer is this one).

Regards, HaeB (talk) 06:21, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, I've added an auto-redirect to http. And even I don't know what the flinfo issues mean ;-) may be "file exists" or "flickr user is on the blacklist". --Magnus Manske (talk) 17:49, 20 April 2014 (UTC)
Great, thanks! (It would be cool to have it available via HTTPS too, but the redirect is of course much better than the error.) And the Flinfo error simply meant that the image had the wrong license, my fault for not checking (later images from that Flickr stream have a Commons-compatible license, so I assumed this had the same). I have now successfully used the tool for a different image. Grüße, HaeB (talk) 18:54, 20 April 2014 (UTC)