Export Photos to Wikimedia Commons with digiKam

Sharing is caring, and there is probably no better way to share your photographic masterpieces with the world than adding them to the Wikimedia Commons pool. While the project’s website features its own tool for uploading photos, digiKam’s Wikimedia Export Kipi plugin can come in rather handy when you need to export multiple photos in one fell swoop without leaving the convenience of your favorite photo management application.

Wikimedia Commons Kipi plugin

Using the Wikimedia Commons Kipi plugin

The plugin can be evoked by choosing the Tools → Export to Wikimedia Commons command. If you don’t see the command in the menu, then you are either using an older version of digiKam (the plugin has been introduced in version 2.6) or the plugin has not been enabled. In the latter case, you can activate the plugin by choosing Settings → Configure digiKam. Switch then to the Kipi Plugins section and enable the Wikimedia Export plugin. Before you start using the plugin, you should also create an account with Wikimedia Commons.

Using the plugin to upload photos to Wikimedia Commons couldn’t be easier. Select one or several photos in a digiKam album and choose Tools → Export to Wikimedia Commons. This opens the export dialog window. In the Wiki field, type the URL of Wikimedia Commons API (http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/api.php). Enter then your user name and password in the appropriate fields and press Log In. In the Information section, specify the author’s name and choose a license. If you want to resize photos before uploading them to Wikimedia Commons, check the Resize photos before uploading check box, and adjust the quality and size settings. Hit the Start Upload button, and the plugin takes care of the rest.

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7 comments on “Export Photos to Wikimedia Commons with digiKam
  1. hefee says:

    It would be great if it’d be possible to add different wikis and accounts. I use very actively the wiki ( http://cccgoe.de/ ) and searched for the kipi-plugin to upload there. Ok we created a bash script for uploading, but with a kipi-plugin I hadn’t to leave digikam…

  2. anonymous says:

    is there a possibility of adding information like tags and a caption for each photo?

  3. Marie says:

    great application, just some suggestions:

    – a renaming option e.g. DSC_001 -> Rome_June2012
    – a caption/annotation function


  4. Marie says:

    hi there, I found some bugs which mess up the description page:

    – spaces in the == Summary == must be remove
    – [[category: ends without ]]

    I assume it is know and the digikam interface to add these information is just missing at the moment

    keep up the good work, m.

  5. Marie says:

    sorry, but just found another bug: the geolocation from digikam is totally messed up, all uploaded pictures are not anymore in East Africa but between Maroco and Spain.

  6. Dear all,

    A new version has been submitted and merged in the trunk: https://projects.kde.org/projects/extragear/graphics/kipi-plugins/repository/revisions/43bc0cff2fbe54b76accd2b418f2c2c66b4455f6

    It will be released with kipi-plugins 2.8.0.

    The description of the improvements is given here: https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=302755

    Screenshots and tentative manual: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Tools/KIPI_uploader

    This is the result of 5 months of work of two French students from the University of Lille!

    Best regards

  7. antecessor says:

    I miss something. In the screen is opened when you want to upload a photo I miss the “Permission” space. Can you please add it?

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