Wikimedia Commons is a repository of free images, videos, sounds and other multimedia files. Uploaded files can be used as local files by other projects on the Wikimedia servers, including Meta-Wiki, MediaWiki, Wikibooks, Wikinews, Wikipedia, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikiversity, Wikivoyage, and Wiktionary. The InstantCommons feature also supports imports on other wikis.
This page is an index of all Wikimedia Commons' maintenance and Help pages. The following articles contain guidance and information about reading, authoring, and participating in the Commons community.
Having trouble finding out what you need to know? If it's not covered by the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), try asking at the help desk.
Help page collections
A larger set of help pages can be found in Wikipedia that you might want to consult:
The function of MediaWiki itself – the software that Wikimedia Commons runs on – is described at the MediaWiki User's Guide in Meta-Wiki. If you suspect a software bug, ask for feedback at the village pump, and then report it using the Phabricator bug report system. This is the only way to get MediaWiki developers to notice your bug reports.
The database of Wikimedia Commons can be downloaded. There is currently no dump of the media files available.
Legal information and contact
Wikimedia Commons help contents
Help for editors
Information for beginners:
Software helpful for Wikimedia Commons: