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When you want to add an image to Wikipedia or donate it to our collection, you have to upload it to our site and give us some information about the image. Here is how:
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What can I upload?
Understand what kinds of uploads Wikimedia Commons can accept.
Images that you upload to Wikimedia Commons have to be educational and freely licensed. While "educational" may be a vague category, "freely licensed" is quite specific:

Uploading an image
To upload files to Wikimedia Commons, use the Upload Wizard.
Getting started
Go to the Upload Wizard on Wikimedia Commons. You can always get to it from the Upload file link in the menu on the left.
On the first page of the wizard, read the illustration to understand whether Wikimedia Commons can accept your upload.
When you're ready to upload, click Next near the end of the page.
Click Select media files to share and find the image or images you want to upload from your computer.
Licensing your file
Click Continue and select the options that apply to your upload, as prompted. When you are done, click Next. More information »
Organizing and describing your upload
Enter a title for the image. Use plain, descriptive language. Then enter a description of the image and the date it was created.
Help organize Wikimedia Commons by assigning categories to your file. When you are done, click Next.

After this, your upload will be published and complete.
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Last edited on 2 July 2021, at 03:56
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