Wikimedia Commons

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Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons logo
Screenshot of Wikimedia Commons
Screenshot of the Wikimedia Commons main page
Type of site
Media repository
FoundedSeptember 7, 2004; 17 years ago (2004-09-07)
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
Created byWikimedia movement
RegistrationOptional (required for uploading files)
Current statusOnline
Content license

Wikimedia Commons (or simply Commons) is a media repository of free-use images, sounds, other media,[1] and JSON[2] files. It is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation.


Wikimedia logo mosaic created to commemorate the one-millionth file at Wikimedia Commons

The project was proposed by Erik Möller in March 2004[3] and launched on September 7, 2004.[4][5]

Relation to sister projects[edit]

Controversial content[edit]

The site has been criticized for hosting large amounts of amateur pornography, often uploaded by exhibitionists who exploit the site for personal gratification, and who are enabled by sympathetic administrators.[6] In 2012, BuzzFeed described Wikimedia Commons as "littered with dicks".[7]

In 2010, Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger reported Wikimedia Commons to the FBI for hosting sexualized images of children known as "lolicon". After this was reported in the media, Jimmy Wales, founder of the Wikimedia Foundation which hosts Commons, used his administrator status to delete several images without discussion from the Commons community. Wales responded to the backlash from the Commons community by voluntarily relinquishing some site privileges, including the ability to delete files.[8]


Structured Data[edit]

Structured data statements for a picture of some sugar cubes


Successful featured picture nominations per month (2004-2017)

Content figures[edit]

As of January 2015, there are well over 5.2M geolocated images in Wikimedia Commons. Mapping these shows significant variance in image numbers over the globe.
Growth of Wikimedia Commons

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Endres, Joe, "Wiki websites wealth of information". International News on Fats, Oils and Related Materials : INFORM. Champaign, Illinois: May 2006. Vol. 17, Iss. 5; pg. 312, 1 pgs. Source type: Periodical ISSN 0897-8026 ProQuest document ID: 1044826021 Text Word Count 746 Document URL: Proquest URL ProQuest (subscription) retrieved August 6, 2007
  2. ^ Yurik (November 2019). "Help:Tabular Data". Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  3. ^ Möller, Erik (March 19, 2004). "[Wikipedia-l] Proposal:". Retrieved August 7, 2007.
  4. ^ "Main Page". Wikimedia Commons. September 7, 2004. Retrieved August 7, 2007.
  5. ^ "Wikimedia Commons: Über 100.000 freie Bilder, Töne und Filme" (in German). May 25, 2005. Retrieved August 7, 2007.
  6. ^ "The Daily Dot – How Wikimedia Commons became a massive amateur porn hub". June 25, 2013.
  7. ^ "The Epic Battle For Wikipedia's Autofellatio Page".
  8. ^ "Wikimedia's Wales gives up some top-level controls". Archived from the original on October 25, 2012.

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