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[Wikitech-ambassadors] Coming soon to all wikis: beta feature

// sorry for cross-posting

The FileExporter will soon be released as a beta feature to all wikis. The
planned deployment date is January 16.

Some background: Files from local wikis should be transferred to Wikimedia
Commons if their license allows it. This way, they can be used by all
wikis. But if you wanted to import a local file to Commons in the past, you
couldn’t properly transfer its file and page history. It was a wish from a
survey of the German-speaking communities to find a solution to this

Now, the FileExporter makes it possible to import a file from a local wiki
to Wikimedia Commons, while keeping its history intact. A first version has
already been a beta feature on a few first wikis since June 2018. [1] Since
then, bugs were fixed and features were added.

If you’re interested in importing local files, please give the feature a
try. Even though it’s a beta feature, you can use it for real file
imports. Please
note that in order to get started, you need to

activate the beta feature “FileExporter” on your wiki [2], and

make sure your wiki has a proper configuration file. Configuration files
are maintained by each wiki’s community. They define, among other
things, whether a file can be exported. Exports from wikis without a
configuration file are blocked. Find more more information in the
documentation. [3]

We’re looking forward to your feedback on the central feedback page! [4] A
big thanks to everyone who gave feedback so far.

If you wish to learn more about the project, have a look at the page of the
wish. [5]

For the Technical Wishes team,


[1] deployment plan:

[2] go to Preferences > Beta features, e.g.

[3] documentation on configuration files:

[4] central feedback page:

[5] project page:

Johanna Strodt Project Manager Community Communications Technical Wishlist,
Wikimedia Deutschland

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Quim Gil
Senior Manager of Community Relations @ Wikimedia Foundation

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