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Bug 488 - Upload more than one file at a time
Upload more than one file at a time
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Uploading (Other open bugs)
All All
: Low enhancement with 10 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on: 16751 16752 16753
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Reported: 2004-09-14 19:40 UTC by kissall
Modified: 2014-11-17 10:35 UTC (History)
10 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description kissall 2004-09-14 19:40:23 UTC
We found it is tedious to upload file one by one if we have a bunch of files to be 
uploaded. It would be better to allow users upload several files at a time. 
  Taking yahoo mail as an example, users can attach 5 files in a single page. I use 
this feature a lot.
Comment 1 Zigger 2005-05-03 14:44:21 UTC
For a Windows (.NET) tool to bulk upload to the Wikimedia Commons, see
Comment 2 Jamie Hari 2005-12-17 07:42:21 UTC
Has there been any further talk about including such a feature into the core cvs 
of MediaWiki?
Comment 3 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2006-04-09 03:06:12 UTC
My mother (an art history professor) has been collecting an impressive number of
19th-century painters' images online (public-domain per [[w:Bridgeman v.
Corel]]), and it would certainly be handy if I could upload them somehow en
masse to Commons eventually.  However, there are major implementation details
that would need to be worked out: how would you deal with descriptions and
copyright info?  Sources should be given individually for every image, ideally,
so how will that work?
Comment 4 brianna.laugher 2006-04-09 03:31:42 UTC
In the meantime...
there is a Perl script you can use to upload en masse, if you're comfortable
with using Perl:

and there is a java program Commonist which might be easier
to use, but I'm not sure how much flexibility it will allow you.

Commons also has a 'Creator' namespace which was used when we uploaded 100,000
paintings from DirectMedia, for example
which is just transcluded onto image pages like .

Comment 5 Daniel Kinzler 2006-08-11 09:50:47 UTC
Please note that HTML/HTTP does not allow for bulk uploads. While it would be
possible to have three or five or ten file upload fields, users would still have
to select each file individually. Selecting an entire folder, or using drag &
drop of a selection of files, would still not be possible.

Multi-File upload could be implemented using a (signed) Java Applet, or Flash.
Both platforms are not "free enough" for inclusion in core MediaWiki, raise the
client requirements, and pose a problem for accessibility. Also, when uploading
multiple files at once, warnings/feedback about name changes, overwriting
existing images and invalid files would become a lot more complicated.

For the time being, it seems to be best to use client side programs like
Commonist for mass uploads. An alternative aproach would be to allow "archive
import" of images, analogous to Special:Import. That would however still require
an application on the client side to prepare the import archive, which would
have to follow a strict format, contain meta-info as XML, etc.

As far as I know, there is no simple, clean and reliable way to implement
multi-file uploads over a web interface.
Comment 6 Nathan Larson 2008-11-08 21:55:39 UTC
Should we change it to WONTFIX then?
Comment 7 Mike.lifeguard 2008-11-08 22:06:07 UTC
(In reply to comment #6)
> Should we change it to WONTFIX then?

No. Even uploading a few files at a time is a step forward.
Comment 8 Siebrand Mazeland 2008-11-08 22:12:33 UTC
There is of course . I do not know if it works properly.
Comment 9 Brion Vibber 2008-12-30 02:24:57 UTC
I've split this into three component bugs:

bug 16751 -- backend support / basic interface
bug 16572 -- use of HTML 5 multiple-upload option where available
bug 16573 -- use of Flash multiple-upload widget where available

And indeed, peeking at MultiUpload would be wise. :)
Comment 10 Subfader 2009-02-12 18:21:49 UTC
Extension:MultiUpload is crap. It works basically but I think it's not very secure. It doesn't even check if the target name exists.
Comment 11 Platonides 2009-02-12 18:26:39 UTC
(fixing bug numbers)
> bug 16751 -- backend support / basic interface
> bug 16752 -- use of HTML 5 multiple-upload option where available
> bug 16753 -- use of Flash multiple-upload widget where available
Comment 12 Subfader 2009-02-14 15:31:17 UTC
*** Bug 14926 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 13 Al Maghi 2011-08-31 07:52:58 UTC
[[Special:UploadWizard]] supports multiple file uploads.
According to Bug 16751, we can consider that this bug is fixed.

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