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Bug 6366 - Upload Image from Remote Location
Upload Image from Remote Location
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Uploading (Other open bugs)
All All
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2006-06-19 04:59 UTC by Jamie Hari
Modified: 2009-12-29 22:55 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Jamie Hari 2006-06-19 04:59:23 UTC
In the interest of saving time, most especially for the folks at commons, rather
than having to download an image from to your
computer's local hard drive, then in turn, having to reupload the image to the
wiki database... could there be a way to directly upload the image from server
to server?

If you enter "" into the "Source filename" field, could
it not take the image, effectively skipping the middle man?

Since none of the other fields would be adversely affected, the same summary,
copyright and licensing information would work. In fact, the automatic parsing
of the "Destination filename" already works for remote urls (since a url is
still a string, regardless of its location, local or remote).

Comment 1 Brion Vibber 2006-06-19 07:06:35 UTC
I suspect this would encourage abuse.
Comment 2 Leon Weber 2006-06-19 15:51:57 UTC
ACK. It's likely the same as the ability to include external images directly
into an article.
Comment 3 Edward Z. Yang 2006-06-19 17:29:02 UTC
There's really no reason to be putting images from other websites on Commons.
Unless it's a free image repository, but I reckon there's easier ways to go
about doing that.
Comment 4 Jamie Hari 2006-06-20 14:58:29 UTC
Brion: As per Leon's comment, I think the 'hotlink' capability within the current 
language markup is easier to implement for a wiki-editor than what I propose. Why 
upload an offending external image, when you can just hotlink it? (Which most folk 
would consider even worse, since now you aren't just stealing the image, but 
bandwidth too.)

Edward: Although I mention Commons in my original post, I certainly did not mean for 
it as an exclusive example. As you know, this software is widely used, including the 
likes of Wikia (Memory-Alpha, Wookiepedia, et al). Those sites and my own,, would certainly benefit from such a feature.

Conclusion: I would like to reopen this feature request. I believe it has merit, even 
beyond Commons. Wiki is designed, by definition, to facilitate the linking of several 
databases (and by extension websites) to produce one 'big-picture' resource of data. 
I think this feature would actually reduce hotlinking by making it (slightly) easier 
to upload images in more rapid succession. (Also, in the absence of a working bulk-
upload feature... Ahem.)

Thank you for reconsidering.
Comment 5 Brion Vibber 2006-06-20 16:38:55 UTC
Feel free to write an extension for your own site.
Comment 6 Jamie Hari 2006-06-20 22:47:33 UTC
Harsh Brion... harsh.
I think there are nicer ways of saying "do it your self".
Comment 7 Jamie Hari 2009-03-23 01:41:56 UTC
Wow... I just read this:

Isn't this exactly what I proposed three years ago?
(I can't believe my idea was shot down so handily, only to see it implemented. No credit for the idea even. ;)

If this is to be potentially implemented on Wikipedia, and since CURL makes this a possibility now, I am reopening this feature request until it is in place.
Comment 8 Alexandre Emsenhuber [IAlex] 2009-09-25 08:05:42 UTC
We have this feature since r16158 in fact but it is activated only on

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