Help:Uploading Files

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If you want to add an image, pdf, or other file to your W S-L Wiki page, you'll need to upload it. You will also need to confirm the copyright status of any file you upload.

Upload only files that you own, openly licensed or have permission to share.


  1. Prepare the file for upload. Make sure the file is exactly as you want it. The file name should only contain alpha numeric characters, underscores and hyphens.
  2. In the sidebar, under “tools”, click “Upload file.”
    The Upload file link is under Toolbox on the left-hand side menu.
  3. Click Next at the bottom of the page after browsing the short comic explaining what kinds of copyright permissions your files should have.
  4. Click “Select a media file to upload” to locate the file on your computer.
  5. Click Add another file to upload multiple files or click Upload to upload the file(s).
  6. Click Continue
  7. Choose the appropriate copyright status of the file.
    • Choose the first option if you created the file. You will have give it a Creative_Commons_Licenses.
    • Choose the 2nd option if it's a file created by somebody else. You will be asked to provide the source, author's name, and what kind of license does it have.
    • If you don't know the copyright status, you have the option of cancelling the upload.
  8. Provide a description of the file.
  9. Click Next at the bottom-right corner of the page.

Using images and file description pages

After you've uploaded a file, you can use it in an article by copying the text under To use the file in a wiki.

See Help:Adding Media for more information on adding your files to pages.

Your file gets its very own “file description page” within the File namespace of the wiki. You can edit this page to provide more information about the file in the future.

List of files in the W S-L Wiki

There are a number of special pages to help you view and manage files which have been uploaded. Go to “Special pages” (in the tools on the left) and then see...


  1. UBC Wiki contributors, 'Help:Uploading Files', University of British Colombia, November 24, 2012, 01:03 UTC, <> [accessed 27 October 2013]