This help page references the classic editor. Note that the VisualEditor may behave differently.

Files like images and sound clips are an integral part of wikis. They allow readers to get a sense of the information in pages with visual guides. To do this, you must first upload files to the wiki where you want to use them. You must be logged in to do this.

The instructions below are for the standard editor. For information on uploading files using the new VisualEditor, please see Help:VisualEditor.

Step by step

There are a few different methods you can use to upload files. Some are a bit more complex, but each one leads to the same result: populating your pages with visuals!

Edit mode

The easiest method is inserting an image directly via the editor.

UCP wiki

  • Drag and drop the file in the "Drag files here" toolbar.
    • If this bar isn't there, go to your preferences > Editing tab > and be sure "Enable the editing toolbar" is checked.
Uploading files 2010 wiki editor
  • Click the "Upload this file" to upload all the files that were dropped in the toolbar.
  • Click "Insert as image" or "Insert as link" (for each image) to include the image on the page or as a link where the caret, or the text cursor, is located in the editing area.

Non-UCP wiki

  • Click "Edit" on the article you are adding the file to.
  • Click on the image upload button on "Add features and media" module on the right rail toolbar. It appears as a picture with a brown frame (see image below).
Edit toolbar image upload2
  • When the pop-up box appears, you can upload an image from your computer. Additionally, you can find images already on the wiki to add to the article.
  • On the next screen, you will be prompted to customize the image's size, choose a layout, and provide a caption. You can also add the details of the image, such as a new name (if needed) and the licensing template.
  • Click "Add photo" for the image to appear on the edit page. Images can still be modified in edit mode by hovering over the image and clicking "Modify", and a pop-up window will appear.
  • Save your edit and you now have a picture on the page!

See also Help:Photos for more information on the tool.

Image placeholder

Note: This only applies to non-UCP wikis.

An additional method is the image placeholder, which is sometimes used on new articles.

  • Placeholders can also be added to articles by typing [[File:Placeholder]] in place of an image.
  • If this is used, click the "Add a photo" button in the center of the placeholder to open the image addition tool (similar to the editor tool).



The 'Upload a file' page

Another method, though more complex, is Special:Upload. You can find this by typing it into the browser's URL bar, under the header shortcuts menu, or adding it to your toolbar.

  • Click "Choose File" next to the "Source filename" box to find the image on your computer.
  • You can rename the image in "Destination filename" if you would like.
  • In the "Summary" section, you can add a description and a source to the image.
  • Select the license in the "Licensing" section.
  • Click "Upload file" to upload an image to your wiki, and then place it into your article!

Some communities have customized the Special:Upload page, so be sure to take note of any local instructions.

Special:Images & Special:NewFiles


The "Add New Image" button, found on Special:Images.

Another method is to go to Special:Images on legacy wikis or Special:NewFiles on UCP wikis. In here, you can find all images and an option to upload some.

  • Click the "Add New Image" button. You will be given a dialog to upload an image.
  • Click "Choose File" to find the image on your computer.
  • You can rename the image in "Filename" by clicking "More Options", then enter the renamed Filename in the Filename input box, if you would like.
  • In the "Caption" section, you can add a description and a source to the image.
  • Select the license in the "Licensing" section.
  • Click "Upload photo" to upload an image to your wiki and then place it into your article!



"Add New Image" in VisualEditor


Upload File Options in VisualEditor

Another method is by uploading images through the Visual Editor. The uploading images option can be found on the toolbar, next to the option to add an image gallery.

  • Click on the image button, a pop-up box will appear.
  • Drag and Drop your files or select "Upload".
  • Choose the files from your computer.
  • You can rename your files by clicking on the filename and changing the name of the file.
  • Select the license in the "Licensing" section
  • Click "Apply changes" to upload your image in the article!

Other questions

What file types are allowed on Fandom?

By default, file types that can be uploaded are .png, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .ico, .pdf, .svg, .odt, .ods, .odp, .odg, .odc, .odf, .odi, .odm, .ogg, .ogv, and .oga. Some wikis may allow additional file types on request.

If you would like to include a video on your wiki, please see Help:Videos.

How much can I upload?

The maximum size of uploads is 10 MB. The maximum image resolution is 12.5 million pixels.

There is no limit to the number of files you can upload, but images and other files should be uploaded for use on the wiki - they shouldn't be used just as file stores!

Re-size an image

When uploading an image, it is okay to upload it at the largest legal size you can upload to the wiki. This is because the software will re-size the image that people see in articles to a more appropriate size without making them need to load the large image.

See also

Further help and feedback

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