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Shared uploads: $wgUseInstantCommons
Enable the use of Wikimedia Commons as a shared repository
Introduced in version: 1.16.0 (r58652)
Removed in version: still in use
Allowed values: boolean
Default value: false

Other settings: Alphabetical | By Function

Usage[edit | edit source]

Add the following to your LocalSettings.php:

$wgUseInstantCommons = true;

Details[edit | edit source]

Settings this variable to true allows to automatically use in the local wiki images hosted in Wikimedia Commons.

It is a shorthand for the following setting to $wgForeignFileRepos:

$wgForeignFileRepos[] = array(
   'class'                   => 'ForeignAPIRepo',
   'name'                    => 'wikimediacommons',
   'apibase'                 => '',
   'hashLevels'              => 2,
   'fetchDescription'        => true,
   'descriptionCacheExpiry'  => 43200,
   'apiThumbCacheExpiry'     => 86400,

Note[edit | edit source]

Enabling this parameter does not avoid any usage of disk space on the server running the local wiki. This setting does indeed generate thumbs on the local disk for caching purposes. In case the dimensions of the original file on Wikimedia Commons are exceeded when embedding the file on a page in the local wiki the file will in its original size be put onto the local disk.

See also[edit | edit source]