|MediaWiki File: importImages.php|
importImages.php is a script which uploads images to mediawiki from the same computer where the wiki is configured. It doesn't do a remote upload.
php maintenance/importImages.php /path/to/images/directory svg png jpg jpeg gif bmp SVG PNG JPG JPEG GIF BMP
Importimages.php will not search and upload images in sub-directories (directory recursion)
An example of what a successful import of one image (Foo.jpg) looks like in windows:
|root@f345:/home/t/public_html/deadrisingwiki.com/public/w/maintenance# php importImages.php /home/t/public_html svg png jpg jpeg gif bmp SVG PNG JPG JPEG GIF BMP
$ php importImages.php Import Images Imports images and other media files into the wiki USAGE: php importImages.php [options] <dir> <dir> : Path to the directory containing images to be imported Options: --extensions=<exts> Comma-separated list of allowable extensions, defaults to $wgFileExtensions --overwrite Overwrite existing images with the same name (default is to skip them) --limit=<num> Limit the number of images to process. Ignored or skipped images are not counted. --from=<name> Ignore all files until the one with the given name. Useful for resuming aborted imports. <name> should be the file's canonical database form. --skip-dupes Skip images that were already uploaded under a different name (check SHA1) --sleep=<sec> Sleep between files. Useful mostly for debugging. --user=<username> Set username of uploader, default 'Maintenance script' --check-userblock Check if the user got blocked during import. --comment=<text> Set upload summary comment, default 'Importing image file'. --comment-file=<file> Set upload summary comment the the content of <file>. --comment-ext=<ext> Causes the comment for each file to be loaded from a file with the same name but the extension <ext>. If a global comment is also given, it is appended. --license=<code> Use an optional license template --dry Dry run, don't import anything --protect=<protect> Specify the protect value (autoconfirmed,sysop) --unprotect Unprotects all uploaded images --source-wiki-url if specified, take User and Comment data for each imported file from this URL. For example, --source-wiki-url="http://en.wikipedia.org/"
Note: "--comment-ext" defines a file extension like ".meta" that contains the file comment, i.e. the content of the wiki-metadata-page associated with each imported file. This supports per-file metadata, whereas the --comment option supports only per-import metadata. The value of --comment-ext works with or without a leading dot (.meta as well as meta), the value may be quoted or not. The associated file is searched both as appended and substituted extension. Thus, importing x.jpg and setting "--comment-ext meta" or "--comment-ext=meta" either of x.meta or x.jpg.meta will be used to set the initial metadata page (i.e. the page shown for File:x.jpg).
Common error messages 
Does not find the picture to upload 
Example where the script doesn't find any picture to upload:
vi-notebook:/var/lib/mediawiki1.7# php maintenance/importImages.php /store/wiki/absurd_pic jpg Import Images Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /usr/share/mediawiki1.7/maintenance/importImages.php on line 34
Incorrect folder path
t@f66677:~/public_html/dead.com/public/w/maintenance$ php importImages.php /m gif bmp PNG JPG GIF BMP Import Images No suitable files could be found for import.
Usually this is because the path to the folder is incorrect.
Upload failed error 
The following error can be caused by two issues:
- chmod permissions needs to be changed, and/or
- user does not have the privileges to upload the pictures
vi-notebook:/var/lib/mediawiki1.7# php maintenance/importImages.php /store/wiki/absurd_pic/0/00 jpg Import Images Saving Coke.jpg...failed. Saving JapanOrange.jpg...failed. Saving Friki.JPG...failed.
Problem 1: chmod permissions needs to be changed
- Solution: Change chmod settings
- chmod three folders:
- images/thumb and
- images/archive to 777
- If it hasn't already been done, in LocalSettings.php, uncomment the line
$wgHashedUploadDirectory = false;by adding # in front of the line.
Problem 2: user does not have the privileges to upload the pictures
- Solution: switch users or change user privileges
Skipping existing pictures 
By default, ImportImages.php will not overwrite pictures. If a picture with the same name already exists on the wiki, you will get this error:
php importImages.php /home gif bmp PNG JPG GIF BMP Import Images Dadtest.jpg exists, skipping Found: 1 Skipped: 1
To overwrite any images type:
php importImages.php /home gif bmp PNG JPG GIF BMP --overwrite
The result will be:
Import Images Dadtest.jpg exists, overwriting...done. Found: 1 Overwritten: 1