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Flickrripper is a free Python program for easy upload of large numbers of images from Flickr to Wikimedia Commons. The program is part of Pywikipedia and is currently in pre-alpha state. The tool was requested by some on Commons:Batch uploading/Flickr images by user.

Installation[edit | edit source]


Flickrripper is part of Pywikipedia. You first need to install pywikipedia. At Using the python wikipediabot you can find a manual on how to install pywikipedia. SVN install is recommended.

Easy install[edit | edit source]

Easy install

We need to install 2 more packages. For this we need setuptools. You can download the latest version at

Python Image Library

Python Image Library (PIL) is used to show the image. You can install it by running the command at a command prompt:

easy_install PIL
Flickrapi kit

The Python Flickrapi kit is used to communicate with the Flickr api. You can install it by running the command at a command prompt:

easy_install flickrapi
You can install this library [1] with your usual package manager; don't forget the python-imaging-tk package.

pip[edit | edit source]

All of the above
You should be able to install all of the above in one go, whatever permissions you have, with:
pip install --user flickrapi pillow

Flickr authentication[edit | edit source]

Flickr API key

You need a valid Flickr API key to run this program. You can apply for a key here. Apply for a Non-Commercial API Key.


If you recently installed pywikipedia your contains a flickr section, otherwise you have to add it to yourself. Edit with your favorite text editor.

# Using the Flickr api
flickr = {
    'api_key': 'YOUR_API_KEY',  # Provide your key!
    'api_secret': 'YOUR_API_SECRET', # Provide your secret!
    'review': False,  # Do we use automatically make our uploads reviewed? (True or False)
    'reviewer': 'REVIEWER_NAME', # If so, under what reviewer name?
  • api_key : Provide your Flickr API key.
  • review : If you want to mark all images as review automatically. Use "True" only if you have a reviewer or sysop flag on Commons!
  • reviewer : Add your username here if you want to mark images as reviewed by you.

Now you'll be requested to login on your first run of the script, to confirm the application. The text login doesn't work (needs JavaScript), it's better if you just run on your home computer so that the confirmation form is opened in your standard browser.

Usage[edit | edit source]

To run Flickrripper you have to browse to the Pywikipedia folder. Then type the following:


with some of the various following options; the necessary ones are bolded.


  • the script never uploads duplicate files (identified with their hash);
  • unless the files you're uploading all have title, description etc., edit the script to add a "prefix" to the filenames: look for the getFilename line, replace "Flickr" with your filename prefix in project=u'Flickr' (can be e.g. the name of the category you're using).

Options to tell what images to work on:

  • One of the following:
    1. -group_id - The id of the Flickr group to work on. Works on all images in a group.
    2. -photoset_id - The id of the Flickr set to work on. Works on all images in a set.
    3. -user_id - The id of the user to work. Works on all images uploaded by a user. Username is not an id! For example, id for user The Library of Congress is 8623220@N02 (you can find it here).
  • One or both of:
    1. -start_id - Start at the photo with this id (useful for resuming uploads). Use this in combination with -group_id/-photoset_id/-user_id.
    2. -end_id - Stop at the photo with this id (useful if you just want to do a part of the upload and later resume with -start_id).

Options to tell how to work on each image:

  1. -tags - Filter out a certain tag (only one at the moment, will be changed to support multiple tags).
  2. -flickrreview - Mark as flickrreviewed, this overrides the settings in your
  3. -reviewer - Set the reviewer for flickrreview, this overrides the settings in your
  4. -override - Remove the licensing part and replace it with something custom. Can be used for transfering copyrighted photo's for which you have OTRS permission. Use with care!
  5. -removecategories - Don't add categories from automatic suggestions.
  6. -addcategory - Manually add a category, which you will be asked for after launching and will not be shown in the description in the confirmation dialog. Does not yet support multiple categories, but you can pass multiple as if they were one only, like this: FirstCategory]][[Category:SecondCategory.
  7. -autonomous - For autonomous uploading without showing of each image. Use with care!


python -user_id:8623220@N02 -removecategories -addcategory

Troubleshooting[edit | edit source]

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 41, in <module>
    from PIL import Image, ImageTk    # see:
ImportError: No module named PIL

You can fix this by manual PIL installation (not by easy_install): «If you’re using a prebuilt version of PIL, you might need to install additional packages to be able to use the ImageTk module. For example, on Ubuntu, you need both python-imaging and python-imaging-tk».