Any logged in user can upload images to the Engineering Wiki.

All images added to this wiki must be "free-use". That is, they must be either:

  • public domain or
  • licensed by the copyright holder under a licence that allows anyone to reuse the images.

It's important that we do not add images taken from other websites as these are usually not free-use and would be copyright violations. See Help:Image copyright tags for more detail on licences and how to tag your images.


  • To upload images you must be logged in.
  • Click on "Upload file" in the toolbox on the left (under the search boxes)
  • The "Browse" button lets you find the image on your hard drive. Click "open" to select the file.
  • If you want to change the file name, you can do so in the "Destination filename" box.
  • Use the "Summary" box to enter the source of the file and the image copyright tag
  • Click "Upload".

You will be warned if the name will be changed or if there is already a file with that name. You can then decide whether to go ahead or to abandon the upload.

Using imagesEdit

To use an image in an article, you simply surround the full name (including the "Image" part) in double square brackets:

[[Image:Example.jpg]] will give you: Example
You can resize by adding the size in pixels between two pipes:

[[Image:Example.jpg|50px|]] will give you: Example

You can make an image a thumbnail an image by adding "thumb" in the same way. If a pipe is there from a previous variable, you don't need to add another:

[[Image:Example.jpg|50px|thumb|]] will give you:

This is automatically formatted to the right of the page. You can change this by adding "left" or "center":

[[Image:Example.jpg|50px|thumb|left|]] will give you:

Anything after the last pipe becomes the alt text or the caption:

[[Image:Example.jpg|50px|thumb|left|Alt]] will give you:


To link to a file without showing it on the page, you can use "Media" instead of "Image":

[[Media:Example.jpg]] will give you: Media:Example.jpg
To link to the image page instead, use a colon before the word "Image":

[[:Image:Example.jpg]] will give you: Image:Example.jpg
Finally, to create a gallery of images you can use the <gallery> tag:

Image:Example.jpg|Links can be put in captions

will give you:

Brackets are used only for adding links within captions. Captions are optional. Images are separated by newlines. The width of the gallery can be changed in your preferences.


GFDL or public domain images are strongly preferred on Wikia. Copyright-violating images are subject to deletion. Copyright information must be added to the image description page of every uploaded image.

Externally hosted imagesEdit

It is strongly recommended that any images used on Wikia are uploaded directly rather than using links to external sites. Displaying externally hosted images steals bandwidth from other sites, and is a feature which could be switched off in future (as it has been on Wikipedia) so you should not rely on images used in this way always being available.

Using images from other Wikia in this way, however, should not cause any problems. For example, you can use if you want to display the Doom Wiki logo on a different Wikia rather than reuploading it (although it might be more appropriate to upload it to the Wikia it is used on so licensing information can be found easier).

Image taggingEdit

All images must have a tag added stating which license they are under. For example, typing {{GFDL}} on an image description page will display:

This file is licensed under the GFDL. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this image under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. Subject to Wikia disclaimers.

See Help:Image copyright tags for details.

Video and other filesEdit

If they are not in violation of any copyright, then you can upload certain file types. Images and sounds shouldn't be a problem, but there is a size-per-file limit of 5MB, so video might be a problem. It is recommended that you upload files which are too large to another site and link to them there instead. For example, you can use the Wikimedia commons if the file would also be useful to a Wikimedia project (such as Wikipedia), or else to Ourmedia which allows videos to be uploaded there and then used on other sites.

Wiki syntaxEdit

See Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Extended image syntax.


Administrators can change the logo of a wiki by uploading a new image over Image:Wiki.png. Similarly, the favicon (the icon next to the URL box) can be changed by uploading a new image to Image:Favicon.ico. It is recommended that administrators protect these files from unauthorized changes.

See alsoEdit

Adding images is a great way to improve any article. Photos and line drawings provide further detail and color — and they can even improve your wiki's search engine ranking.

This page will show you how easy it is to add them to any article!

Though we're primarily talking about static images on this page, the process is very similar to that of adding videos, though we encourage you to also read about our video embed tool, so that you can become an expert in adding visual media to your wiki.

This guide is primarily about adding images that are already uploaded to your wiki. We have a separate help page about uploading files, but you may find that you learn something about uploading here, too.

In our visual editors

Edit toolbar image upload2

This is where you go in the classic editor to add an image.


Finding an already-uploaded image in the classic editor.

Photo description

Here's where you add a caption and change the alignment or size of the image. Don't be confused by the fact that the screen says "upload photo" even though you're using an already-uploaded image.

Whether you're editing with our VisualEditor or our classic rich-text editor, the process of adding an image to a page is largely the same.

The following written section and images focus on the classic rich-text editor, while the video at the top of the page shows you how to do it in the VisualEditor.

  • To start, log in to your account, and then click the Edit button on the page where you'd like to add an image.
  • Once in edit mode, click on the button labelled Photo Photo button on the right rail of the editor toolbar.
  • A pop-up will appear, which will allow you to search for photos already added to the community. (You can also upload an image from your computer here — but see this help page for more detailed info about uploading.)
  • Once you choose an image to add, click upload.
  • Next you will be able to adjust the size and placement of the photo. You can also provide a caption, which will display below the photo.
  • After you have picked your options, click the Add photo button, and your photo will be added to the edit area.
  • Images can be modified at any time in edit mode. Simply hover over the image and choose modify, and the same pop-up window will appear.
  • Once you have completely finished editing the page, click publish and your photo will be live on the page.

Using source mode

Source editing differs significantly from the approach offered by Fandom's visual editors. However, it also allows you the ability to control additional aspects of your images via wikitext. There are so many interesting details about image display in source that we've created a large section for it! There is also a help page for links from images.

Uploading comes first

You can't use a file that doesn't exist on your wiki. If you try, you'll merely create a link — usually a red one — to an un-created file page.

Directly viewing images

Image Lightbox

Viewing a photo from the lightbox

Because they're typically thumbnails, images on a page are typically smaller. But you can grab a better look by going to the file page or by taking a peek in the lightbox. When reading a page, you can click on the image to bring up the lightbox. To then see the file page itself — and therefore have access to the image at all available resolutions — click on the name of the image at the top of the lightbox.

If you want to bypass the lightbox entirely, simply hold "Ctrl" (for Windows users) or "Command" (for Mac users), then click on the photo. It will open a new tab, but you'll be on the file page in the new tab.


See also

Further help and feedback

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