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Soldiers raising the flag of Soviet Union on the roof of Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany in May, 1945

The Wikimedia Commons is a project that provides a central repository for free images, music, sound & video clips and, possibly, texts and spoken texts, used in pages of any Wikimedia project. Unlike images uploaded on other projects, images on Commons can be embedded on pages of all Wikimedia projects.

The Commons was launched on September 7, 2004. Currently it contains 16,604 collections and 197,698 media files.

If you would like to participate actively in the project, read on below. To let other people upload photos or other files for you, you can use the Commons:File upload service or a special program.

Wikimania Media Competition: Have a look at the winners and enjoy the great work from users all over the world covering a wide range of topics.

Please visit the Community portal for more info!

If you want to quickly learn about uploading files and contributing, see our first steps help file. If you have any questions about the project, please read the FAQ or ask on the Village pump. You can also drop by at #commons.wikimedia on


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