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Wikimedia infrastructure

[edit] is the hostname used for access to original and scaled-down media files for the Wikimedia projects.


The MediaWiki software is configured at WMF to read-write user generated media files to Swift backends (see wmf-config/filebackend)). Each wiki has its own Swift bucket, and these are exposed through an Nginx proxy at For example, files from English Wikipedia ( are served from*.

Users mainly upload files through the UploadWizard feature on For read-access, the Special:Filepath shortcut redirects to the appropiate path on

On private wikis, media files are not served from "", but instead served through the img_auth.php MediaWiki entry point from the private wiki's own domain name (which enforces authentication and access control).


Media storage

Media storage components.

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