Commons:File redirects

File redirects behave as expected from redirects: they are an alternative name for a given file.

Redirects left after a file renamingEdit

After a File renaming, a redirect from the old name is automatically created (always for filemovers, though admins may prevent it).

These redirects should almost never be deleted.[1][2][3][4] :

Removing redirects:

  • breaks old references to the work when viewing older revisions in eg Wikipedia articles (before the passage of the Delinker) ;
  • breaks external references (external websites, books, etc.) including attribution links ;
  • breaks hotlinks[5] ;

Overall, remember that redirects do not cost anything.[6]

Redirects directly createdEdit

Redirects may be used to provide a permanent to a media expected to change − see Commons:Overwriting existing files#Using redirects


  1. meta:Don't delete redirects
  2. Commons:Village_pump/Archive/2009Oct#What_should_we_do_with_File_redirects.3F
  3. Commons:Village_pump/Archive/2010/09#Supressing_redirects
  4. Commons:Administrators'_noticeboard/Archive_18#File_redirects
  5. bugzilla:35721
  6. Wikipedia:Redirects are cheap

See alsoEdit