< Template:Creator

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{{Creator}} creates an infobox to be customized on Creator: namespace pages and used on File and Category namespace pages. See Commons:Creator for guidelines on how to use Creator namespace.

Important: You can use this link to create the template immediately with the Wikidata id. If there are no data on Wikidata it's better that you create a new id on Wikidata filling it with related data (the same with you want to make the creator template) and then use this new id with the {{Creator possible}} or the suggested link.

The template automatically sets the following categories: Creator templates

This template will categorize categories transcluding it and matching "Homecat" field into Category:Creator template home categories.
This template will categorize some creator infobox pages it into sub-categories of Category:Creator template maintenance.


 |Name              =
 |Alternative names =
 |Sortkey           =
 |Birthdate         =
 |Deathdate         =
 |Birthloc          =
 |Deathloc          =
 |Workperiod        =
 |Workloc           =
 |Image             =
 |Homecat           =
 |Nationality       =
 |Gender            =
 |Occupation        =
 |Linkback          =
 |Wikidata          =
 |Option            =

When creating a new Creator page copy, you can click on "preload a creator template". You can also paste and fill the text below into your new page:

 | Name              = NAME SURNAME
 | Alternative names = 
 | Nationality       = 
 | Gender            = <!-- male / female -->
 | Occupation        =  
 | Description       = 
 | Birthdate         = 
 | Birthloc          = 
 | Deathdate         = 
 | Deathloc          = 
 | Workperiod        = 
 | Workloc           = 
 | Image             = 
 | Sortkey           = SURNAME, NAME 
 | Homecat           = {{subst:PAGENAME}}
 | Option            = {{{1|}}} <!-- Do not modify -->
 | Linkback          = {{subst:FULLPAGENAME}}
 | Wikidata          = 

Below are some suggestions on how to fill the parameters. In general keep it short and use language independent terms if possible. Avoid translating of names and places and use links to Wikipedia or a gallery which will have translations or interwiki links to articles in other languages.

Template parameters

Parameter Description Default Status
Name Name Name of the creator in the "Name Surname" format which will be shown in the uncollapsed part of the template (most of the time name should be the same as page name).

In August 2016 template changed and this field become optional when wikidata link is provided. With wikidata the name field can be build based on Wikidata label and sitelinks.

Pre August 2016 instructions are still listed below

Things to do:

  • Provide single most commonly used version of the name in English literature or use {{LangSwitch}} to provide language specific versions (see below). English Wikipedia can be used as a guide to choose name.
  • Provide links to Wikipedia articles and/or Commons galleries - this is important to avoid disambiguation problems and to allow users to easily find more information about the creator.
    • Template automatically tries to add links to Commons gallery if one exists. If no gallery with that name exists try linking to one or more Wikipedias instead.
    • Best solution is to use {{LangSwitch}} to show the name in user's own language and provide link to an article in user's wikipedia. This approach is especially encouraged for names where original name does not use Latin alphabet. See here for more info.
    • If there are no Wikipedia or Wikisource articles to link to, then the reference where the information comes from by providing a link in the "Description" field should be added.
  • In case of the names like "Name Surname the Elder" or "Name Surname the Younger" use {{Name}} template with elder/younger options.
  • Creator template tries to automatically add lifespan years after creator's name, based on "birthdate" and "deathdate" parameters if they are in ISO 8601 format. Lifespan years can be also provided using "birthyear" and "deathyear" parameters, but if those are not known, then one could add years or century when the creator was active directly following the name.

Do not:

  • List multiple versions of the name here - place those in "Alternative names" section
  • Use Language templates - those can be used in "Alternative names" section if different versions are used in different languages
  • Use links to wikisource articles - use "Wikisource" parameter instead
empty optional
Alternative names Alternative names All other variants of the name, pseudonyms, etc. Language variation could be added here too if the name in native language differs from English version. Do not use it to provide interwiki links - place them in a gallery linked from Name or on a Wikipedia page. Use template {{Name}} to indicate that name is a birth, legal or pseudonym.
  • Corresponds to the Wikidata aliases.
empty optional
Sortkey Sortkey Sortkey of the name
  • Not sure yet how to do this with Wikidata.
empty required
Birthdate Birthdate Date of birth. Recommended format:
  • Date in ISO 8601 format "YYYY-MM-DD", or "YYYY-MM", or "YYYY", e.g. "2006-01-15" for "15 January 2006". This allows automatic localisation of the displayed date, and also display of the lifespan period after the name.
  • In case the date is not known precisely please use {{Other date}} or {{Lifetime date}} templates.
  • For authors living in countries using Julian calendar, like 19th century Russian artists, please consider using dates in "{{other date|Julian|1863-02-17|1863-03-01}}" format to distinguish between dates in Julian and Gregorian calendar.

Not recommended format:

  • Do not use Language templates in this section, like {{en|2006-01-15}}.
  • Use of {{date}} is not encouraged, since we can not extract year from that string, use "Birthyear" parameter if you do.
  • {{Other date}} and {{Lifetime date}} templates can be nested to create more complicated phrases. Nesting with more than 2 levels often exceeds expansion depth limit and should be avoided.


empty optional
Birthyear Birthyear year of birth in YYYY format.
Note: Only needed if birthdate is not in ISO 8601 format — which is when {{Other date}}, {{Lifetime date}} or similar templates are used. Used to show the lifespan years in the top line.


empty optional
Deathdate Deathdate Date of death. See Birthdate for details. One can use CanScan2 to find all the files using creator templates of authors who died less than 70 years ago and incorrectly using {{PD-old}} license. empty optional
Deathyear Deathyear year of death in YYYY format. See Birthyear for details. empty optional
Birthloc Birth location Birth location: usually a city name with a link to the location's page:
  • Template automatically places location inside {{city|city-name}} template which works as a lookup table connecting multiple spellings of cities to autotranslated city templates, its own translations or to the Commons galleries. If no suitable links are found then string is unchanged.
  • One can use Wikidata Q-codes
  • One can use one of autotranslated city templates (see Category:Multilingual tags: Locations). Those templates show the city name in the language of the viewer and provide links to the wikipedia pages in that language.
  • One can also use direct links to a gallery or Wikipedia article
  • Use {{RelativeLocation}} for relative locations, like "A near B".
  • Avoid using Language templates, like {{de|Paris}}, or {{LangSwitch}} template.
  • Avoid using {{LangSwitch}}. Add language variations to {{city}}.
  • Corresponds to place of birth (P19) in Wikidata
empty optional
Deathloc Death location Death location. See Birthloc for details. empty optional
Workperiod Work period Time period when the creator was active. Use {{Other date}} if needed. empty optional
Workloc Work location Location(s) where the creator was active. See Birthloc for details. empty optional
Image Image Image of the creator. Self-portraits are preferable. One can use CatScan2 to find all the creator templates without images used within files which are in the Category:Self-portraits.
  • Corresponds to image (P18) in Wikidata. Be careful, might contain a work by or an image of the author. Need to add some smart logic or better: Create a new more specific property.
empty optional
Homecat The Homecat parameter adds a category to the creator template, which will then be included in the list of articles in that category. Please do not add additional categories (like [[Category:Name Surname]]) to creator templates, since these will then be added to all the files and categories that use the template. Find pages with homecat issues: empty required
Nationality Home nation of the person that determines nationality; not necessarily the same as country of birth, place of residence nor place of death. See {{Nationality}} and {{CountryAdjective}} for supported values. Dual nationalities are allowed, separate nationalities with "/". empty optional
Gender Whether the individual is male or female (set the parameter to male, female, m or f accordingly). Used as input to {{NationAndOccupation}}. empty optional
Occupation English name of the profession. Multiple professions have to be separated by "/". For example "painter / photographer". See {{Occupation}} for supported values. Pages using unsupported values will be listed in Category:Pages using Occupation template with incorrect parameters. empty optional
Description Additional description of the person, if needed. Possible uses:
  • listing relationships to other historical figures. Please use {{kinship}} template.
  • Corresponds to Wikidata item description.
empty optional
Linkback name of specialized Creator: page used to provide a link back to it. If provided, then an icon   will be shown in the top line after the name. Clicking this icon will bring user to the proper Creator: page. empty required
Wikisource link to related Wikisource page(s), mostly useful for writers. Use "s:pl:Autor:Adam Mickiewicz" notation. eg.: |Wikisource=s:pl:Autor:Adam Mickiewicz. Please use {{LangSwitch}} if author was writing in several languages, for example "|Wikisource = {{LangSwitch|en=s:en:Author:Joseph Conrad|fr=s:fr:Auteur:Joseph_Conrad|pl=s:pl:Autor:Joseph Conrad}}"
  • Corresponds to Wikidata item description.
empty optional
Wikiquote link to related Wikiquote page(s). See Wikisource parameter for details, on how to use it.
  • Corresponds to Wikidata sitelink description.
empty optional
Wikidata link to related Wikidata page(s). Enter the item name without enclosing brackets, eg.: |Wikidata=Q41406.
  • That's the item where we're grabbing all the Wikidata information from
empty optional
Authority Authority control data displayed using a call to {{Authority control|...|bare=1}}. As of Spring 2016, recommended way of handling Authority control is to add it to wikidata and set Wikidata parameter, then the template is automatically displayed. Find pages with authority control issues:
  • Creator templates with {{Authority control}} template without "bare=1" option [2]
  • Creator home categories with {{Authority control}} added to both category and creator template[3]
  • Creator home categories with {{Authority control}} added to the category instead creator template [4]
  • All of above plus other issues[5]
  • Wikidata part is handled in the authority control template
empty deprecated
Type Allows tagging and categorizing of unusual creator templates:
Value Description Category
commons user For people directly contributing to Commons, aka Commons users. For templates of this type only minimal parameter validation will be performed. Category:User creator templates
corporation company or any other formally organized group Category:Corporate creator templates
group group of individuals, but not a corporation. For instance an artistic school or a group of individuals that closely collaborated together in such a way that each individual's contribution is difficult to appreciate (e.g. Creator:Limbourg Brothers) Category:Group creator templates
stub Tag as stub if providing very incomplete information. This option will show a message that this is a stub and only minimal parameter validation will be performed. Category:Creator template stubs
person default type
  • No corrosponding Wikidata property.
person optional
ImgWidth Image width in pixels. Most templates do not need to use this parameter, but some exceptionally voluminous templates might look better with larger images (100<ImgWidth<150). Also templates with image and very little info could use smaller image (70<ImgWidth<100). 100 optional
References Links and other references used for creators without Wikipedia articles. Just as in Wikipedia all the data in this template should be verifiable. In most of the cases people already have articles in Wikipedia or Wikisource (in English or other languages) linked to by links in "Name" and "Wikisource" fields. However on a rare occasion that such article does not exist, please use "Reference" parameter to add references and or links to pages where the information come from. empty optional
Option Variable to be passed from creator page. Available options are: "workshop of", "circle of", "school of", "or follower", "or workshop", "and workshop", "attributed to", "after", "formerly attributed to", "follower of", "manner of", and "near". These options will add those phrases to the author's name in the user's language. empty required

Additional information

The template is intended to be used in the following namespaces: the Creator namespace

The template is intended to be used by the following user groups: all users

Relies on:
{{NationAndOccupation}}, {{Authority control}}, {{name}}, {{city}}, {{ISOdate}}, {{ISOyear}}

See also


This template is localized by utilizing MediaWiki namespace messages. These can be translated at translatewiki.net (current translations).


Creator:Paul Cézanne, rendered as

Paul Cézanne (1839–1906)      

French painter and engraver

Date of birth/death 23 October 1906
Location of birth/death Aix-en-Provence Aix-en-Provence
Work location Paris, Auvers-sur-Oise, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille
Authority control

has source code:

 | Nationality       = FR
 | Gender            = male
 | Occupation        = painter/engraver
 | Description       = 
 | Sortkey           = Cezanne, Paul
 | Alternative names = 
 | Birthdate         = 1839-01-19
 | Birthloc          = Aix-en-Provence
 | Deathdate         = 1906-10-23
 | Deathloc          = Aix-en-Provence
 | Workperiod        = 
 | Workloc           = {{Paris}}, {{city|Auvers-sur-Oise}}, {{Aix-en-Provence}}, {{Marseille}}
 | Image             = Paul Cézanne 160.jpg
 | Homecat           = Paul Cézanne
 | Linkback          = Creator:Paul Cézanne
 | Wikidata          = Q35548
 | Wikisource        = s:fr:Auteur:Paul Cézanne
 | Option            = {{{1|}}}

Creator:Viktor Vasnetsov, rendered as

Viktor Vasnetsov (1848–1926)    
Alternative names

Russian painter

Date of birth/death 15 May 1848 (3 May 1848 in Julian calendar) 23 June 1926
Location of birth/death Lop’jal in Vyatka Governorate Moscow
Work location Moscow, Kyiv
Authority control

has source code:

 | Image             = Wiktor Michajlowitsch Wassnezow 003.jpg
 | Sortkey           = Vasnetsov, Viktor Michajlowitsch
 | Alternative names = {{en|1=[[:en:Viktor Vasnetsov|Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov]]}} {{de|1=[[:de:Wiktor Michailowitsch Wasnezow|Wiktor Michailowitsch Wasnezow]]}} {{ru|1=[[:ru:Васнецов, Виктор Михайлович|Виктор Михайлович Васнецов]]}}
 | Nationality       = RU
 | Gender            = male
 | Occupation        = painter 
 | Description       = 
 | Birthdate         = {{other date|Julian|1848-05-15|1848-05-03}}
 | Birthyear         = 1848
 | Birthloc          = {{RelativeLocation|{{LangSwitch|en=Lop’jal|mk=Лопјал|ru=Лопьял|uk=Лоп'ял}}|in|{{city|Vyatka Province}}}}
 | Deathdate         = 1926-06-23
 | Deathloc          = {{Moscow}}
 | Workperiod        = 
 | Workloc           = {{Moscow}}, {{Kiev}}
 | Homecat           = Viktor Vasnetsov
 | Linkback          = Creator:Viktor Vasnetsov
 | Wikidata          = Q204138
 | Option            = {{{1|}}}

Template Tags

This template adds several template tags (empty templates which can be traced) to images meeting some criteria:

All of them are used for maintenance tasks. They are a little like real hidden categories.


It's possible to generate creator templates based on data from Wikidata. See creator from wikidata. You first have to search Wikidata and input the Wikidata Q id in the tool.