IDigBio Media Appliance


The iDigBio Media Appliance is a cross-platform local web app that is used to upload media files from a local computer environment into iDigBio storage where the media become available on the public Internet.

The iDigBio Media Appliance fills the gap when an institution is not capable of publishing and hosting media on the Internet themselves.

Documentation for the iDigBio Media Appliance is located in the media appliance project wiki on github.

The following historical links and background documents may also be useful:

Download Links

Get the image ingestion appliance from iDigBio's latest github release.

What do I need to provide?

The appliance requires the following:

  1. A computer that meets the System Requirements as listed in the "Installing" documentation.
  2. An iDigBio account with corresponding UUID and assigned API key
  3. A set of media files residing on your local disk that are compliant with the iDigBio Recommendations on Acceptable Formats for iDigBio-hosted Media (PDF)
  4. A Creative Commons license that you would like to apply to all the images. If you need guidance on the selection, look at iDigBio Intellectual License Property Policy.

What are the fields in the input CSV?

If you already have metadata about the media that you wish to include when the appliance performs its upload, the following document may be useful:


How can I get the account UUID and API key pair?

  • You can get a account UUID / API key pair by contacting the iDigBio Technical Team (

I have trouble installing the appliance on a Mac machine and I get the error message "iDigBio Image Ingestion Tool" can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer.

Why is the ingestion tool not working on my machine?

  • Please send email to Indicate your operating system, browser and the symptom or error message you get.

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Last modified on 28 September 2017, at 08:03