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Contributing to the card database

First of all, thank you for wanting to contribute to the card database!

We have an internal framework for managing Pokémon TCG data called the TCG Collector tools. These tools work with specific files for expansions, cards, images, and other kinds of resources.

You can contribute to the database by creating these files according to the TCG Collector tools resources specification. You don't need to install anything or run any commands; you can simply create these files manually by using the documentation as a reference. If you are comfortable using the command line, you can also request access to the TCG Collector tools itself.

Before you create any of these files, it's highly recommended to read our card database conventions. These conventions also give you an overview of what values to use, such as card types and Pokémon stages.

Some resources need to reference other resources. For example, a card needs to reference its expansion. You can view and download various resource files that have been exported from the TCG Collector database here. These resource files can be used for two purposes:

  1. Using an expansion resource file as an example; its contents can be used (copied) when (manually) creating card resource files.
  2. If you have access to the TCG Collector tools, they might be useful for running various commands that require them in an argument or option.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or want to discuss a certain topic.

I want to scan card images

If you want to scan missing card images or images of better quality, please read our scanning instructions. You can also find an overview of all missing card images here.

In order to avoid scanning images that have already been submitted to us, you can check our image pipeline and staged TCG Collector tools resources folders.

If the scanned images are unedited, you can send them to us as they are. If the images are properly edited and are ready to be added to the site, please consider creating the proper image resource files for them.

What do we need help with?

An overview of all card database related tasks and issues that you might be able to help with can be found here.

Sending us the files

If you want to send the files to us, you can do so by uploading them to a cloud storage service of your choice (such as Google Drive), and by providing us the link to it.