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Ask HN: Personal photo library recommendations? Open source, browser-based
191 points by trbfred on Apr 29, 2019 | hide | past | web | favorite | 118 comments
I'd like to move away from Apples Photo.app to open-source, self-hosted, and browser-based application that may run on a NAS or Linux server.

There seem to be lots of alternatives out there (Nextcloud, Piwigo, ...) but I'd love to hear about recommendations and experiences.

Shameless plug: I'm currently working on a solution called Photonix, though it's still very much pre-1.0 at the moment.


Installation is fairly simple with Docker, frontend is web-based (React), backend is Python with a sprinkling of Tensorflow. So far auto-tagging of photos by location, object detection and colour is fairly decent. UI is progressing and is useable on most devices, though quite minimal.

Please feel free to check out the demo site and the GitHub issues. I'd really appreciate feedback and help. Thanks.

Will you have support for handling duplicate images? People are either super organised, or the complete opposite. When you have multiple copies for backup and then want to consolidate to a library you want to hide your messiness.

I've been struggling to find a tool that handles that handles the duplicates problem within a web interface. I've been experimenting with some approaches including perceptual hashes and was wondering if that's something you'll include?

Is there any way to use metadata from Lightroom Catalogs, or enable people tagging in your current implementation?

I definitely hear you regarding duplication. This whole project evolved from a script I wrote to do just that. There is a concept of multiple versions (files) of an image so different edits with the same metadata timestamp will show only once and you'll be able to select the preferred one. I prefer to handle things this way to start and then suggest deletions based on same hash rather than deleting up front.

I don't have any experience of Lightroom but I can have a go at reading the files if you think it's useful.

I have something that works fairly well for duplicates and automatic organization based on date. It’s python, so you can try integrating it, but it’s not a module, just a single file script.


Thank you. I'll definitely check it out.

Reach out if you want help

I like your approach. I'll play around more with your app. Thinking about the LR catalogs, I wonder how much is tied up there versus being written back to image metadata. It's probably better to see what data is there and recommended workflow before spending too much time.

OMG, me too. @damianmoore, I've banged on this issue for > 2 years now and have a pretty solid deduping algorithm. I'd be happy to share what I've got with you.

Cool, share or PM me a link and I'd love to take a look.

You don't have any contact info here or on github (or in whois). Feel free to DM me @ https://twitter.com/mrm or send me an email.

Face detection and recognition is definitely planned and looks like it should be entirely doable.

I really like it, though I'm not photographer, so I won't be able to speak for your main user base. One thing I would like is when I open a large image, it should give me a loading status. Instead, it just blacked out for a moment and image suddenly loaded.

Thanks for the feedback. I agree, there should some progress display while downloading. I'll be sure to make sure that's there. There are other optimisations I want to make in this area like selecting a resized version to download depending on the current screen dimensions and pixel density. This will improve loading times.

As a developing photographer, having the biggest image isn't as important as having a large-ish image with additional metadata.

At the moment I create "thumbnails" at various sizes on discovery (4k, 2k, etc). Currently the 4k version is displayed but this will adapt and download the smaller versions on smaller devices.

The UI for metadata is a bit unintuitive at the moment but you can scroll down to see it when you're viewing the fullscreen photos.

Hey mate,

I have checked this out, running the docker-compose method, and kudos for your work. Looks great.

One issue I ran into was regarding videos (tried with a couple of MOV and MP4) - it doesn't generate a thumbnail and in fact throws an error along the lines of: File "/srv/photonix/photos/models.py", line 84, in base_image_path AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'base_image_path'

Happy to open a gitHub issue, but thought I'd drop you a line here to see if it was your intention to support videos (which would be cool!)


I have ~1TB of photos from various sources, including backups of old iPhoto libraries. Therefore I often have one photo available in many different sizes, cropped thumbnails, etc. I'd pay money for working duplicate detection :)

OK, noted ;)

Does Photonix work with a read-only volume for /data/photos?

I'm looking at the docker-compose.yml and wanted to give it a go, but not allow it any way of deleting anything :)

Yep, it should work fine with a read-only photo volume as it doesn't make any changes to photo files by default - it just needs to write to the DB which is configured as another container in the Docker Compose file.

Unfortunately I ran into issues with the docker-compose.yml method of running Photonix. I'll give it another try later and create a github issue for you. Thank you for replying to my question!

You might just want to try making a copy of a smaller selection of your photo library in a new folder and giving that to Photonix to try out. That way it doesn't matter if anything were to get removed.

Sorry that it didn't work for you. Hopefully we can solve your issue.

I like this architecture and wil spin up a Photonix docker on my Unraid server in a few weeks or so. I wonder why you used graphql for the api?

Thank you. I'd like to hear how that goes.

The thinking behind GraphQL was to allow for advanced filtering, supporting all the attributes we store without a lot of extra API work. The GraphiQL web interface makes it quite nice to explore the data and is bundled in and accessible at /graphql . GraphQL also has "subscriptions" which allows for pushing data from the server. The Apollo JS library I used also provides built-in extras like caching.

Personal plug: I'm working on PhotoStructure, after trying many, many open source photo projects (and being a committer for years of one of the most popular, "gallery.")

PhotoStructure is browser-based (using Vue), and scales to hundreds of thousands of assets over millions of files. Your library can be created on a Mac, saved on your NAS, then later opened and managed by a Linux box, seamlessly. Raw images have highlight restoration before rendering previews. Videos are auto transcoded for mobile and desktop web use. Corrupt images are detected automatically and culled. Image source sets are used to minimize network data and maximize viewing quality. XMP sidecars are imported for metadata. Importing aggressively coalesces duplicate images and videos using direct and inferred metadata, so even your downsized Google photos takeout will be deduped with your originals.

Once you've got a huge library, though, it needs a novel UX. Scroll-reverse-chron and a search bar shouldn't cut it. PhotoStructure has a couple novel and unique approaches to navigation, which you can read about here: https://blog.photostructure.com/introducing-photostructure/

It scales down to odroids, and up to as many CPUs as you can throw at it, and self-throttles CPU during library sync so the machine is still useable. Installation takes under a minute, and updates are automatic.

It's closed-source because it's how I want to pay for my food and clothing, but it's a corporate mandate to open source in case of business closure, which is also explained in that blog post.

I'm sending out another wave of beta testers later today, and during the beta it's free. I'm giving heavy discounts to my beta testers that share feedback.

I'd love to hear what you think.

Personally I don't like this response. The post specifically asks for Open Source software, and the top response is a closed-source service?

I am not making any judgement on the service, just that it is not an appropriate reply for what is being asked here.

Yeah, I hear you.

Having written many open source libraries (my rubygems have been downloaded several million times, my node packages are close to that, and I've contributed to other libraries for over a decade), I personally will choose open source projects over closed-source because I don't want to be victimized by abandonware or corporate whims.

It seems like photo software (both closed and open source) is especially prone to dying on the vine. It's a common need, and it's easy (and fun) to write a simple script that makes thumbnails from a folder of images. I seen countless photo projects on github, but as complexity ramps up quickly, the installer script (if there is one) breaks, updates fail, there aren't any tests, and the author gets bored and moves on.

I guess I felt justified here because a) it is self-hosted, and b) I'd added my corporate mandate to open-source the codebase in case of business closure. (I don't remember a corporation doing this open-source-on-close before, do you?)

I've actually already open-sourced some of the trickier bits: https://exiftool-vendored.js.org/ and https://batch-cluster.js.org/. I expect that to continue.

While not open source, it doesn't seem to be a service, but a self-hosted application.

I have been looking for a photo meta data app for a long time, not sure if this is something you have/will offer.

I am essentially looking to leave the original photos on external drives and have an app that indexes them and stores a customizable thumbnail with the app to view them on my local machine. This way I can browse through all my photos and figure out the original file path if I want to retrieve them. The most important aspect is that I can take the drives offline while the thumbnails and index remains within the app and re-indexing when connected again.

My existing workflow is to import all photos on my mac to the Photos app. I pull them from different devices (phones, camera, etc). The photos app does an OK job at de-duping any matches. I also run PhotoSweeper to further de-dupe which analyzes the photos itself and I can leave the best ones remaining. After that I run some custom scripts to export the data as [year]-[month]/[year]-[month]-[day] [hour].[min].[sec].jpg. I then merge those onto my external drive and kick off my backup process to clone them to other drives and sync to cloud.

The closest I have come is Lightroom which indexed the drive a little bit but the "thumbnails" and catalog is huge. It allows some tagging and other features to discover old photos but some processes are a bit manual. This workflow seems to be common among digital asset management software which is expensive and way more then I am looking for.

Yes, you can absolutely use PhotoStructure for your use case.

After you install, the second question you should pick "No thanks, I like my photos and videos where they already are." See https://support.photostructure.com/automatic-library-organiz...

Email me at hello at photostructure.com or sign up for the beta. I'd love to hear what you think!

Already signed up, looking forward to trying it. I found this line on your blog:

https://support.photostructure.com/how-much-disk-space-do-i-... > As an example, if you have 250,000 images and videos, your library metadata and previews will consume about a half a terabyte.

I assume this is mostly from the preview image size and not meta data? This is where I was hoping for a configurable image size because I would be willing to have smaller previews to be able to store more metadata.

If the goal is to archive my entire life's photos or even use it for business use then at some point it looks like I would need a dedicated drive / computer just to view the photos on the other drives. If it is configurable then I could push this limitation further.

There are some knobs you can dial in PhotoStructure to reduce disk space consumption, at the cost of browsing speed.

I just added instructions for you to that post: https://support.photostructure.com/how-much-disk-space-do-i-...

Also just signed up for the beta. :) If I can choose, I'll pay for a project that allows self-hosting rather than pumping my pictures into the cloud. I'm doing the same for Bitwarden, my go-to password manager.

Signed up for the beta! I've been looking for something like this for my ~1TB photo database ranging back to 1999.

awesome, just signed up for the beta

I created NasPics specifically for this reason. I wrote it in pure Go with no dependencies for ease of cross compilation since my NAS runs a weird old Debian based distribution of Linux on ARM. Running it is just cross compiling a binary, copying over and executing. For restart across boots, I just added a simple SystemD service file.


(edit: some data destination paths are probably hard coded since I wrote it for myself but can be easily broken out into command line options if needed)

I appreciate the "no dependencies" but it seems the client still needs NodeJS:

> It is build on React using the Create React App tool, written in Javascript and requries a NodeJS development environment.

It's needed just to build the front end on dev machine. The front end HTML JS and resource files are embedded into the binary executable during compilation.. so i literally just copy over a binary

You need node to "build" a React app, but not (generally) to serve it. Can typically just stick it on S3 or in an Apache htdocs directory or whatever. Unless your backend is Node and you're doing some server-side-rendering stuff.

Do you have a demo somewhere or some screenshots of the client?

Yeah I should probably improve the README file.



I'd love to find one that incorporates the functionality that Picasa (windows desktop) circa 2000 i.e. face recognition/matching.

It was way ahead of it's time, and actually worked!

Best of all, it did everything locally... not cloud based and thus retained privacy of your personal photo collection.

Picasa was so useful, so of course Google had to kill it.

It took multiple disparate photo directories and presented everything in a timeline of folders. And because everything was local, that happened quickly, rather than waiting for your browser to get the next 100 photo results from a javascript call or whatever.

Are there any photo clients for windows that present multiple folders as a single coherent timeline? And can manage tens of thousands of pictures? I've got stuff going back to the late 1990s and would love to be able to find all those old cat pictures or whatever.

> Are there any photo clients for windows that present multiple folders as a single coherent timeline?

PhotoStructure does this (and I believe is the only software that does robust time zone inference, as well). (I've posted elsewhere here with more details).

I'm now trying Shotwell, installed in my WSL Ubuntu instance under Windows, displaying to VcXsrv. Thankfully it can import-in-place rather than trying to copy gigabytes of photos. We'll see if it copes OK with the funky permissions and file layout I've got set up.

I use and like Mylio (https://mylio.com/). Does face recognition & syncs to other devices without being in the cloud. I migrated from Aperture/Picasa to Mylio.

Google Photos does some really handy stuff with facial recognition, which was super helpful when searching & collating photos.

Doesn't help much for privacy, however.

Privacy is a major point of concern along with the fact that friends might use this service submitting photos of people who maybe don’t want this tech used on their likeness.

My biggest complaint is how long it takes for facial recognition to occur. I like searching by name, and if I do a large upload, I might have to wait a couple weeks to get the groupings. I don't get a push notification, I have to go check and suddenly I have 100 faces to tag.

Digikam has facial recognition and tagging using OpenCV. Can't speak to its accuracy though.

This looks promising! Thanks.

I started writing PhotoStructure because I got tired of being burned by failed open and closed source media apps. I wrote more details about it in a top level post, but this blog post describes why I quit my job to do this full time, where the project is currently, and where it's going. https://blog.photostructure.com/introducing-photostructure/

I'd love to have you try out the beta and have you share feedback!

I've signed up for your beta.

One question though - if you end up feeling it's unsustainable to continue developing PhotoStructure down the line do you have a plan? Obviously we would rather not be burned by it either, you you consider at that point making it open source so existing users can continue and make improvements?

Certainly I hope it never comes to it but it's nice to have a little reassurance.

The "photo app" market is a zombie apocalyptic wasteland of failed and undead software. I don't want to get burned again, either, so:

1) There's a corporate mandate to open-source PhotoStructure for Desktop in the event of business closure.

2) Your library consists of industry-standard files. If you choose to do so, your originals are copied into a standard YYYY/YYYY-mm-dd/ folder hierarchy. XMP sidecars are added to hold inferred or novel metadata and store nondestructive edits, like rotation. A SQLite db (with commented schema! it's pretty, honest!) holds asset-file-tag relationships, albums, and other non-file metadata.

3) It's just me, and I love open source, so if I can get to the point where my licensing stream pays for food and shelter, I can open source then.

Signed up, though a quick browse I wasn't able to find any mention of face matching/recognition.

It's really the killer-feature that made Picassa so great - find all the photos over several years of a family member or friend.

Sadly, I've needed this feature for funeral photo albums lately and could really use the old Picassa!

Face detection is one of the next things I'm building, along with sharing.


Sorry if I missed it, but is it possible (API or directly) to control Photostructure via python?

That way we could extend the features in many interesting ways - including our own face/object detection.

Not specifically for photos, but I have been a user of Perkeep, a long running project from one of the golang maintainers that focuses on long term storage of one's data:


Although it's no longer actively maintained (IIRC) and some of the importers are currently broken for me (Mastodon importer can't talk to Pleroma, Pinboard has a JSON error, Twitter gives random "account not found", etc.)

Which is a shame because I really like Perkeep/Camlistore as a concept.

Could you try to troubleshoot some of the issues and open PRs? It doesn't take an army to resuscitate a project...

-- Edit --

Actually on checking, it doesn't seem like Perkeep is at all dead. I'm seeing several updates in the last month...

I was going off https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/perkeep/Kqvh2dJVmoo

Which seems to me fairly definite about it no longer being actively maintained. There haven't been any updates to that posted on the @perkeeporg Twitter at least.

Sounds just like their full time maintainers got busy. May well be able to find another one, or even have a few folks fill in.

I'm actually going to check out perkeep when I get a chance and see if I can't help out some.

I did exactly that a couple of months ago. After exporting my pictures, I ran fdupes to find duplicates and then imported all images into Shotwell.

I can still take pics on the phone which will be synced via Dropbox and Shotwell picks them up immediately. The sync is faster than I’m used to on iCloud and finally I just have files that I can tag, again.

Shotwell is also super fast, has a similar UI to photos.app (automatic events for example), but it also had hierarchical tags which it can even write to the files itself. So it’s very simple and yet portable without lock-in. Couldn’t be happier. Of course ymmv.

Good luck!

I've been using Lychee [1] on a vps with good results.

It looks pretty good, has multi-user capability, metadata editing, etc. It would be nice if it had some geotagging integration and ability to group albums into sets.

I filed a bug report and the developers/maintainers fixed it very quickly.

[1] https://github.com/LycheeOrg/Lychee

I've been helping on the laravel v4 project. The devs are pretty friendly and I haven't found anything with a better UI than lychee. Three project doesn't do everything but what it does do, it does well.

Do any of these open-source solutions support Apple's Live Photos and videos alongside ordinary photos? I don't really want to have multiple applications for my family memories stuff. Just want to toss them in a directory and let on-photo/video-file metadata tags sort it out. Face auto-tagging and geo- and time-based grouping a must. Otherwise, can (ideally, would, in fact) just serve up dead-simple ugly HTML, if it's gonna be a web-tech thing, to minimize the developer workload if I have to take it over because the project dies.

I was excited about MediaGoblin[0] for a while, but it seems development has mostly stalled. The last release was in March 2016(!). Things were going smoothly until they seemingly started devoting their resources to implementing federated sharing instead of developing the core media hosting functionality.

[0] https://mediagoblin.org/

Media Goblin is one of those projects that I really WANT to like, but I can't. The project goals are admirable. And when it's up and running it's great. But it's incredibly finicky to maintain and it's quite challenging to install.

> The project goals are admirable. And when it's up and running it's great. But it's incredibly finicky to maintain and it's quite challenging to install.

Agreed. I guess I could've been more specific in my original comment, easy of installation/maintenance are the things I wish they'd have worked on before worrying about federation. At this point I'm thinking about what will e the least painful way to migrate from mediagoblin to something else.

This is so sad to hear. I wonder how many total hours have been wasted and projects ruined chasing federation that nobody actually wants in the first place. :|

I haven't tested it but https://github.com/photoprism/photoprism looks promising.

One more option...


Have not had that weekend to try these options myself.

I tried out a few options a couple of years back and I've stuck with Piwigo since then. It seems to work well enough for my needs and the export functionality built into digikam seems to make it simple to sync up photos between my desktop and server.

Me too. For me, it was important to be able to point it to my folders (well, symlinking to them) and 'syncing' so it read the metadata and generated the thumbnails without the need to upload them anywhere. Also the calendar view has proven useful. My collection of around 90k photos works well with it, even with my meek Atom-based home server.

One feature I'm missing at the moment is raw conversion support. It would be great if thumbnails and previews of raw photos could be automatically generated. I've solved this via generating previews with ImageMagick, but native raw support in Piwigo would be better.

Is there any of these that can be pointed at a photo library on a NAS or harddrive, instead of having the application copy all the images into it's own location/database (which therefore required double the harddrive space)?

The static gallery generator sigal(http://sigal.saimon.org) supports this. You can configure it to include the original images in the file tree it builds, but instead of copying the images just make a symlink.

I wrote a shell script to generate thumbnails (including gifs for video) and a page with the thumbnails, file size, and a link to the original. Something like that?

I’m looking for the exact same thing. Seems to be few and far between. I have a Synology which has two photo products but they can be a little clunky. The challenge seems to be a sensible way to add an import.

rsync and then reindex worked well for me. But I’d agree that’s not really a sensible solution for non-technical users.

I should explain what I've tried.

Nextcloud photos is not a photo application. It's basically a shared gallery with thumbnails. There's no metadata support or editing. No true multiuser access other than granting sharing through Nextcloud like Dropbox. The only good part is you can autoupload from your phone.

I've looked at several webapps, like Piwigo. Most of them feel like a single user application or have limited upload and metadata support.

The closest I have found is Digikam using external SQL, but this requires a local application carefully configured with a DB and a fileshare.

> I've looked at several webapps, like Piwigo. Most of them feel like a single user application or have limited upload and metadata support.

Piwigo definitely supports having multiple users. What kind of metadata do you mean? It supports tagging and reads and displays EXIF data. It has extensions/plugins for adding capabilities.

I use Lychee: https://lycheeorg.github.io/

easy to set up, looks decent, even shows exif data like exposure time, lens used etc.

For those willing to use local (non-browser) apps, Photosync (iOS, Android, Windows, macOS) will transfer photos between mobile/desktop/cloud and a private central NAS. From there, you can mount the NAS or sync folders to another mobile/desktop device, for use with local apps.


Try digiKam. Its GPL-licensed and runs on GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac OSs. The developers are readily available via a mailing list and a new version just came out. I've used it for years and find is quite good. It is very full-featured though, so you might need to spend some time getting to know it.

I really like thumbsup: https://thumbsup.github.io/

It generates a static web site, creates thumbs, etc. I just run it on my laptop and rsync to my personal nginx server. You could probably host the output directly from S3 or similar.

Seems like a lot of people have their own solution, I'll add mine to the pile: https://github.com/pR0Ps/PhotoFloat

Screenshot: https://i.imgur.com/F6w8Ixz.png (just took it now so I redacted some info)

It consists of 2 parts:

- a Python script to parse metadata from photos into json files and create thumbnails.

- A JS-based frontend that consumes the json files and thumbnails to provide a UI.


- Can be hosted completely statically making it ideal for low-power servers

- Serves up your photos in the same file structure as they are on the disk

- Works with many types of photos, including most raw files

- Parses and displays common EXIF data

- Works well on slower connections (minimal HTML+CSS+JS, small thumbnails, placeholders, preloads images as you view, etc)

If you don't end up finding what you want, then you could start with scoping out what you intend to find or create (..and post it somewhere find-able :)

For example, I've gone back to Shantsel's UX research several times over the course of thinking through app designs, eg:

* http://shnatsel.blogspot.com/2012/08/irc-client-new-tab-mock...

* http://shnatsel.blogspot.com/2012/03/true-app-center.html

Bonus question: I, like a lot of other people, did a full Flickr export due to the reduction in hosted pictures. I now have all the metadata - is there a way I could import or use this locally?

(I did take a brief look at it, it's fairly normal json)

I've been unable to find an open source multiuser local photo product. I'd love for my whole family to upload cell phone photos and SD cards to a central place we could share and tag from, without it belonging to Google.

I run a small linux server that acts as a NAS. I rsync everyone's phones to a home directory, manually, and then pull that into a shared directory.

I just went through and renamed all my pictures by the exif create date, adding any unique names to exif UserComment.

I'm working on scripting all of this, but it works for me and I can pull data from anything into the directory. Everyone in the house can access it via samba and view the pictures.

This is exactly how my family uses PhotoStructure: https://blog.photostructure.com/introducing-photostructure/

I’ve been tinkering on something adjacent, to replace my Instagram usage rather than Photos.app. I was thinking of a sort of “album as a blog post” concept using Ghost, which could be a single image per entry, or a series of images with optional prose interspersed. The idea is to take an album and auto-generate a blog entry with inline photos that can be edited in Ghost. It can also pull out photo metadata and create a map, etc.

Unfortunately Ghost isn’t as modular as I hoped so it is involving lots of edits to the source, and automatically extracting album metadata from Photos.app has also turned out to be difficult.

Hey Mnutt,

My passion project, Odyssey, accomplishes something similar to what you're describing here.

With Odyssey, you can create stories that combine videos, photos, text, and drawings all on a digital canvas.

If you're interested, I encourage you to sign up for the closed beta. I'd love to get your feedback :)


Any particular reason for the browser-based requirement?

I’ve used Lightroom and CaptureOne to manage my photo library but ended up using digiKam in the end because I can just mount a volume and use it from any desktop.

Many years ago I was dumping all my photos into Coppermine [1]

It was/is very good. But patching it and PHP became a chore and I eventually migrated away to a messy matrix of Dropbox, Flickr, Google Photos and Apple Photo...

I should look into consolidating them all. Always tempted to write my own, aimed at photo albums for non-photographers... but it will probably not move beyond a readme.md...

[1] https://coppermine-gallery.net/

Check out Koken. Pair it with Lightroom for editing if desired. Self hosted and quite powerful.


Unfortunately not under an open source license, and the license can be revoked or changed "at any time, for any reason, without notice."

(EDIT: clarified that the issue is the license; the source is readable)

So basically it satisfies all of trbfred's specified requirements.

I've been looking for the same thing. An Apple Photo clone would be perfect, as I like this product very much, but I would like to have control over my photos.

Yeah, I’m in the similar boat here too. I have an iPhone, and a Mac, but any interface between the two is needlessly completely busted unless you use iCloud. I want out of that game.

Try Shimmie2. It works like the danbooru or ouroboros style imageboards. Requires LAMP stack and php-gd, and ffmpeg if you want video thumbnails.

- Stores files by md5 hash and doesn't allow duplicates.

- Database is used to store tags and support searching and is not very large.

- Can tag pictures and search by tag.

- Is fast. Can handle large number of images and large number of search results.

- Can enable pools feature and arrange pictures in a pool.

- Can enable wiki feature, which while primitive, is nice for adding notes.

- Is multiuser.

Shameless plug: if you are want a library for videos, I created an MIT open source Video Hub App - nearing version 2.0.0


Sorry unsure about good photo alternatives, but my first place to research is https://alternativeto.net

I used https://galleryserverpro.com/ many years back. It was one of the better ones back then. I switched to Amazon Photo as I didn't want to deal with another server and backing up my precious family photos. Looks like it's open sourced now, which is even better, if you don't mind .Net and SQL Server.

With online photo galleries either private or work related for many years I'm always relaying on piwigo. It's great, handy and easy to setup after the first try. We're hosting even big internal photo archives with upload via ftp, and piwigo does a great job at handling it.

I haven't tried https://github.com/agile-leaf/50mm yet. But am curious about it and similar solutions.

I wrote Photobomb to solve this need for myself:


I wish iOS photos app would allow me to sync to my server (SMB, sFTP, whatever). It is the only app allowed to sync in the background without using the location hack.

Drawing Parallels - really would be happy if there was an application that could use Object storage as backend.. and could be hosted with AuthN and AuthZ

Out of all these tools posted here, are there any that provide a way for you to authorize friends to also upload photos to your library?

mediagoblin is multiuser

Is there one that can import Mac photo libraries an remove duplicate pictures by the way?

I had this same issue.

PhotoStructure can read iPhoto libraries (and LR XMPs), and will coalesce both "sidecar" dupes (like JPG/RAW pairs), as well as images that were downsampled from other photo services (like Google Photos). It can leave your originals where they are, or copy them into a single time-stamped folder hierarchy (yes, you can edit the format of the timestamp if you don't like the LR standard). Files with the same SHA are not copied, but referenced in your library db.

Your library's metadata is kept both on disk (in XMP sidecars) as well as a sqlite db for fast access, and you can run queries on the db to do anything more exotic.

I am looking for this exact feature. Identifying duplicates from multiple back-ups. Is there a cool way?

Exiftool allows you to handle dupes while organizing photos.


I found this doing a quick internet search: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photos-duplicate-cleaner/id5...

I successfully used fdupes and findimagedupes (both commandline tools) for that purpose. I moved my photos Mac library to shotwell (LINUX).

I'm surprised none of the suggestions seem to have anything for user-inputted tags.

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