There are many web services that allow users to upload pictures to a hosting site. The image host stores the images on its servers, and shows the individual different types of code to allow others to view that image. Popular examples include Flickr, Instagram, Imgur, Photobucket, SmugMug and Snapfish.
Most of these solutions provide free storage space, with more features available if you are willing to pay for a premium account. However, there are problems with these solutions. Leaving aside privacy and ownership issues, these services typically do not provide good integration with other platforms. There is a simple alternative which gives you more control and flexibility – self-hosted open source gallery software.
Anyone with a large photo collection will know that cataloging and finding a specific picture can be very time consuming. The purpose of this article is to identify Linux software that helps to host, organize, describe and share your collection by using a number of different techniques including tagging and albums. Good software makes the task of deciding which photos to keep and which to delete less time consuming.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 12 of the most useful open source web photo gallery software. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to host and share their photos.
We give our strongest recommendation to PhotoPrism, Piwigo, Immich, Photoview, and LibrePhotos but each of the solutions has something to offer. Only free and open source software is eligible for inclusion.
Let’s explore the 12 photo gallery solutions at hand. Click the links in the table below to learn more about each solution. For some of them, we’ve written a detailed review.
|Web Photo Gallery|
|PhotoPrism||AI-powered photos app for the decentralized web|
|Piwigo||An excellent solution for hosting and sharing your photos|
|Immich||Simple to use backup tool for self-hosted photos and videos|
|Photoview||Simple and user-friendly photo gallery that’s made for photographers|
|LibrePhotos||Self-hosted photo management service|
|Coppermine||Feature-rich and integrated, web picture gallery script|
|Zenphoto||Mature, standalone Content Management System|
|MediaGoblin||Decentralized Web platform for hosting and sharing digital media|
|Lychee||Attractive and easy-to-use photo management system|
|HomeGallery||Featuring tagging, mobile-friendly, and AI powered image discovery|
|Lutim||Let’s Upload That Image|
|fgallery||Static photo gallery generator with no frills that has a stylish, minimalist look|
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