Import from Flickr to Piwigo

Plugin Flickr2Piwigo lets you import your albums (sets) and photos from Flickr, directly into your Piwigo gallery. Here is the procedure to follow.

1) activate plugin Flickr2Piwigo

2) open page [Administration > menu Plugins > sub-menu Flickr2Piwigo > tab Configuration]. We’re going to follow the steps described on this page.

3) click on the link and login to your Flickr account

4) from the Flickr2Piwigo configuration page, click on the “API keys page” link, click on the “Get another key” button, and click on the “Apply for a non-commercial key” button

5) describe your application (name, description, checkboxes) and submit

Create an app in Flickr

Create an app in Flickr

6) get your Key and Secret and copy them into Flickr2Piwigo configuration page

Get your app keys on Flickr

Get your app keys on Flickr…

... and copy Key/Secret on Piwigo

… and copy Key/Secret on Piwigo

7) on the Flickr page, click on the “Edit auth flow for this app” link and copy your Callback URL, provided on Flickr2Piwigo configuration page.

8) back to Piwigo, go to the “Import” tab of Flickr2Piwigo and click on the “Login” button

Flickr2Piwigo login

Flickr2Piwigo login

9) Import your photos. You can select photos with a specific batch manager or you can import your whole Flickr structure.

Flickr2Piwigo select photos and start import

Flickr2Piwigo select photos and start import

10 Replies to “Import from Flickr to Piwigo”

  1. I have just used this Flickr2Piwigo plugin successfully with a friend’s Flickr account.
    Thanks for providing this great feature.

    We had difficulty pasting in the Callback URL but eventually got there after starting again.

    Two suggestions:
    1. Make the description clearer as to when you are in Flickr and when you are in Piwigo.
    2. Make it clearer when you ‘copy’ and when you ‘paste’ something (it is confusing;)

    1. Thank you for this feedback Tadjio. More and more users are using Flickr Import.

      The suggestions are for this blog post or for the guide inside the plugin?

  2. anthony mazzeri July 8, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Worked like a charm. Nice job.

  3. So so so… I am started to think that Flickr is going the wrong way and I am finally (starting) considering moving my 12K+ photos and I think Piwigo would be a great candidate to replace it 🙂 I had a question on the flickr2piwigo plugin: Does it save all the information of the pictures enterd in flickr (like geolocalization, tags etc…) ?

    1. Hi Thibauld,

      Tags = yes.

      Latitude/Longitude = yes if you have plugin “Map & Earth” or “Open Street Map” activated.

      Check that you have plugin Flickr2Piwigo in version 1.0.7+

      (sorry for the extra long reply, your comment was lost among pending comments and spams :-/)

  4. Great! I am right now importing my 12000+ photos from flickr and I already have questions:
    * What happens to pictures that are “not” in a flickr set ? Do they get imported too ? Where can we see them ?
    * Sometimes an importation error occurs (luckily very seldomly: I am at 1000 photos imported for only 3 errors) and there is no way to know which picture failed being imported. We just have a message saying “ERROR An error occured” and that’s it. I agree it is better that you tell me rather than not telling anything but a little bit more information or even a direct “retry” button would be very appreciated.

    Apart from this, so far so good! I’ll keep you posted once it’s 100% done.


  5. Ok, import is now finished. I had to let my pc running for +1 day before it fully cimpletes. My admin session expired before the import could finish so when I came back I could not see if everything went well or not. After checking, I realized that the 12055 photos were imported (great!), there only was a couple of errors (I’d say ~30).

    The only real issue I saw was that the plugin did *not* respect the privacy settings of my pictures. Thus *all* my pictures were visible to anybody by default :/ When I realized that, I just quickly passed all my albums from “public” to “private”.

    So, one thing is sure is that there is a problem with the privacy importing options as I should have had only ~5000 visible pictures, not 12000! The question I have now is: Were my photo privacy settings completely lost during the import or is it just a small issue that could be solved quickly ? If the privacy settings got lost, it means that I’ll have to manually go again through each one of my pictures to set it again… which sound like a lot of work :/

    1. Good to read the import was nearly OK.

      I admit I have no idea how permissions work on Flickr. So I can’t tell you if it can be converted into Piwigo permissions. I’ll discuss with mistic (author of the import plugin) if he has taken permissions into account.

  6. Currently the plugin does not copy privacy parameters. The Flickr API exposes it and it will be possible to use it.
    But for now the google <-> flickr authentication is down so I don’t have access to my account.

    When the plugin will be updated you will have to delete all your photos and start again the whole import.

    1. mistic has released a new version of the plugin, which converts the Flickr privacy settings into Piwigo privacy levels. Flickr and Piwigo don’t work exactly the same way, so the result might be slightly different.

      Flickr seems to manage privacy for each photo separately, the photo is either public, or private. When private it can always be viewed by the photo owner + friends and/or family.

      In Piwigo, we can manage permissions by groups on albums, but not on individual photos. On photos, Piwigo has a privacy level. The privacy levels are “nested”. If a photos can be viewed by “friends”, then can automatically be viewed by “family”. Piwigo privacy levels: admin > family > friends > contacts > everybody. So it’s not possible for Piwigo to reproduce the Flickr “friends but not family”.

      Flickr => Piwigo
      fully private => privacy level Admin
      family only => privacy level Family
      family and friends => privacy level Friends
      friends only => privacy level Friends (the exact level does not exist in Piwigo)
      public => Privacy level Everybody

      thibauld, can you give a new try?

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