The Great Flickr Tools Collection

Looking for Flickr Tools, hacks and services for a powerful photo sharing experience? Flickr is a revolution in photo storage, sharing and organization , making image management an easy, natural and collaborative process. Get comments, notes, and tags on your photos, post to any blog, share and chat live and more! Flickr claims to be the best online image management and photo sharing application.

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You can start uploading your photos (like jpeg, jpg, gif, png etc.) on Flickr easily via the web or use uploading tools for Mac and Windows to make it easy to upload a batch of hi res photos all at once. You can send your photos into Flickr with a special upload by email address. When you upload photos by email, use the subject line to give your photo a title, and the body of the email to give it a description. If you use a recent Nokia mobile phone, you can post your photos to Flickr via Lifeblog after getting your password.

flickr logoIf your are a Flickr newbie, read How to get the most out of Flickr. [Did you know which is the most popular camera on Flickr?] You can now choose to license the photos you upload to Flickr under a Creative Commons license. Developers interested in adding to this toolset might want to visit the FlickrIdeas forum or investigate the public Flickr API. The Flickr API is now available for non-commercial use by outside developers. Flickr forums are available to every Flickr member as a place to ask questions, suggest features or report a bug.

Note: Some of the unlinked tools are possibly discontinued and are retained for archival purposes.

Official Flickr Tools

  • Flickr Uploadr -Download an installer (.exe) that allows you to publish a batch of photos into Flickr directly from your computer. Just drag and drop in your photos and add some tags.
  • Flickr photo search – search by titles, tags and descriptions
  • Flickr Organizr – powerful tool to create sets which help you organize and display your photos.

Third Party Flickr Tools

  1. Flump New– simple application that allows your to download all of the public photos for a specific Flickr account.
  2. Compfight – uses Flickr’s API to search the database of photos and then feeds back the results as live clickable thumbnails.
  3. Phlogre – is Photo Organizer for local photos and flickr photos. Meant to replace the official Flickr Uploadr.
  4. Girls of Flickr – Browse around for sexy photos on Flickr babes and Flickr girls
  5. Flishr – is a primer application to Download, Upload and Search photos from one central command console on your PC.
  6. PicMarkr – lets you to add custom watermark (image or text) to your images online and free.
  7. Flickr Hive Mind – is a data mining tool for the Flickr photography database, allowing search by: metadata tags; Flickr photography groups; Flickr users, contacts, and favorites; text annotation; the Flickr Explore algorithm for interestingness.
  8. Merkitys Meaning – application for Symbian S60 smart phones that automatically adding contextual information and allows one click publishing from your phone to your Flickr account.
  9. nFlickrViewer – SimpleViewer with full Flickr thumbnail and full-image support
  10. Flickriver – it allows viewing Flickr photos as an infinite ‘river of photos’. Also has new ways to explore and view Flickr photographs.
  11. GratePic – a cross platform tool for posting, commenting and rating photos on flickr.
  12. Flickr photo owner finder – Helps find who took a particular Flickr photo that you have saved.
  13. FlickrSync – is a photo synchronization application for flickr users. Manage all your photos locally and FlickrSync will keep them updated in flickr.
  14. Statr for Flickr – collects data through api calls and allows you to track and plot page views statistics for your Flickr account.
  15. rTagger – helps organize your Flickr photo collection by allowing you to modify tags offline.
  16. Desktop Flickr Organizer for Gnome – The application allows online/offline mode management of your photos. You can upload, search and download photos, through the easy to use interface.
  17. flickrSLiDR – allows you to easily embed the classic flickr slideshows on your website or blog.
  18. Dojo/Flickr Image Gallery – an Ajax image gallery built on top of Dojo Ajax Toolkit.
  19. Flickr Notifier – a RSS notifier that displays images. The pictures pop up on your desktop in real time.
  20. AlphaLearnr – Flickr Mashup which helps children to learn English Alphabet through photos.
  21. Flickr4Writer – is a simple plugin for Windows Live Writer that enables a user to browse a Flickr user repository and insert an image from Flickr into a Writer post. Application of this tool in Flickr4Outlook and Flickr4Word
  22. UploadrXL – is a program to upload one or more images to Flickr and add them immediately to your Sets of Groups.
  23. Pictobrowser – widget to display flickr photos on your blog.
  24. Flickr set manager – allows you to automatically create new sets on flickr based on various criteria such as interestingness, date posted and tags, or even from a random set of photographs.
  25. Gickr – create an animated Gif from your Flickr photos
  26. GMiF – embeds a Google Maps in Flickr photo page and displays where the photo was taken on the maps, if the photo is geotagged.
  27. Fireflix – a flickr uploader / manager extension for Firefox web browser.
  28. FlickrStorm – a better way to search Flickr. Search for photos in Flickr by Creative Commons license, compile them in a batch and save them.
  29. WorldInPictures – find pictures close to any specified location.
  30. FlickrFaves – utility for downloading high-resultion versions of your Flickr favorites to your hard drive.
  31. Flickr Panel – plugin displays images direct from flickr user’s, groups, or tags or a combination of them.
  32. Localize Bookmarklet – bookmarklet that enables mapping, geocoding and geotagging directly in your Flickr photo page.
  33. Preloadr – Online image processing and phot optimization of Flickr photos
  34. Printr Killr – printing out instantly-designed card decks and calendars from Flickr
  35. Photo Desktop for Flickr – allows you to edit images before upload. Rotate, flip, tag, name, batch resize, and then batch upload your photos from one simple application.
  36. Flictionary – Type your stream of guesses, Flickr will listen and help you draw new photos.
  37. Flickr Finder – for Mac OS X Tiger. Easily naviagte your Flickr images.
  38. GlobeFeed Maps – The geotagged photos from flickr are integrated on Google Map.
  39. Flickr Flash Puzzle Zone – creates jigsaw puzzle to solve from your searched flickr images
  40. FlickrViewer – allows you to view a Flickr photo set in SimpleViewer, a popular flash photo viewing tool.
  41. FlickrFont – converts any text to images, fresh each time the page loads.
  42. Splashr – a tool for presenting Flickr photos..
  43. Flickr2Photocast – generates an iPhoto-compatible photocast feed from Flickr containing up to 500 images in their original format/resolution.
  44. Travelr – lets you display your Flickr photos geographically on a world map.
  45. FlickrFly – is a script that can be linked from the description or comment of a geotagged Flickr Photo to fly you that location in Google Earth.
  46. phpFlickr – a PHP client for the Flickr web service. It has functions that return the responses from Flickr’s API in a meaningful way for PHP developers.
  47. Bubblr – Create comic strips using photos from flickr.
  48. Favcol – the background of this page is flickr’s favourite colour
  49. h4ppierphotos – helps find photos that are not already in sets and/or filter by date and then add them to a new or existing set or tag them.
  50. ZoneTag – can automatically tag your photos with the location, based on the cell tower, in which they were taken.
  51. Flickr Mixr – uses RSS feeds provided by flickr and parses them to generate new images.
  52. Tiltomo – play with their Visual Search code using two sample databases from flickr.
  53. TagMan – a hangman game for Flickr tags.
  54. John’s Background Switcher – periodically changes the background image on your computer to a photo from flickr at intervals.
  55. RSS2PDF for Flickr – create PDF archives based on any Flickr newsfeed. The photos must be made public.
  56. Flickr & Webimager – Screen capture image upload tool based on flickr API.
  57. Spahk – MobileMashup to View photographs from Flickr based on keywords (tags) or a random sampling of interesting photographs on Java-enabled phones with MIDP 2.0 support.
  58. Flickrball – is a six-degrees-of-separation game, using Flickr thumbnails and tags for clues.
  59. Fastr – a game where you are shown a group of pictures from Flickr and have to guess the tag before other people do.
  60. FlickrFling – displays the text of news feed with accompanying images from flickr.
  61. Flickr Logo Maker – enter text and it generates a flickr style logo image
  62. Loopy – a desktop screensaver application that loops and shows flickr pictures at random.
  63. Flickr Sets RSS – Created RSS streams for sets of a user on Flickr.
  64. Flickeur – retrieves random images from Flickr.com and creates a stream-of-consciousness type of video clip.
  65. Findr – Find photos on flickr by browsing and refining related tags.
  66. Tagnautica – is an experimental navigation tool built to explore the space of related Flickr tags.
  67. Clockr – see the current time with flickr photos.The Flickr image urls will be stored locally, refreshed every three days to save bandwidth and speed up the start-up time.
  68. Slickr – Flickr screensaver shows images from a user, group, tags, etc. from Flickr.
  69. Gnickr – manage photos on your Flickr site as if they were local files on your Gnome desktop.
  70. Daily Zeitgeist – displays recent photos from Flickr on your website. Built in Flash.
  71. Wikinews Flickr License Searcher – searches flickr for images licensed under a specific license. Meant to help users of Wikinews find free images for use on the site.
  72. Yahoo Widgets for Flickr – get flickr related widgets on your desktop after downloading the Yahoo! Widget Engine.
  73. QuickrFlickr – a quicker way to generate HTML code of Flickr pictures for use in Xanga, other blogs, or any HTML Page.
  74. FlickrBuddy – See and download the most interesting pictures of your flickr contacts.
  75. FlickrWallpaper – is a simple desktop wallpaper changer that downloads photos based on tags from flickr.
  76. Flickrmap – Put a flash based world map on your own website or blog.
  77. Embedded Flickr Slideshows – All that’s needed is a bit of code to embed them within your website to give your readers something dynamic.
  78. Flickr hack: All Sizes for all pics – The public API gives directions for constructing the url of any photo based on information in the HTML of every photo page.
  79. Flickrfs Virtual Flickr Filesystem – Create a virtual userspace filesystem which allows easy uploading/downloading/searching of images through flickr.
  80. Phlickr – is an open source PHP5 based api kit used to access the Flickr API.
  81. Flickr AutoDownloadr – view Flickr photos in a fullscreen slideshow (Windows). Handy for showing off photos to a group of friends with a laptop and TV.
  82. Flickratr – vote from 1-10 for different flickr images.
  83. KFlickr – A standalone Flickr.com uploader for KDE
  84. FAlbum – a WordPress plugin that allows you to display your Flickr photos and photosets on your site.
  85. Flickr Album Maker – Make photoalbums using Flickr photos. Based on the php tools by Oberkampf.
  86. flickrRSS Plugin – This plugin for WordPress allows you to display a flickr style badge (for a tag, user, user tag or group pool) on your WordPress site.
  87. EgoWalk – see geographically where all your Flickr contacts live in the United States on a Yahoo! map.
  88. Photo Comment Tool – One-click grab and publish any Flickr photo into a Flickr photo comment stream or forum post.
  89. BreadKrumbs – Build instant page to page journeys across Flickr photos. Also works as a good group promotion tool.
  90. Flickr at Userscripts – More greasemonkey scripts tagged with flickr.
  91. FlickrFavs – an application for downloading your favorite photos.
  92. Flickr Explorer – Mass photo downloader for Flickr.
  93. Flickr Importr – a tool for Windows that allows you to upload images to Flickr and automatically add them to groups and sets.
  94. Flyr – search flickr for geotagged photos.
  95. FlickrRandom – presents randomly-picked photos from Flickr.
  96. Mobup – a small J2ME application that manage mobile photo uploads on your Flickr account
  97. fd’s Flickr Toys – fun tools for Flickr image editing
  98. QOOP flickr Photo Printer – online photo printing service for your Flickr photos in book form.
  99. Flickr idGettr – find your Flickr user id number. For some reason, the only way to figure it out is by looking at your RSS stream address.
  100. Flickr TopToolbar – a Greasemonkey script or a Firefox extension, that insets a toolbar across the top of all Flickr pages.
  101. Flickr MiniToolbar – a Greasemonkey script or a Firefox extension, that insets a small toolbar above the title of a photo on the photo page.
  102. Steganography with Flickr – See how steganographied images can be shared with Flickr friends to pass on documents or other files.
  103. Notifyr – subscribe to a Flickr photo page and get email notifications whenever new images are added.
  104. FlickrDown – downloading photos from Flickr to save locally easier.
  105. Flickr Album – an alternative fun way to view images at Flickr.
  106. Associatr – A tool for browsing related tags on Flickr.
  107. Lfvr – A light weight flickr viewer.
  108. Flickr Montager – create photo mosaics using flickr tags.
  109. Search Plugins:Flickr – searching flickr.
  110. Glimmr – is a photo uploader for the Flickr web service.
  111. Longline Tool – composes long line mosaics from the Long Line group pool over at Flickr.
  112. Flickr People Finder – a way of finding people on the big flickr visualization.
  113. FlickrJ – Java wrapper for the Flickr REST API.
  114. Flickr Automator Action 0.1 – Automated uploading to Flickr.
  115. Lickr – Flickr causes delay as flash loads. Lickr strips the Flash before the user can even see it, and replaces it with an equivalent interface in pure HTML and Javascript.
  116. Flickrfox -is an extension for Firefox (version 1.0) that lets you browse your Flickr photostreams in a sidebar.
  117. Degradr -is a Firefox Greasemonkey script to replace flash representations of photos on flicr.com with the image files embedded in those flash files.
  118. Photoupload – Image uploader to flickr. Upload photos directly to photoset, Use IPTC and EXIF fields in photo description, and generate tags from IPTC keywords.
  119. uploadr.py – Upload images to your Flickr account in Python. Once this script is running, simply drag and drop images into the specified upload folder and watch as your images appear on your flickr account.
  120. Flickr Tag Related Browser -Just type a search tag and see amazing view of flickr images and browse related tags.
  121. 50 people See – is a program to blend Flickr images which share the same tags. No human is involved in choosing, positioning, or blending the images.
  122. Spell with Flickr -Generate one picture per letter.
  123. Flickr Postcard Browser – Browse Flickr Postcards
  124. TripperMap – automatically search your photos at Flickr for location information and plot the photos on your own Trippermap, on your own website.
  125. dFlickr wraps most functions of the Flickr API and provides the necessary classes to access users/photos/photosets/groups/pools/blogs in Flickr.
  126. Mappr is an interactive environment for exploring place, based on the photos people take.
  127. Flickr Color Picker – Using images from the Color Fields group, just click on a color, use the slider to adjust lightness and darkness, and it will show you photos with that color.
  128. 1001 – is a Mac OS X application for uploading and notifying you when new photos are added to streams you want to watch.
  129. Flickr Rainbow – displays most recent images from all the users at Flickr which have been tagged with the colours of the rainbow.
  130. Flickr photos on your TiVo is an application for the new TiVo HME which can display Flickr pictures on your TiVo
  131. flickReplacr bookmarklet – to swap a flickr pic for that word.
  132. Kubrickr is a tool that lets you replace the header of your WordPress blog with a nice photo from Flickr.

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Do you know of a great Flickr tool which deserves to be in this list?

247 comments on “The Great Flickr Tools Collection

  1. Michael says:

    Hi! Great posting here! In my stats I see that quite a few people really use your article and I think that something like this is good to give people an impression of how powerful flickr in fact is. Your article is great and I hope, my contribution (“Basic Guidelines for Tagging”) will make it even better ;-)

    M.

  2. tom says:

    don’t forget FlickFolio… a somewhat-complete script to create an offsite gallery / portfolio via the Flickr API.

  3. Bryan says:

    You should update your post to reflect the new price changes and additions. Nice comprehensive post!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Anyone know of a good way to export Adobe Photoshop tags into Flickr directly, without have to retag everything?

  5. Jake says:

    Don’t forget GEOsnapper.com. It allows you to geo-tag your photos and see them marked on a map. It can easily import all your Flickr photos and you dont even need a GPS to do the tagging. Just enter an address or click on a map.

  6. Charles says:

    Hi,

    I just launched a new tool, Delivr:

    Love to know what folks think.

    Cheers

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi. Great post.

    For those of you that blog & are Flickr members —There is a ring devoted to just that.

    As of today there are 95 members of Blogs That Flickr. I joined and it’s been great.

    You place a small code snippet on your site & visitors can surf other sites within the ring.

    You can check out the Blogs That Flickr homepage for more info. The owner has also posted a great list of flickr related links. Cheers!

  8. Allen Smith says:

    You can upload pictures directly from Motorola i860 to flickr with the location of the photo stamped in tags as well as a link to a map in the comments. here is one of my pictures:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gadgeteer/20579604/

    The phone adds tags of the city, state, and zip code of where the picture was taken as well as adding a link to a MapQuest map of the location. To enter your flickr email press # *your pin* 8 7 5 0 # from the first start-up screen. So if your pin is 1234 you would press the keys # 1 2 3 4 8 7 5 0 # and a screen will pop-up that lets you enter your flickr email and password

  9. Alx says:

    Hi,

    There’s a Flickr WordPress plugin on alias.ouvaton.org to mashup Flickr photos with reBlog.

    This site contains streetArt, retro and typo reblogging.

    Cheers,

    Alx

  10. J. J. says:

    Dunck.us has a frequently updated list of Greasemonkey scripts. It might be good to add that to your official list above. There are currently 20 scripts listed for Flickr.

  11. Al Simonds says:

    I want to create a slide show with Flickr…but be able to show captions for each photo. I know Flickr’s slide show mode does not support captions. So I’m wondering if there is any work-around. How do you “tell a story” with a group of Flickr photos? Thanks!

  12. Anonymous says:

    loads of useful flickr related scripts

  13. Daniel Drucker says:

    http://www.3e.org/flickr/notinsets.php lets you view which of your photos do not belong to any sets

    http://www.3e.org/flickr/datesort.php sorts the photos in a set by date taken, a feature sorely lacking from Organizr

    http://www.3e.org/flickr/mysetshow.php lets you browse a big-screen slideshow of a set

  14. Dug says:

    Keep an eye out for a sharing tool from Cognima which allows users of certain cameraphones to have there pictures tagged and shared to Flickr with no intervention.

    I’m using a beta and it’s amazing. You take a picture somewhere with no network coverage (like on the tube), put your phone back in your pocket and finish commuting to work.

    Log on on to your desktop at work, check your Flickr home and the picture you took is there already.

    All the best
    Dug

  15. Anonymous says:

    flickr interestingness RSS/Atom feed
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/InterestingFlickr

  16. Anonymous says:

    ShoZu is an application for Symbian phones (Java and MS soon) that makes uploading photos, descriptions and tags to Flickr very simple.

  17. Jeremy says:

    This is a great list; I’m glad to see someone has compiled all of these resources together. I found this page looking for a Flickr rating system and was disappointed to find that the one on here didn’t seem to work (I registered, but never received by password nor any responses from the support alias). I would love to see a rating system built into Flickr and until then would like to see a third party tool built to assist in this.

    To this end, I built my own using the .NET API. This was originally intended for my own personal use but then I opened it up to my friends and it’s been relatively popular. It’s definitely in beta but seems to function better than any other rating tools out there so I’m submitting it for inclusion here.

    Feedback welcome, of course. Hopefully Flickr builds this in sooner than later.

  18. Ben Shepherd says:

    Flickr AutoDownloadr is a free tool to view Flickr photos from one user in a fullscreen slideshow (Windows). Handy for showing off photos to a group of friends with a laptop and TV. It can also display random Interesting pictures from Flickr.

  19. Jitendra Chaudhary says:

    Nice Collection.
    Worth visiting.

    Congratulations for such an excellent effort.

  20. Anne says:

    A new simple desktop wallpaper changer is available: FlickrWallpaper based on .Net 1.1 (no FlickrNet API required).

    This handy tool just downloads a random interesting photo based on a set of tags you provide.

  21. yosef says:

    Wow great tools
    Worth to try
    Keep on posting…

  22. Chubby Bat says:

    My flickrframe Dashboard widget uses the Flickr API to serve up a stream of flickr pics in a little frame on your Dashboard.

  23. Easy OnlineTips says:

    Good article, nice tools for bloggers

  24. Anonymous says:

    great blog.

  25. Mark Zeman says:

    I’m happy to announce the launch of Flickrmap.com.

    Flickrmap.com is a web service that allows you to put a flash based world map on your own website or blog. Flickrmap will then automatically search your photos at Flickr for location information and plot the photos on your own Flickrmap, on your own website.

    It’s as simple as tagging your photos with a city and country name!

    Flickrmap also supports photos that have been geotagged or photos that have location data encoded in their EXIF properties. There’s currently 94389 geotagged photos at Flickr.

    Check out the website and let me know what you think. Please suggest any ideas you might have for new features.

  26. Chris says:

    Well after a few weeks of hard work and learning PHP I am ready to release a full working version of the FlickrSavr for Mac OS X. This version includes many improvments over the previous, and finally allows user interaction. More information and the download can be found at aloi.org. Let me know what you think!!

  27. Dan says:

    Hey, I’ve got a few php scripts folks might be interested in.

    A tag cloud script

    A calendar script

  28. Anonymous says:

    look at this, a website to see a specific user most interesting pictures

    The imapix most interesting.

    To generate one:
    generate

  29. Anonymous says:

    try the new flickrBuddy to explore and download your contacts most interesting pictures :D

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