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Simple script to download sets and photos from Flickr
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Simple script to download a Flickr set.

To use it you need to get your own Flickr API key here:

flickr_download -k <api key> -s <api secret> -d <set id>

It can also list the public set ids for a given user:

flickr_download -k <api key> -s <api secret> -l <user name>

Get a public set using the title and id to name the downloaded files:

flickr_download -k <api key> -s <api secret> -d <set id> -n title_and_id

Download private or restricted photos by authorising against the users account. (see below)


To install this script use the Python pip utility bundled with your Python distribution:

pip install flickr_download

API key

Get your Flickr API key.

You can also set your API key and secret in ~/.flickr_download:

api_key: my_key
api_secret: my_secret

User Authentication Support

The script also allows you to authenticate as a user account. That way you can download sets that are private and public photos that are restricted. To use this mode, initialise the authorisation by running the script with the t parameter to authorize the app.

flickr_download -k <api key> -s <api secret> -t

This will save .flickr_token containing the authorisation. Subsequent calls with -t will use the stored token. For example using

flickr_download -k <api key> -s <api secret> -l <USER>

with USER set to your own username, will only fetch your publicly available sets, whereas adding -t

flickr_download -k <api key> -s <api secret> -l <USER> -t

will fetch all your sets including private restricted sets.


Optional arguments

  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -k API_KEY, --api_key API_KEY
                        Flickr API key
  -s API_SECRET, --api_secret API_SECRET
                        Flickr API secret
  -t, --user_auth       Enable user authentication
  -l USER, --list USER  List photosets for a user
  -d SET_ID, --download SET_ID
                        Download the given set
  -p USERNAME, --download_user_photos USERNAME
                        Download all photos for a given user
  -u USERNAME, --download_user USERNAME
                        Download all sets for a given user
  -i PHOTO_ID, --download_photo PHOTO_ID
                        Download one specific photo
  -q SIZE_LABEL, --quality SIZE_LABEL
                        Quality of the picture
                        Photo naming mode
  -m, --list_naming     List naming modes
  -o, --skip_download   Skip the actual download of the photo
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