Lychee is an easy to use and great looking photo-management-system you can run on your server, to manage and share photos.
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A great looking and easy-to-use photo-management-system.

Lychee Lychee

Lychee is a free photo-management tool, which runs on your server or web-space. Installing is a matter of seconds. Upload, manage and share photos like from a native application. Lychee comes with everything you need and all your photos are stored securely. Try the Live Demo or read more on our Website.


To run Lychee, everything you need is a web-server with PHP 5.3 or later and a MySQL-Database. Follow the instructions to install Lychee on your server. Installation »

How to use

You can use Lychee right after the installation. Here are some advanced features to get the most out of it.


Sign in and click the gear on the top left corner to change your settings. If you want to edit them manually: MySQL details are stored in data/config.php. Other options and hidden settings are stored directly in the database. Settings »


Updating is as easy as it should be. Update »


Lychee is ready to use, right out of the box. If you want to contribute and edit CSS or JS files, you need to rebuild Lychee. Build »

Keyboard Shortcuts

These shortcuts will help you to use Lychee even faster. [Keyboard Shortcuts »](docs/Keyboard

Dropbox import

In order to use the Dropbox import from your server, you need a valid drop-ins app key from their website. Lychee will ask you for this key, the first time you try to use the import. Want to change your code? Take a look at the settings of Lychee.

Twitter Cards

Lychee supports Twitter Cards and Open Graph for shared images (not albums). In order to use Twitter Cards you need to request an approval for your domain. Simply share an image with Lychee, copy its link and paste it in Twitters Card Validator.


Lychee uses Imagick when installed on your server. In this case you will benefit from a faster processing of your uploads, better looking thumbnails and intermediate sized images for small screen devices. You can disable the usage of Imagick in the settings.


Browse the Docker Hub Registry for various automated Lychee-Docker builds. We recommed to use lychee-docker by kdelfour.

Plugins and Extensions

The plugin-system of Lychee allows you to execute scripts, when a certain action fires. Plugins are hooks, which are injected directly into Lychee. Plugin documentation »

It's also possible to build extensions upon Lychee. The way to do so isn't documented and can change every time. We recommend to use the plugin-system, when possible.

Here's a list of all available Plugins and Extensions:

Name Description
lycheesync Sync Lychee with any directory containing photos More »
lycheeupload Upload photos to Lychee via SSH More »
Jekyll Liquid tag for Jekyll sites that allows embedding Lychee albums More »
lychee-redirect Redirect from an album-name to a Lychee-album More »
lychee-watermark Adds a second watermarked photo when uploading images More »
lychee-rss Creates a RSS-Feed out of your photos More »
lychee-FlashAir Import from a Toshiba FlashAir WiFi SD card More »
lychee-webroot Controls photos accessibility and keeps Lychee files hidden More »


Take a look at the FAQ if you have problems. Discovered a bug? Please create an issue here on GitHub!


I am working hard on continuously developing and maintaining Lychee. Please consider making a donation via Flattr or PayPal (from our site) to keep the project going strong and me motivated.