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The official @github repository of the OpenPhoto frontend software. A photo sharing and photo management web interface for data stored "in the cloud" (i.e. Amazon S3, Rackspace CloudFiles, Google Storage).

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OpenPhoto

OpenPhoto, a photo service for the masses


What is OpenPhoto?

OpenPhoto is a way to store and share your photos while keeping control and ownership of them

OpenPhoto works similarly to Flickr, Smugmug and other photo sharing services with one major difference: you retain ownership and give OpenPhoto access to use them. All photos, tags and comments are stored in your personal cloud accounts with companies like Amazon, Rackspace or Google. This means you can easily switch between OpenPhoto services, use more than one at a time or stop using them altogether while retaining all of your photos, tags and comments.

See our FAQ for more information.


Why should I use OpenPhoto?

While OpenPhoto functions like many existing services it's drastically different for several reasons.

  1. Ownership
    Users can specify where their photos are stored. By default they are seamlessly stored in your Amazon S3 bucket.
  2. Built in backups
    Since you upload photos to your own Amazon S3 bucket it's like uploading and archiving your photos in one step.
  3. Portability
    Easily start off by signing up for a hosted OpenPhoto account and later switch to hosting the software yourself. There's no need to transfer your photos somewhere else since it's federated. It's like plug and play.
  4. Durability
    Your photos are not tied to any particular photo service. Because everything is open you can write your own web interface for your photos, choose between OpenPhoto hosting providers or install the OpenPhoto software on your own server.
  5. Community
    New features will be entirely community driven. Features with the most votes will get top priority in getting implemented. If you want a feature that doesn't have many votes you can implement it yourself and issue a pull request.

What if I use Flickr or Smugmug?

If you're using Flickr or Smugmug you should consider switching to OpenPhoto. The more photos and time you invest on a propietary photo sharing service the more devastated you're going to be once they shut down or no longer appeal to you.

There are importing tools available to make the switch easy.


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