Free and OpenSource Photo Libraries

Overview

In my quest to reduce my reliance upon proprietary software applications, I’ve begun to focus some more time in finding a good Google Photos or Apple Photos alternative. As began looking at the alternatives, I discovered that there were way more options that I had originally anticipated. Each alternative had a different feature set and I found it difficult to compare the different options. To solve this dilemma for myself (and hopefully for many others), I’m compiling a list of free and open source photo libraries that can be self-hosted or run locally without any need for cloud services.

Google/Apple Photos Alternatives

As of the writing of this post, my alternative comparison list looks like the following (Be sure to visit the github repository for the most up to date comparison.

Comparison

✅ = Feature exists in at least a limited fashion
🚧 = Feature may exist but may not be practical or officially released
❌ = Feature does not yet exist
#️⃣ = Subjective measure of feature quality (on scale of 0-10)
Tip: Hover over icons for missing/incomplete features for more information
Feature Damselfly Immich Librephotos Lychee Nextcloud Photos Photonix PiGallery2 Photoprism Photoview Piwigo
Github Stars ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Active Contributors 1 1 1 3 2 1 1 4 1 3
Source Language C# Dart Python PHP JavaScript Python TypeScript Go Typescript/Go PHP
License ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Demo 6️⃣* ✅4️⃣ ✅7️⃣ 8️⃣ 8️⃣ 9️⃣ 9️⃣ 9️⃣
Freeness ✅🔟 ✅🔟 ✅🔟 ✅🔟 ✅🔟 ✅🔟 ✅🔟 🚧7️⃣ ✅🔟 ✅🔟
Automatic Mobile Upload ✅7️⃣ ✅4️⃣ ✅6️⃣ ✅7️⃣
Web App ✅8️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅5️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅8️⃣
Mobile App 6️⃣ 6️⃣ 3️⃣ 4️⃣ 🚧 6️⃣ 7️⃣
Desktop App ✅9️⃣
LivePhotos Support 6️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅7️⃣
Video Support ✅8️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅6️⃣ ✅6️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅4️⃣
Photo Map ✅8️⃣ ✅4️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅6️⃣ ✅9️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅8️⃣
Photo Discovery ✅7️⃣ ✅3️⃣ ✅6️⃣ ✅1️⃣
Albums ✅8️⃣ ✅9️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅3️⃣ ✅5️⃣ ✅6️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅6️⃣ ✅8️⃣
Timeline ✅5️⃣ ✅9️⃣ ✅9️⃣ ✅5️⃣ ✅5️⃣ ✅5️⃣ ✅5️⃣ ✅9️⃣ ✅3️⃣
Photo Sharing ✅4️⃣ ✅9️⃣ ✅9️⃣ ✅5️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅5️⃣
Photo Search ✅8️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅3️⃣ ✅3️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅5️⃣ ✅7️⃣
Docker Installation ✅8️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅6️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅6️⃣ ✅8️⃣
Object/Face Recognition ✅8️⃣ ✅6️⃣ ✅8️⃣ 🚧3️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅6️⃣ ✅9️⃣ ✅6️⃣ 🚧
Basic Editing
EXIF Data ✅9️⃣ ✅7️⃣ 3️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅9️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅7️⃣
Multiple User Support ✅7️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅8️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅7️⃣ ✅6️⃣ ✅8️⃣

* Librephotos Demo (User:demo Password:demo1234)

Note: This list is by no means comprehensive. For links to other photo library projects, see the Awesome Self-Hosted list.

Contributing

Please contribute additions and corrections by submitting a merge request to the github repository! When contributing, please add links to the source of the information. (i.e. link to an issue that indicates that a feature does not exist)


~ Don’t give away your photos to the largest data collection entities in the world! Your photos document your life better than any other kinds of data. Pictures are worth more than a thousand words to advertisers!