Although we’ve seen photo-sharing platforms like Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and others grow in popularity over the past few years, Flickr is still great for viewing and sharing photos.
If you use Flickr regularly for uploading photos and creating albums, there may come a time when you actually need to download photos straight from Flickr to store or share them somewhere else. It can be a bit tricky if you’ve never done it before. Here’s how to do it.
How to Download Flickr Photos
If you’d like to download photos straight from Flickr without the help of any third party tool, you’ll have to do it one by one. Flickr doesn’t have an official option for you to download photos in sets or batches, unfortunately.
Doing it one by one is fine if you want to simply just download one or two photos, but not exactly an ideal method if you need to quickly grab an entire album of photos. If you need to download Flickr photos in batches, skip down this article to the “Download Flickr Photos in Batches” section.
Download Flickr Photos Individually
To download an individual Flickr photo, simply visit its own photo page and right click on it. A menu will come up where it will say “View all sizes” in which you’ll be able to select whatever sizes are available for the photo. Choose the size you want.
You’ll be taken to the download page from there. Above the photo there should be a “Download” option (unless the owner of the photo has disabled downloading). You can also right click on the photo and choose “Save as” to download it and save it to your computer.
Download Flickr Photos in Batches
There are actually some pretty good options available for downloading groups of Flickr photos all at once. You can’t do it directly through Flickr, but hooking up your Flickr account to a third party tool can get it done easily. I highly recommend FlickrAndShare.
After you authenticate the FlickAndShare app, it will display your sets of photos and ask you to choose the ones you want to download. Just keep in mind that none of the titles, tags or descriptions will be kept with each photo. A link is generated for each set that you want, and you can share that link with anyone if you want to share them.
Other Options to Download Flickr Photos
If you’re not satisfied with downloading each photo the old-fashioned way or if you’re not impressed with FlickAndShare, you can take a look through the Flickr App Garden for similar tools that let you do the same. Third party developers have come up with lots of solutions for easily managing your Flickr photos.
You’ll probably find FlickAndShare in there somewhere, along with a bunch of others like Bulkr, Downloadr for Windows and FlickrBackup. Bulkr is actually another highly recommended tool for batch downloads from Flickr, and it has both a free version and a paid premium version. Along with a bunch of other features, the premium version of Bulkr allows you to download titles, tags and descriptions for every single photo in a set.
Other Free Image Hosting/Sharing Options
If you’d like to explore other options that let you host and share your photos online for free apart from Flickr, check out these seven free image hosting sites for your photos.