What is a good GUI-based Flickr upload tool in Linux?

Recently Flickr started to offer 1TB free space for everyone. This is great news if you are an avid photographer who regularly uses Flickr for photo sharing or back up purposes. As of this writing, Flickr has not released an official Linux client yet. So if you want to upload images to Flick on Linux, you have two options; use either Flickr's web interface or third-party Linux Flickr uploaders.

One of the most popular GUI-based Flickr upload tool in Linux is Postr, which is written in Python/GTK+, and is well integrated with GNOME desktop environment.

In this tutorial, I will explain how to upload pictures to Flickr by using Postr.

To install and launch Postr on Debian, Ubuntu or Linux Mint:

$ sudo apt-get install postr
$ postr

To install and launch Postr on Fedora:

$ sudo yum install postr
$ postr

To install and launch Postr on CentOS or RHEL:

$ sudo yum install pygtk2 python-twisted
$ wget http://ftp.acc.umu.se/pub/GNOME/sources/postr/0.13/postr-0.13.tar.xz
$ tar xvfvJ postr-0.13.tar.xz
$ cd postr-0.13
$ ./postr

When you run Postr for the first time, it will ask you to log in to your Flickr account. Clicking on "Login to Flickr" link will pop up a web browser window.

Once you log in to your Flick account via web browser, you will be asked to link Postr to your Flickr account. Click on "Next" button in the second box.

Next, go ahead and authorize Postr to access your Flick account.

At this point, you can close the web browser, and start using Postr.

To upload photos to Flickr, click on "Add Photos" menu. You can bulk upload multiple photos to Flickr in a batch at once.

Once you have loaded photos to upload in Postr, you can edit the attributes of those photos before uploading them. For example, fill in title/description, add tags, specify a set/group to add photos to, edit privacy settings, etc. Once you are done, click on "Upload" button.

Nautilus Integration

One nice feature of Postr is its Nautilus integration. If you use Nautilus file browser in your desktop (e.g., in default Ubuntu Desktop), you can upload any picture inside Nautilius file browser by right-clicking the picture, and opening it with "Flickr Uploader", as shown in the screenshot.

Also, you can drag any number of photos from Nautilus, and drop them in Postr directly.

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Dan Nanni is the founder and also a regular contributor of Xmodulo.com. He is a Linux/FOSS enthusiast who loves to get his hands dirty with his Linux box. He likes to procrastinate when he is supposed to be busy and productive. When he is otherwise free, he likes to watch movies and shop for the coolest gadgets.

4 thoughts on “What is a good GUI-based Flickr upload tool in Linux?

  1. You can upload to Flickr, Picasa, Facebook etc via gThumb image viewer. gThumb is a great viewer for people moving to Linux from Windows who have used the Windows default image viewer.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/gthumb
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install gthumb

  2. Postr seems to be broken due to Flickr's https restrictions in their API.
    Is there an alternative which is already capable of https connections?
    And closely related, also flickrfs seems to struggle with this issue.


    • Unfortunately I have no answer. All Linux Flickr uploaders ceased to work nearly one month ago, and I'm still looking for a working one :[

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