Flickr main page on 2018-07-05
|Project status||Special case (free accounts limited to 1000 uploads on January 8, 2019, anything older than the newest 1000 being erased in February)|
Flickr is an image and video hosting website currently owned by SmugMug, formerly owned by Yahoo!. Any data uploaded can be private or public.
- Flickr Edit includes Flickr Backup
- Photo and Metadata Backup for Flickr
- This blog post documents the flickrtouchr Flickr backup tool. It backs up the full sized versions of your images but it doesn't currently backup metadata.
- This blog post documents the flickrbackup tool. Based on flickrtouchr, it also backs up flickr metadata, storing it as EXIF tags within the images.
- flickrmirrorer is a small command-line python script that creates a local backup of your Flickr data. It mirrors images, titles, description, tags, albums and collections. It does not backup comments. It also does not preserve order of photos in photostream (though you can emulate it sorting by upload timestamp) and order of albums in collections.
- flickr-backup backups Flickr photosets, photos, and JSON metadata. Pagination is not handled yet, so if you have any sets with more than 500 photos or comments they won't all be downloaded.
- backup-all-my-flickr-photos downloads all your Flickr photos and videos.
- easyflickrbackup backup all your photos from Flickr.
- If you have your iPhoto connected with your Flickr account, you can back up your pictures on Flickr through iPhoto.
- flickr2ia: backup photos (not videos) and metadata (not comments). Example.
Seems to be stable, can probably change at any time.
May 2013 update: new interface; apparently very overloaded and masses of pro users abandoning the place, deleting their profiles and/or wishing to archive it.
Nov 2014 update: Yahoo's step to sell the CC-licensed pictures upset a lot of users (who obviously did not understand this license) and may now want to delete their accounts (with up to 10k images each).
Dec 2015 update: Yahoo!'s Action Plan in their 2015 shareholder presentation mentions killing Flickr.
May 2018 update: Flickr is bought by SmugMug.
Nov 2018 update: Free accounts with over 1000 pictures are going to be frozen on Jan 8, 2019, and trimmed to the first 1000 pictures only on Feb 5, 2019, with all the remaining pictures to be deleted on that day. Creative Commons is working with SmugMug to preserve the freely licensed (and public domain?) images. Flickr has promised not to delete images that were already uploaded with a Creative Commons license before November 1, 2018.
Notices and messaging
It's not clear whether Flickr will send custom notices to users spelling out clearly which of their files will be deleted.
Some users only understood that uploads will be frozen, but not that the extra files will actually vanish. Indeed, https://www.flickr.com/lookingahead only states this clearly in the asterisk footnote at the very end.
Some users had problems completing payments or accessing their accounts, for instance those who are locked out of their Yahoo account since 2013 theft of 3 billion accounts.
Users who logged in and had more than 1000 photos were shown a popup notice warning "Your uploads will be locked soon", which did not clearly mention deletions. Only on January 9 the warning turned red and stated "Your photos are at risk of deletion soon".
Several email notices were reportedly being sent, often with unclear subjects which did not make users understand the topic and urgency, such as "Important information about your Flickr account".
As of January 9, "locked" accounts were still able to upload new photos via the app.
It seems a .flickr top-level domain is registered.