Download metadata from flickr

You can bulk download stuff from flickr very easily now (which is a great feature), by going to Camera Roll, selecting things, and clicking download. Or you can bulk download your sets/albums now as well by visiting the set/album and clicking the download button. This is handy, but it doesn’t export any metadata you added to the photos in the system.

Unfortunately, I found none of the apps are very stable. The most recent and least broken apps are:

  • Flickr Downloadr, https://flickrdownloadr.com/
  • FlickrMetadataSynchr, http://flickrmetadatasynchr.codeplex.com/

Linux has one good option, but set up takes forever if you have lots of photos,

  • picty, https://github.com/spillz/picty


You want exiftool, nothing else consistently works to look at metadata.

  • Download the complete version, http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/
  • extract the files
  • in the extracted directory, use ./exiftool picture.jpg to look at exif data of the pic without installing.
  • use ./exiftool -json=picture.jpg.json picture.jpg to write json metadata to the embedded exif data of the image (you get the json or xmp file from other applications).