Backup And Download Flickr Photos in Bulk (Windows)

Karl L. Gechlik 11-03-2009

download flickr photos in bulkYou store all of your pictures on Flickr do ya? Do you have a backup of your Flickr photos? I am sure you have copies of them thrown all about but do you have a solid backup of your Flickr account? What would you do if they suddenly went out of business or cancelled your account?


Never thought about that did ya? Well most of us wouldn’t – seeming as Flickr is a huge business that has been around for a while. But in this day and age it is possible for anything to go under.

Now let’s take a look at Downloadr. It can help us download flickr photos in bulk and backup our entire Flickr account. I started by downloading a tiny 20KB file called Updatr (you just have to love the naming convention right!?!?). Copy this file to a new directory, run Updatr and it will download the newest version of Downloadr.

Downloadr will then launch and you will see this screen:


I then typed in my username in the User field and hit search. DownloadR returns the first 10 items and 10 more for each subsequent push of the Search More button.



I highlighted one picture and clicked on “Download selected”. This allows me to grab the largest available file from Flickr of this picture. Once you click download selected you will get this normal “File Save” dialogue box.


That is all well and good when you have say 7 photos in your Flickr account. But let’s be a little more realistic. If you want to grab a whole bunch of images and save them all to your machine you will need to authenticate first by going to, Extras —> Authenticate:



You will get a few warning boxes asking you if it is ok to allow “Downloadr” access to your account. I saw two Windows Dialogue boxes followed by this web page opening:


I clicked “OK I’ll ALLOW IT” and I was ready to backup my images. I went back to my Extras menu and chose complete backup. I then got this window:



I hit the “Backup now” button. Downloadr got my Flickr ID# and then started downloading my images. In no time at all I had all my 200 images on my local machine.




I clicked OK and Downloadr showed me the folder that contained my images, A job well done!


Another app which you could use for your Flickr backup needs is FlickrDown which Mark profiled here Download Photos from Flickr with FlickrDown Read More .

Do you backup your online accounts? If you do – how? Share your brilliance with our readers…. in the comments! If you’re aware of any other tools to download Flickr photos in bulk, please post them in comments as well.

Related topics: Data Backup, Flickr, Photo Sharing, Photography.

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  1. Michael Clark
    October 6, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Is this a scam?

  2. Michelle
    March 12, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Having a problem with it through FireFox, It comes up with an icky error while trying to authenticate :( So No deals for us firefox users it seems :(

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      March 13, 2009 at 7:23 am

      I got it working in FF3 Michelle - what is the error and what version are you using? What OS are you running?

      • Michelle
        March 14, 2009 at 5:28 pm

        Hi Karl,

        This is the error I'm getting:

        and I'm currently using :

        Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv: Gecko/2009021910 Firefox/3.0.7

        With XP Pro OS

        If you could give me a work around or tell me how to fix it I'd be FOREVER greatful :) Thanks!!

        • Karl L. Gechlik
          March 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm

          You have to click the authentication button in the screen before. I was able to replicate your issue.

        • Michelle
          March 15, 2009 at 8:01 pm

          Thanks!! Got it working :)

  3. Michelle
    March 12, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Having a problem with it through FireFox, It comes up with an icky error :( So No deals for us firefox users it seems :(

  4. Jennifer
    March 12, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I suggest you to try Memopal, buying a Personal licence for 150 or 250 GB here and inserting the code EASTER09 you will have a 15% discount. It's great!

  5. Windows Guy
    March 11, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Excellent tool and guide. Thanks..Going to download my flickr photos right now.