Download Photos from Flickr with FlickrDown

Mark O'Neill 27-01-2008

I love it when events are timed perfectly. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been contemplating how best to download my photos from my Flickr account before the pro membership expires in March. I kept putting off the task because it wasn’t very appealing to think of sitting at the computer for hours clicking individually on each photo and making multiple clicks to download it. I can think of better ways to utilise my time.


Then today, fate magically intervened and delivered to my RSS reader, FlickrDown. Using the free tool, I managed to download around 2000 original sized photos in about 30 minutes. All I needed to do was point and click.

Flickrdown has two main functions. You can either download photos from your own Flickr account or you can download public photos from other Flickr users by entering details of the tags.

To download photos from your own Flickr account is very easy. All you have to do is enter your Flickr ID then press “authorize”. You will then be re-directed to the Flickr website to authorize FlickrDown to access your account. Authorizing a Flickr ID is not strictly necessary but doing so means you can also download your private photos. You can revoke access at any time if need be.

Download Flickr Photos to Your PC

Once you have entered your username, just press “lookup” and the interface will give you a list of your current Flickr photo sets. Just tick on the ones you want to download, specify a folder on your computer where they should go and then press “download”. FlickrDown takes care of the rest.

Or say you’re looking for photos of Berlin? Then enter “Berlin” under the “tags” column and press “lookup”:


The program will then show you thumbnails of Berlin-tagged photos and you can tick the boxes of the ones you want to download, again choose your target PC folder then press “download”. Easy.

The downloading is quite fast and efficient and it made light work of downloading my photo albums. So if you’re a Flickr user, this is a tool you should definately keep on your computer.

Related topics: Download Management, Flickr, Image Editor, Photo Album, Photography.

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  1. Stevan
    April 12, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Do all these (above listed) "Apps" work with MAC ?


    • Mark O'Neill
      April 12, 2009 at 2:12 pm

      Hi, according to the developer website, FlickrDown requires Microsoft.NET 2.0. So this rules out any compatibility with a Mac computer. Sorry.

  2. Sergey Shelukhin
    June 6, 2008 at 3:59 am

    Hmm... What if I have already exceeded pro quota - do I have to buy pro membership to download them?

  3. Ali
    March 7, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Another great tool is Flishr which has been recently released.
    This application has much more features comparing to FlickrDown..
    you can easily browse hundreds of photos in different windows and it is multithreaded so you won't be frozen while you are working with photos..if you don't have time to download them, just choose photos and add them to your collection. go to installation folder and find the collection file is an XML file which you can import it to other fast downloaders like Download Accelerator...many other features such as searching with numerous entries and also uploading hundreds of photos parallel... is located at:

    Thanks to all guys who developed this great tool..They saved my life... I can't forget using Flishr.

    • Vicky
      July 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm

      I think FlickrDown is the best as far as downloading of pictures is concerned. Downloadr, Flump, Flisher and many of their brothers are good and useful but just for upload and management. Use FlickrDown to bulk download fullsized pictures and "Flicker AllSizes+" greasemonkey script for single ones!

      "Comment is open for reconsideration".
      "Thanks to team for such useful informations".

  4. sham @ Enhance Life
    January 28, 2008 at 5:07 am

    I am a big fan of flickr and spend a lot of time hunting for picture. This tool is going to be very handy

  5. Bill Minton
    January 27, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    If you were using Fotki, you could just FTP in and download them. Flickr seem nice, but I'm not sure why Fotki doesn't get more love. Tons of options for uploading, the ability to get your originally sized photos back down with ease, extras like Geotagging, forums, blogging, and print ordering, etc. I'm not sure why more users don't use Fotki.

    • Aibek
      February 2, 2008 at 7:03 pm

      Hi Bill. Thanks again for reminding me about it. Eeverytime I am about to add Fotki to MUO directory, something goes wrong and I forget about it. Anyways, I am adding it to my to do notes this time so hopefully we will have it profiled by the end of next week.

    • Michael
      February 5, 2009 at 10:52 am

      People don't use Fotki, because it's ugly and the user interface design is terrible.