How To Bulk Download An Entire Flickr Photo Album

Flickr is one of the most useful photo sharing websites as it offers a staggering amount of free storage space and a lot of great features. Lately, I have been dabbling with some freelance real estate photography gigs and thanks to Lightroom 5's excellent Flickr integration, I have been designating the final edited photos to their own Flickr album for each property I shoot. This allows me to easily share the final product via a simple email link with the realtors that I am hired by.

From there, the realtors are able to utilize these photos as they please (this was agreed upon ahead of time) and payment is charged solely for my time spent shooting and editing versus a flat rate per photo they choose to use. The real issue arises with Flickr's downloading system as you are only able to individually click-through each photo and download them one-by-one. In most cases, the realtor would like to download the whole album in bulk (sometimes 100+ photos) that way they can save them the time and hassle of doing it manually.

Since there isn't any native option built within the Flickr interface, I sought to find a viable solution and I stumbled upon one by utilizing a free application called JDownloader. Download it for yourself (available for both Mac & PC) then follow the few steps below in order to download the entire Flickr album to your local machine.

Step #1: Open JDownloader & Leave Running In Background

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Step #2: Copy Link Of Desired Flickr Album

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Step #3: Open ‘LinkGrabber' Tab On JDownloader To Verify Flickr Photos Have Automatically Queued

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Step #4: Click The “Play” Button To Initiate Download

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Click ‘Yes' if it prompts you to accept Flickr's Terms Of Service.

Step #5: Wait For Each Photo To Individually Download

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Step #6: Locate The Files Via The Download Directory

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If you don't know where your downloaded files are set to be stored, you can check this under Settings > General > Download & Connections:

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Hope this helps! Feel free to leave your experience with this method or any alternative methods in the comments section below.

  • Thought to myself “yay!”, but it turns out it downloads only a small version of each photo (not the original/large). Maybe Flickr changed version or something?

  • I cannot get jdownloader to show the pictures in the set… it shows other stuff when i have it load up the url for the picture set. Nothing looks like step 3.

  • Very easy product to use and it is pretty slick. I like this product. Would recommend for anyone that
    wants to d/l pix from Flickr.

  • I tried to download and install, but in the installation setps I noticed it said to get a browser program and I had two options below, cancel installation or install. I chose cancel, then installation began. I tried and close it top right on the X, but that simply minimized the window. Next AVG warns me about a protentially unwanted program “Optimizer.K”, and now I have just as many problems as everyone else trying to get rid of it.
    Seems jdownloader is no longer usefull to get images down from flickr and it comes bundled with malware that is not uninstallable.
    If it turns out I cannot uninstall this I will just hose everything and install Linux. It works a lot better.

    • Mikkel, the correct URL of the software is Jdownload.org not .com, I believe you may have mixed it up and downloaded from a third-party source that is trying to rip off Jdownloader’s reputation and fame by installing malicious software while appearing to be the native software. I have the legitimate jdownloader on both my Mac and PC of which I use both daily without issues or any malware present. Also note, that false positives may be possible with certain anti-virus and the legitmate version of jdownloader. Hope this helps!

  • Beware, the JDownloader link in this blog will infect your pc with malware (Trojan.Gen.2), even when opting out of the bonus crapware. This is sometimes how publishers get paid for providing free software. Once you shake off the malware, JDownloader might be useful, but frankly isn’t worth the risk or hassle.

    Blog writer, please take down the link ASAP.

    • Again, I have 100% confirmed that the JDownloader from the link above contains no active malware or harmful files (use Google and you’ll see many credible sources verifying this). Many virus or malware scanners will throw a false positive, but there is nothing harmful in the contained program given that you do not choose to use it to download potentially malicious files (Flickr images are safe).

      Here’s a link from the MalwareBytes forum for reference:
      https://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?/topic/90663-any-concern-with-jdownloader/

      I’ve been using it daily for years on all my work computers (both Mac and PC) with no problems to date.

  • Finally there is a normally functioning software to download flickr albums. It works perfectly and it downloads the photos in the largest resolution. Big thanks

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