Upload a directory of media (pics/videos) to Flickr for showing off your pics on the WEB and as a backup of your local storage. flickr-uploader designed primarly for Synology Devices. Also works on Linux, Mac and Windows systems.

## Project description

by oPromessa, 2017, V2.8.6

## Description

• Upload a directory of media (pics/videos) to Flickr for showing off your pics on the WEB and as a backup of your local storage.
• Check Features, Requirements and Setup remarks.
• flickr-uploader designed primarly for Synology Devices.
• Also works on Linux, Mac and Windows systems.

2.8.6 Linux 71.70% 38
2.8.6 Darwin 13.21% 7
2.8.7a1 Linux 7.55% 4
2.8.6 Windows 5.66% 3
2.8.6a9 Linux 1.89% 1

## Features

• Uploads both images and movies (JPG, PNG, GIF, AVI, MOV, 3GP files)
• Personnaly I avoid PNG files which do not support EXIF info
• Stores image information locally using a simple SQLite database
• Creates Flickr "Sets" (Albums) based on the folder name the media is in (getting existing sets from Flickr is managed also)
• Ignores unwanted directories (like ".picasabackup" for Picasa users or "@eaDir" for Synology NAS users) and you can easily add/configure more yourself. Check uploadr.ini config file.
• Allows specific files to be ignored (via regular expressions)
• Skips files that are over a configurable size (max flickr size is about 900MB)
• Automatically removes images from Flickr when they are removed from your local hard drive
• Optionally convert RAW files (with use of external tool: exiftool by Phil Harvey).

THIS SCRIPT IS PROVIDED WITH NO WARRANTY WHATSOEVER. PLEASE REVIEW THE SOURCE CODE TO MAKE SURE IT WILL WORK FOR YOUR NEEDS. IF YOU FIND A BUG, PLEASE REPORT IT.

### How it works! An example...

#### Sample file structure

Consider this example to explain how files are uploaded into Sets/Albums on Flickr.

If you have the following folders and pics (the name of the flickr Sets/Albums depends on the uploadr.ini file setting FULL_SET_NAME, but I normally use it as False):

/home/user/media/pic00.jpg
/home/user/media/Album1/pic01.jpg
/home/user/media/Album2/pic02.jpg
/home/user/media/Album3/pic03.jpg
/home/user/media/folder/Album4/pic04.jpg
/home/user/media/folder/Album4/Sub/pic041.jpg
/home/user/media/newfolder/Album4/pic042.jpg
/home/user/media/folderAlbum5/pic01.jpg
/home/user/media/folderAlbum5/Sub/pic051.jpg


#### Setting your source folder with FILES_DIR

And you setup FILES_DIR

FILES_DIR=/home/user/media


You should get the following depending on how the setting FULL_SET_NAME is set:

FilePathName Set/Album Name (FULL_SET_NAME=False) Set/Album Name (FULL_SET_NAME=True) Pic Remarks
/home/user/media/pic00.jpg media . pic00
/home/user/media/Album1/pic01.jpg Album1 Album1 pic01
/home/user/media/Album2/pic02.jpg Album2 Album2 pic02
/home/user/media/Album3/pic03.jpg Album3 Album3 pic03
/home/user/media/folder/Album4/pic04.jpg Album4 folder/Album4 pic04
/home/user/media/folder/Album4/Sub/pic041.jpg Sub folder/Album4/Sub pic041
/home/user/media/newfolder/Album4/pic042.jpg Album4 newfolder/Album4 pic042
/home/user/media/Album5/pic01.jpg Album5 Album5 pic01 Same pic as in Album01 is loaded twice as it's part of a different Album
/home/user/media/Album5/Sub/pic051.jpg Sub Album5/Sub pic051 With FULL_SET_NAME=False it will go into Album "Sub"

## Requirements

• Python 2.7+ (should work on DSM from Synology (v6.1), Windows and MAC)
• Also compatile with Python 3.6 and 3.7
• Recommendation on Synology DSM: do not install/use the "Python Module" from the DSM Packages.
• flicrkapi module. May need to install get-pip.py. (Instructions for Synology DSM below.)
• portalocker module for Windows systems. Not mandatory for Synology.
• File write access (for the token and local database)
• Flickr API key (free)
• exiftool, only if you intend to convert RAW files to JPG. Install instructions here.. Note: You need to also install the DSM Package Perl.

## Setup on Synology

• Might work on other platforms like Windows also.
• Side note: don't be overwhelmed with this setup. Steps are quite straitghtforward.
• Summary steps:
1. Enable SSH access to Synology DSM Server. (Optionally) install Python 3.
2. Prepare a local folder location for Python modules install

### 1.Enable SSH access to Synology DSM Server. (Optionally) install Python 3.

• Enable and access your Synology DSM via SSH with an admin user.
• Avoid the use of root for security reasons.
• (Optionally) install via the Synology DSM Packages the "Python 3" package (corresponds to version 3.5)

### 2. Prepare a local folder location for Python modules install.

• IMPORTANT NOTE: To avoid messing up with the system files.
• Create a local install destination directory/folder define and export PYTHONPATH variable (ex: for Python 2.7):
$cd$ mkdir apps
$mkdir apps/Python$ export PYTHONPATH=~/apps/Python/lib/python2.7/site-packages

• Or, for Python 3.5:
$export PYTHONPATH=~/apps/Python/lib/python3.5/site-packages  • Create also a dev directory/folder to use as working area where to download/extract the files/packages prior to intstallation: $ cd
$mkdir dev dev$ cd dev


• IMPORTANT NOTE: pip allows you to more easily install python related modules/applications.
• Extract to ~/dev
• And then install by running python get-pip.py --prefix=~/apps/Python
• Follow these guidelines for PIP installation.
• IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure to use the --prefix parameter
$cd$ cd dev
dev$curl https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py -o get-pip.py % Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed 100 1603k 100 1603k 0 0 3828k 0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 3827k dev$ python get-pip.py --prefix=~/apps/Python
Collecting pip
100%  1.3MB 495kB/s
Collecting setuptools
100%  481kB 1.3MB/s
Collecting wheel
100%  51kB 4.1MB/s
Installing collected packages: pip, setuptools, wheel
Successfully installed pip setuptools wheel


#### 4.1 OPTION #1 (recommended): With PIP (installed in step #3 above)

$cd$ cd dev
dev$export PYTHONPATH=~/apps/Python/lib/python2.7/site-packages dev$ pip install flickrapi --prefix=~/apps/Python


#### 4.2 OPTION #2: Mannually

• Extract to ~/dev and run python setup.py install --prefix=~/apps/Python
• Make sure to use the --prefix parameter
$cd dev dev$ wget https://files.pythonhosted.org/packages/b1/f1/d10fa0872e4f781c2ed47e94e728ecd3c1998f8c8d12e78c7329a25d0727/flickrapi-2.4.0.tar.gz
dev$tar tzvf flickrapi-2.4.0.tar.gz flickrapi-2.4.0/ flickrapi-2.4.0/CHANGELOG.md flickrapi-2.4.0/MANIFEST.in flickrapi-2.4.0/.coveragerc flickrapi-2.4.0/LICENSE.txt flickrapi-2.4.0/tox.ini flickrapi-2.4.0/README.md (...) dev$ cd flickrapi-2.4.0
dev/flickrapi-2.4.0$python setup.py install --prefix=~/apps/Python python setup.py install --prefix=~/apps/Python running install running bdist_egg running egg_info writing requirements to flickrapi.egg-info/requires.txt writing flickrapi.egg-info/PKG-INFO (...) zip_safe flag not set; analyzing archive contents... Moving chardet-3.0.4-py2.7.egg to /xxx/xxx/xxx/apps/Python/lib/python2.7/site-packages Adding chardet 3.0.4 to easy-install.pth file Installing chardetect script to /xxx/xxx/xxx/apps/Python/bin Installed /xxxx/xxx/xxx/apps/Python/lib/python3.5/site-packages/certifi-2018.4.16-py3.5.egg Finished processing dependencies for flickrapi==2.4.0  ### 5. Download and install flickr-uploader #### 5.1 OPTION #1 (recommended): With PIP (installed in step #3 above) • Now available on Pypi.org for installation also via PIP. $ cd
$cd dev dev$ export PYTHONPATH=~/apps/Python/lib/python2.7/site-packages
dev$pip install flickr-uploader --prefix=~/apps/Python  • Installation also copies to '~/apps/Python/etc' folder the data files uploadr.ini and uploadr.cron #### 5.2 OPTION #2: Mannually to be run from local folder $ cd
$cd apps apps$ wget https://github.com/oPromessa/flickr-uploader/releases/download/2.8.5/flickr-uploader-2.8.5.tar.gz
apps$tar xzvf flickr-uploader-2.8.5.tar.gz apps$ cd flickr-uploader-2.8.5
apps$./uploadr.py -a  #### 5.3 OPTION #3: Mannually to be run from ~/apps/Python/bin $ cd
$cd apps apps$ wget https://github.com/oPromessa/flickr-uploader/releases/download/2.8.5/flickr-uploader-2.8.5.tar.gz
apps$tar xzvf flickr-uploader-2.8.5.tar.gz apps$ cd flickr-uploader-2.8.5
apps$python2.7 setup.py install --prefix=~/apps/Python --old-and-unmanageable  • Installation also copies to '~/apps/Python/etc' folder the data files uploadr.ini and uploadr.cron ## Configuration Go to http://www.flickr.com/services/apps/create/apply and apply for an API key. • Edit the following variables in the uploadr.ini FILES_DIR = "YourDir" FLICKR = { "title" : "", "description" : "", "tags" : "auto-upload", "is_public" : "0", "is_friend" : "0", "is_family" : "0", "api_key" : "Yourkey", "secret" : "YourSecret" } FLICKR["api_key"] = "" FLICKR["secret"] = "" EXCLUDED_FOLDERS = ["@eaDir","#recycle"] IGNORED_REGEX = ['*[Ii][Gg][Nn][Oo][Rr][Ee]*', 'Private*'] ALLOWED_EXT = ["jpg","png","avi","mov","mpg","mp4","3gp"] MANAGE_CHANGES = True FULL_SET_NAME = False  Refer to https://www.flickr.com/services/api/upload.api.html for what each of the upload arguments above correspond to for Flickr's API. • Before running uploadr.py make sure you run the command below: • To avoid running this command exerytime you log-in into your system, follow the notes on this link to edit file ~/.bashrc and place this command there. $  export PYTHONPATH=~/apps/Python/lib/python2.7/site-packages

• On the first run you need to authenticate the applicaiton against Flickr.
• use the -a option
• uploadr.py will provide you a URL/link which you need to run
$cd dev dev$ uploadr.py -a
Importing xml.etree.ElementTree...done. Continuing.
--------- (V2.7.7) Init:  ---------
Python version on this system: 3.6.3 (default, Oct  3 2017, 21:45:48)
[GCC 7.2.0]
[2965][2018.04.16 23:55:09]:[12758      ][PRINT   ]:[uploadr] --------- (V2.7.7) Start time: 2018.04.16 23:55:09 ---------(Log:40)
[2965][2018.04.16 23:55:09]:[12758      ][PRINT   ]:[uploadr] Setting up database:[/home/user/dev/flickrdb]
[2965][2018.04.16 23:55:09]:[12758      ][PRINT   ]:[uploadr] Database version: [3]
[2965][2018.04.16 23:55:09]:[12758      ][PRINT   ]:[uploadr] Completed database setup
[2965][2018.04.16 23:55:09]:[12758      ][PRINT   ]:[uploadr] Checking if token is available... if not will authenticate
[2965][2018.04.16 23:55:09]:[12758      ][PRINT   ]:[uploadr] Getting new token.
[2965][2018.04.16 23:55:09]:[12758      ][PRINT   ]:[uploadr] Copy and paste following authorization URL in your browser to obtain Verifier Code.
https://www.flickr.com/services/oauth/authorize?oauth_token=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx&perms=delete
Verifier code (NNN-NNN-NNN):

• Following runs can be launched unattended:
 dev$./uploadr.py -v  ## Usage/Arguments/Options Place the file uploadr.py in any directory and run via ssh (execution privs required). It will crawl through all the files from the FILES_DIR directory and begin the upload process. $ ./uploadr.py


To check what files uploadr.py would upload and delete you can run the script with option --dry-run:



## Recognition

Inspired by:

Makes dynamic use of the following libraries:

## Final remarks

You may use this code however you see fit in any form whatsoever. And enjoy!!!

• Q: Who is this script designed for?

• Those people comfortable with the command line that want to backup their media on Flickr in full resolution.
• Q: Why don't you use OAuth?

• I do! As of November 2017
• Q: Are you a python ninja?

• No, sorry. I just picked up the language to write this script because python can easily be installed on a Synology Diskstation.
• Q: Is this script feature complete and fully tested?

• Nope. It's a work in progress. I've tested it as needed for my needs, but it's possible to build additional features by contributing to the script.
• Have a few starsand feedback that it is being used by several people.
• Q: Do I need to install the "Python Module" from DSM Installation Package?

• No.
• The standard out-of-the-box python 2.7 installed with Synology (on versions up to DSM 6.2 a the time of writing this) is more than enough.
• In fact,in one particular report I received, this package was causing several conflicts so, please, don't install it.
• Q: How to automate it with a Synology NAS ?

• First you will need to run script at least one time in a ssh client to get the token file. Refer to the "Task Scheduler (cron)" section above. Then with DSM 6.1, create an automate task, make it run once a day for example, and put this in the textbox without quotes "path_to_your_python_program path_to_your_script". For example, assuming you installed Python package from Synocommunity, command should look like "/usr/local/python/bin/python /volume1/script/flickr-uploader/uploadr.py".
• Q: What if I have different folders to sync?

• the standard mode of operation should be to sync always the same main folder structure with all your subfolder/pics.
• syncing different folders on each run does work and uploads new pics; but uploadr was not originally designed for that.
• What happens to previously loaded pics depends if they still exist and Uploadr can still find them (depending if FILES_DIR was set as an absolute folder or relative folder path)
• FULL_SET_NAME:
• False: 05
• True: 2014/05/05
• Uploadr saves the (full or relative depending on FILES_DIR) path name for the pics loaded. So, event though you provide a new origin folder, if the previously loaded pics still exist on their original locations, they are not deleted. If they are deleted from such original location or uploadr has no access to them, then they will be deleted from flickr.
• If using relative FILES_DIR and two files exist on the same subfolder, it will not be re-uploaded.
• So, in a nutshell, too many issues if you play around changing the FILES_DIR location.
• Q: "my understanding is that this is a sync script, which means when I later delete a pic from a synced folder, it will get deleted from Flickr"

• Yes a file removed locally will be deleted from Flickr.
• Remark: I'm assuming in between each run you keep the contents of the flickrdb control database and do not remove it.
• Q: "What about previously existing folders (they didn't seem to get deleted)"

• If all files from a folder (and corresponding Album on flickr) are deleted, then the actual Album will be also eliminated. Again, if you do not chnage the FILES_DIR in between runs.
• Q: What about when I sync a folder with the same name of a previously existing folder? (you mention getting existing sets from Flickr is managed also

• hmmm... if you mean "sync a folder" via setting FILES_DIR... it would depend if you use full or relative pathname on FILES_DIR. Check the section "Clarification" above. It will delete the files he cannot find locally.
• hmmm... if you mean two subfolders with the same name, to which Set/Album will be added depends on the setting FULL_SET_NAME. Check the section "Clarification" above for example pic042.
• Q: What about when I run the script on ~/pictures/parent_folder/folder_A and then later on ~/pictures/parentfolder will the script recongize the folder_A within parentfolder as being the one it uploaded before becaues its content will have matching checksums?

• Again it depends on FULL_SET_NAME setting and FILE_DIR being an absolute or relative path and the match is initially done by full pathname + filename. So, in your example ~/pictures will expand to a full path so it would recognize the same files and not upload them again.
• Q: I thought I read a mention of checksum as a way to detect file modification: what about the same file in 2 different folders, is it then upoad each time (in a set with the folder name) or only once?

• same file on two folders loads up twice. Check example above with Album5/pic02.jpg
• Q: How to read the final report:

• Initial Found Files: Number of files found for processing.
• Files which failed to load previously due to Flickr error 5 ("type not recognized") or 8 ("file to large")
• Check explanation on "-b" and "-c" options.
• The remark "some Bad files may no longer exist!" indicates that previously recorded badfiles may already been deleted from the local filesystem. Check possible use of "-c" option.
• Photos count:
• Local: Number of local pics found.
• Flickr: Number of pics indicated by Flickr (may be off by 1 immediately after upload due to Flickr refres)
• Flickr-Local: Difference of Flickr to Local pics (for easier reading/tracking)
• Not in sets on Flickr: Indicates just that. It may indicate errors if it is bigger than 0, as all uploaded pics by uploadr should be on an Album. What I do normally, is to delete such pics from Flickr directly from the flickr/organize interface. But I've seen other users which have other tools uploading pics to Flickr to ignore this number.
  Initial Found Files:[   757]
- Bad Files:[     7] = [   750]
Note: some Bad files may no longer exist!
Photos count:
Local:[   750]
Flickr:[   755]	[     5] Flickr-Local
Not in sets on Flickr:[     0]

• Q: What happens if the local control Database (flickrdb) is deleted?

• By re-running the program without the -u opiotn it will go thru your local files and check/search for already loaded pics with same checksum+Set and re-builds the local database.
• Q: Is all sensitive information (albums and filenames) masked with the -u option?

• Please note the -u masking option does not filter every sensitive information. In particular when DEBUG error level is set.

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