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Download photos from Flickr

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# Introduction

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Simple script to download a [Flickr]( set.

To use it you need to get your own Flickr API key here:

flickr_download -k <api key> -s <api secret> -d <set id>

It can also list the public set ids for a given user:

flickr_download -k <api key> -s <api secret> -l <user name>

Get a public set using the title and id to name the downloaded files:

flickr_download -k <api key> -s <api secret> -d <set id> -n title_and_id

Download private or restricted photos by authorising against the users account. (see below)

# Installation

To install this script use the Python pip utility bundled with your Python distribution:

pip install flickr_download

# API key

Get your [Flickr API key](

You can also set your API key and secret in `~/.flickr_download`:

api_key: my_key
api_secret: my_secret

# User Authentication Support

The script also allows you to authenticate as a user account. That way you can download sets that
are private and public photos that are restricted. To use this mode, initialise the authorisation by
running the script with the `t` parameter to authorize the app.

flickr_download -k <api key> -s <api secret> -t

This will save `.flickr_token` containing the authorisation. Subsequent calls with `-t` will use the
stored token. For example using

flickr_download -k <api key> -s <api secret> -l <USER>

with _USER_ set to your own username, will only fetch your publicly available sets, whereas adding `-t`

flickr_download -k <api key> -s <api secret> -l <USER> -t

will fetch all your sets including private restricted sets.

# Requirements

* [argparse]( (Python 2.7+)
* [Python Dateutil](
* [Python Flickr API](
* [PyYAML](

# Optional arguments

-h, --help show this help message and exit
-k API_KEY, --api_key API_KEY
Flickr API key
-s API_SECRET, --api_secret API_SECRET
Flickr API secret
-t, --user_auth Enable user authentication
-l USER, --list USER List photosets for a user
-d SET_ID, --download SET_ID
Download the given set
-p USERNAME, --download_user_photos USERNAME
Download all photos for a given user
-u USERNAME, --download_user USERNAME
Download all sets for a given user
-i PHOTO_ID, --download_photo PHOTO_ID
Download one specific photo
Quality of the picture
Photo naming mode
-m, --list_naming List naming modes
-o, --skip_download Skip the actual download of the photo

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