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Download stock photos from flickr

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Do you need a whole bunch of stock photos for your latest project? Or maybe some images to flesh out a prototype? This command line tool fetches photos with a Creative Commons licence using the flickr API.


pip install flickrstock


You will need a flickr API key. It takes about 30 seconds to get one. Set it as the FLICKR_API_KEY environment variable or pass it on the command line.

usage: flickrstock [-h] [-s {sq,t,s,q,m,n,z,c,l,o}] [-n NUMBER] [-o OUTPUT]
                   [-k KEY]
                   term [term ...]

Download stock photos from flickr

positional arguments:
  term                  search terms

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -s {sq,t,s,q,m,n,z,c,l,o}, --size {sq,t,s,q,m,n,z,c,l,o}
                        photo size
  -n NUMBER, --number NUMBER
                        how many photos
  -o OUTPUT, --output OUTPUT
                        output directory
  -k KEY, --key KEY     flickr api key


Fetch some medium-sized pictures of pandas:

$ flickrstock --size m panda

Download 5 original-size photos of hotel rooms, saving the original urls in a separate file for attribution purposes:

$ flickrstock -n 5 --size o --output ./hotel-rooms hotel room > urls.txt



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