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Command-line program to download image galleries and collections from pixiv, exhentai, danbooru and more

Project Description

gallery-dl is a command-line program to download image-galleries and -collections from several image hosting sites such as,, and several more (see Supported Sites). It requires Python 3.3+ to run and works on Unix-like systems as well as on Windows.

1   Installation

1.1   Installation via pip

The stable releases of gallery-dl are distributed on PyPI and can be easily installed or upgraded using pip:

$ pip install --upgrade gallery-dl

Installing the latest dev-version directly from GitHub can be done with pip as well:

$ pip install --upgrade

1.2   Manual installation via Python

You can also install gallery-dl manually:

Get the code by either

  • Downloading a stable or dev archive and unpacking it
  • Or via git clone

Navigate into the respective directory and run the file.

$ wget
$ unzip
# or
$ git clone

$ cd gallery-dl
$ python install

1.3   Standalone executable (Windows only)

Windows users can download a standalone executable, which comes with a Python interpreter and all required packages included.

Put this file in your PATH or use it from the current directory and you are good to go,

2   Usage

To use gallery-dl simply call it with the URLs you wish to download images from:

$ gallery-dl [OPTION]... URL...

See also gallery-dl --help.

2.1   Examples

Download images; in this case from danbooru via tag search for ‘bonocho’:

$ gallery-dl

Get the direct URL of an image from a site that requires authentication:

$ gallery-dl -g -u <username> -p <password>
Search a remote resource for URLs and download images from them:
(URLs for which no extractor can be found will be silently ignored)
$ gallery-dl r:

3   Supported Sites

  • Complete List

4   Configuration

Configuration files for gallery-dl use a JSON-based file format. For a (more or less) complete example, see gallery-dl.conf. A list of all available configuration options and their descriptions can be found in configuration.rst.

gallery-dl searches for configuration files in the following paths:

Linux Windows
  • /etc/gallery-dl.conf
  • ${HOME}/.config/gallery-dl/config.json
  • ${HOME}/.gallery-dl.conf
  • %USERPROFILE%\gallery-dl\config.json
  • %USERPROFILE%\gallery-dl.conf

(%USERPROFILE% usually refers to the users home directory, i.e. C:\Users\<username>\)

Values in later configuration files will override previous ones.

5   Authentication

5.1   Username & Password

Some extractors require you to provide valid login-credentials in the form of a username & password pair. This is necessary for pixiv, nijie and seiga and optional (but strongly recommended) for exhentai and sankaku.

You can set the necessary information in your configuration file (cf. gallery-dl.conf)

    "extractor": {
        "pixiv": {
            "username": "<username>",
            "password": "<password>"

or you can provide them directly via the -u/--username and -p/--password or via the -o/--option command-line options

$ gallery-dl -u <username> -p <password> URL
$ gallery-dl -o username=<username> -o password=<password> URL

5.2   OAuth

gallery-dl supports user authentication via OAuth for deviantart, flickr, reddit and tumblr. This is entirely optional, but grants gallery-dl the ability to issue requests on your account’s behalf and enables it to access resources which would otherwise be unavailable to a public user.

To link your account to gallery-dl, start by invoking it with oauth:<site-name> as an argument. For example:

$ gallery-dl oauth:flickr

You will be sent to the site’s authorization page and asked to grant read access to gallery-dl. Authorize it and you will he shown one or more “tokens”, which should be added to your configuration file.

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