Download Flickr Photos Individually or in Batches

Here's How to Grab Photos from Flickr as Quick and as Easily as Possible

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Although we’ve seen photo sharing platforms like Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and others grow in popularity over the past few years, Flickr is still a very high-quality platform and popular choice among many photography enthusiasts for viewing and sharing photos.

If you use Flickr regularly for uploading photos and creating albums, there may come a time when you actually need to download photos straight from Flickr to store or share them somewhere else.

It can be a bit tricky if you’ve never done it before. Here’s how to do it.

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How to Download Flickr Photos

You can download Flickr photos individually (one by one) or full albums. If you need to download Flickr photos in batches, skip down this article to the “Download Flickr Photos in Batches” section.

Download Flickr Photos Individually

To download an individual Flickr photo, navigate to the photo page and look for the downward pointing arrow below the photo on the right side of the screen. A menu will come up where you’ll be able to select whatever sizes are available for the photo. Choose the size you want to download it instantly.

Download Flickr Photos in Batches

To download an entire album on Flickr, simply navigate to the Flickr user's profile by clicking their username. Then click the Albums tab on their profile menu.

When you hover your cursor over any album, you'll see a share arrow icon and a download arrow icon appear over the album. Click the download icon (represented by the downward pointing arrow) to instantly download the entire album. A warning will appear first to remind you about the licensing of these photos, and if you choose to go ahead with the download, you'll receive the album of photos in a ZIP file.

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More Tools for Downloading Flickr Photos

There are actually some pretty good third-party options available for downloading groups of Flickr photos all at once if for some reason you choose not to do it directly through Flickr's own download options. Flick and Share is one tool worth checking out.

To start your batch download, simply press the “Start now” button. From there you, you need to agree to have your Flickr account connected to FlickAndShare.

After you authenticate the FlickAndShare app, it will display your sets of photos and ask you to choose the ones you want to download. Just keep in mind that none of the titles, tags or descriptions will be kept with each photo. A link is generated for each set that you want, and you can share that link with anyone if you want to share them.

If you’re not satisfied with downloading each photo the old fashioned way or if you’re not impressed with Flick and Share, you can take a look through the Flickr App Garden for similar tools that let you do the same. Third- party developers have come up with lots of solutions for easily managing your Flickr photos.

You’ll probably find Flick and Share in there somewhere, along with a bunch of others like Bulkr, Downloadr for Windows and FlickrBackup.

Bulkr is actually another highly recommended tool for batch downloads from Flickr, and it has both a free version and a paid premium version. Along with a bunch of other features, the premium version of Bulkr allows you to download titles, tags and descriptions for every single photo in a set.

Other Free Image Hosting/Sharing Options

If you’d like to explore other options that let you host and share your photos online for free apart from Flickr, check out these free image hosting sites for your photos.