Alternatives to Picasa for all platforms with any license

  • FastStone Image Viewer icon

    FastStone Image Viewer

    FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that...

    Free Personal Windows

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    XnView MP

    XnViewMP is a free software to view, organise, convert graphics and photos files or to create slide show, contact sheet, HTML pages. ...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux

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    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom answers the digital photographer’s call for a workflow application that allows photographers to quickly work...

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone iPad

    • It's just not free - but it's the most obvious parallel
      Guest 2/12/2016
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    Google Photos

    Google Photos is the home for all of your photos and videos, searchable and organised by the people, places and things that matter.

    Free Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS ... Android Tablet iPad

    • GP is less powerful and intuitive than Picasa, aiming too much for the mobile
      Guest 8/10/2016
    • Google Photos DOES NOT contain all the cataloguing functions of Picasa on a local machine, i.e. no virtual albums, tagging, facial recognicial, geotagging, of Google Picasa
      Guest 5/22/2016
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    Shotwell is an open source photo organizer designed for the GNOME desktop environment. Features Import photos from folders or...

    Open Source Linux

  • digiKam icon


    digiKam is an advanced digital photo management application for linux/KDE, which makes importing and organizing digital photos a...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD KDE Qt

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    ACDSee, ACDSee Pro and ACDSee Ultimate are image organizer, viewer, and RAW / image editor programs for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS...

    Commercial Mac Windows iPhone iPad

  • QuickPic icon


    Quick Your Pictures! The best picture viewer/browser/gallery! The best photo gallery and picture browser&viewer in Android, more...

    Free Android Android Tablet

  • gThumb icon


    gThumb is an image viewer and browser for the GNOME Desktop. Features Image Viewer * View single images (including GIF...

    Open Source Linux GNOME

  • Corel PaintShop Pro icon

    Corel PaintShop Pro

    PaintShop Pro is a photo editor with additional organizing capabilities, including keyword tags, auto sorting and facial recognition.

    Commercial Windows

  • Photobucket icon


    Photobucket offers image hosting and free photo and video sharing. Images can be organized into albums. Up to 500 MB is available per...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Android iPhone Windows RT

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    Zoner Photo Studio

    Zoner Photo Studio is a feature-rich image viewer and image organizer software. It also features many editing functions including 16...

    Freemium Windows Android Android Tablet

  • Imagine icon


    Imagine is an Image & Animation Viewer for Windows with screen capture function. Features - View and save image/animation...

    Free Windows Windows Mobile

  • Adobe Bridge icon

    Adobe Bridge

    Brige CC helps you organize personal and team assets, batch edit with ease, add watermarks and even set centralized color preferences...

    Free Mac Windows

  • Apple Photos icon

    Apple Photos

    Photos is a digital photograph manipulation application developed by Apple, intended to be less complex than its predecessor...

    Free Mac Web / Cloud iPhone iPad

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    F-Spot Discontinued

    Personal photo management application for the GNOME desktop environment. F-Spot is based on MONO F-Spot is a cross platform...

    Open Source Linux

  • ipernity icon


    Free online service for photo and video album sharing for everyone: friends and family as well as the passionate photographers. Upload...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    If you really care about your photos, do you want ads alongside them? You don't put ads in your photo albums at home. The big...

    Commercial Web / Cloud

  • Daminion icon


    Server-based photo management software from Daminion Software. Single- and multi-user for small teams and creative professionals. ...

    Freemium Windows

  • Virtual Volumes View Photo Edition icon

    Virtual Volumes View Photo Edition

    vvvP is a program designed to catalog and handle digital images. Digital camera owners quickly learn that it is very easy to take a...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Apowersoft Photo Viewer icon

    Apowersoft Photo Viewer

    With its friendly interface and powerful functions, Apowersoft Photo Viewer brings you the best experience in viewing images.Other...

    Free Windows

  • irista icon


    An advanced, cloud-based image management platform that allows users to access, enjoy and manage their photo libraries like never...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • Phototheca icon


    Photo management software that makes it easy to view, sort and organize thousands and thousands of your digital photos.

    Commercial Windows

  • Digital Photo Professional icon

    Digital Photo Professional

    Canon's Digital Photo Professional (DPP) is a powerful, free software application designed for editing, organizing, and processing...

    Free Mac Windows

  • Sparkbox icon


    Sparkbox helps you to manage images for your design, unlike iPhoto , It is designed to look after...

    Commercial Mac iPhone

  • Corel PhotoImpact icon

    Corel PhotoImpact

    PhotoImpact is packed with fun photo projects, easy one-click photo fixes and new digital art tools that make your creative projects...

    Commercial Windows

  • CodedColor PhotoStudio icon

    CodedColor PhotoStudio

    CodedColor PhotoStudio by 1STEIN is a Windows photo viewer and editor to organize, edit, resize, reformat, correct, compare, sort...

    Freemium Windows

  • CamJamm icon


    CamJamm is an online photo & video sharing service that is powered by Google: your photos are safely uploaded to...

    Freemium Windows Web / Cloud

  • Phase One Media Pro icon

    Phase One Media Pro

    Phase One Media Pro (formerly Microsoft Expression Media and iView Media Pro) is a commercial digital asset management cataloging...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Imgseek icon

    Imgseek Discontinued

    imgSeek is a collection of free open source projects for searching a collection of images using visual similarity. The image you are...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    Nikon ViewNX-i software lets you browse still image and video files, edit still images via Capture NX-D or video files via...

    Free Mac Windows

  • Tabday icon


    Lets you to share and organize your photos online. The organization of photos is made in an calendar format that allows you to see...

    Free Web / Cloud

  • PhotoTime icon


    See all your photos automatically organized by faces, locations, time stamps, objects and scenes. Search by simple concepts you...

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Apple Watch Kindle Fire

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Picasa Comments

Google, I must brake up with you. 2 Helpful

Comment by dawnattridge
about Picasa Aug 2016

Finding a true alternative for Picasa/picasaweb albums has been frustrating. I feel betrayed by google, 16+ years loyal supporter and they shit can yet another service I used heavily. It saddens me that you can not rely on a company as large as Google to take care of the users that have supported them to the top. I have recommended google for so many things over the years. Leaving microsoft, firefox, motorola, adobe and who knows how many other services behind to merge my data and my workflow into a google world. I stood by them, I recommended to family and friends, I was excited to purchase your products and bring them into my home and worklife.

Now I look at my Android Nexus, chromecast, chrome browser, gmail, drive, and my chromebook with disgust. Shame on you Google. I followed you down a path deep into a complex world of degrading standards. Google's upbringing from garage to glory, with its vast offerings was refreshing. I watched as Google tested so many different markets over the years pushing the limits to fill voids in this cyber landscape. Google gave the end user new experiences, quicker, cleaner, reliably and smarter. It was the building of a beautiful relationship. Slowly I began to trust you with the two most important faucets of my soul. My time as I learned you and my data as I told you things and allowed you to know me unlike I have any other.

And here we are years down the road. I have lost countless hours of my life trying to replace yet another service with features that I relied on. It was my dependence on such said features that helped me make buying decisions of that Nexus phone, Chromecast, Chromebook .. ect. I feel betrayed. I left you messages on forums and sent feedback begging for one more chance. It fell on deaf ears and picasaweb albums are no more. We were merged into the new google photos. With all it's great reviews, all its great features .. it lacks such simple functions as arranging your photos in your own folder structure and captions that are visible to any shared viewers. GOOGLE PHOTOS??? It's like I don't even know you anymore!

Today I not only look for an alternative to managing my photo collection, but I seek a company that is willing to listen to that small handful of users that need captions, that may need folders, that may have other needs and desires that are not that hard fulfill. A company that cares about all their users, not just the ones with the deepest pockets. Is the grass greener on the other side? I see IOS apps cater to the requests of the user base. Even the once loathed (by me) Microsoft seems to have lowered itself from the position of mighty dictator and opened its castle doors to its humble peasants. More and more microsoft products are trying to cater to what the users want, instead of trying to force the users into using what they get.

I guess every company has it's ups and downs. Maybe it is all in the true best interest of the world that google has crushed some of its dedicated userbase. One company shouldn't have this much control of this much data. One by one as my current devices and services are replaced, there will be a more open minded desire to try other systems. I thank you google for opening my eyes. I may have never noticed how much Microsoft had changed, that Amazon offered cloud storage, or how powerful IOS systems are without this. So I hate yet still love you at the same time, and that is why I can not longer remain faithful to you and think we should start seeing other people. You google, can no longer satisfy me.

[Edited by dawnattridge, August 25]


End of that party 2 Helpful

Comment by planzi
about Picasa Feb 2016

Google announced today that they will not be supporting the Picasa desktop application after March 15 2016. What a huge bummer.



Comment by gregzaid
about Picasa Jan 2016

i think it has just the basics to edit a photo like when you need a quick edditing, definitely not my first choice but if you need the basics it works fine.


great for edditing

Comment by alisonblak
about Picasa Dec 2015

i really like edditing here but i think is just a way to edit in a basic level.


They now require you to be on google+

Negative Comment by s0me0ne
about Picasa Oct 2013

They now require you to be on google+


No, thanks...

Negative Comment by KianaVCL
about Picasa and XnView MP Mar 2013

No animated image support, no cookie!


There is a lot to like in Picasa (referring to version 3.8. ...

Comment by MiddleOfNowhere
about Picasa Jun 2011

There is a lot to like in Picasa (referring to version 3.8.7 for OS X here):

Basic, non-destructive editing, good folder management, working face recognition (used for the wonderful gimmick "face movies" which turn a bunch of portraits into a movie with the person's face staying in center), geodata, metatags. It's easy to create albums, collages and slideshows, although I find the latter's quality worse than what I can do with iPhoto/iMovie.

Anyway, I do all my basic photo editing in Picasa and batch-export cropped and downsized files to other apps or users. The new version integrates online image editing with Picnik, which is nice.

I'm missing a feature to create variations of an image, which AFAIK is not possible with the non-destructive editing tools without duplicating the source file. Also, I'd prefer a more customizable GUI, but basically Picasa does what it should.

A good app, but if you are paran... careful with regards to Google products, you might want to avoid Picasa Web Albums, because all recognized faces and geodata will become part of your uploaded albums.


Also linux verion is not available (same problem like teamv ...

Comment by Deafboy
about Picasa Jun 2011

Also linux verion is not available (same problem like teamviewer). In the deb package is wine, launchers, and cripled windows version. Apps like this makes bad name to linux based systems.


Sorry I didn't know there was a word limit. If you are inte ...

Comment by mojibake
about Picasa Jun 2011

Sorry I didn't know there was a word limit. If you are interested you can read the TOS here...


The issue with picasa web albums is that google has a very ...

Comment by mojibake
about Picasa Jun 2011

The issue with picasa web albums is that google has a very open terms of service meaning they can use your images anyway they wish in their promotion including providing to other services (see below). Of course you may not have issue with this but I prefer Flickr where you can choose your own licensing terms.

You have to pay for a pro account but I prefer the small fee for wider file support and unlimited storage besides the above.

11. Content licence from you

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This licence is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

11.2 You agree that this licence includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organisations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.

11.3 You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various p


I like the fact you can download the original file you uplo ...

Comment by s0me0ne
about Picasa Jun 2011

I like the fact you can download the original file you upload online, flickr doesnt allow this and that is something that makes picasa better, because I want to store it all online, but sometimes i need to pull it back offline.


I belive that picasa and picasaweb should be split for more ...

Comment by mjrider
about Picasa Jun 2011

I belive that picasa and picasaweb should be split for more control


Picasa is a very good program for editing photos. The only ...

Comment by pcwiz11
about Picasa Jun 2011

Picasa is a very good program for editing photos. The only downside I find is that it doesn't save your edits automatically whatever settings you have on. You have to press the save button on the folder display whenever you want to update the picture files. It does have a wide range of good features however.


I would like to add using digiKam now means I only have to ...

Comment by mojibake
about Picasa Jun 2011

I would like to add using digiKam now means I only have to tag my files once and all the data is maintained when I upload to Flickr.