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Open Source Google Photos Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Google Photos is Nextcloud. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Google Photos and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Google Photos are PhotoPrism, Simple Gallery, Piwigo and Seafile.

Google Photos alternatives are mainly Photo Managers but may also be Photo Sharing Apps or File Sync Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Google Photos.
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  1. You should have full control over your data. We help you achieve that: a safe home for all your data. Secure, under your control and developed in an open, transparent and trustworthy way. We are Nextcloud.

    Simple and powerful file sync & share
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    Almost everyone thinks Nextcloud is a great alternative to Google Photos.
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    Nextcloud has a photos function that competes with Google Photos and can offer the following functionality that Google Photos has:

    • Automatic syncing from your phone
    • Albums (including sharing via link)
    • Tagging
    • Showing your photos on a map
    • Still in early development: Face recognition
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    da_

    It can even handle raw photos, if the appropriate app is installed.

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    Crowfather

    More of an alternative to Google Drive then of Google Photos. Its a lot like One Drive where it store photos and has a way to show photos but does not have all the the photos features that Google Photos has.

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    BarnMTB

    With Nextcloud, you have to install and maintain the service/server yourself or pay a 3rd party host to do it for you. This requires some technical knowledge, willingness, and some investment upfront. Nextcloud is not "register an account & go", unlike Google Photos.

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    Not really a photo management app.

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    lastzero

    Just like Google Drive, Nextcloud is not a real alternative to Google Photos.

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    Nextxloud is great for file sharing and syncing but the photo management functionality is pretty limited. Its more a Google Drive alternative than a Google Photos one.

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  2. PhotoPrism® is an AI-Powered Photos App for the Decentralized Web. It makes use of the latest technologies to tag and find pictures automatically without getting in your way. You can run it at home, on a private server, or in the cloud.

    Enjoy browsing your photo collection with our intuitive Progressive Web App — whether it’s on a phone, tablet, or desktop computer.
    PhotoPrism vs Google Photos opinions
    Almost everyone thinks PhotoPrism is a great alternative to Google Photos.
    happycat

    Comes with almost all functionality Google Photos provides such as: Automatic tagging of objects, places, colors, faces (coming soon). Creating and sharing albums. Video support. Beautiful views...

    Additionally PhotoPrism respects the users privacy!

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    Actively maintained Open Source alternative.

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    drfuzzyness

    Actively maintained and uses a passable object recognition system for automatic photo tagging.

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    vondravl

    so far best experience with self hosting service

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  3. Simple Gallery is a highly customizable offline gallery. Organize & edit your photos, recover deleted files with the recycle bin, protect & hide files and view a huge variety of different photo & video formats including RAW, SVG and much more.

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    Crowfather

    Single device and offline only. More of a photos gallery than a photos storage app.

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    Pietrosmus

    It has nothing to do with cloud-storing photos.

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    Unfortunately Simple Gallery does not feature sync between devices

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    Main selling point of Google Photos is its cloud sync and storage, which Simply Gallery does not feature.

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    cb1d

    Great photo app for Android. Has no Photo Cloud Storage features like Google Photos which make it not the same alternate.

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    Piwigo

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted

    Piwigo is a photo gallery software for the web that comes with powerful features to publish and manage your collection of pictures.

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    Piwigo vs Google Photos opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Piwigo is a great alternative to Google Photos.
    Crowfather

    Piwigo is good but its really for photos only. Video support requires the complex process of adding and configuring a special plugin. It also lacks object tagging and image recognition.

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    Piwigo has come a long way since I first tried it. It’s great alternative method of storing photos in a cloud. It it is open source and can be self hosted. However, if you are not capable of managing your own LAMP stack, it appears you can get a hosted service at piwigo.com

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  5. Seafile is a professional open source cloud storage platform for organizations. It has complete file syncing and sharing features, reliable file storage and advanced privacy protection feature.

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    Shotwell

    • FreeOpen Source
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    Shotwell is an open source photo organizer designed for the GNOME desktop environment.

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    Shotwell vs Google Photos opinions
    Some users think Shotwell is a great alternative to Google Photos, some don't.

    Shotwell is just an app that can view images, not store them on the cloud.

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    cb1d

    Great local photo app. Has no cloud provider attached, is not a replacement for Google Photos.

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  7. Ente is a simple app to automatically backup and organize your photos and videos.

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    Pietrosmus

    I prefer ente to google photos as it provides end-to-end encryption to your photos, meaning you are the only able to see them, not even ente can decrypt them. The application is open source and ente's infrastructure whitepaper is publicly available. It has a smooth good-looking and simple app interface (android/ios/web), the prices are reasonable and the support is litterally just so fast. Recommended, as they also offer one year with 1GB of free trial.

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  8. Stingle Photos is a secure photo/video encryption and backup application that provides strong security, privacy, encryption and safely saves your media on cloud storage keeping you safe from data breaches and leaks.

    Backup and sync photos and videos with secure end-to-end encryption
    Stingle Photos vs Google Photos opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Stingle Photos is a great alternative to Google Photos.

    Stingle Photos is a secure alternative to Google Photos

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    SonaVerdyan

    Its secure, encrypted, no one can see and track your media. Also easy to use and share photos with friends

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    Lychee

    • FreeOpen Source
    • MySQL Community Edition
    • Self-Hosted
    • PHP
    • Cloudron

    Lychee is a free photo-management tool, which runs on your server or web-space. Installing is a matter of seconds. Upload, manage and share photos like from a native application. Lychee comes with everything you need and all your photos are stored securely.

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    Aves

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    Aves can handle all sorts of images and videos, including your typical JPEGs and MP4s, but also more exotic things like multi-page TIFFs, SVGs, old AVIs and more!

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