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Google Photos Alternatives for Linux

Google Photos is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Nextcloud, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Google Photos and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Google Photos are PhotoPrism, Seafile, Piwigo and Shotwell.

Google Photos alternatives are mainly Photo Managers but may also be Photo Sharing Apps or Cloud Storage Services. 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.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedNextcloud is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeNextcloud doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ Two-factor AuthenticationNextcloud supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableNextcloud is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionNextcloud has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ OCRExtract the text from a screen capture or file and paste it into another document for edits.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsNextcloud can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    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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    lastzero

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

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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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    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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    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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    PhotoPrism

    • FreemiumOpen Source
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    • DigitalOcean
    • Self-Hosted
    • FreeBSD
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Docker

    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.

    ⚫︎ Facial RecognitionPhotoPrism can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedPhotoPrism is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in PhotoPrism without registration.
    ⚫︎ DecentralizedPhotoPrism is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    Enjoy browsing your photo collection with our intuitive Progressive Web App — whether it’s on a phone, tablet, or desktop computer.
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    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. 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.

    ⚫︎ File VersioningSeafile has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
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    Piwigo

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Self-Hosted

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

    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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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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    Shotwell

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

    ⚫︎ File TaggingShotwell can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    ⚫︎ LightweightShotwell consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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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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    ente

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    • F-Droid

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

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedente is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End Encryptionente has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Sync Across Devicesente can sync your data across devices like your phone, desktop and tablet
    ⚫︎ Dark Modeente supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Automatic Backupente will automatically back up your data periodically.
    ⚫︎ No Trackingente will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ Two-factor Authenticationente supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    ⚫︎ No Logsente doesn't keep any logs of your activities.
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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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    Tonfotos

    • Free PersonalProprietary
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    Tonfotos simplifies browsing of large photo collection by grouping shots by events, dates, people, locations and so on. Quickly find what you need regardless where files are stored - on your computer, external drives or NAS.

    ⚫︎ Facial RecognitionTonfotos can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
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  8. Your new home for all your photos & videos.

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    Pix

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    An image viewer and browser utility - primarily for Linux Mint. Pix is part of the X-Apps project, which aims at producing cross-distribution and cross-desktop software.

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    Synology Photo Station

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    • Self-Hosted

    Photo Station is an online photo album integrated with a blog for you to easily share photos, videos, and blog over the Internet.

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