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Self-Hosted Google Photos Alternatives

Google Photos is not available as a self-hosted solution but there are plenty of alternatives for power users and business that want to host a solution on-premise. The best Self-Hosted 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 17 are available as a self-hosted solution so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Self-Hosted alternatives to Google Photos are PhotoPrism, Seafile, Piwigo and Lychee.

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
    Nextcloud vs Google Photos opinions
    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
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • 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.
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    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
    • 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.

    ⚫︎ 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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    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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    LibrePhotos

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted

    Unlike commercial service that store your photos in the cloud and scan/index them to train their machine learning models and collect ad targeting data on you, LibrePhotos keeps all your photos and metadata on your local machine.

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

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    Photoview

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Photoview is a simple and user-friendly photo gallery that can easily be installed on personal servers. It's made for photographers and aims to provide an easy and fast way to navigate directories, with thousands of high resolution photos.

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    Synology Moments

    • FreeProprietary
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted

    Gather all your photos and videos in one private place and organize them in an entirely new way.

    ⚫︎ Facial RecognitionSynology Moments can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
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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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