How to download all of your Flickr photos (and metadata)

If you search for help downloading all of your Flickr photos, along with the metadata, you will, no doubt, get trapped in a jungle of old advice about how you must do this page by page from your “camera roll.” Or use arcane scripts that probably use an out of date Flickr API.

The modern answer, it turns out, is much simpler: on your Flickr account page, in the lower right, you’ll find a tool called “Your Flickr Data” that allows you to submit a “data takeout” request. It took about 18 hours to process mine, and when it was done I got an email directing me back to this page, where the section was now populated with links to ZIP files of the photos and metadata:

Your Flickr Data screen shot

Very helpful.


Ton Zijlstra's picture
Ton Zijlstra on October 9, 2018 - 10:23 Permalink

Is this the result of Flickr having implemented the portability requirements of the EU GDPR? What determines the division into zip files (data, or x pics per zip, y MB per zip)?

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on October 9, 2018 - 10:26 Permalink

There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme nor reason to the ZIP file structure, at least none that I can determine yet. The photos ZIP file range in size from 71MB to 1.64GB.