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phTagr is an opensource social photo web gallery some people would call it a flickr clone

In short: To you can upload photos and video, tag them with date, tags, categories, location or even geo location. The photos and videos are sorted by their tags or other MetaData and you can search by them - also exclude it. User can write comments and could - according to the access setting of the media - download the original raw photos.

About the Author

I am 30 something, computer scientist and live in Germany - however I'm currently on a longer vacation :-) I like opensource projects and solutions and I am happy using Ubuntu, Firefox and Inkscape. Therefore, I would like to pay back something to the opensource community with this project.

Note: phTagr is a hobby project and is written only in spare time - just for fun without any commercial intrest. If you don't like phTagr - thats fine. But if you like phTagr, please tell the world about it or join our dev team (We are something below 2 - help of any kind is deeply appreciated).


The project started in the early 2006 as solution to organize my own photos through tags and categories - no file renaming schema was appropriate to fit all needs. Inspired by flickr by tagging all photos and the ability to writing these information back to the photo itself through stadardized meta blocks (EXIF and IPTC) the gallery phTagr was born (flickr doesnt write all the tags back - it just reads them). So you can tag your photos, but with phtagr the MetaData is never lost somewhere in a database. Each photos contains its own part of the bigger picture of your order (e.g. Tag cloud).

So I learned the programming language PHP and some database abstraction at the beginning. A started to love PHP and was happy coding in my spare time.

Initially it should only run locally on my own LAMP - but soon the idea of a public photo web gallery was not too far and the ability of photo sharing was added! In late 2006 phtagr was used to share the pictures of a student play group. And since then it grows and grows and grows.

At the beginning I had no idea of size of this project and wrote every single function by my own. Of cause this started to become a mess! But luckly some PHP frameworks started their work, too. These help to develop fast and clean web applications without reinventing the wheel. I chose the model-view-control framework [ cakePHP] and stared to rewriting the code of the gallery. phtagr 2.0 based on cakePHP was released in May 2008.