Flickr AutoDownloadr | Flickr Slideshow

Flickr is, in its own words, almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. I'm not going to disagree with that. Flickr has a huge community of photographers, and there are some really great photos there for the world to see. (Plus mine, of course.) Sometimes it would be pretty useful to download a batch of photos directly to your own computer though.

Flickr AutoDownloadr is a small, freeware Windows application written using the Flickr API and AutoIt. It can download a batch of photos from any given Flickr user or group, and store them on your own hard drive.

Features include:

  • View pretty much any collection of photos - groups, sets, favourites, today's interesting photos
  • Filter by tags, title, description or date
  • Select the size of photo you want to download

download Download Flickr AutoDownloadr version 2.0.8 (9 February 2010, 2.0Mb)

The previous version came with a built-in slideshow feature. I've removed that for simplicity and because no-one seemed interested in it. If you want to use the old version (1.14), you can download it from here.

Flickr AutoDownloadr screenshot 1 - click for full-size version

You could use this program just to seek out some interesting new photos on Flickr, or perhaps you want to be able to show off your own photos on a Media Centre PC (or a laptop) connected to a TV. Or maybe you're building a digital picture frame...

Documentation is included in the download and can be viewed online here, but if you have any problems with the program, or if you want to suggest a new feature, please contact me: click for email address. Or you can IM me via Gmail/XMPP/MSN using the same email address.


Matt Brocchini: "Your application has revolutionized the way I experience my pictures. It is absolutely the key element that was missing from Flickr."

Crazy Day: "I have been looking for months for an app that does what Autodownloadr does, but nothing else is as feature-rich, stable, or well considered. You have created a useful and well-designed application that is an asset to the Flickr community."

Featured on Lifehacker on 18 April 2006.

Ben Shepherd

St Helens, UK

January 2006