Retrieve Original Size Of Any Flickr Photo

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 27, 2008
Updated • Dec 13, 2012
Internet, Yahoo

Flickr users have the option to turn off the show "All Sizes" option when uploading photos to the popular image hoster. This can have the effect that the original size of the photo that has been uploaded to Flickr is not available for viewing and download.

The api on the other hand does not care about those restrictions and provides access to the original photo as well and that's what the Get Flickr script over at Techroam is utilizing.

All the user needs to do is copy the Photo ID of the photo that he wants to view or download in full size from Flick and paste it into the Get Flickr script. The Photo ID is part of the url of every photo that is displayed on Flickr. It's usually displayed after the part of the url.

The Get Flickr script computes the url of the original image and displays a link to it in the same window. The only way to prevent this from happening is if an uploader is marking his photos as private or if he converts them to the size that he wants them to show up before uploading the to Flickr.

Update: The original script to download blocked photos from the popular image hosting site Flickr is no longer available. We have removed the original link from the site as it makes no sense to keep it alive.

If you are looking for a Flickr downloader you should take a look at Flickr Download which you can use to download photos from Flickr. You can use the program to search for specific photos, download photos by users or by group. It is regularly updated to ensure compatibility with updates on Flickr.


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  1. Jaylon said on December 2, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Haha. I woke up down today. You’ve cheeerd me up!

  2. Martin said on July 27, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    It’s possible to access the file without the script as well. If you really want to protect your work you should either set it to private or only upload it in the resolution that you want to make available.

  3. mjpd1 said on July 27, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Kind of shady if you ask me. There’s a reason people don’t make the full-res versions of their photos available for download. It’s a matter of protecting their work, and this script completely circumvents that. It’s borderline stealing.

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