Flickr Download

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 27, 2008
Updated • Dec 8, 2012
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

If you want to download the full sized images at Flikr you soon notice that this involves clicking your way through quite a few pages before you can finally do so. Many Flikr images are protected by a transparent image called spaceball.gif which is used as rudimentary means of protection. It is therefor not easy and comfortable to download Flikr images from the image host.

Enter Flickr Original. A currently experimental Firefox add-on that takes lots of the burden away from the process. It basically provides the means to download Flickr images by right-clicking on a thumbnail. If you visit Flickr you notice that thumbnails are located on the first page that you visit if you perform a search or browse images.

All that needs to be done is to right-click a thumbnail on Flickr and select the Download Original Flickr Image option in the context menu. A download dialog will open with the choice to save the full sized image on the computer's hard drive. If multiple versions of the image are available then the largest image will be downloaded.

The second available option is to view the full sized image immediately on Flickr. The add-on is not working on all Flickr images. Images with disabled downloads and the flag " all rights reserved" cannot be download this way. A error message will appear telling the user that the image is not available for download.

The original add-on to download photos posted on Flickr to the local computer has not been updated for a while. Since it is also not listed on Mozilla's official Firefox Add-ons repository, we recommend you use the Flickr Original add-on instead for the browser which offers the same functionality as the original add-on. In fact, it is even using the same context menu items that the other add-on used.


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  1. suk said on March 20, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    does anyone know a tool which is able to download not only the photos but also the comments and tags and notes of a photo?

  2. jer said on February 15, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    hi flkr your website is mint i wnna be on it but i dont no how too so plz tell how too

  3. Masoud123 said on January 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    wow thanks RedSeven

  4. RedSeven said on January 4, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Here’s a quicker way of downloading protected flickr images in firefox without installing anything extra:

    – On the page of the picture you want to download, right click in the white space around the picture.
    – Select View Page Info, and click the Media tab.
    – You’ll get a list of all the images that make up the page. About 10th from the top of that list is the main image you want (click on it once to preview).
    – To download the image just press ‘Save as…’

    Obviously you’ll still want to download the extension if you need to download a lot of images or do so often.

  5. Flickrgrl42 said on December 30, 2008 at 3:09 am

    Kitty smile is my photo! You did not have permission to use it. Please take it off this page.

  6. iampriteshdesai said on December 28, 2008 at 11:21 am

    So what do I win?
    an iPhone?

  7. Martin said on December 28, 2008 at 11:20 am

    The last assumption is right.

  8. iampriteshdesai said on December 28, 2008 at 11:10 am

    I did the search and found few notable things:
    1. There is a guy called Flikr who makes cool images
    2. flickrgrl42 isn’t there in the search results
    3. Flickr is the first result
    4. There is no site with the name as Flikr
    Still I don’t know why you used the name except perhaps one thing, I did google yesterday and found ghacks up there in the first page. So you did that typo to get onto the first page?

  9. Martin said on December 27, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    iampriteshdesai do a Google search for Flikr

  10. Yansky said on December 27, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Check out this greasemonkey script as well:

  11. iampriteshdesai said on December 27, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I give up!
    What is the big secret?

  12. Martin said on December 27, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    if you find out you get a present ;)

  13. iampriteshdesai said on December 27, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    But why the typo?

  14. Lilb792 said on December 27, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    thanks dude

    this tool rock !!

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