HTTPhotos is a freeware HTML photo gallery maker

Apr 28, 2020
Updated • May 4, 2020
Software, Windows software

Web designing is no walk in the park, especially if you're a new webmaster. How do you add a cool photo gallery to your website?

HTTPhotos is a freeware HTML photo gallery maker

It's not as simple as selecting some photos and saying this is a gallery unless you use a content management system that supports the creation of galleries. But, what if it was easy even if you don't use a CMS? HTTPhotos makes that possible. It is a freeware HTML photo gallery maker which comes as a portable application that is just over 1MB to download, and runs on Windows XP and above.

Run it and create a new project to get started with your photo gallery. You can save it and pick it up where you left off later. The program also remembers the previous session, and offers to load it when you restart it. Use the toolbar to browse for photos or load a folder that contains the pictures. HTTPhotos will display the thumbnail images of each photo. Click a photo and drag it to rearrange the order of the pictures. The slider at the bottom can be used to alter the zoom levels of the thumbnails. Mouse over a picture to favorite it, send it to the photo editor, rotate it or remove it from the gallery. You can save your collection as a photo album.


HTTPhotos interface

HTTPhotos has a built-in photo editor. Switch to it by clicking "Edit Photo" tab. Hit the play button at the top to view a slideshow of the images that you've added. Rotate images, or jump to the previous/next one using the icons at the top. Add a caption to your picture with the bar at the bottom.

HTTPhotos editor

Select a filter from the side panel on the left to apply an effect to the photo. You can choose from the following options: Mirror, Black and White, Emboss, Negative, Blur and Zoom. You can also adjust the brightness, contrast levels, set the zoom ratio of images using the editor.

Click on the "Customize" tab to proceed to the next step. The Layout tab lets you pick the template for your gallery. It has 2 options. The standard gallery displays thumbnails which when clicked upon, displays the original image. The second option is similar, but displays a persistent thumbnail bar at the bottom.

HTTPhotos HTML Photo Gallery customize

Set the font that you wish to use for captions from the "Font" tab. The Colors tab lets you choose the color of the text and background. Add a watermark to your pictures, or an optional "close button" to link to a selected page, from the Misc Tab. Want to see what the gallery looks like? Click the "Preview in browser" button to view it in Internet Explorer.

HTTPhotos HTML Photo Gallery view

Note: You can copy the URL of the generated HTML file in any browser to view the gallery.

HTTPhotos HTML Photo Gallery

The final step is to save your gallery. There are 3 options to do so. HTTPhotos allows you to save your photo galleries to Digicam's cloud, for which you'll need to create an account for this; this is optional.

If you aren't comfortable storing photos in the cloud, you can skip the registration process and save the gallery to a local drive. The third option is to upload the HTML gallery that is generated by HTTPhotos to your website or FTP server manually. The HTML gallery is saved in the following folder: C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\httphotos. HTTPhotos saves the images in the SVG format, while the generated code is HTML5.

HTTPhotos generated html file

HTTPhotos can be a fun way to share your galleries, or to publish them on your website.


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  1. of goblins and men said on April 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm


    If it’s for Windows, please add, “for Windows” in the title, please.

    Please also consider adding a “License” to the “Summary” area, as I’ve already requested once before on one of your former posts. “FREE” does not always mean truly free as in free and open source software (FOSS). Thank you.

  2. Brooklyn said on April 28, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Checked out their demo. That is worse than dreadful. We count on Ashwin to bring us the worst of the worst.

    1. VioletMoon said on April 28, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      May want to check Juicebox Lite for a free, simple gallery maker. Decent results and pleasing interface:

    2. Paris said on April 29, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Honestly, I don’t find the demo that dreadful and consider HTTPhotos a rather good and free alternative to Jalbum or Juicebox. Generated gallery is descent IMO. Also, it doesn’t require to install a third party software like Juicebox. Good for a freeware.

  3. Tom Hawack said on April 28, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    I’ve tested HTTPhotos, the idea is interesting, it’s free (donations welcomed) and allows the HTML photo gallery to be available on the Web as locally. Nice. Unfortunately the application is poorly carried out, not only the interface which reminds me my youth, not dramatic if this was the only problem. In my case I’ve spent 20 minutes trying to figure out how to order different albums : impossible to get them alphabetically, so I tried changing the date of the images, nothing does it, once I’ll have a, c, b then b, a, c then b, c, a : thing is nuts. I have a 3,500 pictures’ folder dispatched in 95 sub-folders and the whole logic is that these 95 sub-folders appear in the alphabetical order, so I started creating 3 albums corresponding to the first three sub-folders : impossible to get the alphabetical order respected. So the whole thing goes to trash.

    Definitely poorly carried out and obviously hasn’t been thoroughly tested by the reviewer.

    1. Reggie said on April 29, 2020 at 6:27 am

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Tom. It’s helpful. While I do appreciate the time and effort Ashwin puts into his reviews (it can’t be easy to churn out the amount of content that seems to now be required by the site’s new owners), unfortunately I no longer trust that they will be good products. Gone are the days when I had faith in Ghacks content. My tendency now is to either ignore or just skim over these reviews, preferring instead to wait until Martin has published something, or until someone such as yourself has given it more thorough testing.

      1. Tom Hawack said on April 29, 2020 at 8:28 am

        @Reggie, I cannot participate to such a definitive opinion.

        As I see it I’d consider a general opinion as legitimate should I have,
        – read all reviews : I read many but not all;
        – tested all reviewed applications : I test few given only those which concern my own interest.
        On that basis I should have evidence to state that 50%+1 of reviews failed to describe an application’s reality.

        This is not the scenario, not in my experience. Moreover we may consider a review’s description of an application and its testing. Ashwin’s descriptions, for those I’ve read extensively, are always well conducted, clear. It appears that for this application, ‘HTTPhotos’ my experience is negative which leads me to consider the reviewer hasn’t tested it or at least not extensively. This is all I know and say, said.

        Nowadays we have this trend to condemn as quickly as we glorify. I put morality aside and consider only the rational approach : quick conclusions are a challenge to intelligence. I don’t have your comment in mind, please don’t take this personally, but what I read and discover such velocities day after day on the Web, especially as i’ve been told on social networks, which I never participate to.

      2. Reggie said on April 30, 2020 at 7:17 am

        I did not condemn. I said I appreciated his efforts given the content he is likely expected to deliver. You must have misunderstood my tone, which was measured and not at all hostile. Your comment, on the other hand, is precisely what you purport to disdain and avoid.

      3. Tom Hawack said on April 30, 2020 at 11:04 am

        @Reggie, writing that you “no longer trust that they [articles reviewed by Ashwin] will be good products.” is all I was referring to when I mentioned a definitive opinion. That conclusion seemed to me exaggerated, not aggressive, simply overdone. Please don’t be susceptible as i took the precaution to be clear on my peaceful intentions :=)

      4. Reggie said on May 1, 2020 at 3:17 am

        That is correct, Tom – it is an opinion, not a condemnation. And that is based on my experience as a Ghacks reader of many years, and in particular on my experience in the past few months. Just as you saying it is an exaggeration or overdone is your opinion – albeit one that is quite judgmental and rather preachy – and one that is premised on your particular individual outlook. Cue the anticipated must-get-the-last-word-in, holier-than-thou response in 3, 2, 1 …

  4. Matt said on April 28, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Will HTTPhotos find/scan for all photos I have on a disk drive(s) so I can copy them to another drive?
    Or do I have to point HTTPhotos to the folders where the photos are stored?
    I’m trying to find a program that will scan all my disk drives to locate photos. Consolidate them, so I can store all of them on one disk drive.

    Many thanks.

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