Download All of Your Flickr Photos and Sets

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iLife ’09 was released today. And with it came a much improved version of iPhoto with facial recognition, geotagging, and Flickr and Facebook support. With so many new ways to slice and dice my photos, I wanted to start over with a clean slate and get everything organized in iPhoto before re-exporting my library back to Flickr or wherever.

Before I could do that, I had to download all of my photos out of Flickr so I could import them into iPhoto. I wanted something simple that would also retain my photos in their correct sets when downloading. I found one program for Windows, but nothing for Mac. (Did I missing something obvious?)

So here’s a simple PHP script that uses the phpFlickr library to download all of your photos. It creates a folder for each set plus an extra one for photos not in a set. This grabs your original, full-size photos — both public and private.

You can get the script from my Google Code project here. You’ll also need to download and include a copy of the phpFlickr source from here.