There are three ways to install Photini. On Windows you can use an all-in-one installer. On some Linux distributions you might be able to use your package manager to install everything, or you may be able to use the package manager to install Photini’s dependencies and pip to install Photini. On other platforms you need to install several dependencies before installing Photini.

All-in-one installer (Windows)

The Windows installer creates a standalone Python installation with all the dependencies needed to run Photini. The standalone Python interpreter is only used to run Photini, and should not conflict with any other Python version installed on your computer.

You can download the latest Windows installer from the GitHub releases page. Look for the most recent release with a .exe file listed in its downloads. This is a Windows installer for the latest version of Photini, even if it’s listed under an older release. The installer is suitable for 32 bit and 64 bit Windows, and should work on any version since Windows XP.

The installer should finish by running the Photini program. If this works then you have successfully installed Photini and can ignore the rest of these instructions. If not, see the troubleshooting section below.

Upgrading all-in-one installation

Before upgrading Photini you should check the GitHub releases page to see if a new Windows installer has been released since you last downloaded it. If it hasn’t, then you can use the “upgrade Photini” command in the start menu. This needs to be run as administrator. Click on the “Start” icon, then select “All Programs”, then “Photini”, then right-click on “upgrade Photini” and choose “Run as administrator” from the context menu.

If there is a new installer available then you should download it and use it to create a fresh installation, after using the “Programs and Features” control panel item to uninstall the old version of Photini.

Verifying the Windows installer

The Windows installer is digitally signed using a “self-signed Certificate Authority”. If you add my certificate to your computer you will get fewer security warnings when you install Photini. You can download the certificate file jim_easterbrook_CA.cer from the GitHub releases page and install it by running cmd.exe and issuing the following command:

certutil -user -addstore Root jim_easterbrook_CA.cer

If the above means nothing to you, don’t worry about it. The security warnings when you install Photini can safely be ignored.

Package manager (some Linux distributions)


These Linux packages are maintained by other people and may not install the latest version of Photini. You may also need to install missing dependencies, as described below.

Ubuntu and derived systems

Dariusz Duma ( has added Photini to his PPA (personal package archive). See the instructions at

Pascal Mons ( also has a PPA with many photo applications, including Photini. See

OpenSUSE 42.2 or newer

Photini is available from the Packman community repository. It can be installed by clicking on this link:

OpenSUSE and Fedora

Togan Muftuoglu ( has created a python-photini package. See for more information.

Dependencies package (some Linux distributions)

This is the easiest way to install Photini’s dependencies and the latest release of Photini. You use your package manager to install the non-Python dependencies, then use pip to install the latest versions of all the Python packages.

OpenSUSE (and other Red Hat derived distributions?)

The Photini project includes a .spec file that lists the required dependencies. Download the .spec file and use it to build a .rpm file:

rpmbuild -ba python3-photini-meta.spec

Note where rpmbuild wrote its output file, then install that file. For example:

sudo zypper install /home/jim/rpmbuild/RPMS/noarch/python3-photini-meta-1-0.noarch.rpm

Now you can install Photini using pip as described below.

Piecemeal installation

This is the hardest way to install Photini, mainly because of the libraries required to access photographs’ metadata. The installation process is different for Windows, Linux and MacOS, and there are variations with different versions of those operating systems. If you run into problems, please let me know (email and once we’ve worked out what needs to be done I’ll be able to improve these instructions.

Essential dependencies

These are all required for Photini to be usable.


Photini should work with all versions of Python from 2.6 onwards.

Python may already be installed on your computer. To find out, open a terminal window (Windows users run cmd.exe) and try running python by typing this command:

python -V

If Python is installed this should show you the version number.

Linux users should use their system’s package manager to install Python. Windows and MacOS users can download an installer from Windows users should install the 32 bit version of Python, even on a 64 bit machine. This is because some of the required libraries are not available in 64 bit builds.


The PyQt application framework provides the graphical user interface elements used by Photini. Version 4 or 5 is required.

You can check if PyQt is already installed with one of these commands:

python -c "import PyQt5"


python -c "import PyQt4"

If PyQt is installed then one of these will run without generating any error message.

Linux users should use their package manager to install python-qt4 or python-qt5. On some Linux systems you may also need to install the Qt WebKit package, e.g. qt5-webkit. Windows users can download a binary installer from (make sure you choose the installer for your version of Python).


Several libraries are needed to access photograph metadata from Python. Exiv2 is the core “C” library. gexiv2 is a GObject wrapper around the Exiv2 library. It has extra “introspection bindings” that allow it to be used by other languages. PyGObject (also known as PyGI) provides a Python interface to the introspection bindings of the GObject wrapper around the Exiv2 library. Got that?

Linux users should use their package manager to install these, but note that the package names may not be obvious. The core gexiv2 wrapper is probably called libgexiv2 or similar, but on my OpenSUSE system the introspection bindings are called typelib-1_0-GExiv2-0_4 whereas on Ubuntu systems they are called gir1.2-gexiv2-0.4. The PyGObject interface probably appears in the package manager as python-gobject or python-gi.

Windows users should download and run the latest “pygi-aio” (PyGI all-in-one) installer from You should install the “Base packages” & “GExiv2” packages, and the “Enchant-extra-dicts” non-GNOME library.


The remaining dependencies are Python packages that are easily installed with pip. You may already have pip installed on your computer. You can check with the pip list command:

pip list

Linux users should use their package manager to install python-pip. Windows and MacOS users can use the installer from All users should then upgrade pip.

Installing Photini

The easiest way to install the latest release of Photini is with the pip command:

sudo pip install photini

This will install Photini and any Python packages it requires. You can also use pip to install the optional dependencies when you install Photini:

sudo pip install photini[flickr,google,facebook,importer,spelling]

If you prefer to install the development version you can use git to clone the GitHub repository or download it as a zip file and then unpack it. Either way, you then need to build and install Photini:

python build
sudo python install

You will also need to install the remaining Python packages.

Essential Python packages

There are two small Python packages needed to run Photini. They can be installed with one command:

sudo pip install six appdirs

Note that sudo is not required on Windows, or if you have root privileges. In this case you just run pip install six appdirs.

Optional Python packages

Some of Photini’s features are optional - if you don’t install these libraries Photini will work but the relevant feature will not be available.


PyEnchant is a Python interface to the Enchant spell-checking library. If it is installed then spell checking is available for some of Photini’s text entry fields. Use pip to install it:

sudo pip install pyenchant


Photini’s Flickr uploader requires python-flickrapi and python-keyring. These are easily installed with pip:

sudo pip install flickrapi keyring

Google Photos / Picasa

The Google Photos / Picasa uploader requires requests, requests-oauthlib and python-keyring. These are also installed with pip:

sudo pip install requests requests-oauthlib keyring


The Facebook uploader requires requests, requests-oauthlib, requests-toolbelt and python-keyring. These are also installed with pip:

sudo pip install requests requests-oauthlib requests-toolbelt keyring

The Optimise image size option requires the Python Imaging Library, which is also installed with pip:

sudo pip install Pillow

Thumbnail creation

If the Python Imaging Library (see above) is installed then Photini can make good quality thumbnails. Otherwise it uses Qt’s image resizing which may produce rather soft results.

Creating a thumbnail image from a video requires the OpenCV image processing library (including its Python interface) and the NumPy “numerical Python” package. These should both be installed with your system’s package manager, as they depend on C libraries that cannot be installed with pip.

You may still find that Photini can’t read image data from video files. Running it from the command line (see troubleshooting) may show why. (The OpenCV library writes messages to the console rather than raise a Python exception.)


Photini can import pictures from any directory on your computer (e.g. a memory card) but on Linux and MacOS systems it can also import directly from a camera. This requires libgphoto2, which is often already installed, and its python-gphoto2 Python bindings, version 0.10 or greater:

sudo pip install -v gphoto2

Installation of python-gphoto2 will require the “development headers” versions of Python and libgphoto2. You should be able to install these with your system package manager.


If you find the PyGObject bindings to be unreliable (I found they sometimes crash when using Python 3) you can use pgi instead:

sudo pip install pgi

Note that pgi may also have problems. If you need to go back to using PyGObject you should uninstall pgi:

sudo pip uninstall pgi

Running Photini

If the installation has been successful you should be able to run Photini from the “Start” menu (Windows) or application launcher (Linux).


If Photini fails to run for some reason you may be able to find out why by trying to run it in a command window. On Windows you need to open the folder where Photini is installed (probably C:\Program Files (x86)\Photini) and run the WinPython Command Prompt.exe program. On Linux you can run any terminal or console program.

Start the Photini program as follows. If it fails to run you should get some diagnostic information:

python -m photini.editor

If you need more help, please email It would probably be helpful to copy any diagnostic messages into your email. I would also find it useful to know what version of Photini and some of its dependencies you are running. You can find out with the --version option:

python -m photini.editor --version

Some versions of PyQt may fail to work properly with Photini, even causing a crash at startup. If this happens you may be able to circumvent the problem by editing the Photini configuration file before running Photini.

Mailing list

For more general discussion of Photini (e.g. release announcements, questions about using it, problems with installing, etc.) there is an email list or forum hosted on Google Groups. You can view previous messages and ask to join the group at!forum/photini.

Photini documentation

If you would like to have a local copy of the Photini documentation, and have downloaded or cloned the source files, you can install Sphinx and use to “compile” the documentation:

sudo pip install sphinx
python -B build_sphinx

Open doc/html/index.html with a web browser to read the local documentation.

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