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.
It’s the file
photini-win32-setup.exe included in the “downloads” section of the latest 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 change log to see if a new 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 you want to check the validity of the certificate file, you can do so using GnuPG.
jim_easterbrook_CA.cer.asc contains a digital signature that can be checked with my public keys
0x4748AD59 (a subkey of
These keys’ fingerprints are
05A7 0CD9 380D 8EAA 97AE FD3F 56D7 01F5 959A F9B6 and
45A2 B27B AC1D 12B2 5C33 655C 7CF4 E704 2036 BBF6.
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 (https://launchpad.net/~dhor) has added Photini to his PPA (personal package archive). See the instructions at http://linuxg.net/how-to-install-photini-15-01-1-on-ubuntu-14-10-ubuntu-14-04-and-derivative-systems/.
Pascal Mons (https://launchpad.net/~anton+) also has a PPA with many photo applications, including Photini. See https://launchpad.net/~anton+/+archive/ubuntu/photo-video-apps/.
OpenSUSE 42.2 or newer¶
Photini is available from the Packman community repository. It can be installed by clicking on this link: http://packman.links2linux.org/install/Photini
OpenSUSE and Fedora¶
Togan Muftuoglu (https://build.opensuse.org/user/show/toganm) has created a python-photini package. See https://build.opensuse.org/package/show/home:toganm:photography/python-photini 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.
.spec file and use it to build a
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/jim-easterbrook/Photini/master/src/linux/python3-photini-meta.spec rpmbuild -ba python3-photini-meta.spec
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
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 email@example.com) and once we’ve worked out what needs to be done I’ll be able to improve these instructions.
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:
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 https://www.python.org/downloads/. 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
On some Linux systems you may also need to install the Qt WebKit package, e.g.
Windows users can download a binary installer from http://www.riverbankcomputing.co.uk/software/pyqt/download (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
The PyGObject interface probably appears in the package manager as
Windows users should download and run the latest “pygi-aio” (PyGI all-in-one) installer from http://sourceforge.net/projects/pygobjectwin32/files/. 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:
Linux users should use their package manager to install
Windows and MacOS users can use the installer from https://pip.pypa.io/en/latest/installing.html#install-pip.
All users should then upgrade pip.
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 setup.py build sudo python setup.py 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
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.
sudo pip install pyenchant
sudo pip install flickrapi keyring
Google Photos / Picasa¶
sudo pip install requests requests-oauthlib keyring
sudo pip install requests requests-oauthlib requests-toolbelt keyring
Optimise image size option requires the Python Imaging Library, which is also installed with pip:
sudo pip install Pillow
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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 setup.py to “compile” the documentation:
sudo pip install sphinx python -B setup.py build_sphinx
doc/html/index.html with a web browser to read the local documentation.