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For the early birds

You are welcome to get an impression and provide early feedback. We've set up a public demo at for you to play with.

Note that this is work in progress. We do our best to provide a complete, stable version. Financial support makes a huge difference and enables us to spend more time with this project.

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If you have a question, don't hesitate to ask in our help forum or contact us via email.

Browse your photos

Before you start, make sure you have Docker installed on your system. It is available for Mac, Linux and Windows. Developers can skip this and move on to the Developer Guide. It also contains instructions for running our container image via Docker Compose.

In addition, we plan to ship the final app as a single binary for users that don't know or like Docker. An image for the Raspberry Pi is now available too.

Step 1: Start the server

Open a terminal and run this command after replacing ~/Pictures with the folder containing your photos:

docker run -d \
  --name photoprism \
  -p 2342:2342 \
  -v ~/Pictures:/home/photoprism/Pictures/Originals \

The default port 2342 can be changed as needed. Adding a :ro flag to the -v volume mounts it read only.


Your image files won't be deleted, modified or moved. We might later update metadata in XMP sidecar files to sync with Adobe Lightroom. A JPEG representation might be created for RAW, HEIF, TIFF, PNG, BMP and GIF images in order to render thumbnails. You can enable read-only mode to prevent this completely, but you will also lose the functionality.

Now open http://localhost:2342/ in a Web browser to see the user interface. The default password is "photoprism".

Step 2: Index photos

There won't be any search results before you have indexed your photos. You can either do this using our comfortable Web UI or in a terminal:

docker exec -ti photoprism photoprism index

Photos will become visible one after another. You can watch the indexer working in the terminal or the logs tab (Library).


PhotoPrism and Web browsers in general can not display RAW image files. They need to be converted, which is what our import and convert commands do. You'll find a checkbox for this step in our Web UI (disabled in read-only mode).


Due to popular request, our latest demo now also supports TIFF, PNG, BMP and GIF files. Be aware that files in those formats often don't contain useful metadata and are typically used for screenshots, charts, graphs and icons only.

Step 3: When you're done...

You can stop the server and start it again using the following commands:

docker stop photoprism
docker start photoprism

To remove the container completely:

docker rm -f photoprism

Run our demo

For a quick test, you can start a demo that comes with pre-indexed photos:

docker run -p 2342:2342 -d --name demo photoprism/demo

After running the command, open http://localhost:2342/ in a Web browser. It may take a few seconds to become available.

To stop and remove the container:

docker rm -f demo


Open a terminal and run the following command to pull the latest container image:

docker pull photoprism/photoprism:latest

Pulling a new version can take several minutes, depending on your internet connection. You can use Watchtower to automatically update the image which is how our public demo stays up-to-date.


Our database schema still changes a lot as we do performance optimizations and add features. Therefore we cannot provide a smooth upgrade path and you should be prepared to delete your current database and re-index. To spare you a disappointment, we kindly advise you not to index large photo collections at the moment.