This is the official website of Gallery, the open source web based photo album organizer. Gallery gives you an intuitive way to blend photo management seamlessly into your own website whether you're running a small personal site or a large community site.


Gallery Sprint in Mountain View

The majority of the Gallery team is at the Google campus in Mountain View, CA to assess Gallery as a whole and figure out what we should do next. No hard decisions have been made yet, and we'd love to hear any input you have on our development mailing list.

There are a lot of things we're taking into account including:

  • The usability research that's been done for the past few months including the Season of Usability, some work from the University of Michigan including personas here and here, and some wireframes we've been working on.
  • The web application research and prototyping the team has been doing for the past month or so. You can find all the code for this in svn here and the majority of discussion has been on the gallery-devel mailing list. Check the gallery-devel archives on nabble and look for threads about evaluating frameworks and "Gx".
  • The experience we've all had delivering Gallery 2 over the last few years.

Why do all this now? Gallery 2.3 is out the door and the feedback has been pretty positive, but we would really love to fix a lot of things about Gallery. Its footprint should be smaller and the whole product should be a lot more lightweight, it should be easier to use and easier for anyone to quickly jump in and work on Gallery themes and modules, and it should be easier to integrate Gallery into other applications.

We got a lot done yesterday and so far today, and as we work on things until Friday evening, there are a few places you can look to see where things are:

  • initial agenda
  • some pictures - We'll have more albums in more places next week once everyone gets home!
  • shared notes - If we decide to stick with this system, it'll move to a more permanent URL later

Once the week is over and things have had a few days to settle, we'll post the full report!

Gallery 2.3 (Skidoo) Released!

Gallery 2.3 (Skidoo) is now available for download! It's been almost 20 months since the last major release and Gallery 2.3 is packed with new features and enhancements. Major new features include: A much improved slideshow using PicLens to provide a rich, full screen experience; Comment spam filtering with Akismet; and configurable e-mail notifications.

As always before you ask for help, please, please read the README -- we've made an effort to answer all of your questions there. Especially read the known issues section. Upgrading is quick and easy, but if you're upgrading from 2.1 or earlier there are a few things you should know first so be sure to scan the upgrading instructions.

Go see what else is new and then download Gallery 2.3!

Thanks for your continued support! Read on for more details...

Summer 2008 Season Of Usability Results

Our Season of Usability project for this Summer has finally come to a close, and we couldn't be happier with the results! Jakob Hilden worked with the Gallery team and Katrin Goetzer from OpenUsability to work on improving the image upload tools of Gallery. He did a comparative analysis, created mockups for a new image upload tool, and documented his entire project in our documentation site. At our annual developer meet-up, Jakob joined with us discussing the future of the project, and has decided to stick around and help us out with whatever comes next. (More on this in a future story!) This fall, he is mentoring two usability projects related to Gallery at a design course at the University of Michigan's School of Information.

You can find Jakob's full report on

Gallery 2.3 Release Candidate 2

Gallery 2.3 RC2 is now available for download! This is second and last release candidate before Gallery 2.3 will be complete. A release candidate helps users like you test out new features and provide feedback so that the final version has as many possible issues resolved. This release candidate includes the same security fixes as Gallery 2.2.6, so anyone using RC1 is strongly encouraged to upgrade to RC2. We have 6 different packages for you to choose from. You can read all about it on our Gallery 2 Download Page.

As always before you ask for help, please, please read the README and the installation docs -- we've made an effort to answer all of your questions there. Also consider looking at the known issues. Upgrading is quick and easy. There are a few things you should know first so be sure to scan the upgrading instructions. Then head on over to the Gallery 2.3-RC-2 Forum Topic and let us know what you think!

Thanks for your continued support! Read on for more details...

Gallery 2.2.6 Security Fix Release

Gallery 2.2.6 is now available for download. This release fixes critical security issues, no new features have been added. Users of all previous Gallery 2 versions are strongly encouraged to upgrade to version 2.2.6 as soon as possible! The Gallery team thanks Alex Ustinov and Hanno Boeck for reporting the security issues through the right channels and will reward them with a well deserved security bounty.

Since 2.2.6 is a security release, it shares the same installation requirements as 2.2.5. If you haven't upgraded to 2.2.x yet, please review the Gallery 2.2 release notes for highlights of changes and the requirements. Read on for more details and upgrade instructions.

Fall 2008 Usability Project Needs Your Help!

Usability is an area that we always seem to be a few steps behind in, but now is your chance to help us out to fix that. Two groups of students at the University of Michigan's School of Information are spending the semester working on ways to improve Gallery's usability, and they NEED your help! They are seeking some volunteers who are currently using Gallery and are willing to spend 30-45 minutes on the phone (or in person if you live in Ann Arbor, Michigan). As a small token of appreciation for your time, you'll get that warm fuzzy feeling for helping out an open source project and a $10 or more Amazon Gift Card.

This is your chance to voice your opinion and help thousands of Gallery users around the world create more enjoyable photo albums. Please email us the team at gallery [at] with your phone number and available time slots for an interview. They will be conducting interviews between September 12 and September 24 2008. In addition, if you happen to be in Ann Arbor, Michigan, please let them know so they can conduct a face-to-face interview. If you have friends who use Gallery and have comments on their experiences, please refer this message to them. The team would love to talk to them as well.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email them or visit their project website at