In this article we will provide you with some general information about what is a Gallery application and a short introduction to five of the most popular free open source gallery platforms.

What is a gallery software?

A gallery is a software application which enables you to easily create and maintain albums of photos through a user-friendly admin panel. You need to have a gallery if you are:

  • a professional photographer wanting to display and sell your work online
  • an amateur having fun
  • just looking for a place to upload photos so that you have them online and share with friends, relatives
  • a business owner wanting to show your products to potential online clients

A long list of examples can be given here. Still, the main thing that can lead you to thinking that a gallery is what you need is if you wish to a have well organized photos/images/items showcase on your web site.

Gallery gives you the ability to manage your photos by creating automatic thumbnail, resizing images, rotating, ordering, captioning, searching and more. Your albums and photos have view, edit, delete and other permissions per individual authenticated user for an additional level of privacy.

Coppermine is a multi-purpose fully-featured and integrated web picture gallery script written in PHP using GD or ImageMagick as image library. Coppermine supports template & user management, private galleries, automatic thumbnail creation, film strip, e-card feature and a template system for easy customization to match the rest of a site. The admin can manage albums/pictures/comments and batch add pictures that have been uploaded by FTP.
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With Gallery2 you can easily create and maintain albums of photos via an intuitive interface. Photo management includes automatic thumbnail creation, image resizing, rotation, ordering, captioning, searching and more. Albums and photos can have view, edit, delete and other permissions per individual authenticated user for an additional level of privacy. Albums can also have read, write and caption permissions per individual authenticated user for an additional level of privacy. Let your friends and family upload and manage their own photos on your website.
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4images is a powerful web-based image gallery management system or a PHP and Database MySQL based Web Gallery for management, administration and presentation. Features include comment system, user registration and management, password protected administration area with browser-based upload and HTML templates for page layout and design.By using the integrated template system the design and layout can be customized easily. 4images is multilingual: an external language file can be used for translation in other languages.
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4images Hosting Package is an Open Source PHP script which allows you to create your personal Photo Album / Gallery in just a seconds. All you need is a web space with FTP access. No database is needed. After a few clicks with our Installer you are ready to upload your photos, create new directories /galleries, and use your photo album. phpAlbum allows HTML content. There is also a searchfield option available.
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Plogger is the next generation in open-source photo gallery systems. A web application not bloated with superfluous features or complicated configuration settings. Plogger is a simple yet powerful tool – everything you need to share your images with the world. Plogger is your photos integrated into your website, a fully featured photo sharing package with an attractive and easy to use administrative interface that makes managing your galleries a breeze. Integrating Plogger gallery software into your website is as easy as inserting three lines of PHP code.
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See also our article on how to create your quality gallery today and our gallery hosting page.

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