"fgallery" is a static photo gallery generator with no frills that has a stylish, minimalist look. "fgallery" shows your photos, and nothing else.
There is no server-side processing, only static generation. The resulting gallery can be uploaded anywhere without additional requirements and works with any modern browser.
An example gallery can be found here.
Here's a brief list of the latest 5 available releases of fgallery (most recent first):
Files as found in the latest release of fgallery:
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fgallery's GIT repository is publicly accessible at git://src.thregr.org/fgallery or at the Github mirror.
Generate all the static files with ./fgallery:
./fgallery photo-dir my-gallery
Upload "my-gallery" somewhere.
You actually need a web server to test the gallery locally (only due to AJAX/browser restrictions). If you have python installed, a quick way to test the gallery locally is to run:
cd my-gallery python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000
and then open http://localhost:8000 with a browser.
The images as shown by the viewer are scaled/compressed using the specified quality to reduce viewing lag. They are also stripped of any EXIF tag. However, the pictures in the generated zip album are preserved unchanged.
Lossless auto-rotation is applied so that images can be opened with a browser directly. JPEG and PNG files are also re-optimized (losslessy) before being archived to furthermore save space.
Preview and thumbnail images are converted to the sRGB color-space by default, which provides better results on normal displays and browsers without color management support.
All images can be included to be viewed individually at full resolution in the gallery by using the -i flag. Panoramas are automatically detected and the original image is included in full-size by default, as often the image preview alone doesn't give it justice.
For best results when shooting with multiple cameras (or friends), synchronize the camera clocks before starting to take pictures. Just pick one camera's time as the reference. By doing this the album is automatically shown in logical shooting order instead of file-name order.
Never use the -s or -d flags. Let your friends and viewers download the raw album at full resolution, not the downscaled crap. Don't make me angry.
The sizes of the thumbnails and the main image can be customized on the command line with the appropriate flags. Two settings are available for the thumbnail sizes: minimum (150x112) and maximum (267x200). Thumbnails will always be as big as the minimum size, but they can be enlarged up to the specified maximum depending on the screen orientation. The default settings are tuned for a mostly-landscape gallery, but they can be changed as needed.
Images having a different aspect ratio (like panoramas) are cut and centered instead of being scaled-to-fit, so that the thumbnail shows the central subject of the image instead of a thin, unwatchable strip. When this happens, the viewer shows a sign on the thumbnail along the cut edges (this effect can be seen in the demo gallery).
To simply favor photos shot in portrait format, invert the width/height of the thumbnail sizes:
./fgallery --min-thumb 112x150 --max-thumb 200x267 ...
This will force the thumbnails to always fit vertically, at the expense of a higher horizontal thumbnail strip.
If your photos are mixed and can contain people, faces or portraits, you can enable face detection by using the -f flag and installing facedetect.
Face detection will ensure that the thumbnails, especially when cut, will be centered on the face of the subject. If face detection is enabled, there's generally no need to increase the thumbnail size.
As of 04/2014, Safari on Mac is, sadly, the only browser/platform that properly supports color management by default and that can take advantage of built-in color profiles.
Due to the general lack of color management, preview and thumbnail images are converted from the built-in color profile the sRGB color-space by default.
From a normal user perspective, the resulting images will appear to be closer to true colors. The conversion will generally cause an increase in color saturation, overall contrast and a lighter appearance of dark regions, which would otherwise be indistinguishable on the screen.
Viewed from a properly calibrated or wide-gamut display instead the difference is usually very subtle, with only deeply-saturated colors being "capped" due to the effective reduction of absolute color depth.
We'd like to mention that Firefox has color-management support, but it's disabled by default on all platforms, and it has known bugs with LUT profiles (though the more common Matrix profiles seem to work fine).
The installation of the following "Color Management" add-on is recommended:
When installed, in the add-on configuration, you'll need to enable color management for "All images" (since sRGB has no ICC profile attached by definition) and restart the browser. Also, if you have a multi-monitor setup, it's advisable to manually set the "Display profile" to the external/calibrated screen, since FF won't automatically select the "current" color profile, and just default to the first available screen.
If you care about color management, please complain/contribute to any of the existing bug reports in Firefox.
Frontend/viewer: none (static html/js/css)
ImageMagick (imagemagick, http://www.imagemagick.org)
LittleCMS2 utilities (liblcms2-utils, http://www.littlecms.com/).
perl >= 5.14 (threading support enabled), with the following required modules:
and the following additional recommended modules:
Several other tools are supported, but are only used when installed. Therefore it's also helpful to install:
On Debian/Ubuntu, you can install all the required dependencies with:
sudo apt-get install imagemagick exiftran zip liblcms2-utils sudo apt-get install libimage-exiftool-perl libjson-perl libjson-xs-perl
To save more space in the generated galleries, we recommend installing also the optional dependencies:
sudo apt-get install jpegoptim pngcrush p7zip
For face detection support, simply follow the facedetect installation instructions.
On a Mac, we recommend installing the dependencies using MacPorts. After installing MacPorts, type:
sudo port install imagemagick lcms2 exiftran jpegoptim pngcrush sudo cpan -i JSON JSON::XS Image::ExifTool
Installation is currently optional. If needed, copy the extracted directory to a directory of your liking and link fgallery appropriately:
sudo cp -r fgallery-X.Y /usr/local/share/fgallery sudo ln -s /usr/local/share/fgallery/fgallery /usr/local/bin
"fgallery" is composed of a backend (the "fgallery" script) and a viewer (contained in the "view" directory). Both are distributed as one package, but they are designed to be used also independently.
"fgallery" just cares about generating the image previews and the album data. All the presentation logic however is inside the viewer.
It's relatively easy to generate the album data dynamically and just use the viewer. This was my aim when I started to develop "fgallery", as it's much easier to just modify an existing CMS instead of trying to reinvent the wheel. All a backend has to do is provide a valid "data.json" at some prefixed address. A plugin for a CMS such as Gallery should be very easy to implement.