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How to upload photos to Flickr from the Linux desktop

Are you a photography nerd using Linux? Love uploading pictures to your Flickr account but don’t like dealing with the UI on the website? If so, check out Frogr. It’s a neat little app that lets users upload images from the Linux desktop to Flickr.

Installing the Frogr application on Linux

The application must be set up on your Linux system before you can use the Frogr application to upload your photos to Flickr. To set up the Frogr app on Linux, you’ll need to launch a terminal window.

Unsure about how you can launch a terminal window on the Linux desktop? You can launch one by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or, search for “Terminal” in the app menu and launch it that way.

With the terminal window open and ready to use, the installation of Frogr can begin. Using the instructions below that corresponds to the Linux distribution you use, set up Frogr on your computer.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu Linux, the Frogr application is installable through the “Universe” software repository. However, you will need to enable the repo first. To enable the “Universe” repo, enter the add-apt-repository command below.

sudo add-apt-repository universe

Run the apt update command to refresh Ubuntu’s software sources following the add-apt-repository command. Then, run the apt install command to set up Frogr on your system.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install frogr

Debian

The Frogr application is available to Debian 10, Debian 11, and Debian Sid users. To get it working on your system, use the following apt-get install command below.

sudo apt-get install frogr

Want a newer release of the Frogr application on your Debian system? If you’re not happy with how long it takes for Debian to update packages, consider installing Frogr via the Flatpak instructions instead.

Arch Linux

Sadly, the Frogr tool isn’t available in the official Arch Linux software repositories. However, you can get it working through the Arch Linux User Repository. Using the pacman -S command to install the “git” and “base-devel” packages to start the installation.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

After setting up the two packages on your computer, run the git clone command to download the Trizen AUR helper tool. Then, use CD and makepkg commands to install it on your system.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git
cd trizen/
makepkg -sri

With the Trizen application set up, you’ll be able to install Frogr on your computer using trizen -S.

trizen -S frogr

Fedora

The Frogr application is available for installation using the dnf install command below if you are using Fedora.

sudo dnf install frogr

OpenSUSE

On OpenSUSE Leap as well as OpenSUSE Tumbleweed, the Frogr tool is available in the “Oss” software repo. To get it working on your computer, run the following zypper install command.

sudo zypper install frogr

Flatpak

To get Frogr working via Flatpak, first set up the runtime. After setting up the Flatpak runtime, you’ll be able to set up Frogr with the two commands below.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
flatpak install flathub org.gnome.frogr

Uploading images to Flickr with Frogr

Follow the step-by-step instructions below to upload images to your Flickr account with the Frogr.

Step 1: Launch the Frogr application on the Linux desktop by searching for it in the application menu. Once it is open, you will see an “Authorize frogr” window. Click on the “OK” button to begin the authorization.

Step 2: Frogr will open up a new tab in your default browser. In this new tab, a Flickr page will appear. From here, click on the “Ok, I’ll authorize it” button. Then, copy the authorization code Flickr gives you and paste it into Frogr.

Step 3: Once Frogr is connected to Flickr, you’ll see “Connected as” followed by your username. From here, find the “+” button and click on it with the mouse.

Step 4: Selecting the “+” button inside of the Frogr app will open up the “Select a picture” window. Browse for the picture you wish to upload to your Flickr account in this window.

Keep in mind, if you wish to upload more than one picture to your Flickr account at once, hold down the Ctrl button while clicking with the mouse. Doing this will allow you to select multiple photos on your Linux PC at a time.

Step 5: Once all photos are added to your Frogr app and ready for upload, select your photos. To select one image at a time in Frogr, use the mouse. Alternatively, if you wish to select all photos at once, press Ctrl + A on the keyboard.

When all image files are selected, click on the upload button to begin the upload process. Uploading shouldn’t take that long. When the upload is complete, you’ll be able to see your newly uploaded photos on your Flickr account.

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