The self-hosted private photo server with photo gallery and photo management

PicApport is a private photo server with photo gallery for your home network, webspace and self-hosted server. Manage your private photo archive with PicApport. Our photo server enables you to organize all existing photos of your family in a central place and make them available to every family member . Social networks offer a solution but not everybody wants to load private photos into the cloud. PicApport offers a solution for this. Because of the consequent integration of metadata, PicApport works for the "serious" photographer in the family exporting his RAW images from the RAW converter and for the rest of the family making snapshots with a smartphone . You can even allow visitors to access PicApport because with filters you can define what photos they are allowed to see. All manuals available in English language

Likes & MyTags

With Likes and MyTags, a user-dependent tagging system is introduced for the first time in PicApport. Each user can now define private keywords which are not visible to other users by default.

Manage Metadata

With version 7, PicApport becomes a comprehensive management tool for your photo collection. All important metadata, including geo coordinates, can be edited easily, even for hundreds of photos at once.

Share photos

Photos can be easily shared with friends by simply creating a link for a selection of photos. Of course an expiration date can be assigned individually for each link.

Digital photo frame

Turn every tablet or smartphone (iOS, Windows, Android) a dynamic digital photo frame. PicApport is optimized to only transmit the necessary resolution. This makes the transfer as fast as if the photos were accessed locally.

Local Collections

From Version 3 PicApport can store your images on the devices connected to the network as 'local collections' to the browser. View your dynamic query without having connection to the server on which you want view!

.RAW and Plugins

Since version 4.0 PicApport supports the main .RAW image formats.
In addition, PicApport can now support many other image formats with plugins. You can find information about the handling and the creation of the plugins here: Plugins

100% private

None of your valuable photos have to be transferred to a provider. Our photo gallery supports SSL encryption for additional security.


All dynamic slideshows and collections are fully bookmarkable. Start your photo gallery like a native app by placing a bookmark on the home page of your smartphone or tablet.

Self-hosted photo gallery

Host your photos. Share individual photos or entire albums with our photo-management tool. User management gives you full control over your users permissions.

New in PicApport: Web API

New from March 2019 Web-API

An extensive and well-documented Web-API allows developers of apps or HTML pages to directly access and upload the photos and metadata stored in PicApport.

The following link shows an example of a photo gallery created with the Web-API:   Web-Api gallery
Click here for the documentation:   Web-Api documentation

New in PicApport: View images with geotag on the map


With modern cameras and smartphones, you have the option to tag photos with GPS coordinates. With this information PicApport can now show your photos on a map. Create photo collections by selecting photos from a particular map section. (Local and Dynamic).

  check out the Online-Demo (just click on the globe)
  quick guide

New in PicApport: Photo management software - Manage metadata - User tags (MyTags)

Likes & MyTags
+Manage Metadata

With PicApport 7, managing your photo collection is finally fun again. Users can now easily "like" photos from any device that has access to the server and even set their own "user" tags (keywords). This greatly simplifies the search for images.

If a user is authorized to do so, he can now also set title, description, rating, keywords, people and other metadata comfortably, even for multiple photos at once. Configurable quickbuttons for keywords and people make it possible to tag a large number of pictures quickly and easily.

The GEO tagging of photos is now supported directly via the built-in map module. Just select the photos to be tagged and click on the corresponding place on the map and the selection, no matter how many, will be provided with a click with GPS data. The OS-independent server can be installed on all common platforms, such as Windows, Linux or macOS. A Docker image is also available.

    PicApport Download
  PicApport Wiki - all updates to version 7
  PicApport Docker Container

New in PicApport: Share your photos

Share your photos

You can now share your photos easily with your family and friends. With just one click PicApport generates a link to all the selected photos you want to share. As an option you can even set an expiration date for the link that has been created.

This feature requires that your server is accessible from the Internet.

New in PicApport: User Management

User management and uploads

Version 5 is the largest update so far. PicApport has been extended with many useful features. The new user management together with the upload feature turns every PicApport installation into a fully functional Family-Photo-Server.

Learn more: PicApport guide
Online-Demo and report about our private photo server PicApport

The german press about
PicApport Photo-Server

The following links provide more information about what the press says about PicApport Photo-Server:

New in PicApport: Save images to your browser

Local photo collections

With the new technology IndexedDB it is now possible to save your photos on almost every browser as 'Local Collections'. Access your photos without a connection to the server. Try it. Equal to itself in our online demo Either you define yourself as a query "animals" and select Submit after interrogation in the right top menu "save photos locally" the point. After entry of a name for the collection of the name you select appears on the start menu "Local Collections" with a thumbnail. But you can also simply a previously saved 'Dynamic query' on the right-aligned menu add to the local collections.

Either you define a query yourself eg. "plants ***> 2010" after submitting your query, go to the top right menu and choose "save as local collection". After entering a name for the collection, in the menu "Local collection" on the mainpage there will be now your local collection with a thumbnail and your chosen name.

PicApport: The electronic picture frame with slide show function

Digital Photo Frame a re-interpreted slideshow

Turn your device (PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone) into a digital picture frame. Wallowing photo albums belongs to the past! With PicApport you can quickly retrieve your photos in a nice format. If you already have saved queries, you just press

PicApport: Search your photos using Metadata

Photo queries with metadata

Find your pictures faster with metadata search!
You can quickly find your pictures by date, camera model, lens, focal length, etc. or you give your photos # tags and ratings. Once you have configured a filter, you can easily save it as a bookmark!

For example:
Go to "Dynamic collection" and chose "Animals"!

Manage your photo archive by e-mail

Private Cloud? Fill your dynamic photo archive via email

PicApport can now download pictures from your email account. You can automatically extend the photos metadata depending on the sender. When running your saved search queries again, new images that match the query, are automatically displayed!

Easy and fast installation

Easy installation

An installer is included for installations on Windows systems. The application file (.exe file) can easily be started and installs PicApport.


No applet installation required

No applet installation needed

Simply enter the PicApport URL in the web browser and then save as a favourite on your desktop. So it appears to be an app.

Still have questions?

PicApport can do much more! You can find out more in the User Manual.
Try the online demo! Or send us your request using the contact form.