FlickrDown has decided to ban Flickrdown. Their position is that Flickrdown can be used to download copyrighted images and is therefore bad. Of course this is ridiculous. Every browser can also be used to download copyrighted images and yet they don’t ban the browsers. Please complain and complain loudly to that Flickrdown should not be banned.

Recently a friend started using Flickr which is a great service.  I personally like to save pictures locally and selecting them one at a time to download was too much of a hassle so I whipped up this program so I could download them more easily.

It's free to use and download.

It requires Microsoft .NET 2.0. If you don’t already have that installed you can download it here


You can download the installer by clicking the link below.

flickrdown 2.43


Version History:

  • 2.43 – 2007/06/24
    • Fixed issue with [*All Photos*]
  • 2.42 – 2007/06/23
    • Integrated latest Flick.NET library which seems to have fixed issues with downloading some images
    • Relaxed naming of files
  • 2.41 – 2007/03/22
    • Fixed source URL change on so images uploaded after 3/1/2007 will download
  • 2.40 – 2006/10/05
    • Added history to search and folder
    • Added support for gif and png originals
    • Added settable download limit
  • 2.30 – 2006/04/09
    • increased limit from 100 to 500 photos per set, tag, etc.
  • 2.20 – 2006/02/04
    • fixed photo links
  • 2.10 – 2005/12/10
    • fixed bad download URL (i hope)
  • 2.00 – 2005/11/23
    • updated to the release version of .NET 2.0
    • added support for tags
    • added support for groups
    • added support for private images
  • 1.30 – 2005/06/26
    • if the user name had a space in it the link to the picture was wrong.
  • 1.20 – 2005/06/18
    • If you didn’t acutally expand the photos (clicking on the name of the set) it would download the “all photos” category. That’s now fixed.
  • 1.10 – 2005/06/05
    • No files are overwritten. If a file of the same name already exists Flickrdown will append "-fd????" where ???? is a number. This allows Flickrdown to download pictures that have the same title to from the same set.
  • 1.00 – 2005/05/02
    • Released
  • So how’s about sharing it bro….

  • Paybakuk

    I would like to learn how to make chrome extensions and I’m interested in the part of your code that opens the image in a new tab and starts downloading it automatically. Could you shed any light on how this works. I’m not a programmer, but this is the only chrome extension that I have seen that can do this, and i think it would be of use to many new extensions to come. Would you care to share/go opensource or even hint as to how you acheived this.
    Thanks in advance.

  • Asif Lateef

    This is too bad that FlickR has banned FlickRDown. It saves time and copyright violation is possible by many other means and those who want to violate copyright of images they do it by hook or by crook.

    This is just a convenience that’s taken away by FlickR.

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  • chrisp

    this was the best flickr downloader. real shame..

  • Bob

    Hi theKing
    So are you going to share your “100 times better” app then?

  • Someone who isnt a thief

    Flickrdown banned by Flickr? 🙂  ha ha ha  How’s it going with taking yr own pics instead of ripping off others 🙂

  • YK


    Is it possible to set the application API key somehow? If not, is it possible to get the source of this application? (In that case I would be able to do it myself)


  • The source is here ( If you have a hex editor you can install your own key in the binary. Look at the source, find the key then use the hex editor to look for that key and replace it with your own key.

    Another solution is in Firefox, install DownThemAll!(, Install GreaseMonkey ( then install Flickr Bulk Dowloader (

    Then go to a set on flickr (like You should see a “Download List” button in the top right. Click it. This will generate a list of all the URLs of the original size images. Then pick Tools->DownThemAll! Tools->DownThemAll! and it should let you download all those links

    The disadvantage is it will only do one page at a time so if the set is large you have to go to each page. The advantage is it doesn’t use the Flickr API so flickr can’t ban it. With the flickr API when used as flickr sanctions it it’s impossible to download friends images unless they mark them as public domain. Friends should not need to do that so you you can download images they already shared with you.

  • Liz Peterson

    Hi Im getting “Forbidden (403) after I click on my flickr username

  • Sorry. Like it says at the top

    “ has decided to ban Flickrdown. Their position is that Flickrdown can be used to download copyrighted images and is therefore bad”

  • Al Whipp

    RE: “ has decided to ban Flickrdown.” That will be based on the agent header sent in the html request. Just checking that you know you can lie. Just set the user agent string to something like “Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64; rv:47.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/47.0” and they can’t ban you without banning half the Internet.

  • Actually it’s based on the api key you get when you sign up to use their API. If you sign up and get your own api key you can hack it into flickrdown (or download the source and recompile) and it might work — except that I haven’t touched it in 9-10 year so no idea what’s changed since then.

  • Al Whipp

    Ah, that’ll learn me for spouting my mouth off. Damned APIs. For some reason my brain just leapt to the olde screen scraping technique.
    And holey crap, only just noticed it’s last updated 2007. And you still read the comments? Bravo dude. Good work while it lasted. Turns out working out how to avoid stupidly annoying things gets stupidly annoyingly blocked. :-/