gallery-dl - Command-line program to download image galleries and collections from several image hosting sites

Created at: 2014-10-13 03:38:05
Language: Python
License: GPL-2.0

========== gallery-dl

gallery-dl is a command-line program to download image galleries and collections from several image hosting sites (see Supported Sites). It is a cross-platform tool with many configuration options and powerful filenaming capabilities <Formatting_>.

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  • Python_ 3.4+
  • Requests_


  • FFmpeg_: Pixiv Ugoira to WebM conversion
  • yt-dlp_ or youtube-dl_: Video downloads
  • PySocks_: SOCKS proxy support
  • brotli_ or brotlicffi_: Brotli compression support



The stable releases of gallery-dl are distributed on PyPI_ and can be easily installed or upgraded using pip_:

.. code:: bash

python3 -m pip install -U gallery-dl

Installing the latest dev version directly from GitHub can be done with pip_ as well:

.. code:: bash

python3 -m pip install -U -I --no-deps --no-cache-dir

Note: Windows users should use :code:py -3 instead of :code:python3.

It is advised to use the latest version of pip_, including the essential packages :code:setuptools and :code:wheel. To ensure these packages are up-to-date, run

.. code:: bash

python3 -m pip install --upgrade pip setuptools wheel

Standalone Executable

Prebuilt executable files with a Python interpreter and required Python packages included are available for

  • Windows <>__
  • Linux <>__

| Executables build from the latest commit can be found at |


Linux users that are using a distro that is supported by Snapd_ can install gallery-dl from the Snap Store:

.. code:: bash

snap install gallery-dl


Windows users that have Chocolatey_ installed can install gallery-dl from the Chocolatey Community Packages repository:

.. code:: powershell

choco install gallery-dl


gallery-dl is also available in the Scoop_ "main" bucket for Windows users:

.. code:: powershell

scoop install gallery-dl


To use gallery-dl simply call it with the URLs you wish to download images from:

.. code:: bash

gallery-dl [OPTION]... URL...

See also :code:gallery-dl --help.


Download images; in this case from danbooru via tag search for 'bonocho':

.. code:: bash

gallery-dl ""

Get the direct URL of an image from a site supporting authentication with username & password:

.. code:: bash

gallery-dl -g -u "<username>" -p "<password>" ""

Filter manga chapters by language and chapter number:

.. code:: bash

gallery-dl --chapter-filter "lang == 'fr' and 10 <= chapter < 20" ""

| Search a remote resource for URLs and download images from them: | (URLs for which no extractor can be found will be silently ignored)

.. code:: bash

gallery-dl "r:"

If a site's address is nonstandard for its extractor, you can prefix the URL with the extractor's name to force the use of a specific extractor:

.. code:: bash

gallery-dl "tumblr:https://sometumblrblog.example"


Configuration files for gallery-dl use a JSON-based file format.

| For a (more or less) complete example with options set to their default values, see gallery-dl.conf_. | For a configuration file example with more involved settings and options, see gallery-dl-example.conf_. | A list of all available configuration options and their descriptions can be found in configuration.rst_. |

gallery-dl searches for configuration files in the following places:

Windows: * %APPDATA%\gallery-dl\config.json * %USERPROFILE%\gallery-dl\config.json * %USERPROFILE%\gallery-dl.conf

(``%USERPROFILE%`` usually refers to the user's home directory,
i.e. ``C:\Users\<username>\``)

Linux, macOS, etc.: * /etc/gallery-dl.conf * ${XDG_CONFIG_HOME}/gallery-dl/config.json * ${HOME}/.config/gallery-dl/config.json * ${HOME}/.gallery-dl.conf

Values in later configuration files will override previous ones.

Command line options will override all related settings in the configuration file(s), e.g. using --write-metadata will enable writing metadata using the default values for all postprocessors.metadata.* settings, overriding any specific settings in configuration files.


Username & Password

Some extractors require you to provide valid login credentials in the form of a username & password pair. This is necessary for nijie and optional for aryion, danbooru, e621, exhentai, idolcomplex, imgbb, inkbunny, instagram, mangadex, mangoxo, pillowfort, sankaku, subscribestar, tapas, tsumino, twitter, and zerochan.

You can set the necessary information in your configuration file (cf. gallery-dl.conf_)

.. code:: json

    "extractor": {
        "twitter": {
            "username": "<username>",
            "password": "<password>"

or you can provide them directly via the :code:-u/--username and :code:-p/--password or via the :code:-o/--option command-line options

.. code:: bash

gallery-dl -u <username> -p <password> URL
gallery-dl -o username=<username> -o password=<password> URL


For sites where login with username & password is not possible due to CAPTCHA or similar, or has not been implemented yet, you can use the cookies from a browser login session and input them into gallery-dl.

This can be done via the cookies <>__ option in your configuration file by specifying

  • | the path to a Mozilla/Netscape format cookies.txt file exported by a browser addon | (e.g. Get cookies.txt <>__ for Chrome, Export Cookies <>__ for Firefox)

  • | a list of name-value pairs gathered from your browser's web developer tools | (in Chrome <>, in Firefox <>)

For example:

.. code:: json

    "extractor": {
        "instagram": {
            "cookies": "$HOME/path/to/cookies.txt"
        "patreon": {
            "cookies": {
                "session_id": "K1T57EKu19TR49C51CDjOJoXNQLF7VbdVOiBrC9ye0a"

You can also specify a cookies.txt file with the :code:--cookies command-line option:

.. code:: bash

gallery-dl --cookies "$HOME/path/to/cookies.txt" URL


gallery-dl supports user authentication via OAuth_ for deviantart, flickr, reddit, smugmug, tumblr, and mastodon instances. This is mostly optional, but grants gallery-dl the ability to issue requests on your account's behalf and enables it to access resources which would otherwise be unavailable to a public user.

To link your account to gallery-dl, start by invoking it with oauth:<sitename> as an argument. For example:

.. code:: bash

gallery-dl oauth:flickr

You will be sent to the site's authorization page and asked to grant read access to gallery-dl. Authorize it and you will be shown one or more "tokens", which should be added to your configuration file.

To authenticate with a mastodon instance, run gallery-dl with oauth:mastodon:<instance> as argument. For example:

.. code:: bash

gallery-dl oauth:mastodon:

.. _gallery-dl.conf: .. _gallery-dl-example.conf: .. _configuration.rst: .. _Supported Sites: .. _Formatting:

.. _Python: .. _PyPI: .. _pip: .. _Requests: .. _FFmpeg: .. _yt-dlp: .. _youtube-dl: .. _PySocks: .. _brotli: .. _brotlicffi: .. _pyOpenSSL: .. _Snapd: .. _OAuth: .. _Chocolatey: .. _Scoop:

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