for Google Drive
A free web gallery for the photos and videos you share on
Setup is easy
First, make sure you have some shared photos in Google Drive:
Create a Google Drive account,
if you don't have one already.
Upload some photos to a folder.
Share the folder
as "public on the web".
Then, activate your gallery:
Create your gallery now
How does it work?
It's simple, and mostly automatic.
Your gallery is created automatically when you give us permission to connect to your Google Drive.
There's no need to register or configure anything.
You get an easy-to-remember web address (URL).
It's named after your Google account by default,
but you can change that.
Your gallery is visible to anyone who has the URL.
When someone views your gallery,
we look up your publicly shared folders on Google Drive and show them as photo albums.
(Only folders shared as "public on the web" are included.)
Any photos or videos in your public folders are shown as thumbnails in your photo albums.
Click or tap a thumbnail to view it full size.
Click or tap the full size image to toggle display of captions and other metadata.
Page through photos using arrow keys or by touch-swiping (on mobile devices).
View a sample gallery.
Create your gallery now
Why archive photos on Google Drive?
Don't rely on a social network to archive your photos.
You may find it's hard to get them back out.
Any descriptions or tags you add to your photos will be in the social network's database,
not in your image file.
So they'll be lost when viewing your photos elsewhere.
A smarter approach is to store the originals of your photos on a synchronizing file service like Google Drive or Dropbox.
Add descriptions and other metadata directly in the file itself (using an EXIF editor).
Then upload the file to social networks, if you like.
This lets you keep control of your photos and videos,
and makes it easy to back them up and access them wherever you choose without losing important metadata.
Think of it as keeping the photographic "negatives" in a safe place and sharing prints,
rather than giving away the negatives themselves.
Who's behind this?
I'm Jason Grimes,
a web developer in Raleigh, North Carolina.
I built this as a personal project,
to scratch an itch and to experiment a little.
It's released as open source (under the MIT license).
Get the source code on Github if you're interested.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.