Lychee is an open-source, free software program for self-hosted photo management. It can be installed on the user's own server or website. The software permits the uploading and management of photos and also makes sharing photos very easy.
- Limited social media sharing support
- Complete photo management from a web browser
- Photos can be uploaded, renamed, and described in seconds
- Tags and descriptions create a database that can be searched quickly
- Password protected albums
- Viewing in full-screen mode
- Sharing to Facebook and Twitter with one click
- Easy install on web space or server via FTP
- Elegant and intuitive interface
- Simple one-click operation
- Search feature for large photo collections
- No compression tool or other editing
Lychee has much to offer in the realm of photo management. It basically allows the user to create a repository of photos on their own web server or website. The comparisons with Flickr are hard to ignore. The difference here is that the user is in complete control of the security and preservation of their photos. The installation of the software is straightforward and is best accomplished with an FTP program like Filezilla. It only takes about three or four minutes to install the program on your server. The program, once installed, has an elegant interface which is very intuitive. It guides the user through uploading, renaming, and describing photos. Once photos have been uploaded it is possible to search them through the use of tags or descriptions. This is helpful if you have thousands of photos which require management. Albums can be created and password protected. It is also possible to share the photos with the public. For individual viewing the interface offers a full-screen mode that can be navigated with a single click. Overall, this is a simple to use program which is somewhat bare bones. It gets the job done but some individuals will probably crave more bells and whistles from their photo management tool.