Picasa Album Download

August 14, 2008 in en, google, java, projects, python

Picasa web albums is a great service. As far as I can tell it has very few disadvantages over competing websites. Although I have never used Flickr or similar services so I am not really one to judge.

There is one thing with Picasa web albums that quite a few people have asked me:

Can I download whole album from Picasa at once, without having to click through all the photos one-by-one?

Well I used to tell people to install Picasa to their computer, but less tech-savvy users had problems with this approach. Some companies also have restrictions on installing software in their networks. No wonder with numbers of trojans, malware and similar things on the Internet these days. Getting rid of them can take forever…

I found quite a few projects dealing with downloading from picasa. All of them required installing some application (or at least download one). Perfect solution? Web service.

As an aspiring Software engineer (pun intended) I set up on a quest to solve this problem once and for all. Goal:

  • Download complete Picasa Web Album into computer without having to install anything first
  • Multiplatform (Windows, Linux, MacOS X,…) support. Ideally only browser-requiring solution.

Simple right? Well yes and no. I will publish technical details and solutions I tried in some other post (edit: I already did). Now. without further ado, I present to you: