Download “Photo Upload 4.3.8”


  • Adobe Lightroom 3.x or later (i.e. Lightroom 3, 4, 5 or 6, including Lightroom CC)
  • Windows or Mac


There are 2 steps for installing the plug-in. I’ve done my best to describe these with screenshots to help as much as possible.

1. Download and unzip the plug-in
2. Install the plug-in within Lightroom

1. Download and unzip the plug-in

1. Use the download link above to download the LATEST version of the plug-in. These instructions only apply to the latest version!

2. Unzip the contents of the downloaded Zip file to a permanent folder on your computer. For example:

On Windows:

Create the following folder:
\Documents\Lightroom Plug-ins

Open the downloaded Zip file and copy the top level folder named “photoupload.lrplugin” from the Zip file into the folder you have just created.

You should now have a folder that looks like this:

Installation - Plug-in Folder (Win)

You should end up having the following folder hierarchy:
\Documents\Lightroom Plug-ins\photoupload.lrplugin

Note: Don’t rename the photoupload.lrplugin folder as Lightroom requires the folder have an extension of lrplugin.

On Mac:

Extract the downloaded Zip file. You can do this by right-clicking on the zip file, choosing Open With and then Archive Utility. This will extract it the *.lrplugin folder from the Zip file into your Downloads folder.

Installation - Plug-in Download Folder (Mac) zipInstallation - Plug-in Download Folder (Mac)

Copy the extracted folder, “photoupload.lrplugin” (i.e. not the file ending in “.zip“), into your Applications folder.

Installation - Plug-in Folder (Mac)

You should end up having the following folder hierarchy:

Note: Don’t rename the photoupload.lrplugin folder as Lightroom requires the folder have an extension of lrplugin.

2. Install the plug-in within Lightroom

Installing a plug-in within Lightroom is relatively simple, but there are a few points to look out for. Follow the steps below to perform the installation.

1. From the File menu in Lightroom, select “Plug-in Manager…”.

a. Click the “Add” button (in the bottom left corner).

Installation - Plug-in Manager - Add

b. In the selection window, select the plugin folder, “photoupload.lrplugin“, that you extracted from the Zip file earlier.

Installation - Add Lightroom Plug-in

c. Lightroom may ask you to update your current catalog. (The plug-ins need to update your catalogs so they can store some extra information within them for each photo you upload.) You should allow this to happen by selecting “Update Catalog”.

Installation - Update Catalog

d. When your catalog has been updated you will see the plug-in appear in the Plug-in Manager.

Installation - Plug-in Manager - Photo Upload Plug-in

e. Finally, click “Done” in the bottom right of the window to close the Plug-in Manager.

Using the plug-ins

For instructions on using the plug-ins see one of the following topics:


If you have any trouble with the plug-ins, please refer to the Support FAQ page.

8 thoughts on “Installation”

  1. Using the Photo Upload plugin, is it possible to change the icon in Lightroom’s publish services to match whichever service we have setup? So if Google Drive was configured it would show the Google Drive icon, the G+ icon for Picasa/Google+, or the DropBox icon for DropBox, etc.

    It’s not a huge deal, but just an extra touch of professionalism and a prettier list of services.

  2. Thank you for clarifying the difference between exporting and publishing. Makes perfect sense now.

    Thank you for looking into the face tag / caption features. I hope it’s something the APIs give access to as I see it quite useful.


  3. Hello! Fantastic plugin, purchased the picasa/google+ version and it is working pretty well. Curious about additional features, will a future version of this plugin sync captions / face tags that I enter on the google side with Lightroom?


    1. Hi,
      Lightroom does like to be the master – it doesn’t have great syncing capabilities (even via plug-ins) to bring data back in from the outside world.
      LR does not handle face tags at all today. So I’m not quite sure how you would like it to work with face tags. Do you mean that you want to add face tags as keywords in LR?
      How would you like the retrieval of captions to work? Are you entering photo captions in the Picasa Web or Google+ app/websites and you want them brought back to LR?
      And finally, are using the Export or the Publish methods for uploading your photos?

      I can’t promise anything but I will give this some thought.

      1. Yes, Face tags as Lightroom keywords would be a nice addition I think. Google’s face recognition is pretty good so it could help filling the Lightroom keywords for a photo.

        Regarding captions, I was thinking to sync Lightroom’s Metadata caption with Google+ / Picasa Web captions.

        Regarding comments, I believe there is a way to see comments on a photo within Lightroom being pulled from Facebook comments (I think I saw it with Jeffrey Friedl’s Facebook plugin). Maybe this could work in a similar fashion for Google+ / Picasa web.

        I am using the publish method, haven’t tried it via export. From my understanding export would mean it would create physical exported files from my edited photos, which then would be synced. I like how with publishing this extra step is avoided, saving space and time.

        There is a another question that came up the other day. If, for whatever reason, your plugin would stop working (e.g. you would discontinue developing it for future versions of Lightroom / Google+), does this mean I would loose the photos I have already published? Since Publish seems to be an ongoing syncing process, is there a setting which is one-directional, so that the albums stay intact within Google+, independent of Lightroom?

        Thank you!

        1. Thanks for elaborating a bit on face tags, captions and comments. I understand what you are trying to achieve.

          Your understanding of the export method is not quite correct. Export is very similar to publish in that a temp file is created according to your export/publish settings (e.g. a jpg with resolution 1920×1080 etc.) and then that file is uploaded. Lightroom then removes the temp file once it has been uploaded. The difference between Lightroom’s publish and export is that publish maintains a hierarchy of albums itself. Export just presents you with a list of available albums on Google+ each time you export.

          Lightroom’s publish is really just one-way. It pushes the photos out to Google+. So if the plug-in stops working, or even if Lightroom stops working, the photos are left untouched on Google+.


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