Authenticate the plug-in for use with your preferred photo service

Photo services require that you give your permission for this plug-in to access your online photos and albums. Follow the steps below to provide this authentication.

This authentication process is different and separate to licensing the plug-in. By authenticating the plug-in you are allowing it access to your online albums.

1. Click the “Export…” button (or choose “Export…” from the File menu) to open the Export window.

2. Change the “Export To:” at the very top of the Export window to “Photo Upload”.

Authentication - Export to

3. In the “Photo Upload – Account” section of the window use the “Upload to:” drop down menu to choose which photo service you want to work with.

Authentication - Upload to

4. After choosing your photo service, click the “Add/Refresh” button beneath the “Account:” summary.

Authentication - Add-Refresh

5. Picasa Web (for Google Photos), Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, Facebook, Flickr, WordPress, Bitcasa, 500px, SmugMug, Twitter, Amazon Cloud Drive – follow these instructions:

a. A window will inform that your Web browser will open an authentication page. Select OK in this confirmation window.

Authenticaton - Confirm open Web browser

b. Choosing OK will open a new page in your Web Browser for you to authenticate the plugin.

The page that opens in your Web Browser will be different depending on the photo service you selected.

For example, if you selected Dropbox you will see:

Authentication - Allow Access - Dropbox

And if you selected Google Drive or Picasa Web you will see:

Authentication - Allow Access - Picasa Web

Use the appropriate button to allow the plug-in access to your photo service, i.e. press the “Accept”, “Allow” or “Allow access” etc. button.

c. A new page will open in your Web Browser giving you an authentication code.

For example, if you selected Dropbox you will see:

Authentication - Code - Dropbox

And if you selected Google Drive or Picasa Web you will see:

Authentication - Code - Picasa Web

d. Copy the code from your Web Browser and paste it into the Authentication Code window that has opened in Lightroom and select OK.

Authentication - Authentication Code populated - Picasa Web

Zenfolio, FTP – follow these instructions:

a. A window will appear where you should enter your login information. Select OK when you have entered the information.

For example, if you selected Zenfolio you will see:

Authentication - Zenfolio

6. The plug-in will now use your authentication information to retrieve your account name.

You will see that the authenticated account name, email address (where applicable) and storage space (or status) are displayed for the account where your photos will be uploaded to.

Authentication - Account summary

30 thoughts on “Authentication”

    1. Hi,
      If ifp3 give you FTP access then you could try connecting over FTP. The Photo Upload plug-in supports FTP (and SFTP on Windows).
      Using FTP means you’ll need to know your FTP site configuration, so this may be more technical than you want to spend time on.
      You can try the plug-in for free – and if it works well for you then you could buy a license key at that time.

  1. Hi:
    I’d like to display galleries of wedding photos on my own wordpress website, upload from Lightroom CC with your plug in,. Can I do this automatically and how? At the moment, I have this website: The theme I am using “Invictus” does allow a mass upload but I don’t see how to create a gallery full of several hundred images. Also there is the question of meta tags, titles and descriptions. Can you point to the right steps? thank you

    1. Hi,
      For WordPress, this plug-in helps you upload one or many of your photos from Lightroom to your WordPress media library without having to first export your photos to disk and then manually upload them.
      This plug-in does not create website/webpage galleries for you in WordPress.

  2. I have recently changed the account name (email address) for my OneDrive. Unfortunately, my old account name comes alphabetically before my new account name, with the result that every time I load the plugin I get an authentication error and I have to select the correct name.
    Is there any way that I can delete the old account name from the plugin?

    1. Can you select the old account name in the list and then click the “Remove” button below the list of accounts?
      Can you also confirm that you have the latest version (3.0.3) of the plug-in?

  3. My site is hosted by Hostgator, I can’t seem to understand what to enter as the site URL. I have used ftp.(name).com for other ftp uploads successfully, but I keep receiving ftp name errors. Any ideas?

    1. Hi,
      Just for clarity, you’re trying to authenticate with an FTP site and not one of the online photo services.
      It should work with a “ftp://” prefix. So for example “”. Give that a try (the text on the authentication window also uses this example).

  4. I am trying to get your plugin’s publish service to authorize to my LOCALHOST wordpress site (which is what I use to test before I apply any changes to my internet website). I have a JSON API plugin installed in my wordpress site since the option is greyed out in Jetpack and all the “controllers” are authorized. I tried using “http://localhost/wp” (which is the URL for the wordpress site I am hosting on my PC) and also “http://localhost/wp/api” in the “or enter your site’s URL here” box but it doesn’t work. What do I need to do to get your plugin to work?

    1. Hi,
      We’ve exchanged a few emails on this one.
      At this time I think that Jetpack for a self-hosted WordPress does not allow authentication against a localhost installation. The authentication mechanism relies on the public server being able to access your localhost WordPress site, which is not possible for a localhost installation. I will keep investigating this, but I think for the time being it is not possible for the Photo Upload plug-in to work with a WordPress site installed on localhost.

    1. Hi,
      I have tested this on my self hosted website and it authorises fine.

      The installation notes say:
      “For self-hosted WordPress sites, please ensure you have the Jetpack plug-in and have enabled JSON API in the settings. You do not need to do this if your site is hosted on”
      Do you have this installed? Only self-hosted sites need it.

      I’ve sent you this in an email too – I’m not aware of anybody else have the same problem so hopefully we can get this fixed quickly.

      1. For self-hosted sites, it appears there is an error introduced in JetPack 3.0.2. The previous version of JetPack works fine, and after reporting this to JetPack I’ve successfully tested a patch for the next version (3.1).
        Please be aware that authentication does not work with JetPack 3.0.2!

  5. Hi there,

    Just excitedly grabbed it as I’m still using LR3 and I wanted to use something better than the build in Flickr extension.

    But when I try to Add/Refresh a Flickr account I’m told “Photo Upload: Error authenticating with Flickr Could not retrieve authentication URL for Flickr”.

    A few other services seem to open a web page in my browser with no problems.

    Is there a XML config file that I can update the URL for Flickr (assuming I can find it in the API docs) that I’ve missed (or is it just fixable)?


    1. Hi,
      I fixed a bug similar to what you reported in version 1.5.2 of the plug-in two days ago.
      Could you check you have the latest version (which currently is 1.5.4)?

  6. Hi,
    still it doesn`t work. No Special Warning or Information. Photo Upload tries to authorise and then just fell back to: Not authorized with Picas Web ……
    Thanks for the fast reply and have a merry Xmas!

    1. Hi,
      I’ve sent you an email. There should be nothing preventing you authorising the plug-in against Picasa Web except your network settings, but hopefully you will send me your log file and I can investigate.

  7. Hi,
    i`m having problems authorising my Google account in the plugin. I checked the Firewall and tried a few times to authorize. But after copying the Auth code from the browser and clicking OK, Photo Upload still says : Not authorized with Picasa Web – use the aut…..
    Can U help? Please.

    1. I’ve just today added a new version of Photo Upload (v1.5) that tries to give a clearer message if it appears to have network issues (e.g. a firewall is blocking it).
      Could you please try the latest version?

  8. Hi Rob !

    My computer was robbed last August, and just now I’m trying to use the photo upload plugin again.
    I’m using Windows 8.1, Lightroom 4.4 and Photo Upload 1.4.9.
    The install and licensing process worked just fine, but when I try to authorize any service (I’ve the Google Drive or Picasaweb licenses), I go through all steps, I get the auth code from Google, paste it in the Plugin box, but I always get back to the “not authorized” message.
    I tried to run LR as administrator, Firefox and Chrome with same results.
    Any sugestion ?
    Thanks in advance,


    1. Hi Ronald,

      If the authorisation does not work then it is almost certainly a firewall problem. Can you check into that?
      I’ll drop you an email and see if you can also send me your log file.


    2. Hi Rob !

      Thank you very much for your prompt attention to my message.

      After receiving your email about the possible firewall problem, I switched to another connection and the Google auth process worked just fine.

      Best regards,


  9. How do I authorize this app to access my Google+ business page instead of my personal profile? The upload to Google+ worked great, but I want to post photos to my photo business page instead of my personal page, which is where it seems to authorize by default. Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi,
      Google do not provide a public way for Lightroom plug-ins to update G+ “pages”. They allow you to upload to personal profiles but not business pages. As soon as Google make the API public I will look into updating the plug-in. Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you.

      1. Hi Rob, this is exactly my problem as well. Your uploader works perfectly well with my personal G+ account but I now need to upload to my business page.
        Has the API made public in the meantime? Any changes we can have this feature?

        1. Google have not made their Pages API public – the situation has not changed since 2012. I’m not sure why they have such protection for their Pages API, but I’ve written to Google asking for permission to use it. I don’t think this plug-in is a big enough player for Gpogle to take notice, but I’ll see if they reply and what they say.
          Sorry – wish I had better news.

  10. What kind of security is provided so that all of my personal information is not improperly used/released by this app? It appears that I have to authorize complete access in order for it to work with Skydrive. Obviously, I am concerned about the app being hacked or info being provided to advertisers.

    1. Hi,
      The plug-ins ask SkyDrive (or Picasa Web etc.) for your user name, email address, quota info and for access to your folders.
      None of this personal information is transmitted anywhere by the plug-in – i.e. it does not leave your machine.
      The plug-ins do not actually store any of this information either – they fetch it fresh each time and just use it for the current operation.

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