Download images from Flickr with Python

Use Flickr Scraper to get images from Flickr with Python. Want to grab images from Flickr? Flickr Scraper makes it quick and easy. Just tell it what to download and you’ll get your Flickr image available offline, for whenever you want it.

Easy setup to get images programmatically in Python

1Get an Apify account

You can’t get data from the inside of the platform if you’re not authorized in it. So to get started, create an Apify account. It only takes a minute and it's free of charge.

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2Initialize the API using your token

After you’ve registered, it’s time to add your secret authentication token. You can find your API token on the Integrations page in Apify Console.

Get your token in Console

3Define input and copy it in JSON

To get the data from Flickr you first need to use Flickr Scraper to extract it. So let’s add a simple input and transfer it to your code. You can copy your input as a JSON from the Flickr Scraper’s Input tab in Console.


4Integrate Apify into your codebase

Finally, call the Flickr Scraper from your Python project. Use Apify Client or Endpoints. You’ll be able to export scraped Flickr data in no time by running the sample code below ↓.


5Monitor your Flickr Scraper runs

Head over to our dashboard and see how Flickr Scraper runs are executed in real time. Here you can also download the run logs and keep an eye on the API’s performance.

Go to dashboard

Get your Python project up and running

Add-on to step 4: start your Python project by executing this code snippet in your go-to environment.

1from apify_client import ApifyClient
2
3# Initialize the ApifyClient with your Apify API token
4client = ApifyClient("<YOUR_API_TOKEN>")
5
6# Prepare the Actor input
7run_input = {
8    "searchUrls": [],
9    "searchQueries": ["Cat"],
10    "desiredMediaCount": 100,
11    "sortType": "RELEVANCE",
12    "licenseType": "ALL",
13    "mediaMinSize": "SMALL",
14    "dateSearchType": "DATE_TAKEN",
15    "proxyConfiguration": { "useApifyProxy": True },
16}
17
18# Run the Actor and wait for it to finish
19run = client.actor("web.harvester/flickr-scraper").call(run_input=run_input)
20
21# Fetch and print Actor results from the run's dataset (if there are any)
22for item in client.dataset(run["defaultDatasetId"]).iterate_items():
23    print(item)
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Frequently asked questions

How does this tool work?

Apify’s wide range of tools use a technique called web scraping to extract public data from websites. These scrapers access the website the same way as you would with a browser, find the image, video, or text you want, and download it for you. They’re a fast and efficient way to get data at scale.

What is web scraping?

Web scraping is a handy method for collecting information from various websites. It's like having a digital assistant that visits web pages on your behalf, pulling out the details you need such as prices, descriptions, addresses, and contact information. But it's more than just text; this tool can also download images and videos, making it a comprehensive way to gather content from the online world. It takes care of all the complex, technical parts, so you don't have to.

How does web scraping work?

Web scraping is a method where you choose websites to collect specific content, including text, images, and videos. You begin by identifying the web pages that host the visual media you're interested in. Next, you use a web scraping tool tailored to locate the parts of the page containing the images or videos you want to download. Once the tool is set up and run, it navigates to the chosen web pages, identifies the images and videos, and downloads them for you. It's a streamlined way to gather pictures and videos from online sources without having to manually download each item.

Yes, web scraping is legal for gathering public information from websites. But be careful with personal or confidential data, as well as intellectual property, because laws and regulations might protect them. It's good practice to check the website's rules or terms of service to know what's allowed. If you're not sure, getting legal advice can help ensure you're using web scraping correctly and within the law.

What is an Apify Actor?

Actors are serverless cloud programs that run on the Apify platform and do computing jobs. They’re called Actors because, like human actors, they perform actions based on a script. They can perform anything from simple actions (such as filling out a web form or sending an email) to complex operations (such as crawling an entire website or removing duplicates from a large dataset). Actor runs can be as short or as long as necessary. They could last seconds, hours, or even run infinitely.

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