I used to organize all my photos on local discs (CDs, DVDs back in the days). I even renamed them using the predecessor of GeoSetter and removed all duplicates. This was back in the days when I still had time for this.

Then Google Photos appeared and everything got so much easier. No more manually copying from a camera, just using the smartphone and have them in Google Photos.

Is there any solution that provides the same comfort as Google Photos but locally?


  • Automatic copying from Android smartphone
  • Showing the location on a map (Google Maps, if possible)

I like Google Photos for its simplicity but want to keep control over my photos. Picasa was not bad but was cancelled and made me switch to Google Photos.

  • On which OS shall it run? How much money are you willing to spend in case of paid software? As you're using the google-apps tag, must it be an application by Google – or should that indicate it must work with eg. Google Drive?
    – Izzy
    Nov 5, 2017 at 10:40
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    Windows is my primary operating system. Linux is running in a Virtual Box. It must not be an application from Google.
    – Michael S.
    Nov 5, 2017 at 14:51

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digiKam is open-source desktop software with a lot of features of Google Photos, like galleries, showing photos on a map, and identifying faces. In my experience, it is both more and less powerful than Google Photos, depending on the feature.

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