PicInch Gallery provides a simple way for a group of members, such as a photography club, to display their photographs.


Installation and Setup

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PicInch Gallery

This web server application provides a simple way for a group of members, such as a photography club, to display their photographs. The emphasis is on uncluttered presentation of images, organised into slideshows.


Contributors create simple slideshows. Each slide has a selection of title, photo and caption. Slides adjust in layout to match the content. There is a basic facility to edit and reorder slides.

Slideshows may be organised into topics, as defined by a curator. Topics may be defined in advance, or applied to existing slideshows. A topic can be viewed as a single slideshow, or as a page listing the individual contributions.

Sign-up is restricted to a pre-set list of members, suitable for a club.

Slideshows can be specified as publicly visible, or visible to website users, or hidden.

Individual photos can be added to a special topic “Highlights”, featured on the home page. It includes just the most recent highlights from each contributor.

The home page shows the most recent highlights and slideshows for each user. The number shown of each is configurable. A page for each contributor shows all their highlights and slideshows.

A set of recent highlight images are available for display on a parent website. See Images for a Parent Website for details.

Two user roles are defined. A curator can manage topics and create slideshows on behalf of users. An admin can add, suspend and remove users, and is also a curator.

Other features include: Static pages can be added using Go templates. Basic usage statistics are recorded daily and aggregated by month. A misc directory is provided to serve miscellaneous content such as videos. A topic can be shared with a URL containing an access code.

New Slideshows can include long video clips, up to a configurable file size, with background file compression by the server. Apple MOV files are converted to MP4 automatically.


Display layout is responsive to device size (PC, tablet or phone).

Full size images are resized for display automatically. JPGs, PNGs and TIFs are supported.


Public page Club home page User’s gallery Edit slideshow


PicInch can be configured as a standalone host for a public photo competition. It provides multiple classes, a competition entry form and email address verification. Judging and entry management is supported by tagging entries and a simple workflow management system.


Written in Go and ready to be deployed to a virtual machine using Docker, for good performance and easy setup. Suitable VMs are provided by IONOS, Digital Ocean, Linode, or Amazon Lightsail, typically costing around $2 to $6 per month with 10GB to 25GB of storage. Uses a MariaDB or MySQL database.

Automatic support for HTTPS using Let’s Encrypt certificates. Can be configured as a sub-domain of an existing domain name. E.g. gallery.our-website.com.

Data privacy features:

Security features:

New Client Cache-Control support:


The following may be addressed in future updates:

The following are unlikely to change: