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Copyright © 2004-2011 Petteri Kettunen.

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1 About

Jpgind is a command-line tool for generating static web galleries from JPEG (Exif) and DSC raw image files (TIFF RAW files are currently not supported). Galleries can be customised with various options and metadata.

Demo galleries:

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2 Invoking jpgind

     jpgind [options] [[directory]...] [[file]...]

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3 Simple examples

Generate a gallery from all JPG files in current working directory entitled “Moon viewing July 15 2002.” Output will be created to a directory named index.

     jpgind --title "Moon viewing July 15 2002" *.JPG

Generate a gallery from all your files under $HOME/Pictures, using thumbnail grid with five columns and three rows on each index page, and sort images by Exif or file date in descending order.

     jpgind --title "All my pictures" -x 5 -y 3 -O sort=chronologic ~/Pictures

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4 Compiling

Prequisities: GCC, GNU Make, wget, curl and texinfo.

Due to legacy reasons, the required external libraries are built and linked statically with the library. That is likely to change in future releases.

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5 Command-line options

--bicubic <on|off>
Switch for bi-cubic interpolation in down-scaling. This is the default method for down-scaling. If this feature is switched off (--bicubic off), then “box” or “Bartlett” filter is used which can only scale down in steps by fixed factor of two. See also options -F/--filter.

Rc file keyword: bicubic; values, on, off.

Show copyleft information and exit.
Specify external CSS file to be used insteadt of the internal one.

Rc file keyword: css.

Print debug messages whilst processing.
Specify filename from which input file or directory names, and optionally user-provided metadata are read. Entries are one per line including all metadata for an entry. Lines starting with the hash character (#) are treated as comments. This option can be repeated. Currently there is a limitation that the file name or any path component can not contain whitespace characters.

Metadata tags are: data, ll, rotate, and title. Values for title and data must be enclosed in double quotes and inside the double quotes proper escaping of special characters is required. See the example below.

          flower1.jpg rotate 180 data "<a href=\"http://localhost/1/\">See more flowers like this.</a>" title "Flower 1"
          flower2.jpg data "<a href=\"http://localhost/2/\">See more flowers like this.</a>" title "Flower 2" rotate 270
          flower3.jpg title "Flower 3" rotate 90 data "<a href=\"http://localhost/3/\">See more flowers like this.</a>"
          flower_collection # a directory of flower photos

Metadata tag ll is for specifying latitude-longitude in decimal format, separated by a comma as shown below.

          flower.jpg ll 43.077634,141.338511

-F <0|1>, --filter <0|1>
Values 0 and 1 set filter used in downscaling to “box” and “Bartlett,” respectively. This option has effect only when bicubic scaling is not used (--bicubic off).
--frame-delay <delay in seconds>
Specify display time for each frame in slideshow movie. Effects frame display time in movies generated with --mpeg option also. If zero and --mpeg is given, each input image is used as a frame in the movie.
-h, --help
Show usage info and exit.
-M <1|2>, --medianfilter <1|2>
Switch on median filtering. Parameters: 1, filter before down-scaling; 2, filtering before and after down-scaling.
Produce thumbnail index image(s) in the output directory. The grid is 8x16 images per index page and the thumbnail size is fixed.
Create raw materials for a slideshow/movie of input still frames. FFMPEG tool is required for post-processing. You can use option --frame-delay to speficy the interval how long each frame is displayed. Set this --frame-delay value to zero if you aim to create a movie from input images without fadings and transition between frames. The default frame rate for MPEG is 25 frames per second. Therefore the length of the movie in seconds is number of input images divided by the framerate.
-O <extra option>
Set extra parametes in form -O name=value. This option can be repeated. Recognised parameters for name are:
Specify HTML character set. See IANA page for current official names. This parameter can be up to 40 characters long. If this option is not given, default charset is set to UTF-8.

Rc file keyword: charset.

Set HTML file extension.

Rc file keyword: ext.

Switch fast raw decoding (dcraw -h) on or off.

Rc file keyword: fastraw; values, on, off.

Specify colour profile file that will be used for all input images. The output profile is locked to sRGB. Some profiles can be found from Popular Photography site. See colour profiling.
Specify a directory containing colour profiles. See colour profiling.
Specify sort order: asc for ascending (default), desc for descending.

Rc file keyword: order; values, asc, desc.

Option to show or hide file name from the image label.

Rc file keyword: show-filename; values, on, off.

Sort input files with one of the following methods.
  • lexicographic: case-insensitive lexicographical (i.e. aphabetical) sort
  • chronologic: Exif timestamp or file modification date if Exif info is not found. In the case of raw format files, file modification date is used.


               jpgind -O sort=lexicographic *.JPG

Rc file keyword: sort.

Option to crop thumbnail images to square shape.

Rc file keyword: square-thumbs; values, on, off.

-o <dirname>, --output-dir <dirname>
Specify an alternate output directory name. It can be absolute or relative to current working directory.

Rc file keyword: output-dir.

If this option is given, information showing the processing progress is printed to standard output.

Rc file keyword: progress; values, on, off.

-q <value>, --quality <value>
This parameter sets the JPEG compression level. Value range is from 0 (best compression, worst quality) to 100 (minimum compression, highest quality).

Rc file keyword: quality.

--rc <filename>
Specify user-defined configuration file. This should be the first option given to have the desired effect together with other options which may be given on the command line. This option can also be used to disable reading the options in the default rc file as in the example below.
          jpgind --rc /dev/null *.JPG

-S <value>, --size <value>
Set the maximum image size for the images which are typically shown on its own page. More specifically, the number specified with this option is the maximum of pixel rows or columns i.e. max(rows,cols). The aspect ratio of the original image is preserved in down-scaling.

Following literal arguments are also recognised: cif, qcif, qvga, qxga, qsxga, qsxga+, quxga, svga, sxga+, sxga, sqcif, uxga, vga, wxga, wsxga+, wuxga, xga.

Rc file keyword: size.

--skip-dir <dirname>
Specify name of directory which is not searched for images files in recursive mode. This option can be repeated to specify more than one directory.

Rc file keyword: skip-dir (can be repeated.)

Read input file names and optional metadata from standard input, one entry per line. See option -f.
-T <gallery title>, --title <gallery title>
Specify gallery title string. In case the title contains whitespaces, it must be enclosed in single or double quotes.


          jpgind -T "Moon viewing July 2001" *.JPG

If this option is given, images are post-processed using so-called “un-sharp” mask. Here it is implemented using scheme

unsharp = original + k * (original - smoothed)

where k is a constant.

Rc file keyword: unsharp; values, on, off.

Print version information and exit.
-x <value>
Sets number of columns in index image thumbnail grid.

Rc file keyword: x.

-y <value>
Sets number rows in index image thumbnail grid.

Rc file keyword: y.

Extract Exif thumbnails to the current working directory using unique scrabled names.
Take first input image, scale it down and write JPEG image to stdout.

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6 Configuration file

Here is a sample .jpgindrc (or jpgindrc.ini in case of Wintel) file.

     style default
     size 800
     thumbsize 128
     exifinfo simple
     x 4
     y 3
     quality 95
     bicubic on
     unsharp on
     progress on
     skip-dir index
     skip-dir index_all
     iccdir /home/debian/pictures/icc

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7 Colour profiling

Colour profiling depends on a compile-time flag USE_LCMS. There are three ways to use a ICC input profile for your images. The output profile is locked to “web safe” sRGB.

  1. Speficy a profile file by using the -O icc=FILE option. This input profile is added to JPEG and raw images alike.
  2. Specify a directory containing profile files by using the -O iccdir=DIR option. The profiles are applied to raw format photos only. The files in the specified directory must be in the following format:
              MAKER MODEL.icc
    Thats is, maker name in uppercase letters, a space, camera model in uppercase letters, and file extension '.icc'.
  3. If any of the two options above are not given, some internal rules are tried. If an appropriate file is found from the file system, it is used. Currently only some Nikon specific rules are implemented.

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8 Feedback or author URL

This program has a simple spam-prevention mechanism by scrambling the specified plain feedback email address using Javascript. The feedback address can also be an URL.


     jpgind --email ...

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9 Reporting bugs


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10 Download

Source code.

Daily snapshot.

This project's history is recorded in its Freshmeat page. See also the ChangeLog,

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11 License

jpgind – static web gallery generator. Copyright © 2002-2011 Petteri Kettunen.

Jpgind is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under the GNU General Public License conditions, See GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE.

The font bitmaps used in this program are derived from /efont/ project which is distributed under the BSD license and copyrighted as follows:

Copyright © 2000-2001 /efont/ The Electronic Font Open Laboratory. All rights reserved.

The MD5 code included in this program is copyrighted as follows.

Copyright © 2001-2003 Christophe Devine (license: GPL)

The raw photo data decoder is Copyright (C) 1997-2008 Dave Coffin (license: free)

The CSS stylesheet and icons are from The current stylesheet is based in bbgallery and copyrighted as follows.

Copyright © 2001 Bodo Bauer <bb at (license: GPL)

The strcasecmp function is taken from GtkHx (license: GPL)

The colour management routines use `Little cms' library Copyright © 1998-2010 Marti Maria (license: X11)

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12 Acknowledgements

Thanks to Independent JPEG Group for JPEG library, Frans Slothouber for directory tree recursion routine, Janne Kotka for initial CSS design, Paul D. Bourke for TIFF file writing function and for formulating scaling by bicubic interpolation.

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ADDENDUM: How to use this License for your documents

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