Blue Twilight is an open-source, self-hosted photo gallery web application written in PHP and using MariaDB or MySQL for data storage. You run the PHP photo gallery on your own server or web hosting – so you are in full control over who can access your images.
I’m a keen (amateur) photographer. I have over 10GB worth of photographs that I’ve taken over the years; photos that I want to show off to the world.
They are definitely nothing amazing, but they’re mine and I want people to see them. I don’t want to upload the originals to photo-sharing websites such as Flickr or Instagram, or social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
For years I’ve used open-source PHP photo gallery software such as Gallery 3, Piwigo and Zen Photo. One of the things I’ve noticed is that these tools stagnate. Gallery 3 is no longer with us (RIP) and Piwigo and Zen Photo (the current best alternatives) both lack cloud support (Rackspace, S3, OpenStack.)
So – as an experienced developer – I wrote my own. Here it is: Blue Twilight.
Free e-mail and SMS (text messages) reminders service.
Built to work well on smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs and Macs.
Runs on your own server or web hosting - you keep full control of your images.
Proudly show your photos to the world or keep them just for you? You choose!
Protect your original artwork by restricting visitors access to the full-size, original image uploaded.
Runs on PHP and MariaDB (or MySQL) - supported by the majority of web hosts. The source code is also open and freely-available.
Stores images locally on the server or uploads to cloud storage. Where available, uses the cloud provider's CDN to reduce bandwidth used by images.