Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_AUTH_MODE --auth-mode password authentication MODE (public, password)
PHOTOPRISM_ADMIN_USER --admin-user admin USERNAME of the superadmin account that is created on first startup
PHOTOPRISM_ADMIN_PASSWORD --admin-password initial PASSWORD of the superadmin account (8-72 characters)
PHOTOPRISM_PASSWORD_LENGTH --password-length 8 minimum password LENGTH in characters plus
PHOTOPRISM_SESSION_MAXAGE --session-maxage 1209600 session expiration time in SECONDS, doubled for accounts with 2FA (-1 to disable)
PHOTOPRISM_SESSION_TIMEOUT --session-timeout 604800 session idle time in SECONDS, doubled for accounts with 2FA (-1 to disable)
PHOTOPRISM_SESSION_CACHE --session-cache 900 session cache duration in SECONDS (60-3600)


Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_LOG_LEVEL --log-level info log message verbosity LEVEL (trace, debug, info, warning, error, fatal, panic)
PHOTOPRISM_DEBUG --debug enable debug mode, show non-essential log messages
PHOTOPRISM_TRACE --trace enable trace mode, show all log messages


Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_CONFIG_PATH --config-path config storage PATH, values in options.yml override CLI flags and environment variables if present
PHOTOPRISM_DEFAULTS_YAML --defaults-yaml /etc/photoprism/defaults.yml load config defaults from FILE if exists, does not override CLI flags and environment variables
PHOTOPRISM_ORIGINALS_PATH --originals-path storage PATH of your original media files (photos and videos)
PHOTOPRISM_ORIGINALS_LIMIT --originals-limit 1000 maximum size of media files in MB (1-100000; -1 to disable)
PHOTOPRISM_RESOLUTION_LIMIT --resolution-limit 150 maximum resolution of media files in MEGAPIXELS (1-900; -1 to disable)
PHOTOPRISM_USERS_PATH --users-path users relative PATH to create base and upload subdirectories for users
PHOTOPRISM_STORAGE_PATH --storage-path writable storage PATH for sidecar, cache, and database files
PHOTOPRISM_IMPORT_PATH --import-path base PATH from which files can be imported to originals optional
PHOTOPRISM_IMPORT_DEST --import-dest relative originals PATH to which the files should be imported by default optional
PHOTOPRISM_CACHE_PATH --cache-path custom cache PATH for sessions and thumbnail files optional
PHOTOPRISM_TEMP_PATH --temp-path temporary file PATHoptional
PHOTOPRISM_ASSETS_PATH --assets-path assets PATH containing static resources like icons, models, and translations

Sidecar Files

Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_SIDECAR_PATH --sidecar-path custom relative or absolute sidecar PATHoptional
PHOTOPRISM_SIDECAR_YAML --sidecar-yaml true create YAML sidecar files to back up picture metadata


Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_BACKUP_PATH --backup-path custom base PATH for creating and restoring backups optional
PHOTOPRISM_BACKUP_SCHEDULE --backup-schedule daily backup SCHEDULE in cron format (e.g. "0 12 * * *" for daily at noon) or at a random time (daily, weekly)
PHOTOPRISM_BACKUP_RETAIN --backup-retain 3 NUMBER of index backups to keep (-1 to keep all)
PHOTOPRISM_BACKUP_DATABASE --backup-database true create regular backups based on the configured schedule
PHOTOPRISM_BACKUP_ALBUMS --backup-albums true create YAML files to back up album metadata


Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_INDEX_WORKERS, PHOTOPRISM_WORKERS --index-workers 4 maximum NUMBER of indexing workers, default depends on the number of physical cores
PHOTOPRISM_INDEX_SCHEDULE --index-schedule indexing SCHEDULE in cron format (e.g. "@every 3h" for every 3 hours; "" to disable)
PHOTOPRISM_WAKEUP_INTERVAL --wakeup-interval 15m0s TIME between facial recognition, file sync, and metadata worker runs (1-86400s)
PHOTOPRISM_AUTO_INDEX --auto-index 300 delay before automatically indexing files in SECONDS when uploading via WebDAV (-1 to disable)
PHOTOPRISM_AUTO_IMPORT --auto-import -1 delay before automatically importing files in SECONDS when uploading via WebDAV (-1 to disable)

Feature Flags

Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_READONLY --read-only disable features that require write permission for the originals folder
PHOTOPRISM_EXPERIMENTAL --experimental enable new features currently under development
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_SETTINGS --disable-settings disable the settings user interface and server API, e.g. in combination with public mode
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_BACKUPS --disable-backups prevent database and album backups as well as YAML sidecar files from being created
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_RESTART --disable-restart prevent admins from restarting the server through the user interface
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_WEBDAV --disable-webdav prevent other apps from accessing PhotoPrism as a shared network drive
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_PLACES --disable-places disable interactive world maps and reverse geocoding
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_TENSORFLOW --disable-tensorflow disable features depending on TensorFlow, e.g. image classification and face recognition
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_FACES --disable-faces disable face detection and recognition (requires TensorFlow)
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_CLASSIFICATION --disable-classification disable image classification (requires TensorFlow)
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_FFMPEG --disable-ffmpeg disable video transcoding and thumbnail extraction with FFmpeg
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_EXIFTOOL --disable-exiftool disable metadata extraction with ExifTool (required for full Video, Live Photo, and XMP support)
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_VIPS --disable-vips disable image processing and conversion with libvips
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_SIPS --disable-sips disable file conversion using the sips command under macOS
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_DARKTABLE --disable-darktable disable conversion of RAW images with Darktable
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_RAWTHERAPEE --disable-rawtherapee disable conversion of RAW images with RawTherapee
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_IMAGEMAGICK --disable-imagemagick disable conversion of image files with ImageMagick
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_HEIFCONVERT --disable-heifconvert disable conversion of HEIC images with libheif
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_RSVGCONVERT --disable-rsvgconvert disable conversion of SVG graphics with librsvg plus
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_VECTORS --disable-vectors disable vector graphics support plus
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_JPEGXL --disable-jpegxl disable JPEG XL file format support
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_RAW --disable-raw disable indexing and conversion of RAW images
PHOTOPRISM_RAW_PRESETS --raw-presets enables applying user presets when converting RAW images (reduces performance)
PHOTOPRISM_EXIF_BRUTEFORCE --exif-bruteforce always perform a brute-force search if no Exif headers were found
PHOTOPRISM_DETECT_NSFW --detect-nsfw flag newly added pictures as private if they might be offensive (requires TensorFlow)
PHOTOPRISM_UPLOAD_NSFW --upload-nsfw allow uploads that might be offensive (detecting unsafe content requires TensorFlow)


Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_DEFAULT_LOCALE --default-locale en default user interface language CODE
PHOTOPRISM_DEFAULT_TIMEZONE --default-timezone UTC default time zone NAME, e.g. for scheduling backups
PHOTOPRISM_DEFAULT_THEME --default-theme default user interface theme NAME
PHOTOPRISM_APP_NAME --app-name progressive web app NAME when installed on a device
PHOTOPRISM_APP_MODE --app-mode standalone progressive web app MODE (fullscreen, standalone, minimal-ui, browser)
PHOTOPRISM_APP_ICON --app-icon home screen ICON (logo, app, crisp, mint, bold, square)
PHOTOPRISM_APP_COLOR --app-color #000000 splash screen COLOR code
PHOTOPRISM_LEGAL_INFO --legal-info legal information TEXT, displayed in the page footer
PHOTOPRISM_LEGAL_URL --legal-url legal information URL
PHOTOPRISM_WALLPAPER_URI --wallpaper-uri login screen background image URI

Site Information

Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_SITE_URL --site-url http://localhost:2342/ public site URL
PHOTOPRISM_SITE_AUTHOR --site-author site OWNER, copyright, or artist
PHOTOPRISM_SITE_CAPTION --site-caption AI-Powered Photos App site CAPTION
PHOTOPRISM_SITE_PREVIEW --site-preview sharing preview image URL
PHOTOPRISM_CDN_URL --cdn-url content delivery network URL
PHOTOPRISM_CDN_VIDEO --cdn-video stream videos over the specified CDN
PHOTOPRISM_CORS_ORIGIN --cors-origin origin URL from which browsers are allowed to perform cross-origin requests (leave blank to disable or use * to allow all)
PHOTOPRISM_CORS_HEADERS --cors-headers Accept, Accept-Ranges, Content-Disposition, Content-Encoding, Content-Range, Location one or more HEADERS that browsers should see when performing a cross-origin request
PHOTOPRISM_CORS_METHODS --cors-methods GET, HEAD, OPTIONS one or more METHODS that may be used when performing a cross-origin request

Proxy Servers

Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_HTTPS_PROXY --https-proxy proxy server URL to be used for outgoing connections optional
PHOTOPRISM_HTTPS_PROXY_INSECURE --https-proxy-insecure ignore invalid HTTPS certificates when using a proxy
PHOTOPRISM_TRUSTED_PROXY --trusted-proxy CIDR ranges or IPv4/v6 addresses from which reverse proxy headers can be trusted, separated by commas
PHOTOPRISM_PROXY_PROTO_HEADER --proxy-proto-header X-Forwarded-Proto proxy protocol header NAME
PHOTOPRISM_PROXY_PROTO_HTTPS --proxy-proto-https https forwarded HTTPS protocol NAME

Web Server

Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_TLS --disable-tls disable HTTPS/TLS even if the site URL starts with https:// and a certificate is available
PHOTOPRISM_DEFAULT_TLS --default-tls default to a self-signed HTTPS/TLS certificate if no other certificate is available
PHOTOPRISM_TLS_CERT --tls-cert public HTTPS certificate FILE (.crt), ignored for Unix domain sockets
PHOTOPRISM_TLS_KEY --tls-key private HTTPS key FILE (.key), ignored for Unix domain sockets
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_STS --disable-sts disable HTTP Strict-Transport-Security (STS) header
PHOTOPRISM_STS_SECONDS --sts-seconds 31536000 TIME for the browser to remember that the site is to be accessed only via HTTPS (0 to disable) plus
PHOTOPRISM_STS_SUBDOMAINS --sts-subdomains rule applies to all subdomains as well plus
PHOTOPRISM_STS_PRELOAD --sts-preload submit to Google's HSTS preload service plus
PHOTOPRISM_AUTH_LIMIT --auth-limit 60 maximum number of consecutive invalid access TOKENS from a single IP plus
PHOTOPRISM_AUTH_INTERVAL --auth-interval 10s average DURATION between invalid access tokens from a single IP (0-86400s) plus
PHOTOPRISM_LOGIN_LIMIT --login-limit 10 maximum number of consecutive failed LOGINS from a single IP plus
PHOTOPRISM_LOGIN_INTERVAL --login-interval 1m0s average DURATION between failed logins from a single IP (0-86400s) plus
PHOTOPRISM_IPS_LIMIT --ips-limit 3 maximum number of malicious request ATTEMPTS before a client IP is blocked (-1 to disable) plus
PHOTOPRISM_IPS_INTERVAL --ips-interval 1h0m0s average DURATION between malicious request attempts from a single IP (0-86400s) plus
PHOTOPRISM_HTTP_CSP --http-csp HTTP Content-Security-Policy (CSP) HEADERplus
PHOTOPRISM_HTTP_CTO --http-cto nosniff HTTP X-Content-Type-Options HEADERplus
PHOTOPRISM_HTTP_COOP --http-coop same-origin HTTP Cross-Origin-Opener-Policy (COOP) HEADERplus
PHOTOPRISM_HTTP_REFERRER_POLICY --http-referrer-policy same-origin HTTP Referrer-Policy HEADERplus
PHOTOPRISM_HTTP_FRAME_OPTIONS --http-frame-options DENY HTTP X-Frame-Options HEADERplus
PHOTOPRISM_HTTP_XSS_PROTECTION --http-xss-protection 1; mode=block HTTP X-XSS-Protection HEADERplus
PHOTOPRISM_HTTP_MODE --http-mode Web server MODE (debug, release, test)
PHOTOPRISM_HTTP_COMPRESSION --http-compression Web server compression METHOD (gzip, none)
PHOTOPRISM_HTTP_CACHE_PUBLIC --http-cache-public allow static content to be cached by a CDN or caching proxy
PHOTOPRISM_HTTP_CACHE_MAXAGE --http-cache-maxage 2592000 time in SECONDS until cached content expires
PHOTOPRISM_HTTP_VIDEO_MAXAGE --http-video-maxage 21600 time in SECONDS until cached videos expire
PHOTOPRISM_HTTP_HOST --http-host Web server IP address or Unix domain socket, e.g. unix:/var/run/photoprism.sock
PHOTOPRISM_HTTP_PORT --http-port 2342 Web server port NUMBER, ignored for Unix domain sockets
PHOTOPRISM_HTTP_HOSTNAME --http-hostname serve requests for this HOSTNAME only plus

Database Connection

Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_DATABASE_DRIVER --database-driver sqlite database DRIVER (sqlite, mysql)
PHOTOPRISM_DATABASE_DSN --database-dsn database connection DSN (sqlite file, optional for mysql)
PHOTOPRISM_DATABASE_NAME --database-name photoprism database schema NAME
PHOTOPRISM_DATABASE_SERVER --database-server database HOST incl. port e.g. "mariadb:3306" (or socket path)
PHOTOPRISM_DATABASE_USER --database-user photoprism database user NAME
PHOTOPRISM_DATABASE_PASSWORD --database-password database user PASSWORD
PHOTOPRISM_DATABASE_TIMEOUT --database-timeout 15 timeout in SECONDS for establishing a database connection (1-60)
PHOTOPRISM_DATABASE_CONNS --database-conns 0 maximum NUMBER of open database connections
PHOTOPRISM_DATABASE_CONNS_IDLE --database-conns-idle 0 maximum NUMBER of idle database connections

File Conversion

Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_FFMPEG_BIN --ffmpeg-bin ffmpeg FFmpeg COMMAND for video transcoding and thumbnail extraction
PHOTOPRISM_FFMPEG_ENCODER --ffmpeg-encoder libx264 FFmpeg AVC encoder NAME
PHOTOPRISM_FFMPEG_SIZE --ffmpeg-size 4096 maximum video size in PIXELS (720-7680)
PHOTOPRISM_FFMPEG_BITRATE --ffmpeg-bitrate 50 maximum video BITRATE in Mbit/s
PHOTOPRISM_FFMPEG_MAP_VIDEO --ffmpeg-map-video 0:v:0 video STREAMS that should be transcoded
PHOTOPRISM_FFMPEG_MAP_AUDIO --ffmpeg-map-audio 0:a:0? audio STREAMS that should be transcoded
PHOTOPRISM_EXIFTOOL_BIN --exiftool-bin exiftool ExifTool COMMAND for extracting metadata
PHOTOPRISM_SIPS_BIN --sips-bin sips Sips COMMAND for media file conversion macOS only
PHOTOPRISM_SIPS_EXCLUDE, PHOTOPRISM_SIPS_BLACKLIST --sips-exclude avif, avifs, thm file EXTENSIONS not to be used with Sips macOS only
PHOTOPRISM_DARKTABLE_BIN --darktable-bin darktable-cli Darktable CLI COMMAND for RAW to JPEG conversion
PHOTOPRISM_DARKTABLE_EXCLUDE, PHOTOPRISM_DARKTABLE_BLACKLIST --darktable-exclude thm file EXTENSIONS not to be used with Darktable
PHOTOPRISM_DARKTABLE_CACHE_PATH --darktable-cache-path custom Darktable cache PATH
PHOTOPRISM_DARKTABLE_CONFIG_PATH --darktable-config-path custom Darktable config PATH
PHOTOPRISM_RAWTHERAPEE_BIN --rawtherapee-bin rawtherapee-cli RawTherapee CLI COMMAND for RAW to JPEG conversion
PHOTOPRISM_RAWTHERAPEE_EXCLUDE, PHOTOPRISM_RAWTHERAPEE_BLACKLIST --rawtherapee-exclude dng, thm file EXTENSIONS not to be used with RawTherapee
PHOTOPRISM_IMAGEMAGICK_BIN --imagemagick-bin convert ImageMagick CLI COMMAND for image file conversion
PHOTOPRISM_IMAGEMAGICK_EXCLUDE, PHOTOPRISM_IMAGEMAGICK_BLACKLIST --imagemagick-exclude heif, heic, heics, avif, avifs, jxl, thm file EXTENSIONS not to be used with ImageMagick
PHOTOPRISM_HEIFCONVERT_BIN --heifconvert-bin heif-convert libheif HEIC image conversion COMMAND
PHOTOPRISM_RSVGCONVERT_BIN --rsvgconvert-bin rsvg-convert librsvg SVG graphics conversion COMMANDplus

Security Tokens

Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_DOWNLOAD_TOKEN --download-token DEFAULT download URL token for originals (leave blank for a random value)
PHOTOPRISM_PREVIEW_TOKEN --preview-token DEFAULT thumbnail and video streaming URL token (leave blank for a random value)

Preview Images

Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_THUMB_LIBRARY --thumb-library auto image processing LIBRARY to be used for generating thumbnails (auto, imaging, vips)
PHOTOPRISM_THUMB_COLOR --thumb-color auto standard color PROFILE for thumbnails (auto, preserve, srgb, none)
PHOTOPRISM_THUMB_FILTER --thumb-filter auto downscaling filter NAME (imaging best to worst: blackman, lanczos, cubic, linear, nearest)
PHOTOPRISM_THUMB_SIZE --thumb-size 1920 maximum size of pre-generated thumbnails in PIXELS (720-7680)
PHOTOPRISM_THUMB_SIZE_UNCACHED --thumb-size-uncached 7680 maximum size of thumbnails generated on demand in PIXELS (720-7680)
PHOTOPRISM_THUMB_UNCACHED --thumb-uncached generate missing thumbnails on demand (high memory and cpu usage)

Image Quality

Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_JPEG_QUALITY --jpeg-quality 83 higher values increase the image QUALITY and file size (25-100)
PHOTOPRISM_JPEG_SIZE --jpeg-size 7680 maximum size of generated JPEG images in PIXELS (720-30000)
PHOTOPRISM_PNG_SIZE --png-size 7680 maximum size of generated PNG images in PIXELS (720-30000)

Face Recognition

To recognize faces, PhotoPrism first extracts crops from your images using a library based on pixel intensity comparisons. These are then fed into TensorFlow to compute 512-dimensional vectors for characterization. In the final step, the DBSCAN algorithm attempts to cluster these so-called face embeddings, so they can be matched to persons with just a few clicks. A reasonable range for the similarity distance between face embeddings is between 0.60 and 0.70, with a higher value being more aggressive and leading to larger clusters with more false positives. To cluster a smaller number of faces, you can reduce the core to 3 or 2 similar faces.

We recommend that only advanced users change these parameters:

Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_FACE_SIZE --face-size 50 minimum size of faces in PIXELS (20-10000)
PHOTOPRISM_FACE_SCORE --face-score 9.000000 minimum face QUALITY score (1-100)
PHOTOPRISM_FACE_OVERLAP --face-overlap 42 face area overlap threshold in PERCENT (1-100)
PHOTOPRISM_FACE_CLUSTER_SIZE --face-cluster-size 80 minimum size of automatically clustered faces in PIXELS (20-10000)
PHOTOPRISM_FACE_CLUSTER_SCORE --face-cluster-score 15 minimum QUALITY score of automatically clustered faces (1-100)
PHOTOPRISM_FACE_CLUSTER_CORE --face-cluster-core 4 NUMBER of faces forming a cluster core (1-100)
PHOTOPRISM_FACE_CLUSTER_DIST --face-cluster-dist 0.640000 similarity DISTANCE of faces forming a cluster core (0.1-1.5)
PHOTOPRISM_FACE_MATCH_DIST --face-match-dist 0.460000 similarity OFFSET for matching faces with existing clusters (0.1-1.5)

Daemon Mode

If you start the server as a daemon in the background, you can additionally specify a filename for the log and the process ID:

Environment CLI Flag Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_PID_FILENAME --pid-filename process id FILEdaemon-mode only
PHOTOPRISM_LOG_FILENAME --log-filename server log FILEdaemon-mode only

Docker Image

The following variables are used by our Docker images only and have no effect otherwise:

Environment Default Description
PHOTOPRISM_UID 0 run as a non-root user after initialization (supported: 0, 33, 50-99, 500-600, 900-1250, and 2000-2100)
PHOTOPRISM_GID 0 run with a specific group id after initialization, can optionally be used together with PHOTOPRISM_UID (supported: 0, 33, 44, 50-99, 105, 109, 115, 116, 500-600, 900-1250, and 2000-2100)
PHOTOPRISM_UMASK 0002 file-creation mode (default: u=rwx,g=rwx,o=rx)
PHOTOPRISM_INIT run/install on first startup (options: update https gpu tensorflow davfs clitools clean)
PHOTOPRISM_DISABLE_CHOWN false disable updating storage permissions via chmod and chown on startup

PhotoPrism® Documentation

For detailed information on specific product features, services, and related resources, see our Knowledge Base, or read the User Guide for help using the web user interface: