“Publish” in Jeffrey’s Export-to-Facebook Lightroom Plugin

This page documents plugin version 20130611.234 as of June 11, 2013

This page describes the Publish aspect of my export-to-Facebook plugin for Adobe Lightroom. The “normal export” portions of the plugin work in all versions of Lightroom from Lr 2 on, but its Publish features, described on this page, work only in Lr3.3 and later.

Warning: The idea behind Publish is simple enough, but if you hope to avoid unpleasant surprises, you must understand important details before getting started with it.

The premise is simple: drag a photo to a special collection in Lightroom, and voila, it's sent to Facebook. From then on, changes that you make to the photo in Lightroom are automatically kept up to date in the copy at Facebook.

Ah, but the devil is in the details...

The biggest detail is that Facebook does not allow images to be updated once you've uploaded them, or, even, allow the plugin to delete and re-upload. This means that if you want to update a photo (say, because you've changed the crop, or adjusted the develop settings), the best you can do is delete the photo on Facebook in your web browser, then upload a new one. But that deletion means that you lose all comments, tags, “likes”, and other Facebook “value add”.

Until Facebook considers photos an important feature for its users, and updates the app interface appropriately, it makes little sense for most users to use this Publish feature to upload images to Facebook.

This document describes Publish for Facebook, but it is recommended that you not use Publish unless you have a firm grasp of the ramifications.

Thankfully, Publish is an extra feature in addition to the “normal” export offered by Lightroom via this plugin (and earlier versions of this plugin). Most users should use the normal export to send images to Facebook.

Because Publish involves setting up an ongoing relationship, it's more complicated than simply firing off an export. The length of this document, which covers only Publish and assumes you're already familiar with normal export, attests to the extra complexity. But once the initial up-front fee has been paid with your time and attention, you'll reap the benefits from then on.

Generally speaking, Publish functionality is provided by a Publish Service Provider. Lightroom comes with a few publish service providers: the built-in “Hard Drive” provider, a bare-bones Flickr plugin and a Behance plugin. You can add additional publish service providers by installing appropriate plugins, such as my fuller-featured Flickr plugin and this Facebook plugin. (I have plenty of other publish plugins available on my Lightroom Goodies page, and there may well be other Publish plugins available on Adobe's Lightroom Exchange site.)

After installing the Facebook plugin, you
can configure your publish service

Before you can use Publish to send images to Facebook, you must first configure the particulars about how the exports are to be done, such as deciding on the size and quality of the exported images, and the details about which account at Facebook they should be sent to. This configuration, which you generally do only once, creates a Publish Service in your Lightroom catalog.

You can have multiple Facebook publish services (all provided by the one plugin), but it makes sense for most people to have only one. However, if you have multiple accounts at Facebook that you'd like to send images to with Publish, you'll need to configure multiple Facebook publish services.

Important details about creating a publish service are covered below, but for the moment, let's wave our hand and say that the publish service has now been set up as you like.

After you've configured a publish service in your Lightroom catalog, it is represented in your Lightroom library as one or more publish collections, each holding the group of photos that are to be sent to a particular album in your Facebook account. Just drag a new photo to it, press the “Publish” button, and the photo is rendered and uploaded to the associated album at Facebook.

Several publish collections in a
Facebook publish service

Just like regular Lightroom collections, a publish collection can be either a regular publish collection that holds whatever photos you manually add to it, or a smart publish collection whose list of photos is computed by some criteria that you set up (e.g. “all five-star photos taken this year”).

A published photo is a photo that's part of a publish collection. At any particular time, a published photo is in one of four publish states:

  1. New Photos to Publish — photos that have been added to the publish collection, but have not yet actually been sent to Facebook. They'll be sent to Facebook the next time you launch Publish (via the “Publish” button).

  2. Published Photos — photos that have been sent to Facebook and have not been modified in your Lightroom catalog since.

  3. Modified Photos to Re-Publish — photos that have been sent to Facebook, but which have been modified in Lightroom since. They will be re-sent to Facebook the next time you launch a Publish action. Facebook does not allow third-party apps to delete photos, so the previously-existing copy at Facebook is left in place, and unless you delete it via Facebook's web page, you'll have two (or more) copies of the image.

  4. Deleted Photos to Remove — photos that have ostensibly been removed from the publish collection, but have not yet been “flushed out”. They will be flushed out when you next publish the collection. (Were Facebook to allow third-party apps like this plugin to delete photos, the flushing-out step would include clearing them out at Facebook.) NON_FACEBOOK { photos that have ostensibly been removed from the publish collection, but have not yet been removed from Facebook. (Whether to actually remove a photo from Facebook when it is removed from your publish collection is controlled by publish-service options, discussed below.) }

Segmented grid showing photos in a publish
collection in various states of Publish

When viewing a publish collection in Grid mode, you can see the photos partitioned into their various states in the segmented grid with headers as listed above (and illustrated in the screenshot at right).

You can add and remove photos from a normal publish collection as you like (and they are automatically added and removed from smart publish collections as per the criteria that you've set up), but nothing is actually done with them until you launch Publish, via the “Publish” button. The Publish button appears in the lower left of Lightroom, in place of the “Export” button, when viewing a publish collection, as in the screenshot at right.

There's also a “Publish” button in the upper right of the segmented grid.

When you actually launch a Publish action, Lightroom fires up an export under the hood, and photos are rendered as per the various settings configured when the publish service was created (the details of which follow in the next section of this document). As each photo is uploaded to Facebook, it's moved to the “Published Photos” section. You can click on each segmented-grid section's header to expand and collapse it; if they're all collapsed you can watch their photo counts, shown at the right side of each segmented-grid header, update in real time.

Let's look in detail at configuring a publish service to export to your Facebook account. Make sure that the Facebook plugin is installed and enabled, then click on the “Set Up...” of the Facebook header in Library's list of publish services.

This brings up the Lightroom Publishing Manager, a dialog that looks like a cross between the normal export dialog and the Plugin Manager...

Items show up in the list of Publish Services (highlighted in the upper left) when their plugin is installed and enabled in the Plugin Manager. Old Lr1 or Lr2 plugins won't provide this new feature, of course, but most of my “export to...” plugins, including Facebook, do.

If any of the plugins you have installed provide export filters, they are listed in the middle-lower-left section of the Publishing Manager, just as they are in the normal export dialog. Lightroom does not come with any export filters built in, but they can add powerful features to your exports — both normal and publish — so it behooves you to know what's out there. Popular ones include my Metadata Wrangler for controlling exactly what metadata is included in exported copies, my geoencoding support shadow injecter for ensuring that the geoencoded location is properly included, and Tim Armes' LR/Mogrify plugin for advanced watermarking and image borders.

The main panel of the Publishing Manager shows the export/service settings for the Publish Service that's about to be created (an export-to-Facebook service in the example above). Like the normal export dialog, it has numerous sections; let's look at them in detail....

The first section allows you to give your export service a name, so you can keep them straight if you have more than one.

If you have only one Facebook account, you probably want to leave it at its default of “jf Facebook”. It looks ugly in this dialog, but when left at its default it won't even be shown in the list of publish service in Library, as seen in the screenshots above. If you set your own name, such as “My Facebook Stuff”, it shows up in the Library list as “jf Facebook: My Facebook Stuff”. So if you need just one Facebook publish service, it's cleanest all around to just leave the name at its default. You can always change it later.

However, if you have multiple accounts, you'll want to name them, e.g. “Facebook Work” for one and “Facebook Play” for another.

The next section is where you authenticate to your Facebook account.(Before starting the authentication, be sure that you are logged in to Facebook in your system-default web browser, to the Facebook account that you want to use with this Publish service.)

After authenticating at Facebook, you'll be directed to a page on my site with a simple note and a box of gibberish:

Select the gibberish (as shown selected in blue above) and copy to your system clipboard (Control-C on Windows, Command-C on a Mac), and return to Lightroom and paste it (Control-V or Command-V) into the dialog:

You'll then be authenticated within the publish service being made.

Once the publish service has been created, you can not change the associated account for the publish service, and this section becomes deactivated during a publish-service edit. (You can make another publish service for use with a different Facebook account, or even for use with the same Facebook account but with different export options.)

The next section is also available only at publish-service create time: setting the export location:

Most people leave the export-location setting at the default of “Temporary folder”, but you might set it to some specific named folder if you want to keep a local copy of all the images that have been published to Facebook. Again, Lightroom does not allow this setting to be changed once the publish service has been created.

The next sections are all the same as in the standard Lightroom export dialog...

In the “Image Sizing” section, it's recommended that you leave it set to “Resize to fit Long Edge, 2048 pixels”, as that will give you the maximum size allowed by Facebook.

The next sections are for export filters you have installed and enabled, if any. Here's an example illustrating what some sections from Metadata Wrangler, Run Any Command, and LR/Mogrify might look like...

The blue rectangle marks Lightroom's controls for adjusting the order that the filters are applied, and for removing them altogether.

Each section can be opened to reveal the filter's particular settings, of course, but the filter details are not relevant to this overview about Publish, except to note that like the standard Lightroom settings (image size, etc.), changing these filter settings after a publish service has been established affects only images uploaded after the change.

Now we begin the Facebook-specific sections. The first allows you to pick which existing albums at Facebook you would like to appear in this particular publish service...

For each album at Facebook, you can choose a normal collection, a smart collection, both, or neither.

The publish-collection version of a Facebook album starts out empty, which is perfectly fine if the album at Facebook is actually empty, or if you don't mind that the publish-service manifestation of the Facebook album shows only images you add from here on in.

Facebook does not allow images to be updated, so it really doesn't make a lot of sense to bother with this.

But if you would like to try, enable the

Populate newly added normal (non-smart) collections from your Facebook account

option, and the plugin will try to match up images currently in the newly-created normal (non-smart) albums at Facebook with images in your catalog that you had uploaded to Facebook with this plugin, or with previous versions of this plugin.

If you ask the plugin to create a smart publish collection, it does so with a dummy rule that matches no photos. Once it's been created and the publish-service dialog is dismissed, choose "Edit Smart Album" from the collection name context menu to replace the dummy rule with whatever rule or rules you want.

Do not attempt to create smart collections via the “Import Smart Collection Settings...” item in the Publish Service context menu. A bug in Lightroom causes this to create a corrupt publish collection, and the plugin infrastructure doesn't offer me a way to disable that menu item.

You can remove a publish collection from your publish service via the “Delete” item in the publish-connection name's context menu. Doing so does not remove the album or its photos from Facebook: for such a major operation, please visit Facebook directly.

The next section configures various Facebook-related metadata options, just as in a “normal” Facebook export.

Phew !

Finally, you can press the “Save” button to create the publish service and the publish collections you selected.

You can edit the publish-service settings via the “Edit Settings...” item in the publish-service name's context menu. You can change all settings except the account at Facebook and the export location, but there's a catch: if the change relates to something about how each image is exported and uploaded (such as the size or image quality, metadata settings, etc.) and you want those changes to be reflected in photos already at Facebook, it won't happen magically: you'll have to republish them all.

Republishing can take a long time if you've got a lot of photos, and not all changes necessarily need to be reflected in every photo, so it is not done automatically.

If you want to republish all or some previously-published photos, select them in their various publish collections and invoke the context menu's “Mark to Republish” item.

If you have another Facebook account you'd like to publish to, or you'd like to publish with different settings (e.g. your first Facebook publish service had full size exports, but you'd like to be able to upload to some collections with smaller sizes), choose

Create Another Publish Service via “jf Facebook”...

from the existing publish service's title context menu (where “Set Up...” had been before the first one was created.)

The following issues are inherent shortcomings in Lightroom's initial version of Publish, and apply to all publish services:

  • There's no way to tell which publish collections have photos awaiting action except by visiting each publish collection in turn and viewing the grid to see whether the “Publish” button is enabled or disabled.

  • There's no way to invoke publish on all your publish services in one go; the best you can do is address each publish service in turn, selecting all its published collections and then invoking Publish on them.

  • The photo-thumbnail “Go to Collection” context menu item does not list any kind of smart collection that the photo may be part of, including smart publish collections.

  • The use of undo with publish-related operations is likely to not work and perhaps even corrupt the publish parts of your catalog. Take care.

  • You can't import smart-collection settings to a publish smart collection; doing so creates a corrupt smart collection.

  • I have not tested export-to-catalog yet, but I would expect that Publish information does not go along with the images.

All 94 comments so far, oldest first...

The publish services seem like a brilliant idea but the implementation looks a but kludgey right now. The ability to publish and manage photos on various sites would be a real time saver. I publish images to Facebook, Smugmug, Flickr and occasionally Picasa or Webshots. The first 3 are will automated with the use of your export plugins but I’d really like to be able to do “dynamic” updates, especially to Smugmug.

I’d happily delete all my images and re-publish them but I can’t get a handle on how to even get the right gallery targeted.

One use I can imagine this helping more than any other is with my high school sports shots. I shoot mainly basketball and (Americal) football. I take 300-400 shots per game. After the game, I sort and rank them, do some first tun post processing on the top 40-50 and try to get them posted. I pick 3-5 highlight shots and post them on Facebook with a link to the Smugmug gallery. The following day (or 2) I re-sort and re-rank the best shots and do some focused post processing of the top 5-10 images. I also try to do some keywording to add the kids names so they (and I) can find shots in which they appear. I’m fairly efficient but it still takes many hours of work .

I don’t make a penny off of any of this. I do it for the kids many of whom I’ve known since coaching them in pee-wee football. I love shooting sports, so it’s hardly a hardship 🙂

If you and adobe can work the kinks out and I can learn the ropes, this could be huge for me.

PS: Thanks again for your work on the export plugins. They have been great and I’ll be donating to keep the LR3 versions going as well.

— comment by Dan Rode on June 16th, 2010 at 4:49am JST (13 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I read that the built-in Flickr publish service pulls comments from Flickr back to LR. Does/Will your Facebook plugin do this? That’s the feature of “Publish” I’d most want.

Yes it does. —Jeffrey

— comment by Josh on June 22nd, 2010 at 1:22am JST (13 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

How do I create a new Facebook album from the plugin?

See the “Facebook Tools” section on the export dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Simon Birkenhead on June 24th, 2010 at 6:03am JST (13 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

The facebook publisher plugin is not connecting to facebook after exiting lightroom and starting the application again. There is a note on the bottom that says “Can’t Save Changes: Not logged in” so I can’t repopulate albums to add to the catalog. While seeing this problem, the PicasaWeb publisher plugin still works. Is there a fix for this?

If you visit the normal export dialog and authenticate there (then dismiss the dialog), returning to Publish it should work from then on. Sorry about that… this is the side effect of a problem from a previous version. If you run into this issue, then fix it as I describe here, you shouldn’t run into it again. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tanner on July 11th, 2010 at 7:28am JST (13 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

How does the matching in the “populate newly added collections” work? Does it just use some log from your plugin? Maybe that is why it is not able to find my local photos and match them up, because they were uploaded with your plugin in LR2? Is there some log file I could pull out of my LR2 installation that would let the new version match photos up?

It looks at the data in your catalog left there from previous uploads with my plugin, including in Lr2. You can indeed send a log, and if you do, please add a note mentioning a specific photo that didn’t make it (the photo as named in your catalog, and a url for the photo at FB). —Jeffrey

— comment by Josh on July 21st, 2010 at 10:28am JST (13 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Why doesn’t this work if you have more than 10 albums on your FB account?
I mean… I recall having it setup before fine and exporting into an album I created, but when I deleted that album preset it went all askew and now I can only select the first ten albums in alphabetical order – no scrollbar.

Are you sure you have more than 10 albums. The scroll bar is supposed to auto-appear. If not, please send a screenshot and a log —Jeffrey

— comment by Chris McIntosh on July 23rd, 2010 at 7:19am JST (13 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

For some reason, my Facebook albums are not showing up in Publish Services box when I’m trying to set up the plug in. I’ve gone to Facebook to make sure all my settings for my sharing and such are set to “everyone” just in case that is causing an issue.

Any ideas what I need to check or settings I need to change? I even tried closing my browser and lightroom both and starting over and still can’t see my album list. I only have 9 albums on Facebook as I deleted any extras in case that was causing a problem.

Really like your Flickr plugin for Lightroom 3. It’s great!

You may need to refresh the list of albums… there’s a button to do that below the list. If that doesn’t do it, you probably should send a log so I can check it out. —Jeffrey

— comment by Sandy on August 5th, 2010 at 2:17am JST (13 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffery…Virginia Beach, VA checking in…. 🙂

great service!!!! 2 quick questions….

1) any idea if/when support for fan/business pages would be available? is it a fb limitation?

2) is there a way to get the publish service to reflect the existing photo and comments?

thanks again!

#1 is a Facebook limitation… no idea why they wouldn’t enable this, but they don’t. I don’t understand #2… “reflect the existing photo”? —Jeffrey

— comment by Isaac on August 14th, 2010 at 12:42pm JST (13 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Im loving this plug in, but I have a question. When I publish photos from LR to facebook the photo gallery is posted into my personal profile page. How do I get it set up so when I publish photos I can create a gallery in my business page ? Thanks in advance

Like it says at the top of the main plugin page, and in my answer to maybe a dozen comments there, Facebook doesn’t allow it. —Jeffrey

— comment by craig on August 15th, 2010 at 3:15am JST (13 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink


I’m very pleased with the publish functionality thus far. Being able to repopulate the albums and download comments on images I’ve already posted is just excellent. I’ve always wanted to have a way to download comments and attach them as metadata – it’s like future-proofing against the day Facebook becomes obsolete and goes offline.

Having said that, I’d really like to get all of my existing albums repopulated one-for-one – or at least the images I most want to save the comments for, such as the picture announcing the birth of my son. Is there a way that this matching up could be done manually, or a workaround of some kind (such as a fake log/metadata entry referencing the correct URL) that I could use to link the photos repopulate misses? Would you be willing to explain how repopulate works?

Thanks for your time.


I’m still suffering from jetlag so I’ll reply in more detail another day, but first I’ll warn that you should really be careful about using Publish with Facebook… if you change an image in Lightroom and actually use the Publish functionality (to republish), the original image on Facebook is lost, along with all its comments and such. I’ve been trying for years to work my limited contacts at Facebook for a way to do a true replace, and almost had it last week, but in the end it still doesn’t work and I continue to hope for the good graces of a further reply from Facebook…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Thorf on August 30th, 2010 at 1:30am JST (13 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

This new version of the plugin really confuses me. Forces me to select an existing album without allowing me to create a new one on facebook.

Somebody else asked also: “How do I create a new Facebook album from the plugin??” to which your answer was “See the “Facebook Tools” section on the export dialog. ” which doesn’t help me because I do not find this tool section when I go into configure. So, how do I get to this tools section in the first place? I have tried the plugin manager and the plugin export window (where you configure user and all on facebook). Grr… I used to like this plugin 🙁

Hi Marlyse, you’re confusing Publish (new in Lr3, seen in the lower-left of Library) with Export (invoked by the export button at the far lower left). Export is what was in Lr2, and continues to be in Lr3, so all the same features remain. New in Lr3 is Publish, which currently doesn’t have a way to make a new gallery on the fly. If you liked the old plugin, just stick with Export in the new, and you’ll feel at home. —Jeffrey

— comment by Marlyse on August 30th, 2010 at 9:12am JST (13 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey — I’ve loved using your plugins for a while now, and the amazing level of personal support you’ve offered through this site. Is there a page describing the differences using the LR Publish service to Facebook using your plugin vs. the FB functionality that is built-in to the recent builds of LR3? I’d imagine there are pros and cons to each workflow. Thanks for any help or direction!

I don’t use the Adobe FB plugin, so don’t know, but it’s free so you can always check it out. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kenneth on September 12th, 2010 at 3:33am JST (13 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I would like to ask if removing the collection made in LR would cause it to “de-sync” with the published Facebook album. (Like the mess iPhoto made with syncing events with FB albums).

Once LR published the photos, it’s stuck there “forever” right? (Or I hope.)

P.S. It seems that if you modify photos in the collection and try to re-publish them, a notification comes out implying that “comments and likes will be lost”.

This is all covered in the docs. —Jeffrey

— comment by Antonio on December 19th, 2010 at 5:09pm JST (13 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

This page refers to “Control+V” to copy and “Control+P” to paste — pretty sure that should be Control+C and Control+V, no?

Duh, indeed. Fixed. Thanks! —Jeffrey

— comment by Graham Charles on December 24th, 2010 at 5:19pm JST (13 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Jeff, it appears that the publish feature in Lightroom and that in iPhoto ’11 overlap but are not equivalent. In particular, it appears that if you make an adjustment to a photo in iPhoto, the comments on that photo in FB are retained. Whereas this isn’t the case with FB. Is this your understanding, too, and if it can be done in iPhoto, can it be done in Lightroom?

Facebook has the technical ability to allow image replacement, but they don’t extend the permission for it to anyone but Apple. Your guess as to why is as good as mine… it’s very frustrating. If it’s any consolation, the engineer I talked to as Facebook was (almost) as frustrated about it as I, but it’s a business decision from on high, so there’s nothing we can do. —Jeffrey

— comment by Stephen on January 15th, 2011 at 3:29pm JST (13 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Great Publishing tool to get my images to Facebook. Is there any way to prevent the service from republishing images? Many of the ones that republish have not changed as far as I know. For example, one image I published last night is republishing today – however if I look at the history of the image in the develop module, the last action taken was in fact the publish from last night.


There are bugs in Lr that cause some images to never move out from “to be republished”. You might try manually forcing things out via the new item I recently added to the Plugin Extras dialog, but since republishing is so unsocial with Facebook, it’s probably best to avoid Publish until they make photo handling more reasonable. —Jeffrey

— comment by Daniel on January 24th, 2011 at 12:39pm JST (13 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff & Stephen,

The default Lightroom FB plugin does update any changes to a photo without getting rid of the comments, likes, tags, etc… It even pulls the comments into LR. So it’s just not Apple with the ability. Jeff – on your comment to Josh on June 22, you say that your plugin does pull the comments from FB. I haven’t seen your plugin actively do that with your plugin (in background? / my settings maybe). The main reason I use your plugin is because it can access my FB photography page albums, which the default plugin can’t do presently. If the republishing, w/out losing FB data, issue can be resolved, it’d make things fabulous for publishing to FB.

Thanks for your efforts. – Adam

It’s my understanding that the Adobe plugin tries to mimic republish by putting copies of all the comments that had been on the original version onto the new version. That’s fine if all the comments had come from you in the first place, but it seems a bit kludgy to put everyone else’s comments under your name (the plugin can put comments only under your own name). —Jeffrey

— comment by Adam Bennett on March 7th, 2011 at 2:52am JST (13 years ago) comment permalink

I dont see a field in your plugin to create a new album that does not yet exist in Facebook. Does that mean I have to use the original Facebook plugin supplied with LR3 first and then yours?

If you upgrade to version 20110329.156 or beyond (which wasn’t available when you left the comment), you can create a new gallery in the “Tools” section of the Publish Settings dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Roger Cuthbert on March 22nd, 2011 at 12:52am JST (12 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Great plugin(s). I like that Publish can pull back the comments, but don’t want any to get RE-published even when I change them. Can this be disabled or prevented?

Well, yes, by not using Publish, and sticking to normal export. /-:

Also, from within Publish, can I create a new Facebook album, or does the album have to exist prior to a Publish?


You can create a new gallery in the “Tools” section of the Publish Settings dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by rob on April 4th, 2011 at 5:42am JST (12 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Awesome plugin! Is it possible to publish to groups using this plugin? I would love to be able to do that and have the custom captions (like metadata) automagically added.



If you’ve re-authenticated to the plugin since version .147, the destination list shows all places that Facebook will allow you to upload a photo to. Groups should be included if you’re indeed authorized to upload to them. —Jeffrey

— comment by Eric on May 7th, 2011 at 8:52pm JST (12 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

great plugin, appreciate your work and thanks for your timesaver.

Same problem as Eric above with publishing into a group album. I setup a (secret) group and also created from within facebook a new album there. These album does not show up in my list of already published albums. Any idea what I can try?

Thanks once again,


If you create it within Facebook, it won’t show up until you refresh the list of albums in the plugin (there’s a button near the list in the export dialog). But for groups, the album won’t show up at all unless you add a photo to it at Facebook. Seems to be a bug with Facebook. —Jeffrey

— comment by Klaus on May 21st, 2011 at 3:01am JST (12 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, I have tried the procedure you suggested to Klaus (refreshing the list after adding an image via Facebook) but the group album still does not show up in the plugin. Any other suggestions?

Facebook is highly unreliable, so who knows what they could be doing here. I don’t. If you have non-personal (e.g. fan/community) albums showing up, then after refreshing, the list will
be all that Facebook allows you to upload to. It’s not impossible that I’m not parsing the data properly, so after refreshing, send me the log along with the name of the album that’s missing, and I’ll take a look. —Jeffrey

— comment by Eric on May 22nd, 2011 at 10:50pm JST (12 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

hey im using LR 3.4.1, and im not seeing the “facebook delete options” panel. thanks for any help you can provide, let me know if there’s more info i can give to help you out!

Facebook, for reasons one can only speculate on, explicitly removed the ability for third-party apps to delete photos. It seems I neglected to update the docs, sorry. I’ll do it soon. —Jeffrey

— comment by Matt Derrick on July 18th, 2011 at 8:50am JST (12 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I’m working with your plugin and Lightroom 3.4.1. It seems to work, though it’s a bit cumbersome and far from straightforward, but that’s due to me being a newby with Lightroom and the oddities of FB much more than your coding. Anyhow, I have two photo pages on FB, for simplicity I’ll call them NEW and OLD. Would it be possible to use your plugin to download the photos and comments from the OLD page so that I can upload them to the NEW page? I’d like to move everything over from OLD to NEW and there is no easy way to do that.


You can’t really copy comments because Facebook would consider YOU as the author of them all. I think the Adobe built-in plugin makes some attempt to do this copying, but to me it’s just another example of why Facebook is too weak in its photo handling to be supported by Lightroom’s Publish. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jon Gilchrist on August 27th, 2011 at 4:19am JST (12 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for this service! Also, your responsiveness on this blog has been great.

I’ve seen intermittent issues with the upload failing, and I’m not sure what the cause might be. If it’s multiple images it might only post a few of them. I can publish again, and it will seem to go through on the second or third attempt. In some cases, it will fail, but the image will actually be on FB – then obviously if I publish again, I have redundant images.

Have you seen/heard about this?


Not specifically, but it sounds typical of networking issues (with your system, your ISP, or Facebook). Perhaps reboot your router? —Jeffrey

— comment by Michael on November 22nd, 2011 at 2:59am JST (12 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff! Great plugin – thanks a ton! Just upgraded to Lightroom 3.6 and downloaded your latest Fb Export Plugin 20120214.192 (and registered it), but looks like I can’t drag pics from my Library to the albums on my FB.
The jf Facebook lists my albums, some of them with the two arrow icon and some with the little gear wheel on them, not sure why.

Anyway – am I missing anything? Any cluse are welcomed!

thanks for this GREAT plugin!!

The gear icon means that it’s a smart collection, and indeed you can’t drag images to it because inclusion is controlled by rules that you set up for the collection. The double-arrow ones are normal publish collections that you should indeed be able to drop images into from the library grid. —Jeffrey

— comment by Gabi on February 14th, 2012 at 4:40am JST (12 years ago) comment permalink

Hello, I am using LR3 and I have not had any problems publishing photos from LR3 to Facebook until I installed the LR4beta.

The error that I received is: An internal error has occurred:?:0: attempt to concatenate field”name”(a nil value).

Can I fix this?

That’s not my plugin, that’s the one that came with Lightroom. It was due to a mistake at Facebook, which they quickly fixed, so it should be fine now. —Jeffrey

— comment by Alik on February 23rd, 2012 at 4:34pm JST (12 years ago) comment permalink

I just started using your plugin after being moderately dissatisfied with the built-in plugin – my biggest complaint being that I lost the collections of all my Facebook albums after migrating to a new LR catalog. Now that I have your Plugin, it seems that Lightroom will pay a little more nicely with Facebook’s albums.

As you’ve noted, Facebook does not support “republish” to update existing photos. As I populate the Collections in your plugin, is there a way to mark them as already published, to prevent uploading a second copy of everything that’s already there?

I can right-click and “Mark to Republish” but I don’t see a way to “Mark as already published.”

– Nathan

It’s there in Lr4, but in Lr3 its hidden away in the “File > Plugin Extras > Facebook Extras” dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Nathan Carter on March 13th, 2012 at 8:23am JST (12 years ago) comment permalink

This is an amazing plugin. Thanks so much. I definitely registered and added a donation.


Myrtle Beach, SC

— comment by Robyn on March 23rd, 2012 at 11:26pm JST (11 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I was wondering, is there any way to enable High Quality uploading through the plugin? Sometimes I have to manually export a photo and upload it using facebook’s tools to maintain quality and keep jpg noise from being an issue.

You can set the upload size as you like in the export/publish settings…. larger is “high quality”, smaller is not. I’m sure “High Quality” in Facebook’s uploader means “downsize the image less than we normally would”. —Jeffrey

— comment by Omnitographer on April 9th, 2012 at 11:57pm JST (11 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Mark As Published… you keep saying it’s there in Lightroom 4. But I just can’t find it. I feel really dumb but I am looking! In my smart collection, I am right clicking on the image that was previously uploaded to facebook, but I just don’t see the option.
I have 648 photos that want to get reuploaded that don’t need to! Apart from that, excellent plugin.

The thumbnail, when in the “Modified Photos to Re-Publish” section of Grid, should have “Mark as Up-To-Date” in its context menu. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bilgin Ozkan on April 28th, 2012 at 5:58pm JST (11 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I have done everything up to the authentication.
Facebook page comes up and says I am logged ina bus business account and I need to change to my personal account?

The plug in manager says Ckecking………
But it is on that for 10 min or so?

What next.
I’m on a Imac LR v:4.0

I’m not sure what you’re referring to with the “Checking…” thing, but perhaps email me a screenshot, or send a log. —Jeffrey

— comment by mark Farrelly on May 23rd, 2012 at 1:11pm JST (11 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

First I’ve used Smart Collections with your FB plugin. Then I changed my mind and wanted to manage the FB albums as Normal Collections. In the settings dialog I checked the box for the Normal Collection – and the Normal Collections appeared. Now I have a Normal AND Smart Collection (How can that even be?) …but worse – now I cannot uncheck neither the “Normal” nor “Smart” checkboxes in the settings anymore. Both checkboxes are rayed out. I am a little confused. What happens when I remove the Publish Service and re-create it? Would I have to re-upload the images? Would the knowledge about the “connection” be lost?

You can have multiple collections in multiple publish services funneling into the same album at FB. It’s perhaps not common, but you might have, for example, a smart collection with a “5-star photos” rule funneling into your “Best Shots” album, but also have a regular collection that has extra shots that you want to include, but didn’t want to rate five stars. Anyway, to delete a collection, choose “delete” from its right-click context menu. —Jeffrey

— comment by Torsten on June 2nd, 2012 at 10:30am JST (11 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Using version 20120614.210

I’ve been using the plugin happily for a while. But today when I created a new album (via settings), dropped several photos into it and published, I got the following:

Debug:1169: Error reply from Facebook: (#240) Requires a valid user is specified (either via the session or via the API parameter for specifying the user.

I opened the plugin manager and reloaded. Then I opened settings and refreshed the login info. It shows valid login. Note that this is publishing to a page that I’m admin for, but this is no different than how I’ve been using it since the beginning.

I guess I’ll try and re-create the album and see if something went wonky. But I just published with this a few days ago without any trouble! 🙁

If there is more information I should gather, pleaset let me know. Thanks!

Please see this FAQ —Jeffrey

— comment by Bill Taroli on July 6th, 2012 at 7:05am JST (11 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Using version 20120614.210 in Lr4.1 on Mac OS X 10.8, but also observed on Mac OS X 10.7.4.

Recently, it seem that when I post batches of photos to an album in a Page, I’m getting *both* the regular album posting in the timeline, but also several (but not all? not sure) of the photos show up individually. Is there a setting I’m missing, because this will be HUGELY annoying to anyone with this page in their news feed. I’d rather not alienate folks who like my page… 🙁 Any words of wisdom?

Sadly, I have no words of wisdom for you… I’ve never been able to pin down exactly why FB does what they do with a photo after receiving it. Maybe it’s related to the destination album’s privacy settings? —Jeffrey

— comment by Bill Taroli on August 6th, 2012 at 3:14pm JST (11 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

How do I insert a hard return in the Caption? It appears that the first hard return is allowed but the second (extra blank line) is ignored.

This is my template: (replaced the < with [ as your page is blanking out the -br-]

{Caption} [br]©{YYYY} {Creator} [br]{Exposure}

I want it to look like this:
Positano, Italy; Amalfi Coast.
©2008 My Name

1/320 sec at f/8.0

I’ve just pushed version .212, which now supports using the {Empty} tag to stop the <br> from being combined: “…<br>{Empty}<br>…”. —Jeffrey

— comment by D Gearless on August 10th, 2012 at 3:04am JST (11 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Is there a way to post images (not just the notifications) to “wall photos” rather than a specific user created album?

If “Wall Photos” shows up in your list of albums, yes. If not, then no, not that I know of. This has always been a mystery to me. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dawn on August 22nd, 2012 at 1:04pm JST (11 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Jeff, I am confused about a create a smart collection, or rather how it works. Does is read keywords. Where do you set the criteria for the smart collection to work.

Many thanks

It’s in the context menu of the smart-collection name… right-click on the name and choose “Edit smart collection”. —Jeffrey

— comment by Laurence Baker on August 28th, 2012 at 12:05am JST (11 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

You wrote:

>> The thumbnail, when in the “Modified Photos to Re-Publish” section of Grid, should have “Mark as Up-To-Date” in its context menu

Problem is, this does not work in Smart Flickr publish collections… 🙁 I do see that context menu item in regular published collections but not in the single smart one that I have.

It should indeed work in smart collections, but remember, only in the “Modified Photos…” section. It never works in the “New Photos…” section. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dmitry on September 28th, 2012 at 12:38am JST (11 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks for the FB plug-in. I can now upload directly to my FB Fan Page now!!!! I thought that your plug-in was substantially the same as the LR FB Publish. Since you offer a free trial, I downloaded it.

Your plug-in has a setup area named “Facebook: Tools”. The dropdown listed my Fan Page.
Thank you!

— comment by Al Kawasaki on October 1st, 2012 at 4:46am JST (11 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery, just downloaded and in the process of configuring your FB plug-in for LR4 (on a Mac Pro). Now at “… Albums in this Publish Service?” to see only one album listed from over a dozen albums in FB. How do i get the others to appear so i can use them to publish in?

See the service in the Publishing Manager (via the service header’s context menu). —Jeffrey

— comment by Taiyo Lipscomb on October 6th, 2012 at 7:31am JST (11 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery,
I really like your app, but noticed it will not upload videos to Facebook. In LR 4.2 videos can be uploaded. Facebook does not allow videos inside photo albums, so the included LR plugin dumps the videos into one “Video” album. I find the feature useful, even with the restrictions. Any reason why this section is greyed out on your plugin?

They had some issues at first when they rolled out video support that made it problematic. The docs make it looks less problematic now (though still a lot of work because it’s so different under the hood from images), but it seems that my account suffers a well-known bug that breaks video support for me, so I can’t develop/test. So we’re stuck until FB fixes that bug. They’ve known about it for a while, but it’s apparently not a priority for them. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tom on October 7th, 2012 at 1:01am JST (11 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffery, your docs don’t explain how to publish only one photo. It’s a feature of the unregistered copy. In this use case, I want to control the publish to just 1 photo.

Help and update to docs please.

(Is it Alt-click publish? Ctrl-click?)

Select the photo(s) you want to publish, then hold down the Option (or Control on Windows, I think) key to turn the “Publish” button into “Publish Selected” —Jeffrey

— comment by D Gearless on October 11th, 2012 at 7:21am JST (11 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hey there

how can I change the language to German in your plugin?



Es tut meir Leid, aber they’re English only. —Jeffrey

— comment by oliver elsner on November 30th, 2012 at 10:02pm JST (11 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Two questions about file metadata and Facebook.

1) After uploading the photo to Facebook. I looked at the image and noticed the Facebook date associated with the image was set to today. Is there any way to set this date to the date taken instead?

2) Also after uploading and opening the image in Facebook, the location information is empty. When I click “Add Location” the first suggestion is the correct geotagged location. Is there any to have Facebook pick up the location without having to click “Add Location” and manually select it?

Facebook inexplicably doesn’t allow a 3rd party app to do those things. It’s not really a place for serious photography, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. —Jeffrey

— comment by Alex on December 6th, 2012 at 2:42pm JST (11 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I’ve downloaded this plug-in, authenticated facebook.

One thing that isn’t showing up is the Albums! Albums are not shown in the box under Lightroom Publishing manager!

anyone can help me to sort this out?

See this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by ahmad on January 26th, 2013 at 9:03am JST (11 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

How can I remove the ‘Uploaded to Facebook” stamp from the plug-in metadata without resetting all of the metadata on a particular image. I uploaded one that I did not intend, and now it appears in searches for Facebook images in Lightroom.

“File > Plugin Extras > Facebook Extras > Clear” —Jeffrey

— comment by John G. Walter on March 7th, 2013 at 12:38am JST (11 years ago) comment permalink

Is it possible to increase the Image Quality, which seems to have a maximum of 85? I am seeing significant artifacting on some images at this level, and not at 100 when manually uploaded?

You can set it to whatever you like, but FB will compress the life out of whatever you upload. —Jeffrey

— comment by John G. Walter on March 12th, 2013 at 12:47am JST (11 years ago) comment permalink

Thanks, Jeffrey, but actually, the dialog will not let me save anything aboe 80. However, you’re correct, as even when I uploaded the same image manually, which was output from LR at 100, there were still some artifacts. Better, but not perfect.

It will let you set it to anything, though it may put up an interstitial warning if the value is higher than 80. The reason for a blocked export is always shown at the bottom of the dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by John G. Walter on March 12th, 2013 at 6:35am JST (11 years ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey I think you write excellent LR plug-ins and have more than one but I’ve been having a problem with the latest one for LR. I get a couple of “network problem: upload successful” errors (or something close to that) every time I try to upload a large (>250) group of photos. It still uploads some photos each time and usually takes 2 or 3 tries before it will complete the upload without the error. In the past, I didn’t get this error.

This Windows-only error started showing up circa Lr4.3, but I’m not fully convinced it’s Lightroom’s fault. I don’t know whether it’s Lightroom, Windows, Facebook, or some unfortunate combination thereof…. the only thing I know is that I don’t know what causes it. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Jim on March 19th, 2013 at 2:43am JST (10 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I tried to install your FB plugin today and it seems to get loaded into LR 4.3. However, when I try to register it in FB (I click set up in the Publish services, then click Authenticate to Facebook, I get this error (and I’m logged in to FB in Chrome):

The website encountered an error while retrieving https://www.facebook.com/dialog/oauth?…. It may be down for maintenance or configured incorrectly.
Here are some suggestions:
Reload this webpage later.

HTTP Error 500 (Internal Server Error): An unexpected condition was encountered while the server was attempting to fulfill the request.

The window to enter to code pops up, but obviously the code doesn’t appear so I can’t put it in. Do you have any ideas about this?

Classic flaky Facebook… just try again later while crossing fingers. —Jeffrey

— comment by Aashoo on March 27th, 2013 at 11:45am JST (10 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I renamed an album on facebook but the collection in LR is not getting renamed. I cannot find the magical “force” option I found via Google or any other way to do this.

Yeah, I’d been meaning to handle that… I’ve now pushed a new version of the plugin that takes care of it… with it, refresh the album list while in the Publish Settings dialog, and a “rename current collections” checkbox appears if any collections are in need of renaming. —Jeffrey

— comment by Torsten on April 6th, 2013 at 3:44am JST (10 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I love the plug in, thanks! I was curious if there was anyway to establish multiple watermarks (i.e. different sizes and positions) and select a specific watermark for each photo before it is published to Facebook? Sometimes leaving the image watermark ends up interfering with my subject.

Thank you again!

The watermarking is all done by Lightroom… the plugin has no influence in the matter. You might check out Tim Armes’ Lr/Mogrify plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ryan on April 9th, 2013 at 10:44am JST (10 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, I am unable to see the albums that are in my facebook Page to be linked to this public service. I am able to get only list of albums that are in my facebook personal account. The page is also administered by me but i am not getting them listed to choose anything. I have also made the settings as public for this app in FB. Please help. Thanks!


Please see this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ranjana on June 8th, 2013 at 5:05am JST (10 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, i had already checked the FAQs before. I am having latest version if your plugin.. When i am authenticating my facebook with LR, i have only my personal account listed. After authentication, it shows i am logged in as my account name and on the right i get only the log out button rather than refresh user data button as shared by one of the bloggers – http://www.10mfh.blogspot.co.uk/p/tutorials.html. I am able to login to my facebook personal account as well as the page and toggle them in one login.. i am not sure where the disconnect is and why the plugin is not working for the page. In the list to choose, i get only my personal account to choose. I use my page more than the personal account albums. Would you be able to help? Thank you. Ranjana.

Authentication to FB is always done via your personal page, but that should give you access to all albums under your control. If you don’t see them, see this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ranjana on June 14th, 2013 at 7:27am JST (10 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

wont let me complete , keep getting msg saying system time is wrong ( its not )

Every time I’ve gotten a message like this, the time has been wrong (one month off, one year off, etc.). Check again. If you really think it’s correct, send a log with details. —Jeffrey

— comment by shayne on August 27th, 2013 at 9:43pm JST (10 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Had the FB plugin working for a while but now the Facebook login is aborting with “Assert @debug:785” message. Same problem with the Flickr plugin — which I think I registered. I’m on LR 4.4 Win7 professional and IE 9. The only change that I have made recently that may have affected the link was to uninstall i.e 10 because of bad behaviour.

Bob (Calgary, Alberta)

Next time you hit these kinds of errors, please send a log and I’ll take a look. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bob Skitmore on October 1st, 2013 at 1:38pm JST (10 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey:

Just sent the log but thought I would change my default browser to Safari and try to authenticate to Facebook again and voila it worked just fine. So the problem is with my Internet Explorer 9 configuration (probably somehow corrupted). If you can figure something out from the logs great but for now I’m OK to truck along with Lightroom and Safari

— comment by Bob Skitmore on October 2nd, 2013 at 2:45am JST (10 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I have been using recently your LR plugin for Facebook export.
My internet connection is unfortunately unstable.
At times, breaks the LR or from your plugin with a network error. No problem!
But then I see on the Facebook website my pictures several times.
An image is not even to some even transmit three times.
The original image was not changed in LR. The file name is ident
Is it possible to prevent such duplicates with settings of your plugin?
I like it better when an image is not transferred instead it is placed multiple times in the Facebook system.
Thank you for your effort!

Unfortunately, there’s nothing the plugin can do here… it sends the photo and waits for a reply from Facebook, but if the network connection breaks down before the reply happens, the plugin has no idea whether the photo ended up being published or not. —Jeffrey

— comment by Schloemicher on January 2nd, 2014 at 6:40pm JST (10 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Can I use your plugin to upload photos to a facebook page that I am following? I don’t want to share the photos with everyone im friends with on facebook, just people on that page.

I don’t believe they allow that. In any case, the plugin lists all the albums they give 3rd-party apps permission to upload to on your behalf. See this faq for reasons some that you expect might not be listed. —Jeffrey

— comment by Emma on February 18th, 2014 at 7:27am JST (10 years ago) comment permalink

I’m very pleased with your plugin, but I have one question.
I am setting up a photo booth for a wedding, using lightroom 4. Shooting will be done via rf-remote, photos will be transferred to lightroom 4 via tethered shooting.
Is there any possibillity to upload the taken fotos automatically to facebook without any further user interaction? Just upload all taken thering-pictures in background.

Kind regards

You can do it with my Folder Watch plugin —Jeffrey

— comment by Mischa on May 15th, 2014 at 4:33pm JST (9 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, I am new to lightroom and your plug in. I am trying to post an album to a business page. I saw from the comments earlier up in 2011 that you then couldn’t do this. I was hoping this was now possible as i came across this blog referencing your plugin – http://www.mcpactions.com/blog/2013/02/11/exporting-photos-from-lightroom-to-a-facebook-business-page/

I have installed your plugin and have logged into my account. Under Facebook: Tools the blog above says that you can flip between your account and the business page but mine only gives the option of the account. It is only me that administers the business page so I was wondering if you knew how to fix this? Also it says i can’t save changes: select at least one album. It won’t let me save any changes made to the publish service.

Kind Regards


Check out this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kerri on August 6th, 2014 at 12:35am JST (9 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi! I’m using the facebook publish plugin together with the “Snapshot on Export” plugin because it has more options then the buildin snapshot function. I’m automatically setting a color label, when exporting to facebook. Even though I unchecked all the boxes under “Metadata that Triggers Republish”, Lightroom always says it hast to republish the pictures when I’m changing the color label.

Because I’m using the “Snapshot on Export” plugin to automatically set a color label, the publish service always says it hast to republish the photos imediately after publishing them.

Unfortunately, this “republish” area of Lightroom is riddled with bugs. It works for some folks, not for others, and probably shifts over time. I’ve long asked Adobe for help here, but so far to no avail. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Niklas on November 12th, 2014 at 7:35am JST (9 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I downloaded the LR/FB plugin. Kudos to you for yet another great plugin (I used the Flickr one when I used that service).

I’ve got an issue I don’t know how to address: I’m getting duplicate photos when I modify a previously published photo. When setting up the plugin, I ticked “titles” as triggering an update. I missed titling a few photos before uploading them, so I went back, added titles, and the plugin tagged them for re-publication as expected. After re-publishing the photos, I found that I had created new, duplicated images rather than modifications to existing images. Any thoughts? Did I miss a check box somewhere? I’m using LR 5.6, and plugin 20141019.369.



You missed the big note near the top of the Publish docs warning that because Facebook doesn’t allow updates, Lightroom’s idea of Publish is probably not appropriate for most folks using Facebook. —Jeffrey

— comment by Patrick on November 14th, 2014 at 9:08am JST (9 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Great Publishing Service Jeff. I have it installed and working fine on my business page.
One Question, my fist post to Facebook has the comment: Posted by Adobe Lightroom Export Plugin

How do I get rid of that statement? Thanks a bunch!
I have a registered version.


You’ll have to talk to Facebook about that… the plugin doesn’t explicitly add that (nor could it even if it wanted), but Facebook knows what app is doing the upload, so they apparently add a note about it. It’s not something that the plugin can have any control of one way or the other. I think it’s distracting (why does it matter what app did the upload?) —Jeffrey

— comment by Dennis O'Hara on December 28th, 2014 at 1:49am JST (9 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hailing from Seattle, WA!
Long time fan and supporter of your Lightroom plugins and can’t believe the incredible amount of effort you put into supporting them.

Two problems concerning this Facebook plugin that I can’t seem to find a specific solution for:
1) Like a handful of other users, I would like to be able to export or publish directly to a Facebook group. I’m an admin for a “page” and also an admin for a closed group. In the export plugin, I can see albums for the “page” account, but not the closed group. Have you encountered that situation yet and do you have an idea if I can’t export to the group via your plugin due to Facebook vs. Lightroom privacy settings? That would be my first guess.

2) Because I can’t export directly to my closed group on FB, I need to export images to my HDD before uploading them via the web interface. I would love to create custom image captions when exporting to disk, if at all possible. Do any of your other plugins feature that ability?

Again, thanks for all your hard work with these plugins and I hope to continue to support your efforts in the future!

Check out this faq for the first item. For the second, you might try my Run Any Command plugin with ExifTool. But it’s high on the todo list for me to add support for this to my Metadata Wrangler plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Josh J. on January 25th, 2015 at 9:53am JST (9 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I’m fairly new to using plugins in Lightroom so I hope my question is not that noob:

I use it to EXPORT a new album into facebook via export dialog; after this is there a way to automatically add the album I just uploaded to the to the list of the published albums?

Or I have to do this step manually from the publish section?


You have to set it up manually from Publish, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Francesco Giusto on February 8th, 2015 at 12:52am JST (9 years ago) comment permalink

When I attempt to log in, I get an error message saying to reduce the amount of data that I am trying to retrieve. How can I do this?
Thanks – Tracy

That was Facebook springing surprises on us… I’ve pushed a new version of the plugin that works around the issue. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tracy Gardner on March 30th, 2015 at 8:26am JST (8 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I have issue with setup of Facebook plugin. Immediately I’m authorized, I receive error message “Error reply from Facebook: Please reduce the amount of data you’re asking for, then retry your request”.
I have no idea, what I can setup, or where is this option or how to reduce the requested data…

I you like, I can send the screenshot of it.

I will be glad if you can help me to fix it. Until I had installed the latest plugin, I didn’t have any issue with this plugin – I’m using it about 2 years without any problem.

That was Facebook springing surprises on us… I’ve pushed a new version of the plugin that works around the issue. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ondrej on April 12th, 2015 at 3:04am JST (8 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

When I try to authenticate your Facebook plug in, I get the following error…

“The address wasn’t understood
Firefox doesn’t know how to open this address, because one of the following protocols (lightroom) isn’t associated with any program or is not allowed in this context.

You might need to install other software to open this address.”

Any ideas?

Thanks for all your work!

See this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by Benj on April 12th, 2015 at 8:24am JST (8 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

With the changes in LR CC related to tagging photos, will this plugin export those tags? Will the built in FB export export them? I’ve been searching for an answer and can’t find one…hoping the guru (you) can.

Love your work!

Not yet, but I’m looking for a solution. Currently a plugin can’t know where in the photo the face is, merely that there is one, so we may need to wait for an update. I’m still digging.Yes, see my people-support plugin —Jeffrey

— comment by Matthew Kauffmann on April 22nd, 2015 at 11:16pm JST (8 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
Love the plugin!!!
I would really only like to upload photos individually to FB, is there a way of doing this through the publish section of LR using your plugin without having to create an album.


Sure, upload to the “PLugin’s default album” album that’s there whether you create it or not. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tony Arroyo on April 27th, 2015 at 2:57am JST (8 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey

Have just started working with this plugin today. I love the concept, but when posting an image or a set of images to Facebook I would expect to write a small text post. I have been looking through the plugin but guess this can’t be done – am i right?



That would make sense for posting to your Wall, but the plugin is designed to post to albums. I’ve been thinking to add a one-off Wall-posting feature, but it’s not there yet… —Jeffrey

— comment by Adam Hillier Photography on May 13th, 2015 at 6:15am JST (8 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink


Can I import the existing photos from FB ?

Sorry, no. Facebook strips all the metadata from photos, so there would be no way for the plugin to know which photos at FB matched which photos in your library. Even if this were possible, it would make little sense with Facebook because you can’t update photos at Facebook, so the whole point of Lightroom’s “Publish” is meaningless for Facebook. —Jeffrey

— comment by daniel on June 28th, 2015 at 8:43pm JST (8 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Just installed your jf Facebook plugin. Seems to work great–definitely more feature rich than the stock plugin I donated $25 to the cause–keep up the good work.

I wish I’d come across your plugin sooner as I have a number of FB publish collections created with the LR CC stock FB plugin. To that end I was wondering if there was any way to transfer existing Publish collections from the stock LR CC Facebook plugin into your plugin? Or some how get your plugin to own/manage those publish collections? Both plugins have the same collection names (since I allowed all of the same albums on Facebook to be managed by your plugin when I setup your plugin)–but obviously your collections show no photos since if I understand correctly you can’t download the photos from FB into LR.

I realize I can drag-n-drop/copy the photos from the stock FB plugin’s publish collections to the similarly named publish collections in your plugin. But then photos all end up in your plugin as “New Photos to Publish”.

Any ideas on how to proceed? I don’t have all that many publish collections so I’d be fine with just copying the previous stock collections if I was able to some how mark them as already published in your plugin . . .

Thanks in advance for your help.



Sorry, you can’t get them in there. Frankly, it’s a bit dangerous to use Publish with Facebook, since an update in Lightroom would mean an image deletion at Facebook (as the old image is removed and a new one added). This means that you lose all “likes” and comments, which is really unsocial. Bringing previously-uploaded photos into a FB publish service would only compound the problem, so it’s not something on my todo list. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jamuel Starkey on August 8th, 2015 at 8:40am JST (8 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Is there a way to simply turn off FB updates? Your plugin makes the initial upload a snap, but if I so much as change the rating of an image it gets re-uploaded, too. I then have to delete the modified images to avoid duplication. An option to ignore updates would be a very helpful addition to this plugin.

Yeah, I’m starting to feel that way myself. My initial reaction was that if you don’t want updates, don’t use Publish (automatic updates are the whole point of Publish), but there’s something to be said for the simple convenience of having things grouped and exported easily. We’ll see what I can come up with….—Jeffrey

— comment by Tom on August 12th, 2015 at 11:15pm JST (8 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Not to bug you, but just found myself wishing again that I could easily zap a picture off to Facebook right from Lightroom without having to deal with updates. No wait, I do want to bug you! Please, please, please?

Isn’t that what “File > Export” does? —Jeffrey

— comment by Tom on September 18th, 2015 at 6:57am JST (8 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

First of all, thank you, this plug in is amazing!
I had a question though, is it at all possible to update captions on Facebook without actually republishing? I published a few hundred photos and only after they got comments and likes realized I had forgotten to title and caption them in Lightroom, is there any way to automate this change (I will do it manually otherwise!)
Assuming it’s possible as I can always edit the description after posting 🙂

Thank you, Max.

No, sorry, it’s not possible. I don’t think Facebook allows it from a third-party app like the plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Max on November 9th, 2015 at 11:50pm JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink


Do I understand correctly that repopulate only looks for photos already uploaded via this plugin, and not generic metadata? (I don’t know if FB keeps file names, for example)

If so, then does this work across LR versions? I have some photos I uploaded with LR 5.xx but LR 6.yy doesn’t seem to match these. Or alternatively, do this works even for virtual copies? Both missing pictures I have were uploaded with older LR and are virtual copies.

It would be useful if I can associate a (in LR) picture with a given FB picture, so that I can manually reconstruct collections—it would give me a way to retrieve comments, for example, or simply to ensure I have a 1:1 correspondence in LR with FB albums.

There’s some risk in linking photos to Facebook, due to Facebook refusing to allow photo updates, so one must take care. But if you really want to do it, I’ve added the ability to associate an image in FB with one in your library, via the “File > Plugin Extras > Facebook Extras” dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Iustin Pop on January 11th, 2016 at 11:40am JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink


I see in some comments the mention of the “Wall Photos” albums appearing or not in the list of collection; is this random, or can it be enabled somehow?


Well, I was correct in that it’s a bug at Facebook, but it turns out that the bug is not in Timeline Photos being unavailable, but merely in Facebook incorrectly telling the plugin it’s unavailable. So the plugin now lists even unavailable albums, marked so that you know they may or may not actually work. When I tested for myself, Timeline Photos and Mobile Uploads were accessible, even though Facebook told the plugin they weren’t. —Jeffrey

— comment by Iustin Pop on January 11th, 2016 at 11:40am JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,

I’m writing in from Wellington, New Zealand, and love this app and others. They work great!

One thing I have noticed. Photos I post to Facebook with this app have their “posted date” (which displays when hovering over the clock icon next to each photo on FB) showing the date I actually posted each photo.

This happens despite setting the option for “Set each photo’s ‘posted date’ to the time…” to “each photo was taken” in the Publishing Manager dialog window.

Any idea why that is? Thank you in advance for your reply!

It seems the clock icon thing is new, and always shows the time the photo was transferred to Facebook; I see nothing in their developer docs about it. The option in the plugin impacts the date actually shown, which in turn impacts where in the timeline the photo’s story falls. The best I can do is update the label in the plugin to be more specific about what it’s impacting, and I’ve done that in the new release of the plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Keith on January 15th, 2016 at 1:38pm JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey!

I’m pretty new to Lightroom and plugins in general so I’ve been reading the manual and you said that tagging people is not yet possible because of how LR CC is handling faces but what about pushing location information to facebook? I can’t seem to find how to do that if at all possible. Please enlighten this noob travel agent who spent weeks trying to encode location info to our trips only to encode them again on facebook lol.

Thank you again for the great work and help!



Face tagging is supported when used in conjunction with my People-Support plugin. Location tagging is not; Facebook doesn’t allow it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Chris on May 5th, 2016 at 5:01am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

thanks for your excellent FB Export plugin, I just came across today. What do I have to do to make it post directly on the timeline of my photography page and also under the name of the photography page?

In the list of folders to be included I have only selected “Photographer/Timeline” but uploaded images only show up as guest postings under the name of my root account which is not what I want. Under “within account” I have my photography page selected.

Is there a way to let the plugin post directly to the photography page? Any help will be greatly appeciated and result in a sale, I’m sure 😉

Kind regards,

If you (as a private user) are authorized to post under your (as a business) page, I’d expect you to be able to post, but Facebook’s privacy settings often interact is non-intuitive ways. Check out this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by Matt on September 23rd, 2016 at 5:45am JST (7 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I’m just getting things set up and uploaded a bunch of images (50) to a Facebook page I just set up to showcase my photography within my personal account. It is called Play of Light Photography. I published the images. They do not appear on the wall (or in the Photos) section of page. When I do go the Photos section, there is a notification that says “50 photos were posted by other people.” If I click a link next to this notification, I can see all of the images but they aren’t viewable in any other way. This is odd, as in the plug-in, I authenticated as myself and can only post to my own albums. I’ve set privacy to public. Obviously I’m missing something. Any help would be appreciated. I’ve read the FAQ’s and don’t seem to find an answer there.

Cheers, David

I wish I had an easy answer, but this gets into areas of Facebook for which I have no experience or insight. Facebook tells the plugin what albums you can upload to, and when you upload, the plugin sends photos to that album. How Facebook handles things after that is sometimes a moving-target mystery. The best I can suggest is to check the privacy setting on every level of everything. /-: —Jeffrey

— comment by David Culton on October 15th, 2016 at 11:45am JST (7 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, from Brisbane Australia. I have just started creating albums using the Lightroom plugin and there is a prefix or field name being added to the name [Photographer] of the albums. Would please tell me what the intention of this and where it can be edited if necessary. Thanks in advance

The prefix isn’t part of the actual album name, but merely part of the presentation in the list of albums when the album is not in your personal account, to help let you know where the album lives. With groups and shared albums and business pages, etc., it can sometimes be confusing to remember what a vaguely-named album actually is, and this is intended to help. —Jeffrey

— comment by Peter Detheridge on November 22nd, 2016 at 5:48am JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

(Down Under in Oz)

I uploaded some photos using the lightroom plugin and when I go to Facebook, I see the photos in a section with a button that says approve.

Is there a way to upload without the need to approve?

I believe Facebook does that only when you upload to the app-default albumn (an album named for the plugin that Facebook makes automatically). If you make your own album, either at Facebook or within the plugin, Facebook won’t require any kind of approval for the photos you upload to it. —Jeffrey

— comment by David on January 26th, 2017 at 7:18pm JST (7 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Writing currently from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, traveling full time in a 22′ RV and hope to keep friends and family up to date of my activities with my photos. Your plug in has made it possible for me to publish Lightroom edited images to Facebook which I’m grateful for! Can you help me get my photo comments (my comments not my viewer’s) attached to the photo or photos? I see where I can add comments to the album but I would like to add explanations to each group of photos I publish.

Thanks for what you do!


See the “Image Caption” control inside the “Facebook: Metadata Management” section of the dialog. You can have the caption created from, for example, Lightroom’s “Caption” field. —Jeffrey

— comment by David on March 6th, 2017 at 12:39pm JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I am currently having issues where re-publishing to an album duplicates previously uploaded images. Are there specific settings that would prevent this from occurring?

Using 2015.12 + 20170710.404


Facebook doesn’t allow photos to be updated in place, so any RE-publish sends a new image. That’s the way Facebook is. The plugin should be deleting the original when sending the new copy, though, so there shouldn’t be duplicates left at Facebook. If that’s indeed what you’re seeing, perhaps send a log after you next encounter it. But with the whole “Facebook doesn’t allow photos to be updated” thing, it’s sketchy to use Publish with Facebook. —Jeffrey

— comment by Glenn Stewart on August 11th, 2017 at 1:34pm JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, great plugin!

I have two issues:

1. There’s an option to suppress creating a wall post on upload. That option is not checked in my config, but still I don’t see a new wall post announcing a newly uploaded picture. I’m posting to a facebook page, if that’s of relevance. Is there an option that I olverlooked or a known facebook bug?

2. Since I have an export workflow that includes external sharpening and then reimporting the final images back into LR, is there an option to publish these pictures without any further processing? A 1-to-1 copy without actually rendering the files?

Thanks a lot

About the second item, no, Lightroom will always render the pixels with its settings (which may be zeroed out, but it’s still a re-rendering). About the Facebook issue, it’s like a black box… sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, and I’m never quite sure why. Lots of things seem to be different between personal and business pages, so that could explain things. I guess. It’s frustrating. —Jeffrey

— comment by Michael Lamertz on March 7th, 2018 at 6:35am JST (6 years ago) comment permalink

Lightroom now gives this message. Is it true – it appears to be because the plugin has been disabled by Lightroom….?

On August 1st, 2018 Facebook stopped allowing applications like Lightroom Classic CC to post photos to your timeline.

That’s Adobe’s built-in Facebook plugin. I’d have mine give a similar report to the user, but I didn’t have the foresight to build that kind of remote killswitch into my plugins. —Jeffrey

— comment by STEVE LONG on August 5th, 2018 at 3:55am JST (5 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I’m trying to connect to google drive but get time-out “not enough memory” message when trying to “fetch folder list form google.” I have a large google drive file structure with terabytes of data in it (and unlimited data available). I also have about 500 gb of free space on my local hard drive. How can i get past this error message?

The problem is probably the large file structure…. the plugins is just not designed for that, sorry. The plugin has to fetch your entire folder tree, which involves asking Google for it and getting the list bit by bit over time, so the plugin has to accumulate it all. It can take a lot of time, and apparently a lot of memory, for huge accounts. Sorry. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by mike dever on December 26th, 2018 at 11:13pm JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I am owner for my own Facebook Page as well as an admin for several other Pages. I just installed your Facebook plugin last night. To be safe and protect these other people’s Pages, I did not include them and unchecked the boxes when I installed the plugin. I’ve only used the plugin once, but right away see the benefits. Thank you! Now I want to include the other Pages in the plugin. I read that I need to make another publish service in the plugin in order to do this. Under Facebook: Tools and next to “Within account” the only account that shows up is my own, none of the other Pages that I’m admin for. How can I include them in this plugin?

Thank you for your help.

The section in the Publishing Manager titled “Facebook: Albums in this Publish Service” should list all albums that your account has permission to upload to. It’s my understanding that Facebook now allows third-party desktop apps like the plugin to upload to your own business page, and nothing else. In any case, the albums that Facebook tells the plugin that you can upload to are listed in the Publishing Dialog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Maia on February 1st, 2019 at 9:40am JST (5 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

So, does the plugin work again? For a while it didn’t, right?

It no longer (and will never again) work for uploading to personal pages or anything else other than a business page. As far as I know, it should still be able to upload to a business page. —Jeffrey

— comment by Lars on February 2nd, 2019 at 10:16pm JST (5 years ago) comment permalink

I’ve successfully used this plugin for years. But today was the first time I’ve tried to use it since last November.

Now when I try to create a new album in my Chucko’s Photos business page, I get this error:

Create new album at Facebook aborted: Error reply from Facebook: (#10) Application does not have permission for this action

AND I can’t see the list of existing albums either.

I’ve looked for some handle on my FB account and on the page to allow your plugin permissions, but I can’t find any. Has FB just screwed us to the wall?

I see the same problem. They must be yanking more permissions from third-party desktop apps. Given that they’ve made it clear that they don’t care about our existence, I’m reticent to put any further energy into this plugin. I used to use it daily myself, but have not used it in months. —Jeffrey

— comment by Chuck Fry on March 31st, 2019 at 12:17pm JST (4 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink
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