Jeffrey’s “Export to ipernity” Lightroom Plugin

This plugin allows you to export images from Lightroom directly to your ipernity account.

This plugin works in Lightroom 5 and Lightroom 4 (though some features may be missing in older versions of Lightroom).

The same download works for both Windows and Mac. See the box to the upper right for the download link (in orange) and installation instructions.

Please see the FAQ and known issues before reporting bugs.

It supports both Export and Publish.

Important Lightroom 5 Warning: There's a major bug in Lightroom 5.0〜5.2 concerning Publish, so please upgrade to Lr5.3 if you use Publish.


This plugin is distributed as “donationware”. I have chosen to make it available for free — everyone can use it forever, without cost of any kind — but unless registered, its functionality is somewhat reduced after six weeks.

Registration is done via PayPal, and if you choose to register, it costs the minimum 1-cent PayPal fee; any amount you'd like to add beyond PayPal's sliding fees as a gift to me is completely optional, and completely appreciated.

Note: a Lightroom major upgrade, such as from Lr4 to Lr5, de-registers the plugin in the upgraded version, so if you want to maintain registration, a new ($0.01 if you like) registration code is needed in the upgraded version. It makes for a hassle every couple of years, I know. Sorry. See this note for details.

For details on plugin registration and on how I came into this hobby of Lightroom plugin development, see my Plugin Registration page.

Version History
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The {Empty} template token wasn't working properly.

Make the revalidation process smoother, especially for folks using Lr5.4 and later.

Fixed a sublocation-related bug in the new geo-privacy stuff.


Adapts to a change in how ipernity returns the list of albums.

Added a new "Location Privacy" section to the Exprt/Publish dialogs.

Updated the location-based tokens in the template language the plugin uses — City, State, Country, Location, Latitude, Longitude — to respect new privacy options in the Export/Publish dialogs, and in the resend-metadata dialog. You can override those options on a case-by-case basis with the evenIfPrivate filter.

Added locationIsPrivate variable to the environment available to the LUA token.


Enable a new feature internal to Lr5 for large exports that keeps the CPU from running too far ahead of the upload. Prior to this, Lightroom would go ahead and peg the CPU to pre-render all the images even if they weren't being uploaded at nearly the same speed. Now Lightroom pauses the behind-the-scenes rendering if it has gotten too far ahead of the upload.


Added a way to set the visibility at ipernity via the star rating.


Gave the Publishing Manager UI some attention on Windows.

Added the “:EMBED” token filter to the template language.

20130926.10 Oops, fix a bug introduced in the previous update

Added a bunch of tokens to the preset templates supported: ExportFormat, ExportColorSpace, ExportBitDepth, ExportQuality, ExportSharpeningLevel, ExportSharpeningMedia, IpernityUrl, GoogleDriveUrl, and TumblrUrl.

The token-examples dialog had been broken. Also deprecated Folder and Path tokens in preference to FolderName and FolderPath tokens.


Work around a Lightroom bug concerning the determination of whether a photo is offline.


Better handle very long user account names, so that the [Logout] button doesn't get cut off of the Export dialog.


Removed restrictions on what kind of image format can be uploaded... ipernity can handle most anything, and if not, well, then don't use that format. :-)

Fixed the KW/KWE tables in template tokens; they had been broken when using load for the script.


Made big updates to the "Export with Smart Previews?" section; you can now pick to be asked whether to export via Smart Previews, and can differentiate between when the Smart Previews are "good enough" for an export and when they are not.

Added the ability to associate images (between Lightroom and at ipernity) manually, via "File > Plugin Extras > ipernity Extras".

20130722.4 Fix for the "can't delete: nil" bug.
20130721.3 More random fixes.
20130721.2 A republish didn't like it if the photo had been deleted at ipernity.
20130721.1 Initial public release.

Comments so far....


Thanks for producing this plugin. (donation sent! :-)

I can setup a smart collection and publish OK.

What I can’t seem to do is associate my existing images at Ipernity with my LR catalog. Is there a logging function for the Ipernity Extras that I can activate. It whizzes through the albums and says
No Photos were populated.

The “Associate” feature is kludgy/fragile at best, but I haven’t yet given it my full attention… I wanted to get the plugin out. I’m traveling for the next month so may not get to it for a while, sorry. Like I said, I didn’t want to delay the whole plugin for that one side feature. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mike on July 23rd, 2013 at 6:07am JST (8 months, 29 days ago) comment permalink

Played around with this new plugin.

During registration at ipernity i got a

…Hoppla! Der “frob” Parameter ist ungültig oder fehlt…

Message, which means the frob parameter is invalid or missing.

I’m using a german site of ipernity and LR 4.4.1



I’ve occasionally heard of this bug, but I don’t know what causes it. Trying again often fixes it, perhaps with a different browser. (Make sure you’re using the latest version of the plugin, of course.) If you continue to get the error, restart Lightorom then try one more time, then send the log and I’ll see whether I can figure it out. —Jeffrey

— comment by klaus on July 24th, 2013 at 5:00am JST (8 months, 28 days ago) comment permalink

Thanks a lot for the plugin, much appreciated.

Would it be possible to add a “resend metadata” option, like the flickr plugin has?

It turns out that very few people use this plugin (I can, literally, count the registrations on two hands), so it’s unlikely I’ll spend resources developing it further. Sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by TD on September 29th, 2013 at 7:38pm JST (6 months, 22 days ago) comment permalink

As one of the folks you can count on those two hands let me first say that I appreciate your effort in developing it because I use it regularly and find it invaluable.

Regarding the low usage I suspect that is a marketing problem with iPernity. They don’t do a lot of communication and when they announced it they didn’t say a thing about why it is useful or what it can do. They merely said it was available and gave a link to install it.

I bet that if they let people know what they are missing things would change.

— comment by Florida Guy on September 30th, 2013 at 11:36am JST (6 months, 21 days ago) comment permalink

Really, that few? Given the clamoring beforehand, that’s really disappointing.

— comment by TD on September 30th, 2013 at 4:03pm JST (6 months, 21 days ago) comment permalink


I’m also struggling with the recognition of existing pictures on my ipernity account. 9 of my 400 pictures are original JPG, all others are DNG within Lightroom. Matching by name or capture date does not work.

So I tried manual assignment, but this does not work either, because any entered URL must contain my ipernity userid. When entered the user id is replaced by my ipernity synonym and stored this way in the meta data. Synchronize will not work afterwards …

Well, you already replied that this feature is not robust. How can I help you to improve this plugin?

With kind regards

If you can email some example URLs and associated descriptions (e.g. what is an ipernity synonym?), that might help. —Jeffrey

— comment by Michael on October 16th, 2013 at 5:25am JST (6 months, 5 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I’m using your flickr publish plugin for some years and can’t think how to live without it! :-)

But I’m thinking of moving to another service, and ipernity is one of my choices. As I’d like to use your plugin for ipernity I’m wondering about you support for that plugin in the future remembering your quote “It turns out that very few people use this plugin (I can, literally, count the registrations on two hands), so it’s unlikely I’ll spend resources developing it further.”

Can you recommend moving to ipernity relying on your plugin for thousands of photos?


If the plugin works for your needs, sure, but support is currently lacking, it will likely continue to lack for the foreseeable future. —Jeffrey

— comment by peter on October 20th, 2013 at 9:32pm JST (6 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeff,

I download and install your module 2 weeks ago (donation sent) on my Lightroom 5.

The module was working great, but this morning (2013-10-25) he just stop. The only information I have is ”non register” I try to register back and I can’t. What to do…



I’m not sure what you’re reporting… perhaps send a log the next time it happens? —Jeffrey

— comment by Danyel on October 25th, 2013 at 11:20pm JST (5 months, 27 days ago) comment permalink


Thank you for developing this plugin! Video is always disabled when using this plugin, will support for video be added in the future?


Probably not… the way they implemented their API makes it really painful for large uploads, and video runs into that very quickly. —Jeffrey

— comment by Gustav on March 1st, 2014 at 5:31pm JST (1 month, 20 days ago) comment permalink
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