Plugin Registration

Jeffrey's Lightroom Plugins are developed and released by me, Jeffrey Friedl, an American living in Kyoto, Japan. That's me at right, in the yellow shirt holding the dish of bubble stuff.

My plugins for Adobe Lightroom are “donationware”. I develop, release, and maintain them for free, and you can use them for free forever, but I hope you find them worthy of a gift of thanks or encouragement. They are fully functional for a long initial trial period, after which functionality is reduced until they are registered. You don't need to register, but if you want to, it generally costs one cent (a PayPal fee).

If you'd care to read about why I have chosen this path, see my blog posts My Long Path To Lightroom Plugin Development, “What To Do When a Hobby Becomes Work?” and “Lightroom Plugin Development: Now With Added Encouragement”.

After the initial trial period ends, I don't want to shut them down completely and leave someone in the lurch, but I do want to encourage registration (and potential gifts), so they become somewhat restricted until registered, usually to processing no more than 10 images at a time.

If you don't mind the restriction, there's no need to register.

How it Works

In short: make a payment of any amount to me via PayPal, and the resulting PayPal transaction ID is your plugin registration code, good until your Lightroom serial number changes.

If you choose to make a payment of $0.01 (or whatever minimum PayPal allows for your currency), PayPal takes that as a fee and I receive nothing, and that's perfectly fine. If you choose to make a larger payment, anything left after PayPal takes its fees remains as a gift to me for which I (and more importantly, my wife) am most appreciative.

You do not need a PayPal account: if you don't have one, you can pay through PayPal using a credit card.

To generate a registration code, follow the button below to make a payment through PayPal.

Worldwide except Japan:


The only requirement to register is the minimum PayPal fee, which I do not receive. Whether to include any gift for me is completely optional and up to you.

You can use the button to the left, or manually generate a transaction with the recipient set to “”. (This manual method must be used if PayPal in your country does not allow the sending of gifts.)

How To Use Your Registration Code

After you generate a transaction at PayPal, you can find the “Unique Transaction ID” (or, for some users, the “Receipt Number”) immediately on the confirmation page, the confirmation email, or your PayPal history screen...

Visit the plugin in Lightroom's Plugin Manager, and in the upper-right section you should find a “Register Here” button, as illustrated here:

That'll bring up a dialog in which you can paste your registration code. (It is case sensitive, so it's best to copy-and-paste so that there are no typos.)

The Fine Print

I'm trying to be really laid back and reasonable... no one wants to give a gift to a jerk... but I've got to set some limits, so here they are...

I've developed plugins for years (here's why), pushing out thousands of updates, and it is my intention to continue to push out new features and bug fixes from time to time. But I must be clear that while it's my intention, it is not a guarantee. I am not a business and I don't want to be a business — this is just a hobby, after all — and you are not purchasing anything when you register the plugin. Officially, there are no guarantees other than the registration code will work to remove the trial-period-ended limitation of the copy of the plugin you have, for the version of Lightroom you have.

Your registration ties one plugin to one Lightroom serial number, and you can use the same registration code (PayPal transaction ID) to register that plugin with that same Lightroom serial number on multiple machines, such as if you use Lightroom on the two machines Adobe's license allows, or you later have to do a full system reinstall.

If you don't have a PayPal account and don't have a credit card, you won't be able to register plugins in the normal way. Send me a note and I'll take care of you. I will request (but not require) that you send me some good karma by doing something nice for someone locally.

Similarly, if you administer Lightroom on a bunch of computers (e.g. at a school or large business) and you don't have a single bulk-install serial number from Adobe, send me a note and I'll get you a less restricted registration code so that you don't have to hassle with PayPal a zillion times.

Due to the nature of the system I've built, you cannot register a plugin during Lightroom's “free trial” phase, because it doesn't yet have a serial number. Also, I do not permit the use of my plugins on pirated copies of Lightroom.

Major Lightroom Upgrades, or Moving to the Creative Cloud

Registrations are tied to the Lightroom serial number. Because the Lightroom serial number changes at a major upgrade (e.g. Lr5.x to Lr6.x), or if you move from standalone Lightroom to the Creative-Cloud Lightroom or back, plugins become deregistered.

As always, you can generate a new registration code (for one cent — 1/100th of a dollar — if you wish). Sorry for the hassles.

Dot releases (e.g. Lr6.0 → Lr6.1) do not affect registrations.


If You Need to Re-Register but Have Forgotten Your Registration Code, or It Doesn't Seem To Work...

If you need to reregister and have forgotten your code, it might be easiest/fastest just to create a new code with a 1-cent transaction.

On non-CC versions of Lightroom, the plugin includes a “Forgot Your Code?” button on the plugin-registration dialog, which can retrieve the your code if you had previously entered it for that plugin on that install of Lightroom.

You can also always check your PayPal history screen.

If a registration code is rejected as used on another install, it's because your Lightroom serial number has changed (because, for example, you performed a major upgrade, such as from Lr5 to Lr6, or you switch to or from the Creative Cloud). Sorry for the hassles, but please just generate a new code (with a $0.01 amount if you like).

Sharing with the ExifTool Author

My Metadata Wrangler plugin is built around Phil Harvey's most-excellent exiftool library, so I share half of any gifts I receive related to this plugin with Phil.


*Officially, all my hobby stuff (publishing, photography, and software) are conducted through my company, DialRight Software Inc.

The 30 most-recent comments (out of 210; see all), most recent last...

Hi Jeffrey,
Well, I tried to register your great Lightroom Metadata Presets software but could not get it to register after I entered the Paypal code. My Kaspersky Internet Security firewall settings are set to allow Lightroom access, and I do not get a security-warning error after connecting to your secure server with my browser. Any thoughts?

For a while PayPal was blocking my backend server. No idea why, but it seems to have cleared up. Sorry for the hassles. —Jeffrey

— comment by Philip Stephens on January 21st, 2014 at 11:54am JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I can’t think of a better way of getting yourself out there than starting with donation ware. I saw your noiseware advertised by Susan Stripling on Creative Live – Great Work, keep it up.

— comment by NJ on March 10th, 2014 at 6:29pm JST (3 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, I have been using your plugin for years and thanks so much they make my workflow much easier.

I recently go into IR photography, and come across something frequently done but very time consuming. I am not sure if you’re interested in developing it, so I am just making a suggestion.
I found a post showing how to use exiftool and Lightroom to channel swap the DNG:

However it doesn’t solve the workflow problem. It has no batch processing and is command line based.
Do you think you could make a plugin to communicate with the EXIFTOOL and batch processing them automatically?
Thanks again.

You might consider applying exiftool to the original file via my Run Any Command plugin, as part of an otherwise-dummy export. You could wrap it all in an export preset. It’d be a bit kludgy because you’re using an export action to modify original files, but it should get the job done. —Jeffrey

— comment by Kolen on April 19th, 2014 at 10:50am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, Jeffrey,
Thanks for you answer last time. I found the LensTagger plugin that can run EXIFtool Command.

Sorry for so many feature request. This time it is about “jf data explorer”. Could you add one search to entries in “History” in “Development Module”?

My problem is once I use filters to select some photos and I accidentally selected more than I really wanted to, and synchronized the white balance to all of them, without noticing it. After a long time, I couldn’t “Undo”. And the best I can do is to find out those photos in my catalog that, in “History”, the most updated entry is “Synchronize Settings”.

May be you can add something like “Latest History in Development Module”?

Thanks so much in advance.

I’d love to add this, but Lightroom doesn’t allow for it, sorry. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Kolen on May 5th, 2014 at 10:36am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I had to fully clean up and reinstall Adobe CC. After reinstalling LR 5.5, I also had to reinstall all plugins (I was able to restore my preferences from a backup, but not the plugins themselves).
Now, I’d like to re-register my plugins, but the usua registration button is replaced with a grey text saying “Plugin registration button appears here after Lightroom is registered with Adobe”.
What should I do? Obviously, I am registered as I am logged in with my Adobe CC credentials.


It’s a known issue without a fix as of yet. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jean-François Schmitz on July 6th, 2014 at 12:43am JST (3 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks for all the great plugins and continued effort to keep them up to date. It took me a couple minutes to get my head around the right way to register but I got there. I’m happy to register since I use a few of your plugins currently and will probably use more in the future.

Thanks again,


— comment by Steve on September 12th, 2014 at 3:50pm JST (3 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

I downloaded the zenfolio plugin but get an error “the plug-in description script ( is missing”

The download version is and I am running Mac OS 10 Yosemite.

I tried downloading several times to no avail.

Thanks for your assistance in advance.

It’s rare,but I’ve heard of this kind of problem a few times before, and it’s always been fixed by downloading with a different browser. I’ve never figured out why some browsers corrupt the download. I guess try with a different browser. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Bj on November 29th, 2014 at 12:58am JST (2 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Thank you for your hard work. As a software developer by profession (photographer by hobby), I know the difficulties in maintaining software tools, even ones that might seem (to others) to be straightforward. Your plugin has made my Zenfolio interaction seamless, which saves me quite a bit of time.

— comment by Paul on April 5th, 2015 at 11:30am JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks again this year for the many yeasrs I have enjoyed your plugins. They are immensely helpful and I am always happy to send some $$ across the sea to you. Keep up the great work. Cheers…

— comment by Rice Jackson on April 22nd, 2015 at 3:16am JST (2 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi – thanks so much for this plug-in. I’m new to Lightroom. I did a donation via Paypal and have the receipt number, however when I added the plug-in via plug-in manager I didn’t see where I could put the receipt number. Will I be asked for the receipt number once the trial period ends?

As illustrated in the “how to use…” section of this page, a registration button should appear in the Plugin Manager. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mary on May 2nd, 2015 at 11:59pm JST (2 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

St. Louis. Wish I had more time to browse your cool stuff. Thanks for your helpful plug-ins.

— comment by Josephine Havlak on June 5th, 2015 at 10:32am JST (2 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

How much is the minimun value for you to receive a gift? How much is the minimum PayPal Fee?

It’s along the lines of “32 cents + 5%”. With a $1.00 transaction, I get $0.67 (or sometimes $0.68, I don’t know why), for example. —Jeffrey

— comment by rotavio on June 17th, 2015 at 11:04pm JST (2 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I have been getting a pop up “Lightroom needs to configure your system for jf Facebook plug-in’ everytime I starts up Lightroom since today. It goes away if I remove the plugin from the plugin manager.

Please advise.
Thank-you in advance.

Please see this FAQ —Jeffrey

— comment by CS Chua on June 22nd, 2015 at 6:49pm JST (2 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Started using your plugin yesterday. Looks great so far except for the plugin advert in Facebook. Can this be turned off?

You’ll have to ask Facebook about that… they apparently add that kind of label to all third-party-app uploads. It’s not something I add, nor can I do anything to omit it. Sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Stefan on June 30th, 2015 at 9:36pm JST (2 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Jeff – Love the plugin and have set up a regular monthly donation. Wish it could be more.

Keep up the good work!


— comment by Derm on July 7th, 2015 at 12:46am JST (2 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

the latest plug-in for Lightroom CC is not working. It won’t publish, an error box pops up stating “Unexpected HTTP reply from …..”which is the url for the gallery I’m trying to upload. In the plug-in manager in LR, the Zenfolio button is yellow and states…Installed: may not work. Is there a way to reinstall the plug-in or reregister for a new one? I’m using Windows 7 64 bit.

Zenfolio’s been having issues… they’re aware of it and hopefully working on it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bruce on August 4th, 2015 at 7:32am JST (2 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hello from a longtime user of your Lightroom-to-Smugmug plug-in in Omaha, Nebraska, USA!

I’ve been holding out against switching to the “new Smugmug” because my Smugmug workflow revolves around your plug-in and I’m really happy with it. The last few times I’ve checked, your version history said your plug-in isn’t compatible with the “new Smugmug” (because they never got around to issuing an API, if I remember correctly) and I’m fine with that.

Now, though, I’m getting emails from Smugmug saying “Your version of Smugmug will be retired,” making it sound as if they’re going to force me to switch in the fairly near future. Do you think your plug-in will be able to migrate to the “new Smugmug” at all? If not, should I be barking at Smugmug about this?

I know they’ve got a collection-based approach to publishing from Lightroom, but it’s really lame compared to using your plug-in. Thanks for any info…

Their new API is still in closed beta, so I’ve no plans to move any time soon. I don’t know the relationship (if any) between the old/new API and the old/new user experience, so I’ve sent them a note asking. I do know that many “new SmugMug” users use my plugins, so it’s not wholly incompatible. —Jeffrey

Heard back from SmugMug… the “new SmugMug” mostly works with the old API, but there are some areas not covered. They feel they’re getting closer to releasing the new API from beta, so I’ll probably be updating the plugin for it sometime later this year. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jim Williams on August 15th, 2015 at 2:32am JST (2 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hello – sorry about my English I am French …

Sorry to use this way but I don’t find another mean to contact you about an issue I have with the plugin.

I used your plugin from several years ago but with the latest version of LR and when I installed the plugin I cannot perform the Authorize process.

When I click on Authorize from Smugmug Account it informs me about the fact that a browser will be launched for authentication but nothing occurs.

Have you an advise to fix it?

Best Regards
I’d guess that a reinstall of Lightroom would fix it. Please see this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by Michel on September 29th, 2015 at 4:25pm JST (2 years ago) comment permalink

Just spent 5:00 $, but couldn’t find your plugin at Adobes plugin manager. Where can I download it?


Harry from Germany

My plugins are listed on my Lightroom Goodies page, and each download is on its respective plugin page. —Jeffrey

— comment by Harry on November 22nd, 2015 at 5:44am JST (1 year, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Writing this from the US – Chicago area, to be more precise.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOUR PLUG-INS! I just downloaded the “jf Flickr” and “jf Bulk Develop” plug-ins. These make my work flow so much easier, and I can already tell that I’m going to be pushing more photos to Flickr because it’s so easy to use.

Thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

— comment by jtj3 on December 24th, 2015 at 11:39pm JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I would love to be able to show a track log for a group of pictures (album) on my website. I use Matt’s TTG pluggins for generating the albums and site. I asked him, and he said ask you….

I suppose you could export the track (and photo thumbnails if you like) via the “View selected locations via KML in Google Earth” feature of my Geoencoding Support plugin, then load that KML into your Google Maps, then embed that map on your blog. I’ve never done it, but that’s the avenue I’d try first. —Jeffrey

— comment by Patrick Lynch on January 19th, 2016 at 9:19pm JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

How about the registration with Picasa and Google Photos. If I bought your plugin now, should I be obliged to pay new fee when the Photos version of plugin will appear?

My plugins are free; no one has “bought” them, and no ones is obliged to pay anything for them. The 1-cent fee to PayPal for registration is optional. I intend to build a plugin for Google Photos if Google comes up with a public API for it. It will be a separate plugin unless the API is just a copy of the PicasaWeb API. Part of me hopes it is, because then I don’t have to do much work, but the PicasaWeb API is atrocious to work with, so for my future sanity I hope they discard it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Teemu on March 24th, 2016 at 5:39am JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Thank you for this great plugin!
Work perfectly on Lr 4.4

— comment by Daniel on June 13th, 2016 at 12:12pm JST (1 year, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hey, I just upgraded from LR5.7 to LR6 and am trying to submit a $1 donation to generate a new registration code for my already-registered PicasaWeb plugin. However when I try to make the donation through Paypal it says “Your request failed due to technical difficulties.Please try again after some time.” I’ve tried both Chrome and Safari so I don’t think it’s an issue on my end. Is your Paypal account still active?

I’ve gotten a few reports of this lately… the best I can tell is that it’s a technical issue at PayPal’s site. Nothing about the process at PayPal actually interacts with my stuff… it’s not until one enters a registration code into the plugin that it ever touches stuff related specifically to me. I wish I could suggest something more beyond “try again later” but PayPal is completely opaque to me. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Mark Foltz on June 20th, 2016 at 3:27pm JST (1 year, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I am also getting “Your request failed due to technical difficulties.Please try again after some time.” Can I send a payment directly to an email address or does the workflow need to originate from this page?

Doesn’t need to originate from this page… anything to is fine. A number of folks are getting this error, but the PayPal process is all opaque to me so I have no idea what’s going on. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Anthony on June 21st, 2016 at 10:22am JST (1 year, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Attempted to use the PayPal link to donate. Just spins when submitting. Unable to to get confirmation code to continue. Please help

PayPal may be having “issues”, I suppose? My link is just that… a link to their site that pre-fills in my email ( Maybe it’s just the landing page having issues, so perhaps try just visiting PayPal directly and paste my address in? —Jeffrey

— comment by Michael on February 4th, 2017 at 5:04am JST (8 months, 17 days ago) comment permalink


I have used your excellent lightroom plugin to picasa web for a few years but now it refuses to work, I have downloaded the latest version of the plug in and am running lightroom 5.7 the message reads Unexpected HTTP status from google 501 insert is no longer supported, any ideas?

Google seems to be shutting down PicasaWeb, as they promised they would do. —Jeffrey

— comment by john seaman on February 10th, 2017 at 9:21pm JST (8 months, 10 days ago) comment permalink

Continued support for years, enjoyed the ease of exporting, upgraded , but after weeks of returning to try, still cannot authenticate with Tumblr. Sigh, moving on now, good luck in the future, was a nice plug-in, RIP.

Ah, living in the Santa Cruz Mts in California, born in Tokyo. Now there is a coikydink!

— comment by james russell on April 1st, 2017 at 3:46am JST (6 months, 20 days ago) comment permalink

I cannot live without your Flickr Plugin. Thank you for continually developing and updating.

— comment by Don Harder on October 19th, 2017 at 9:58am JST (1 day, 19 hours ago) comment permalink

It says you only nee a penny, but paypal now requires a dollar… Can’t figure that out.

I’ve gotten one other report of this, and I, too, have not been able to figure out why. I see plenty of one-cent transactions coming in, and when I test it myself I can do 1 cent, so I’m at a loss as to why a few people would be forced to do a dollar. I’ll continue digging… —Jeffrey

— comment by John on October 20th, 2017 at 2:43am JST (1 day, 2 hours ago) comment permalink
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