Keeping tabs on your photo library with PhotoPrism


Because PhotoPrism runs in a container, there are a handful of commands you might find useful for managing the application. You already know

docker-compose up -d

starts PhotoPrism. To stop the application, use

docker-compose stop

If you need to reset PhotoPrism and start from scratch, use:

docker-compose exec photoprism photoprism reset

Finally, upgrading PhotoPrism is a matter of running the following commands:

docker-compose pull photoprism
docker-compose stop photoprism
docker-compose up -d photoprism


Relegating classification and face recognition tasks to the mighty TensorFlow engine is what sets PhotoPrism apart from pretty much everything else. Does it produce perfect results? Definitely not. But the sheer convenience of being able to plug your entire library into PhotoPrism and let the application do the rest outweighs occasional misses. It would be a mistake to judge PhotoPrism by its machine learning smarts only, though. The application's polished and user-friendly interface coupled with excellent search capabilities makes it a perfect tool for managing large libraries and sharing your photos with the rest of the world.

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Dmitri Popov has been writing exclusively about Linux and open source software for many years. His articles have appeared in Danish, British, US, German, Spanish, and Russian magazines and websites. You can find more on his website at

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