Server Downtime March 19th 9PM PST (Old)

Just wanted to let you all know that the server will be down this evening at 9PM PST (4AM UTC) for approximately 30 minutes for an upgrade. Hopefully this will allow us to handle the continually increasing traffic and hits we've been getting lately (thanks!).

We're able to pay for this upgrade thanks to your donations and support (for those interested, here is a rough financial report of the last several years), so thank you to all who have helped us in the past. However, the upgrade will increase our operating costs significantly, making donations more important than ever to support the site and the software. If you like Zenphoto, please consider taking a moment to donate using the link to the right.

Thanks again, and I hope you continue enjoying Zenphoto for many years to come.

3rd party news: Tutorial Wordpress+Zenphoto search / facedout (theme) / zenjPlayer (plugin)


Zenphoto is a minor bugfix release of the recent 1.4 branch. As usual we recommend all users upgrade for the latest updates and fixes.

See the changes on trac for more information.

Two nice posts about Zenphoto

We rarely get to know proper lengthly posts about Zenphoto besides being included in the "the best image gallery scripts for your web site" type of posts that quite some blogs seem to copy from each other all the time. So here we would like to mention two that stand out:


A plugin for the jQuery script jPlayer for displaying video and audio files.

New Nightly Builds

We are pleased to announce that our nightly build process has been augmented. There are now two builds being created. One for support of the current Zenphoto release and one for new development. Check out the files (

You will see two different pairs of files for each night. One set (zip and gz) for the Trunk and one for Development. (These words appear in the name after the build date.)

Trunk builds are made from bug fixes to the currently released version of Zenphoto. You should feel confident using these builds as they contain only fixes to problems identified in in the release. You may even be directed to install one of these builds in response to a problem you have reported.

Development builds represent the future of Zenphoto. Eventually this branch of changes will become the next release of Zenphoto. (...)


Zenphoto is a minor bugfix release of the recent 1.4 branch. As usual we recommend all users upgrade for the latest updates and fixes.

See the changes on trac for more information.

3rd party theme updates for 1.4!

Since we changed a few details regarding themes with the Zenphoto 1.4 release we did one of our quite rare test runs of all third party themes we list on our site.

We also decided to update those older 3rd party themes that we host to be roughly compatible (an  exception to normally not supporting these.)  We re-added the simple+ theme we also roughly updated. These themes remain minimally featured and are still not officially supported.

One of these themes, the Garland theme, will become distributed with Zenphoto 1.4.1. It is an adaption of a Wordpress theme (which is the adaption of a Drupal theme actually) made by the former team member aitf311 years ago.

We threw out a few themes that were just minor clones of the stopdesign theme and the default theme and therefore did not add real value anymore :

  • stoppeddesign
  • thinkdreams
  • highslide (legally an issue anyway since the Highslide script is not GPL)
  • (...)


This is a just a bugfix release for 1.4 without new features. Changes can be viewed on the trunk (svn) as usual:

Changes to the Zenphoto repository (SVN)

This note is important for anyone using either the Nightly Builds or the SVN Repository.

We are changing the method of development and support of the Zenphoto codebase. Henceforth there will be two branches in the SVN. One representing the stable builds of the current Zenphoto release, in this case v1.4 and one representing the development of the next release. This will make it easier for us to continue developing new features for Zenphoto while also providing needed bug fixes to users of the current release.

Then nightly builds will now be made from the stable branch of fixes for the current release. You should feel confident of the stability of these Nightly builds.  We may add nightly builds from the development branch as well. If so, they will be clearly labeled. (These will naturally come with more risk as they contain the new development. But typically they have also been stable.)

The “Trunk” branch of the SVN will be the stable (...)