PhotoStructure’s UI is web-based, and designed to work well with both mobile and desktop browsers.
PhotoStructure’s web service defaults to only being accessible to the computer running PhotoStructure. This prevents other computers on your local area network, or “LAN,” from viewing your library.
Note that the following instructions are intended for advanced users.
If you trust all computers on your LAN, you can set the
exposeNetworkWithoutAuth library setting to
If you’re using PhotoStructure for Docker, this setting is enabled by default.
For other editions of PhotoStructure, there are several ways to enable this setting: either
Edit the library’s settings.toml, or
If you’re on Windows, follow these instructions to add a new
PS_EXPOSE_NETWORK_WITHOUT_AUTHvariable whose value is “1”, or
If you’re on macOS, open a terminal and run
launchctl setenv PS_EXPOSE_NETWORK_WITHOUT_AUTH 1. See this for more details.
If you’re using PhotoStructure for Servers, give the
--exposeargument when you start
Access your PhotoStructure library #
If you’re using macOS to run PhotoStructure, you can open the Sharing control panel on the mac that is running PhotoStructure, and then edit the hostname to be easy to type (something like “mac”), you should then be able access your library on other apple devices in your LAN by using http://mac.local:1787 (replace “mac” with whatever you named your computer).
On other platforms, your library will be available at
http://<ip address of the computer running PhotoStructure>:1787. You may want to configure your router to
give the computer that runs PhotoStructure a “static IP address.” Consult your
router’s manual for instructions.
Reverse proxies #
PhotoStructure works well with reverse proxies that also provide http basic auth. Caddy, Nginx Proxy Manager, and Traefik have all been used by beta users to expose their library to their friends and families with simple username/password access.
In the future #
Future versions of PhotoStructure will add sharing and authorization
mechanisms, at which point these
instructions will no longer be relevant, and the
setting will be deleted.