In the last few months, I barely touched my digital camera, despite the fact that I love taking pictures and I’m pretty good at it, especially considering the fact that I have a poor compact one, not some state-of-the-art & expensive DSLR. The reason? I simply feel overwhelmed by my photo collection and adding new galleries to it feels frightening… but that won’t stop me from taking a closer look at one pretty interesting image gallery script, namely Coppermine.

Built using PHP and MySQL, Coppermine is made available for free, being covered by the terms of the GPL license. Its last release arrived about 3 days ago, so you can’t claim that this project is not alive enough for your needs. 😉 Coppermine offers a lot of interesting and useful features, such as automatic thumbnail generation, search capabilities, RSS support, slideshow and e-card capability, user feedback, image rotation and multiple files uploads, as well as many others. After all, you have the official page I mentioned above, check the features there, I’m not going to go through all that list again! 😉

The demo gallery, available here, looks pretty good, but if it doesn’t blow your mind, think about the speed and wide range of features, not to mention that most people don’t need any fancy Flash-based image gallery, just to generate thumbnails and get fast image loading times, and Coppermine surely offers much more than that, yet remaining an easy to install/use, free for all and reliable image gallery. In case you need some out-of-this-world features, then you may want to search somewhere else, or just dig deeper its documentation – there’s a lot about Coppermine, trust me! Well, I guess that’s all for today, so bye-bye!

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