The Export to PhotoBox plug-in allows you to export photos from Lightroom directly to the PhotoBox Online Photo Service (


  • Provides Export operations
  • Album thumbnails, album sorting and filtering in the Export dialog
  • Supports Publish Services in Lightroom 3 and above
  • Flexible rules for handling duplicate uploads
  • Supports multiple accounts via export presets
  • Enables you to manage albums right from Lighroom

Requirements and Compatibility

The plugin supports both Windows and OS X, and is compatible with the following versions of Lightroom:

  • Lightroom 2 (2.4 - 2.7)
  • Lightroom 3 (3.3 - 3.6)
  • Lightroom 4, 5, 6 / CC 2015, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 / Lightroom Classic


This plug-in is released as Shareware (no source code provided). The license allows you to install the plugin on two computers, for example a desktop and a laptop computer, owned and operated by a single user.

When Lightroom is upgraded to a next major version (e.g. 9, 10, etc.), a new registration code needs to be purchased, unless your most recent purchase was made within a 3-month period before the release of the most recent Lightroom's major upgrade.

You may use the unregistered (free) version at no charge, however some features (see below) are limited or disabled in the free version.

Free (unregistered) Version Restrictions

Some features are limited or disabled in the free version of the plug-in:
  • The export capability is limited to 10 photos at a time.
  • The number of photos in a single album is limited to 10
  • Photobox Export Options and Photobox Publish Options sections are unavailable (grayed out)

Support the Development

There are many ways you can support further development of this plug-in: Your participation is always appreciated!

Version History


Oct 11, 2020

(Latest Version)

  • Resolved the issue with signing in after a recent change at Photobox's backend.
  • Resolved macOS Catalina compatibility issues.


Dec 1, 2019

  • Lightoom Classic (version 9) compatibility.


Oct 23, 2017

  • Added Lightroom 7 compatibility.


Feb 16, 2017

  • AutoUpdate - fixed a bug preventing the installation of plugin updates in some cases.
  • Publish Service - now the plugin gives an option to import existing albums when the user creates a new publish service.
  • Other minor improvements.


Feb 27, 2016

  • This update solves intermittent errors "badServerResponse (12152)" and "networkConnectionLost (12031)" with uploads.
  • Fixed the "getSessionID - no session ID" error after using the "Reclaim Photos" feature.
  • Export Dialog: now switching between export profiles works correctly.


Nov 28, 2015

  • Import Albums - fixed the issue with displaying the number of albums imported from the server.
  • Improved the diagnostic of upload failures due to incorrect image resizing.
  • Image Size Validation - fixed the "?:0: attempt to index a nil value" error when the rendition's size is out of acceptable range.
  • Stability and performance improvements.


Sep 24, 2015

  • This version includes a large number of changes for compatibility with the new API implemented at Photobox recently.
  • Fixed the issue with logging in for customers with international accounts.
  • Fixed a rare phenomenon in which UTF8 encoding in watermark presets caused issues with the creation of editing of photo albums.


Sep 7, 2015

  • Several compatibility fixes after a recent change at the back-end.
  • Completely redesigned the automatic update mechanism.
  • Fixed the "?:0 attempt to perform arithmetic on global 'count'" error during the export.
  • Fixed the "Yielding across C/metamethod is not allowed" error when quickly switching between publish providers or export presets.
  • Export Dialog: some optimizations in the album caching mechanism.
  • The plugin handles slower connections better and automatically extends upload timeout value when necessary.
  • Improved the image size validation mechanism. Now size validation works correctly when rendering uploads from smart previews and when doing percentage-based resize (Lightroom 6).


Jun 3, 2015

  • Publish Service: new major feature - Reclaim Photos. Now you can download photos from Photobox to your hard drive and import them to your albums.
  • Publish Service: album settings - added "Remove Person Info" option (Lightroom 6).
  • Publish Service: album-specific resolution setting now works correctly.
  • Publish Service: fixed the issue with using global watermarks in album settings.
  • Lightroom 6: fixed internal error "attempt to compare nil with number" on export when using "percentage" as the resize type.
  • Associate Images: fixed the "attempt to index a nil value" error.
  • Other minor improvements and bug fixes.


Apr 4, 2015

  • Publish Settings: fixed the "attempt to call global 'bind' (a nil value)" error.
  • Other minor improvements.


Mar 22, 2015

  • Export Settings: added low/high pixel threshold options for validading image size.
  • Added a configuration option allowing to suppress upload errors until the very end of export operations.
  • Improved handling of deleted albums.
  • Updated Photobox branding.
  • Other minor improvements sfixes.


Nov 24, 2014

  • Implemented "POODLE" (SSL Vulnerability) detection and remediation.
  • Export Dialog: new Quick Filter feature which enables you to search albums using a text string.
  • Export Dialog: improved the layout.
  • New Album Dialog: Now you can paste the name of the currently selected folder or collection with a single click.
  • Other minor improvements and bug fixes.


May 15, 2014

  • Fixed: Plugin creates a second copy of the photo on re-publishing.
  • Fixed: Plugin creates a second copy of the photo on export, even when using the "Overwrite duplicates" option.
  • Other minor improvements and bug fixes.


Feb 8, 2014

  • Associate Images: greatly improved performance, particularly on very large catalogs.
  • Associate Images: Implemented the ability to detect and automatically adjust the time difference between the local computer and the server.
  • Associate Images: Now you can fine-tune association by File Number Suffix by specifying the characters that should be treated as part of the suffix.
  • Added the ability to upload photos in the original format (as long as they are already in JPEG format)without any additional resizing or processing.
  • Publish Service - added the ability to customize sharpening options for individual albums.
  • Other minor improvements and bug fixes.


Dec 4, 2013

  • Improved session management (the user is prompted to log in less frequently).
  • Improved the Automatic Update feature for future plugin versions.
  • New installation package for Mac OS.
  • Extras - Import Albums now imports empty albums as well.
  • Fixed the "attempt to index field 'collectionSettings' (a nil value)" error at the end of publishing to a new album.
  • The name of uploaded photos now populates correctly.
  • Fixed the "attempt to call a string value" error when uploads time out.


Aug 3, 2013

  • Fixed the time-out error when re-publishing existing photos.


Aug 2, 2013

  • Added support for Pro Gallery albums.
  • Publish Service - Added the ability to customize image size and quality for each album independently.
  • Publish Service - Added the ability to customize watermark and metadata options for each album independently.
  • Publish Service Extras - improved the "Check Photos" functionality.
  • Now "Export with previous" after creating a new album works correctly.
  • Other minor fixes and improvements.


Jun 16, 2013

  • Fixed the issue with photo uploads failing.


Jun 9, 2013

  • The timeout interval extended to 90 seconds to give the server more time to process large uploads.


Feb 10, 2013

  • Fixed the "bad argument #1 to 'insert'" error when uploading photos.
  • Publish Service: fixed the issue with publishing the default "Album" album.


Feb 8, 2013

  • Publish Service: now "Check Photos" clears Photobox Metadata fields if photos are no longer published through the Photobox publishing service.
  • Publish Service: the "Associate Images" dialog has been redesigned to reduce the size of the dialog window.
  • Publish Service: now "Associate Images" populates Photobox Metadata fields correctly.
  • Publish Service: fixed the issue with renaming unpublished albums.
  • The "Upload Failed" dialog now has the option to ignore upload errors for remaining photos.
  • Other minor improvements and fixes.


Jan 1, 2013

  • Restored compatibility with Lightroom 2.
  • Fixed the issue with uploading photos containing no keywords.


Dec 24, 2012

  • Publish Service: Added the ability to import existing online albums into the PhotoBox publish service.
  • Publish Service: Added the ability to automatically associate online photos with photos in the Lightroom catalog.
  • Publish Service: Added the ability to check for missing photos.
  • Fixed the issue with photo duplicates not being removed when re-exporting previously uploaded photos.
  • Now photo names, descriptions, and keyword tags are populated from photo metadata.
  • Other improvemens and fixes.


Nov 25, 2012

  • Fixed another issue with some uploads to failing intermittently.
  • Windows OS: Implemented a workaround for the intermittent "The handle is in the wrong state for the requested operation" error during large file uploads.


Nov 6, 2012

  • Fixed an issue with some uploads to failing intermittently.
  • Improved the display of rendering and uploading phases on Lightroom's progress indicator.


Oct 11, 2012

  • Album Settings Dialog: the description field now resizes automatically so that it fills the available space as you resize the window.
  • Implemented validation of album names.
  • Implemented validation of file names.
  • Export Presets: Fixed the issue with populating the Password field when working with multiple PhotoBox accounts.

NOTE: This version will require you to remove the old plugin folder after applying the update. Alternatively, you can exit remove the existing version using Lightroom Plugin Manager, then install the new version using the installation package.


May 24, 2012

  • Added support for color spaces other than sRGB.
  • Export Dialog: improved album thumbnail's layout.
  • Removed the "Video" section.
  • Improved generation of default descriptions for publish services.


Mar 7, 2012

  • The plug-in is now compatible with Lightroom 4.
  • Fixed the timeout error when uploading very large photos.
  • Fixed the issue with duplicating some photos during the upload.


Feb 25, 2012

  • Fixed a couple of compatibility issues with Lightroom 2


Jan 8, 2012

  • Fixed the error "bad argument #1 to 'gsub'" when the album name is blank.
  • Added the ability to retry uploading photos in case of a server communication failure.
  • Fixed a couple of cosmetic issues with the Export dialog.


Nov 15, 2011

  • Implemented automatic recovery when the server connection times out.
  • Added the option to turn off the automatic validation of Image Sizing settings.
  • Added the option to create develop snapshots on Export and Publish.
  • Added the option to create develop snapshots on Export and Publish.
  • Fixed an error when re-exporting a photo that had already been exported to Photobox.
  • The Check for Updates dialog now offers two options: "Apply the Update" and "Visit Download Page" in case you prefer installing the update manually.
  • The Submit Debug Log screen now reminds the users to make sure they are running the latest version of the plug-in.
  • Fixed a couple of cosmetic issues with the Export screen.


Sep 4, 2011

  • Fixed issues with user authentication at some international sites.


Aug 23, 2011

  • Major performance improvements.
  • Added metadata fields for keeping track of photos that were uploaded via the plug-in. These fields store the upload status, date and time of the latest upload, and the direct URL to access the exported photo at Photobox. You can access these fields in library filters, view them in the metadata browser (as “Photobox Metadata” tagset) and in smart collection filters.
  • New albums created via Publish Services no longer have a blank title.
  • Fixed the "Possible Stack Overflow" error when typing in the username.


Apr 29, 2011

  • Fixed the issue with detecting the user's full name.
  • The debug log is now submitted in a compressed form to improve performance.
  • Implemented custom sorting options for photos in published albums.
  • Photos that failed to upload are now displayed in a list box with the ability to save file names to a text file.
  • Now the plug-in can automatically update itself.


Mar 23, 2011

  • The plug-in is now compatible with Lightroom 3.4RC for Windows and Mac OS.
  • Added validation of the Image Sizing settings. The plug-in will issue a warning if the dimensions of rendered photos are outside of the 500 - 10000 pixels range.
  • Re-designed layout of the Export dialog to provide room for album descriptions and better placement of album actions.
  • Increased the size of the album thumbnail.
  • Added the ability to edit album descriptions.
  • Improved the stability of the plug-in when the server connection experiences intermittent issues.


Feb 12, 2011

  • Re-publishing no longer causes photo duplicates
  • Fixed the issue with deleting photos from published collections


Jan 1, 2011

  • Fixed the issue with deleting photos from published collections.


Dec 21, 2010

  • Fixed the issue with not listing some of the albums in the account. In some situations this could even prevent the export to a newly created album.


Dec 18, 2010

  • Fixed the "Access to an undefined global: PBX" error.


Dec 17, 2010

  • Improved stability when the server connection intermittently fails.
  • Fixed the handling of invalid login/password.


Dec 13, 2010

  • Added the ability to assign an individual user name and password when you create multiple publish services or multiple export presets for the plug-in.
  • Added the ability to edit album properties from the Export dialog and from Published Collections.
  • Implemented support for international PhotobBox web sites.


Oct 24, 2010

A quick fix for the the intermittent "unexpected server response" error after uploading a file.


Oct 11, 2010

  • Added support for Publish Services in Lightroom 3


Aug 11, 2010

  • The plugin no longer logs out after each export.


Jul 30, 2010

  • Fixed the issue with user authentication in some cases.


Jul 25, 2010

  • Fixed the issue with creating albums when the name contains XML special characters.
  • Fixed intermittent issues with uploading photos.
  • Added a Preview Album button to open the selected album in the web browser.
  • Added the ability to submit the debug log to alloyphoto directly from the plug-in.
  • Several cosmetic fixes.


May 23, 2010

The initial release of the plug-in.