The SmugMug Export Plugin for Adobe Lightroom enables you to export photos and videos from Adobe Lightroom directly to your SmugMug account, manage online albums, and synchronize your entire album hierarchy via Lightroom's Publish Services. The SmugMug Export Plugin for Adobe Lightroom helps you:
  • Manage albums
  • Export photos and videos from Lightroom to your account
  • Share albums easily with your friends and family
  • Password protect your albums
  • Update album descriptions
In addition to the standard export operations, the plugin also offers a fully featured publishing service. With the publishing service you can:
  • Import your existing album structure
  • Associate online photos with photos in your Lightroom catalog
  • Replace updated photos
  • View comments on your photos and post your own comments

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.

Demo Version Restrictions

You may use the unregistered (free) version at no charge for a limited time (10 days), after which you have to register the plugin in order to continue using it.  Other than that, the demo version is a full-featured product and has no other restrictions.

Support the Development

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

Version History


Dec 1, 2019

(Latest Version)

  • Lightroom Classic 9 compatibility.


Oct 23, 2017

  • Added Lightroom 7 support.


Apr 21, 2017

  • Updated SmugMug API endpoints from HTTP to HTTPS - in some cases HTTP endpoints could cause upload errors.
  • Fixed the "You are currently not logged in, or your session with SmugMug has expired" error when the saved authentication token expires or gets revoked.
  • AutoUpdate - fixed a bug preventing the installation of plugin updates in some cases.
  • Other minor improvements.


Aug 22, 2016

  • Fixed the issue with creating albums inside of a folder.


Jun 30, 2016

  • Fixed the "You are not logged in" error in some situations.
  • Lightroom 5: Improved the visual indication of chunked uploads of larger files.
  • Other minor fixes and improvements.


Jun 18, 2016

  • Fixed the issue with creating folders and albums.
  • Create Albums: added Photo Protection options - Maximum Display Size, Download Buttons, Download Password.
  • Album appearance options: added the Slideshow option.
  • Folders and Albums: improved Visibility and Access options. Inherited visibility now displays correctly.
  • Publish Service: Added Slideshow and Mobile APP links to the Gallery Links screen.
  • Publish Service: Set Featured Image now works correctly.
  • Other fixes and improvements.


Apr 3, 2016

  • Fixed the issue with creating folders at SmugMug.
  • Fixed issues related to modifying appearance and privacy settings for albums and folders.
  • Uploads now produce a human-readable error message when the file exceeds the account's size limit.
  • Publish Service: fixed the issue with the "Import Albums" feature.
  • Reclaim Photos: downloading photos in private albums now works correctly.


Nov 20, 2015

  • Several compatibility changes that follow the recent update of SmugMug's API.
  • Completely redesigned the automatic update mechansim.
  • Export Dialog: implemented a new option for reloading cached galleries in a single folder only.
  • Updated the authentication mechanism for compliance with the new API.
  • Implemented an option for manual authentication for situations when the web browser is unable to pass control back to Lightroom. This option also provides backward compatibility with Lightroom 2 and 3.
  • Fixed the issue with uploading a single photo to multiple galleries.
  • Fixed a rare phenomenon in which UTF8 encoding in watermark presets caused issues with the creation of editing of photo albums.
  • Other stability and performance improvements.


Jul 7, 2015

  • Fixed another issue with creating galleries.


Jul 2, 2015

  • Fixed the issue with creating galleries.
  • Other minor fixes.


Jun 25, 2015

  • Publish Service: album settings - added "Remove Person Info" option (Lightroom 6).
  • Improved the image size validation mechanism. Now size validation works correctly when rendering uploads from smart previews and doing percentage-based resize (Lightroom 6).
  • Lightroom 6: fixed internal error "attempt to compare nil with number" on export when using "Percentage" as the resize type.
  • Publish Service: fixed the issue with using global watermarks in album settings.
  • Reclaim Photos: fixed an occasional deadlock situation when running Reclaim Photos using multiple threads.
  • Fixed the "Yielding across C/metamethod is not allowed" error when quickly switching between publish providers or export presets.
  • The plugin handles slower connections better and automatically extends upload timeout value when necessary.
  • Other minor bug fixes and improvements.


Apr 21, 2015

  • Export Dialog: fixed the issue with the gallery menu staying grayed out.
  • Export Dialog: fixed a minor issue with the layout under Mac OS.
  • Publish Service: Users are prompted to re-authenticate less often.


Apr 12, 2015

  • Export Settings: added low/high pixel threshold options for validading image size.
  • Improved name sanitizing for exported files.
  • Export Settings: added low/high pixel threshold options for validading image size.
  • Publish Service: album-specific resolution settings didn't stick.
  • Export Dialog: fixed a rare issue with retrieving galleries from the server.
  • Fixed the issue with video uploads.


Mar 5, 2015

  • Publish Service: fixed the issue with creating galleries.


Mar 5, 2015

  • Export Dialog: fixed folder navigation
  • Export Dialog: improved the album caching algorithm.
  • SmugMug API: eliminated the use of deprecated data fields.
  • Publish Service: album-specific resolution settings didn't stick.
  • Export Settings: added low/high pixel threshold options for validading image size.
  • Export Dialog: minor bug fixes


Dec 10, 2014

  • Publish Service: Improves support for watermarks when Lightroom presets are stored with the catalog
  • Export Dialog: improved album caching
  • Export Dialog: minor bug fixes
  • Other minor improvements


Nov 23, 2014

  • Implemented "POODLE" (SSL Vulnerability) detection and remediation.
  • Export Dialog: implemented persistent caching. Once loaded from the server, album information is stored locally for quick access.
  • Export Dialog: new Quick Filter feature which enables you to search albums using a text string.
  • Export Dialog: improved the layout.
  • Export Dialog: implemented filtering by album date.
  • New Album Dialog: Now you can paste the name of the currently selected folder or collection with a single click.
  • Associate Images: Fixed the issue with recognizing only 100 images in an album.
  • Other minor improvements.


Jul 26, 2014

  • Fixed: photos removed from published collections retain SmugMug metadata.
  • Other minor fixes.


Jun 29, 2014

  • Fixed the issue with switching account information when working with multiple publishing services configured for different accounts.
  • Publish Service: Fixed the "attempt to index local 'dialog'" error when creating folders.
  • Fixed error 409 when trying to create a new gallery with a URL name which already exists.


Jun 6, 2014

  • Export Dialog: Fixed several layout issues specific to Mac OS.


Jun 4, 2014

  • Associate Images: Fixed the assertion error when images at SmugMug have no capture date information.
  • Fixed the issue with republishing photos that were originally uploaded using an older version of the plugin.
  • Fixed the "The requested resource no longer exists on the server" error when re-publishing albums that were deleted at SmugMug through the web browser.
  • Implemented better sanitizing of gallery's Custom URL to suppress special characters.


May 19, 2014

  • Fixed: special characters in the account name may cause issues with folder operations.


May 15, 2014

  • Version 2.x is based on the new SmugMug API, which matches the hierarchial concept of the "New SmugMug" and gives more control over galleries and media files.
  • Publish Service: Now you can use folders and sub-folders of unlimited nesting depth to organize your photo galleries.
  • Export: The album list menu has been replaced with two drop-down menus. One contains a hierarchical list of all folders; the other shows all galleries within the selected folder.
  • Performance has been greatly increased (particularly in the Export dialog) thanks to the new caching algorithm.
  • Publish Service: Reclaim Photos - this feature enables you to download your photos hosted at SmugMug back to your computer and rebuild your publish service.
  • The Gallery Properties dialog has been redesigned to match the dialog's layout at SmugMug.
  • Other minor improvements and bug fixes.


May 5, 2014

  • Fixed SmugMug API compatibility issue - "Server returned error code 17 / invalid method".


Apr 26, 2014

  • Fixed the issue with creating albums when the first letter of the album name is in lower case.
  • Other minor improvements.


Jan 28, 2014

  • Associate Images: greatly improved performance, particularly on very large catalogs.
  • Associate Images: Now you can fine-tune association by File Number Suffix using pattern matching.
  • Publish Service: Now you can assign Featured Images for your galleries.
  • Implemented the ability to upload photos in the original format without any additional resizing or processing (as long as they are already in JPEG or TIFF format).
  • Other minor improvements and bug fixes.


Jan 2, 2014

  • Fixed the "system error (AlbumID) (smugmug.albums.getInfo)" error when the plugin encounters a gallery that has been removed from SmugMug.
  • Fixed the issue with renaming galleries.
  • Other minor fixes and improvements.


Dec 19, 2013

  • Improved session management (the user is prompted to authorize less frequently).
  • Improved the Automatic Update feature for future plugin versions.
  • Other minor fixes and improvements.


Nov 24, 2013

  • Fixed: "attempt to index field '?'" when starting the plugin for the first time.
  • Fixed: a minor layout issue in the "Publish Service Extras" section (Mac OS).


Nov 12, 2013

  • Improved validation of album names as per
  • Fixed: In some rare scenarios the plugin may lose session with SmugMug.
  • Fixed: "attempt to concatenate a table value" error in the Export Dialog when creating new albums.


Nov 3, 2013

  • Fixed the "attempt to call method actionButtonIntercepted" error when creating new albums.
  • Fixed the issue with deleting photos and albums from the publish service.


Oct 27, 2013

  • Fixed the "?:0: attempt to concatenate a table value" during the activation.
  • Improved the handling of expired authorization tokens.
  • Other minor fixes and improvements.


Aug 21, 2013

  • Added support for the "new" SmugMug.


Aug 4, 2013

  • Fixed the issue with creating new albums.


Aug 1, 2013

  • Publish Service - added the ability to customize watermark and metadata settings for each individual album.
  • Extras - New feature "Find Photos with Comments" enables you to quickly identify published photos that received online comments or ratings.
  • Now you can password-protect your albums.
  • Added the ability to customize various advanced options for your albums.
  • Comment timestamps are calculated correctly based on your local timezone.
  • Now the "Associate Images" feature with the "Capture Time" option works correctly.
  • Other minor fixes and improvements.


Jun 27, 2013

  • Publish Service: Fixed the issue with renaming unpublished albums.
  • Publish Service: Fixed the issue with custom image settings not getting applied to newly created albums.
  • Export: Fixed the "Export with previous" feature after creating new albums.
  • Better compatibility with Lightroom 5.
  • Other minor fixes and improvements.


Apr 25, 2013

  • Fixed: By default, the authorization step requests a level of permissions that is insufficient to create new albums at SmugMug.
  • Implemented validation for the current permission level at SmugMug.
  • Imporoved error management.


Apr 20, 2013

  • Publish Service: now image settings (size, resolution, quality level, image format, color space) can be individually customized for each album.
  • Publish Service: Check Photos now puts out-of-sync photos in the Quick Collection for your review.
  • Publish Service: Fixed the issue with renaming unpublished albums.
  • Publish Service: Fixed the issue with creating new albums.
  • Fixed an issue with autenticating the user in some situations.


Mar 3, 2013

Initial release