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How to migrate your photos to SmugMug using SmuggLr


SmuggLr is a Mozilla Firefox plugin, which will allow you to migrate your content from Flickr, Zenfolio, Picasa, Phanfare, Photobucket and Photoshelter to SmugMug.

This is perfect if you do not want to re-upload your content manually.


How to install the plugin?

This plugin requires that you have Mozilla Firefox web browser installed on your computer.  If you do not have it yet – you can download it from here.

Once you have downloaded Firefox and installed it on your computer we can start installing the plugin.

Please open this page in Firefox – http://www.smugglr.com/

SmuggLr Homepage

Now hit the green button that says START SMUGGLING NOW this will display a prompt asking you if you would like to block this page from asking you if you would like to install the plugin – of course we want to ALLOW IT because we want to install the plugin:

SmugglLr Installation Prompt

You will then see another prompt asking if you would like to install the plugin – hit the INSTALL button.  After the installation has finished – you will be asked to RESTART FIREFOX.


How to start the migration process?

After Mozilla Firefox has restarted hit the TOOLS link in the menu bar and choose SmuggLr:

How to start Smugglr migration



On some Windows PC versions of Firefox the top menu is not visible by default. You can reveal it by hitting the ALT button on your keyboard and ALT once again to hide it.

You will be greeted with SmuggLr welcome screen:

SmuggLr Firefox Plugin Welcome Screen

Then SmuggLr will ask you from which service you would like to migrate your content.  Use the drop down menu to choose the source of your choice – in my case it is Flickr:

SmuggLr Firefox plugin - selecting migration source

In the next screen you will be asked by SmuggLr to authorize it with the source service – in my case it is Flickr.  The plugin needs access to your content so it can transfer it to your SmugMug account.

SmuggLr Firefox Plugin authorising with your source service

Some services like Flickr will show you an authorization code which you will need to enter in the next screen:

SmuggLr Firefox Plugin - Authorisation code for Flickr

Enter the ACCESS code  { if you are asked for it } and hit the PROCESS button.

In the next screen, you will be asked which content would you like to move to SmugMug.  Because I want to move all content to my SmugMug account I will leave the default selection – ALL PHOTOS:

SmuggLr Firefox Plugin - selecting which content to migrate

In the next step, you will be asked to Authorize your SmugMug account with the plugin – this is to allow the plugin to save the content from your source service:

Authorize SmugMug with SmuggLr

In the next screen, you will be asked to choose the PRIVACY settings for the migrated galleries from your source service.  If you do not want to show the public your migrated content – you can just not select any of those options and hit the CONTINUE button.  You will be able to change the privacy settings for those galleries afterwards.  You can read more about this – here.

As soon as you hit the CONTINUE button – the migration process will start and your content will start appearing on your SmugMug account.


Updated on January 23, 2017

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  1. WONT install on the newest version of FF….FF58.0.1 64 bit

    1. From what I know SmugMug is working on adding support for the new version of Firefox. In the meantime you could just download an earlier version of Firefox and migrate your content.

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