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Immich Recap 2023

· 3 min read
Alex Tran
Maintainer of Immich

Hi everyone,

Alex from Immich here.

We are entering the last few weeks of 2023, and it has been quite a year for Immich. The project has grown so much in terms of users, developers, features, maturity, and the community around it. When I started working on Immich, it was simply a challenge for myself and an opportunity to learn new technologies, crafting something fun and useful for my wife during my free time to satisfy my urge to build and create things. I never thought it would become so popular and help so many people. At the end of the day, all we have is memory. I am proud that the team and I have created something to make storing and viewing those precious memories easier without restrictions and without sacrificing our privacy. As the year closes, here’s a recap of everything the project accomplished in 2023.

  • Public shared links
  • Favorites page
  • Immich turned 1
  • Material Design 3 on the mobile app
  • Auto-link LivePhotos server-side
  • iOS background backup
  • Explore page
  • CLIP search
  • Search by metadata
  • Responsive web app
  • Archive page
  • Asset descriptions
  • 10,000 stars on GitHub
  • Manage auth devices
  • Map view
  • Facial recognition, clustering, searching, renaming, and person management
  • Partner sharing and unifying timeline between partners' users
  • Custom storage label
  • XMP sidecar reading
  • RAW file formats
  • Justified layout on the web
  • Memories
  • Multi-select via SHIFT
  • Android Motion Photos
  • 360° Photos
  • Album description
  • Album performance improvements (time buckets)
  • Video hardware transcoding
  • Slideshow mode on the web
  • Configuration file
  • External libraries
  • Trash page
  • Custom theme
  • Asset Stacking
  • 20,000 stars on GitHub
  • Shared album activity and comments
  • CLI v2
  • Down to 5 containers (from 8)

Fun Statistics

  • We have gone from the release version 1.41.0 to 1.90.0 at the time of writing. On average, we see a release every 7 days.
  • According to GitHub's metrics, the immich-server container image has been pulled almost 4 million times.
  • According to mobile app store metrics, we have 22,000 installations on Android and 6700 installation units on iOS (opt-in only).
  • Immich is making around $1200/month on average from donations. (Thank you all so much!)
  • We were guests on two podcasts:
  • There are over 4,500 members on the Discord server.
  • We have over 22,000 stars on the main GitHub repository, gaining 15,000 stars since January 2023.

Diving into the next year, the team will continue to build on the foundation we have laid out over the past year, implementing more advanced features for searching, organizing, and sharing between users. Bugs will continue to be squashed and conquered. “Shit Alex wrote'' code will continue to be replaced by beautiful, clean code from Jason, Zack, Boet, Daniel, Osorin, Mert, Fynn, Marty, Martin, and Jonathan. The team has my eternal gratitude for creating a welcoming environment for new contributors, helping, teaching, and learning from each other. I’ve realized that hardly a day has gone by where the team hasn’t been in communication about Immich related topics over the past year.

My long-term goal is to help hone Immich into a diamond in the FOSS space, where the UI, UX, development experiences, documentation, and quality are at a high standard while remaining free for everybody to use.

I hope you enjoy Immich and have a happy and peaceful holiday.

Immich Update - July 2023

· 4 min read
Alex Tran
Maintainer of Immich

Hello, Immich fans, another month, another milestone. We hope you are staying cool and safe in this scorching hot summer across the globe.

Immich recently got some good recognition when getting to the front page of HackerNews, which helped to let more people know about the project's existence. The project will help more and more people find a solution to control the privacy of their most precious moments. And with the gain in popularity and recognition, we have gotten new users and more questions from the community than ever.

I want to express my gratitude to all the contributors and the community who have been tremendously helpful to new users' questions and provided technical support.

Below are the highlights of new features we added to the application over the past month, along with countless bug fixes and improvements across the board, from developer experience to resource optimization and UI/UX improvement. I hope you find these topics as exciting as I am.


  • Memories feature.
  • Facial recognition improvements.
  • Improvements on multi selection behavior on the web.
  • Shortcuts for common actions on the web.
  • Support viewer for 360-panorama photos.

Immich Update - June 2023

· 6 min read
Alex Tran
Maintainer of Immich

Hello everybody, Alex here!

I am back with another update on Immich. It has been only a month since my last update (May 18th, 2023), but it seems forever. I think the rapid releases of Immich and the amount of work make the perspective of time change in Immich’s world. We have some exciting updates that I think you will like.

Before going into detail, on behalf of the core team, I would like to thank all of you for loving Immich and contributing to the project. Thank you for helping me make Immich an enjoyable alternative solution to Google Photos so that you have complete control of your data and privacy. I know we are still young and have a lot of work to do, but I am confident we will get there with help from the community. I appreciate all of you from the bottom of my heart!