Skip to main content

Post Install Steps

A list of common steps to take after installing Immich include:

Step 1 - Register the Admin User

The first user to register will be the admin user. The admin user will be able to add other users to the application.

To register for the admin user, access the web application at http://<machine-ip-address>:2283 and click on the Getting Started button.

Follow the prompts to register as the admin user and log in to the application.

Step 2 - Create a New User (optional)

If you have friends or family members who want to use the application as well, you can create addition accounts. The default password is password, and the user has to change their password after logging in to the application for the first time. The system administrator can disable this option by unchecking the option "Require user to change password on first login" in the user registration interface.

Step 3 - Update the Storage Template

Immich allows the admin user to set the uploaded filename pattern at the directory and filename level as well as the storage label for a user.

new version

On new machines running version 1.92.0 storage template engine is off by default, for more info.


You can read more about the differences between storage template engine on and off here

The admin user can set the template by using the template builder in the Administration -> Settings -> Storage Template. Immich provides a set of variables that you can use in constructing the template, along with additional custom text. If the template produces multiple files with the same filename, they won't be overwritten as a sequence number is appended to the filename.

Default template

If an asset is in multiple albums, {{album}} will be set to the name of the album which was most recently created. By default, special characters will be converted to an HTML entity (for example, & -> &amp;). To prevent this, wrap the variable in an extra set of braces (for example, {{{album}}}). You can learn more about this here and here.

Immich also provides a mechanism to migrate between templates so that if the template you set now doesn't work in the future, you can always migrate all the existing files to the new template. The mechanism is run as a job on the Job page.

Step 4 - Download the Mobile App

The mobile app can be downloaded from the following places:

Step 5 - Login to the Mobile App

Login to the mobile app with the server endpoint URL at http://<machine-ip-address>:2283/api

Step 6 - Backup Your Library

Navigate to the backup screen by clicking on the cloud icon in the top right corner of the screen.

You can select which album(s) you want to back up to the Immich server from the backup screen.

Scroll down to the bottom and press "Start Backup" to start the backup process.