1. Jason Stortz
  2. photoarchiver




I created this gem to do some ultra simple photo organization. This will read all the photos out of specified directory and rename them into a new directory structure.


gem install photoarchiver


I use Photoarchiver from IRB. I simply fire up IRB, require the gem and invoke it like so:

$ irb
$ 2.0.0p353 :001 > require 'photoarchiver'
$ 2.0.0p353 :002 > Photoarchiver.organize('/Users/you/pics/source', '/Users/you/Pictures')
$ 2.0.0p353 :003 > exit


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request

My Workflow

I typically download my photos from my different cameras (canon, iphone, ipad, etc). Then, I organize them and rename them so I can place them in a folder in DropBox. I got tired of doing this manually. I also didn't find another tool (though it may be still out there) that did this in the structure I like.

I wanted a utility that could read all the pictures, recursively, out of the folder I just downloaded from my camera, etc. Then, I wanted it to take that list and create folders based on the YEAR of the EXIF data of the picture. Under the year folder I wanted to create folders that had YEAR-MONTH-DAY folders. Then, place the pictures in the appropriate places.