Upload from Lightroom

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Did you know SmugMug has a plug-in for Lightroom? And, even better, it’s free? Your workflow just became a little bit easier.

If you’re updating an existing version of our plug-in, you’ll first want to quit Lightroom before proceeding with your installation method of choice.

Install the SmugMug Lightroom plug-in


Install with Creative Cloud (LR CC and LR6)

  • Grab the Creative Cloud App Manager and install it if it isn’t already on your machine.
  • Turn on file syncing when you've installed Creative Cloud by clicking on the gear icon in the  upper right and selecting Preferences > Creative Cloud > Files > Sync On/Off. This ensures your plug-ins will be automatically synced.

  • Install the SmugMug plug-in.
  • You’re done! Restart Lightroom CC and have fun editing your photos.

Install Manually (LR6 and Earlier)

The usual installation locations are normally hidden in both Mac OS X and Windows, so you’ll need to make them visible:

  • Download the latest version of the plugin here.

  • Unzip the plugin file.

  • Move SmugMug.lrplugin to one of the folders below, replacing your-username with, well, your username.

    • Mac OSX: /Users/your-username/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Modules
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: C:\Users\your-username\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\Modules
    • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Users\your-username\Application Data\Adobe\Lightroom\Modules
  • To make these locations visible, use these instructions for Mac OSX or Windows. You might need to create the Modules folder for a first-time installation.

Make sure your plug-in is up to date! Neither Adobe nor SmugMug supports older versions of our plug-in, and we don’t want your experience to degrade in any way. The latest version auto-updates and should keep your workflow running smoothly without worry.

Now that you’ve got the plug-in, let’s help Lightroom find and install it:

  • Start Lightroom.
  • Select File > Plug-in Manager.
  • Click the Add button.
  • Browse to the folder where you saved the plugin and select it. Then click Add Plug-in.
  • The plugin should show that it's “Installed and running.” Click Done, and you're set.

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Upload with Lightroom

Authorize your account
Fire up Lightroom and look for the familiar green SmugMug logo under Publish Services.


If you don't see it, click Lightroom's Help > Check for Updates... and make sure you have the latest version.

  • Click Set Up near the SmugMug logo to open the Lightroom Publishing Manager, then select SmugMug.
  • Choose Authorize Account to allow SmugMug to transmit your account info to Lightroom. Your default web browser should open so you can verify your information. When you're done, Lightroom will appear in your SmugMug Account Settings' Privacy tab, under Authorized Services.

    New to SmugMug? We'll give you a brand-new account to play with. Your trial is totally free for 14 days, so you can starting uploading and sharing with zero wait.
  • Go back to Lightroom and choose how you want your files to be named, resized, etc., in the Publishing Manager window. To open this window, right-click on SmugMug in the Publishing Services section and select Edit Settings.    


Tip: If you want to offer clean images for print, we recommend Pro and Business account owners use our watermark feature rather than the watermarking tool in Lightroom. Lightroom's settings will apply text directly to your finished photo, which will appear on all prints and digital downloads.
  • Click Save when you're done. If you kept Sync Folders and Galleries checked, Lightroom will take a few minutes to pull in your SmugMug galleries. Your galleries will appear at the left, arranged by folders.

Tweak these settings at any time by right-clicking the SmugMug pane and choosing Edit Settings.

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Once you’re ready to upload your photos to SmugMug, pop back over to Lightroom’s Library module to access your SmugMug folders and galleries in the Publishing Services tab.

To upload your photos to an existing gallery on your SmugMug site, drag the images from your Library into the SmugMug gallery you want on the left. Right-click on that gallery name and select Publish Now or select the gallery name and click the Publish button.

To upload photos to a new gallery, follow the steps below to create your new gallery right from within Lightroom.

  • Create new galleries by right-clicking a folder name on the list and selecting Create Gallery. When you publish your photos to SmugMug, the new galleries will be created on your site.    

  • Edit your Gallery Settings by choosing one of your existing Quick Settings. Or change the Visibility and Access settings right below the Quick Settings dropdown. Want to get more granular? Select Advanced Settings from the Quick Settings dropdown menu.

When you're ready to upload, drag the images from your Library into the SmugMug gallery you want on the left.    

  • Click the Publish button in the Library pane and relax as your photos get uploaded to SmugMug.

Tip: Received comments on your SmugMug site? Highlight the photo in Lightroom and view them under the Comments panel (located on the right in Lightroom's Library module).

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Organize and synchronize
Lightroom knows when you delete photos or galleries from SmugMug. It will ask if you want to remove them locally (Sync Folders and Galleries) or create them again (Republish).

Not seeing your changes in Lightroom? Right-click on SmugMug and click Edit Settings to bring up the Publishing Manager box. Hit the Sync Now button under SmugMug Settings to force a refresh.

Similarly, creating a new gallery with the same name as an existing one will automatically publish to the original if you have chosen Sync Folders and Galleries in the Publishing Settings. Otherwise, you'll get two galleries with the same name on your site.

Modifying images, captions, keywords, or GPS data triggers Lightroom to republish the photo information, even if it already exists in your gallery. This won’t replace the photo itself.

Duplicate photos will be skipped unless you flag them. Right-click and Mark for republish, and they'll be uploaded the next time you publish.

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Q: Where can I find the SmugMug publish option in Lightroom?
A: Go to the Library module. Click Publish Services. Then double-click the SmugMug option.

Q: What does Sync Folders and Galleries do?
A: Syncs your SmugMug folder and gallery structure into the Lightroom publish service.

Q: What does Sync Photos do?
A: This will scan your SmugMug galleries and attempt to match them to photos that already exist in your Lightroom catalog, then link them. After they're matched, they work just like the other photos you've uploaded through the SmugMug Publish service. Useful if you've uploaded photos via the web uploader or from other computers, and for downloading your client's Event Favorites.

Q: My client picked their Favorites from their Event. How do I get those into Lightroom?
A: First, you'll want to sync your folders and galleries. Then, you'll want to Sync Photos for that particular gallery (right-click on the gallery in the publish service, check the sync photos box, Edit Gallery). You can then edit those images and republish all their favorites with a click!

Q: If I delete a photo in a SmugMug gallery in Lightroom, will it delete it from my SmugMug site as well?
A: Not right away, but the next time you Publish that gallery, those missing photos will be deleted to keep both in sync.

Q: I have 15,000 photos on SmugMug. When I use Sync Photos, do I have to do all of them?
A: You can Sync individual galleries! Just visit the gallery in Lightroom, then use right-click > Edit Gallery, and check Sync Photos for just that gallery. If you choose Sync Photos from the Lightroom Publishing Manager, or right-click Edit on the publishing service, then, yes, it will sync your whole hierarchy on SmugMug.

Q: How will I know when there's a new Lightroom plugin update?
A: With versions and above, you can check "Check for Updates" in the Plugin-Manager. We'll let you know when there's a new version.

Q: It told me there was a new version, but I dismissed it. How long will it wait to ask me again?
A: Twenty-four hours, but you can check for an update and install the latest version anytime via File > Lightroom Plugin Manager.

Q: What causes this LR plugin error: "Could not contact Smugmug web service. Please check your connection."
A: Most likely you need to install the root certification for starfield. Download the “Go Daddy Class 2 Certification Authority Root Certificate” right here.

Q: I'm using Windows and my LR plugin just stopped working.
A: We disabled SSLv3 on SmugMug due to a vulnerability that was found. To resolve this issue, disable SSLv3 in your Internet Options in the Control Panel.

Q: What's the difference in POST and PUT for upload method? It defaults to POST, so should we leave it be?
A: Some ISPs and corporate firewalls block HTTP PUT, which is the upload method we have used up until now. To cater for users that experience this problem, we've added the option to choose HTTP POST.

Q: I'm trying to set up the Lightroom Publish service, but when I try to authorize I get an error saying, "the system cannot find the file specified." What does this mean, and how do I fix it?
A: When Authorizing in the LR Publish Service, LR will attempt to launch your default web browser, then open your SmugMug account, so you can grant the plug-in access. If Lightroom is unable to open your default web browser, you may see the above error. Example: You're using Internet Explorer, but your default web browser is set to Firefox, or the default browser has been deleted. Fix this by setting your preferred web browser as your default web browser.

Q: How should I upgrade Lightroom.  
What works:
Before upgrading, first make sure you have a backup of your Lightroom catalog saved somewhere safe.

Install the new version of Lightroom, open the existing Lightroom catalog, and let it upgrade the database.

What doesn't work:
Any variant of export/import catalog. This strips a lot of information from the database (LR4/LR5 is not part of this problem—it would be the same from LR2 to LR3).

Copying the images (with XMP sidecar files) to a new location and building a new catalog by importing them.

Q: How do I import my photos from Picasa?
A: Picasa creates subfolders (.picasaorignals) where copies of original JPGs are kept. If you have multiple folders, each one will contain a .picasaoriginals subfolder. When importing to the Lightroom catalog, import your main Pictures folder instead of the various subfolders. This allows you import both original and edited versions.

Q: Where can I find the release notes for the SmugMug Lightroom Plugin?
A: You can find them on our plugin app page under the "Notes" tab.

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