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This based on the README file for MythGallery. It refers specifically to version 0.17, but things haven't changed much between that and version 0.19.

Build/Configuration Instructions


  1. First, you need MythTV to be installed. At the very least, you need MythTV's database stuff setup properly. If you don't have that done, don't even bother with this, as it won't work.
  2. libtiff development package (for loading TIFF images)


Ok, on to compiling.

  1. Configure the package by typing ./configure in the main distribution directory. You can enable OpenGL support using ./configure --enable-opengl (make sure you have OpenGL support for your graphics card available and enabled if you choose this option. You can check this under X11 using xdpyinfo or glxinfo. Also ensure that QT has been built with OpenGL support)
    You can also enable EXIF support using ./configure --enable-exif
    This requires you have the libexif headers/libraries installed and in your include/lib path when compiling. An install of the libexif/libexif-devel packages from your favorite package repository usually provides this. Currently, EXIF support only consists of auto-rotating images if the camera sets the orientation tag (My Canon S400 does).
  2. Next type qmake then make in the main distribution directory.
    If you get an error on building this, that says something about mkspecs, then you don't have the QTDIR environment variable set. On Debian, this should be set to /usr/share/qt3. On Mandrake, it's /usr/lib/qt3. You'll need to figure out what it should be on your system, set the variable, and attempt to compile again.If you get any errors about missing references, etc, you most likely don't have one of the required pieces of software installed.
  3. Follow this by a make install. It'll put a plugin in your /usr/local/lib/mythtv/plugins directory.
    MythGallery will also read the mysql.txt settings files used by MythTV, so any changes you made to those will be carried over into this.


After compiling and installing, you will need to enter the setup menu from mythfrontend to configure mythgallery. Change the directory parameter to where you're storing your pictures.


This should be really simple to use -- just browse around with the arrow keys and select images/directories to view with the space/enter keys. Escape backs out a level, and hitting 'p' while viewing a single image or while an image icon is highlighted will start a slideshow playback of all images in that directory. Image rotation can be done by pressing the [ and ] keys. To toggle activating the menu on the left in the thumbnail view use the 'm' key.

Default Keys

Thumbnail View Keys

Key Function
M Toggle the menu
P Start SlideShow
Home Go to the first image in thumbnail view
End Go to the last image in thumbnail view
Enter/SpaceBar Open a Directory/View an image
Left,Right,Up,Down Navigate through images/directories

Image View Keys

Key Function
P Start/Stop SlideShow
],3 Rotate image right 90 degrees
[,1 Rotate image left 90 degrees
7 Zoom out of image
9 Zoom into image
2 Scroll image up
4 Scroll image left
6 Scroll image right
8 Scroll image down
5 Recenter image
0 Full-size (un-zoom) image
PageUp Go to the upper-left corner of the image
PageDn Go to the lower-right corner of the image
I Toggle Showing Information about Image

Importing Pictures

When import is pressed in the menu each item in the import directory search path will be examined. If the item is a directory, its contents will be recursively copied to a new directory whose name is the current date and time. Using this method, removable devices can be put in the search path if they use an automount system (see the Linux documentation for info on how to use automount systems). If the item is an executable file, it will be executed with 1 argument consisting of the name of the new subdirectory. This way, import from a removable device can be accomplished without the use of an automount system.

Further Information

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