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Awesome S3 backed picture backup and browser

Awesome S3 backed picture backup and browser.

As of version 0.1.0 implements backup of pictures. Browsing of pictures is slated for future releases.

First satisfy the system requirements. Then install the module with NPM:

npm install

Start by creating a S3 bucket.

A few Amazon Web Services parameters needs to be provided. They can be provided by command line switches (see depict -h) or environment variables. The latter is recommended:


Start a server which watches /var/spool/depict for pictures to upload to S3 with:


You can change the upload directory with:

depict -u /tmp/depict-upload

or alternatively use set the DEPICT_UPLOAD environment variable:


Then copy pictures to the upload directory:

cp -r /mnt/DCIM /var/spool/depict requires Node.js version 0.10.0 or higher.

Since there is no cross plattform file watching abstraction which works cleanly without polling and supporting the granularity of file system events needed requires a Linux system with kernel 2.6.13 or higher.

The exiv2 library and headers are needed to build the exiv2node extension. You will probably find them in you native package manager:

apt-get install libexiv2 libexiv2-dev
pacman -S exiv2
yum install exiv2-libs exiv2-devel