Paradise PHP Photo Gallery

A simple and aesthetic image gallery to showcase your art portfolio


Build an art exhibit

Paradise is a free open source software package for publishing a portfolio of photos on a website in a clean, professional style.  Use Paradise to create an online exhibit for an artist or organization.

Just the facts

Paradise Requirements:
  • Website running PHP 5.3+
  • FTP access to install Paradise
Paradise ingredients:
  • Gallery automatically fills width of user's browser
  • Slideshow viewer allows users to easily advance to next image
  • SEO friendly URL for each image
  • Optimized for mobile devices
  • Contact form for sending a message to the artist
  • Administrator Console is password protected
  • Passwords are sent one-way encrypted (cryptographic hash) and encrypted a second time before storing on the server
  • Upload multiple images files at one time
  • Automatic thumbnail generation
  • 50 fonts to choose from for the title
  • NoSQL – no relational database to setup or maintain
  • Data is stored in simple JSON text files
  • Open Source (GPLv3) – you have the freedom to examine, copy, and modify the code
  • Free – as in free beer

Paradise is not for social photo sharing.  It is intended to showcase an artist's work, and as such does not include social features such as user comments or privacy settings.

The Paradise project is built on the work of others:

Mobile device screenshots


Get going

Install and Setup:
  1. Download and unzip the Paradise install file.
  2. FTP the gallery folder up to your website.
  3. Open the Administrator Console by appending gallery/console to your website URL.*

* Example:

When you first go to the console, you will be prompted to create a user account for yourself.  Once in the console, upload photos or use the "Create New User Account" feature to create an account for the artist to upload photos directly.

Gallery of screenshots:

Install steps


February 10, 2016

There's now a video tutorial for Paradise:

January 1, 2016

Project renamed from PPAGES to Paradise PHP Photo Gallery.

December 29, 2015

Release v0.1.0 is a ground up rewrite to move to a modern REST-driven single page architecture.

April 17, 2014

Code is transferred over to GitHub.

March 12, 2012

Beta v0.0.3 with layout and styling improvements is released.

January 2, 2011

Beta v0.0.2 of Paradise is released.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Wiki FAQ

Source code:

GitHub (paradise)


GitHub Issues