How to Link Flickr to Tumblr

Written by sarah barnes
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If you use both the microblogging site Tumblr and the photo-sharing site Flickr frequently, you might want to include your Flickr uploads on your Tumblr page as a way to show them off to your followers. You could post each photo individually, but Tumblr also offers a way to automate this process via its RSS feed importing feature. RSS (Real Simple Syndication) creates "feeds" of a segment of Web content -- such as a blog or your Flickr photo stream -- and makes them easy to reproduce on other websites.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Obtain the RSS feed URL of your Flickr photo stream. This URL is found at the bottom of your photo stream page, linked to an orange-and-white button next to the text "Subscribe to (username)'s photostream." Click the button, and copy the URL to your clipboard.

  2. 2

    Log in to your dashboard on Tumblr, and click the "Customize" link in the right column.

  3. 3

    Select the "Services" tab in the top-left area of the "Customize" page.

  4. 4

    Paste the URL of your RSS feed into the text box provided in the "Automatically import my..." section. Leave the "RSS feed" selection as is, and change the "Links" selection to "Photos."

  5. 5

    Click "Start importing this feed," and then click "Save or "Save + Close." Your Tumblr page should import your most recent photo upload -- if it was uploaded less than two days ago -- and any new uploads going forward.

Tips and warnings

  • Log in to your Tumblr account occasionally to keep your RSS imports active. If you use Tumblr only to sync your Flickr photos, the feed might stop importing automatically after a while.

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