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Bring order to your research — use the power of Tropy to organize and describe your research photos so you can quickly find your sources whenever you need them.

Visit to learn more or follow @tropy on Twitter for important announcements. To get started, download the latest version of Tropy for your platform, check out the user's manual and join the discussion on the forums.

If you are interested to work on Tropy or create your own builds, please find more details below. Happy hacking!

Install from Source

Install the latest version of Node.js (at least the version that ships with the current Electron release) with node-gyp and all its requirements for your platform.

On Linux you may need to install some packages in addition to node-gyp's requirements. For example:

# On Arch Linux
$ sudo pacman -Sy fftw orc librsvg

# On Debian
$ sudo apt-get install liborc-0.4-0 libfftw3-bin librsvg2-bin

# On CentOS
$ sudo yum install fftw3 orc librsvg2 glib2-devel

Before installing Tropy's dependencies, set the environment variable SHARP_DIST_BASE_URL or the sharp_dist_base_url npm config option to point to the base URL for Tropy's pre-compiled libvips archives:

$ npm config set sharp_dist_base_url ""

Additionally, if you have libvips installed locally (and don't wish Tropy to be linked against it), set the SHARP_IGNORE_GLOBAL_LIBVIPS environment variable.

Finally, clone this repository and install all of Tropy's dependencies:

# Install native modules first, without building, them. They will
# be patched and linked against Electron by our rebuild script later!
$ npm install sharp sqlite3 --ignore-scripts --no-save --no-package-lock
$ npm install

To test that everything is set up correctly, run:

$ npm test

Creating Builds

To create a dev-build for your current platform run npm run build at the root of the repository. This will create a dev-build of Tropy in the dist folder.

Running in Dev-Mode

Alternatively, you can start Tropy in dev-mode directly from the root of the repository, by running npm start.

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