Home > Project Updates > FacePAD: Facebook Photo Album Downloader v0.5.3 Released!

FacePAD: Facebook Photo Album Downloader v0.5.3 Released!


About 10 hours after I released version 0.5.2, I made a few internal (code) changes and released 0.5.3. These changes were the first of two (hopefully) that will bring my extension out of Mozilla’s sandbox, and into the public arena. Part two (v0.5.4) is almost done. I’m in need of a bit of help on the code since my JavaScript knowledge is lacking (hey, I’m a physicist, not a programmer =p). A few people at the Mozilla Forums are currently helping me out, so hopefully I’ll have v0.5.4 released before new years!

Here’s the release info for 0.5.3, which is available to download from lazyrussian.com & mozilla.com.

General Information
FacePAD, better known as the Facebook Photo Album Downloader will allow you to download your friends’ facebook albums, en masse, with the click of a button. This extension was originally developed by Nic Holliday. I took the liberty of updating this extension for Firefox 3 since he didn’t. In the process, I’ve revamped his code and made it compliant with Mozilla’s standards & Facebook’s new interface.

To download photos from the an album, right-click (with your mouse) on the name/link of a facebook album and click the Download Album with FacePAD option. If you did this properly, a JavaScript pop-up will appear telling you to wait a moment while it initiates the download process. Press OK and the photos will be downloaded to Firefox’s default download directory. If there are more than one page of photos, then more than one JavaScript pop-up will appear (one for each page, where 1 page = 20 photos). Example of alerts below image.

Example: 55 Photos
Alert 1: Downloading 20 Photos from page 1
Alert 2: Downloading 20 Photos from page 2
Alert 3: Downloading 15 Photos from page 3

Download from Lazyrussian – Version 0.5.3
Download from Mozilla – Version 0.5.3 (This add-on is still in the “Sand-Box” and is awaiting approval from Mozilla)

Upcoming Features
The only feature I’m currently working on is allowing the user to specify a custom download directory upon downloading a photo album. I’ve got about 50% of this feature coded already, but I’ve been running into issues in a couple places. Check back periodically for updates.

Release Notes
Version 0.5.3 (December 26, 2008)
1. Removed all global/loose variables within the code.
2. Download dialogue now states which page it is downloading photos from.

Categories: Project Updates
  1. December 29, 2008 at 2:02 am

    This version seems to be working perfectly! Great work, and I am definitely awaiting the custom directory option! Expect a donation from me within the week!

  2. December 29, 2008 at 6:20 am


    Thanks for the support! I don’t think I’m going to be able to get to the custom download feature until my spring break though (just putting that out there). My goal for winter break is to get it out of Mozilla’s sandbox and let it proliferate around the web.

    Thanks (ahead of time) for the donation.


  3. KT
    January 28, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Quick question? What size file will the pictures be downloaded as? The original quality or a smaller version (as if you right-clicked and saved from the picture displayed on the screen)?

  4. January 28, 2009 at 2:52 pm


    They will be downloaded as the quality which is visible. When you upload a picture to facebook, the quality is automatically reduced, to save server space. Therefore the only picture facebook has stored is the reduced quality one you see in the albums (these are not the really small thumbnails that you see when you view a page of the album, but rather the single-picture view from the album).

  5. logan Smight
    March 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    It’s only downloading the thumbnails for me…how can i get the org size downloaded?

    • March 16, 2009 at 3:09 am


      I just tried the extension on 10 random albums (belonging to 10 different friends uploaded at different times over the last few weeks and months) and every album downloaded normally. While you’re not the first person to report this error, I can’t really work on fixing it because I don’t know what’s going on.

      Sorry that I can’t be of any more help at the moment.

  6. Eric
    March 17, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    It’s also only downloading thumbnails for me!

    the _s.jpg links. If you change them to _m.jpg, you get the full photo. Can you add a hook to automatically do this?

  7. March 18, 2009 at 1:49 pm


    Check this post out: Yup, I’ve been getting a lot of emails about this recently. Here’s my over-arching response

    Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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