I want my desktop wallpaper to rotate through my Flickr Favorites. I need the original (or large-sized) images, and I want the images to automatically download to my Dropbox.
Node.js + IFTTT
Flickr’s RSS and Atom feeds don’t offer the original image size in the feeds. I wrote a Node.js app that uses the Flickr API to expose an Atom feed with larger image sizes.
IFTTT downloads the images (within 15 minutes after favoriting) to my Dropbox:
I’m sharing this in case anyone else wants a free solution. To use it, just use this IFTTT recipe. You’ll have to edit the feed url. Change the id portion to your Flickr Id. You can find your Flickr Id using idGettr.
For example, my Flickr Id is
11946169@N00, so the url I use is
I also expose the originals of your own uploaded images. The feed URL
for this (assuming Flickr Id
The Open Web
This is what I love about the Web. I don’t have to pay for an app in an App Store. I can just fork a couple of repositories on Github, write a quick Node.js app, and deploy to Heroku for free.