I no longer develop Chhobi. Take a look at Chhobi2 instead


Chhobi v2.0

Chhobi is a photo organizer program. It does not have facilites to do any editing of the image data itself (so no red-eye removal, contrast enhancement etc. etc.). It simply allows you to change captions and keywords on photos. The captions and keywords are stored in the EXIV metadata, so they are in a standard format, stored in the image file so they travel with the image (when you copy/move/backup them) and can be read by other programs, including some folder managers (e.g. Finder on Mac) and not locked up in some complex, properitary format that will vanish in a decade or so.

My main aim in designing and writing Chhobi was to keep the interface (and code) as simple and uncluttered as possible, and do one thing only, which is to browse and organize large libraries of pictures.


The main browsing interface is the Ribbon, which represents each picture as a small tile. The tiles are arranged in order from latest to oldest. Hovering the mouse over the tile causes a preview and the photo metadata to appear.

Clicking on the tile will "lock" the preview and allow you to move your mouse without changing the preview. The caption, date and keywords can be edited. You can use the left and right mouse buttons to step through the pictures. Pressing h will cause the photo to be added to the holding table. You can click and drag the mouse to select multiple photos.

Click on the tabs to switch between the show and hold tables. Clicking resize will cause the held photos to be resized and copied into a temporary folder. When the progress bar completes and the mail icon becomes enabled you can drag the mail icon and drop it onto an email program or a browse for file field of a webpage to add the resized photos.You can also open the folder enclosing the resized photos by clicking on the folder button. Note that the original folder structure of the images is maintained, so all the photos are not copied into a single folder.

Chhobi icon

The funny squiggle is the letter chh in Bengali. chhobi means picture

License (GPL)

Chhobi is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Chhobi is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with Chhobi; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA`


Like most open source projects Chhobi builds on other open source endevours. Chhobi depends on, is the better for, and was easy to write because of these fine pieces of open source software:

Related projects on Sourceforge

Like most open source projects Chhobi has many alternatives, each with different flavours and feels. Here are those hosted on sourceforge [go].

� 2012 Kaushik Ghose