In search of a DPAP photo server

I’m trying very hard to research and find a good DPAP photo server, which could serve as a repository of photos accessible via iPhoto.  I see a lot of solutions like Firefly Media Server that work for iTunes media servers and I know that DPAP is based on DMAP, same as the DAAP which iTunes uses.  I have seen mention of DPAP on Firefly’s website, but not sure how this all works.  I can’t seem to find a good article that talks about setting up your own DPAP server.  Anyone know of one?  

I have found a couple Perl or Python scripts that seem to serve this, but not sure exactly how it all works…

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Philip is a IT solutions engineer working for AmWINS Group, Inc., an insurance brokerage firm in Charlotte, NC. With a focus on data center technologies, he has built a career helping his customers and his employers deploy better IT solutions to solve their problems. Philip holds certifications in VMware and Microsoft technologies and he is a technical jack of all trades that is passionate about IT infrastructure and all things Apple. He's a part-time blogger and author here at

6 Responses to “In search of a DPAP photo server”

  1. I’m currently searching for the same thing. If you happen to find the answer, let me know!

    February 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm Reply
    • Philip #

      So far, no luck on my end, but I am still trying to piece a solution together.

      February 9, 2009 at 10:27 am Reply
  2. Ace Jones #

    I’ve done some work on the latest fork of Firefly Media Server, and I’m pretty familiar with the DMAP protocols. I might put something like this together. What would you want a DPAP server to do, exactly?

    February 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm Reply
  3. Dmapd is an open source DAAP and DPAP server that runs on Linux and other POSIX systems. It may be used to provide content to iPhoto. The dmapd project is hosted at The dmapd server uses libdmapsharing, a library that applications may use to provide DPAP (and DAAP & DACP) functionality directly. Libdmapsharing is available at

    November 28, 2010 at 8:47 pm Reply
    • Philip #

      Thanks Mike – I’m gonna give it a try on OS X.

      December 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm Reply


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