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1. Installation

After downloading the Excire Search plug-in by using the download link included in the confirmation E-Mail, you need to first install Excire Search. As macOS user you first unzip the downloaded ZIP file and mount the corresponding disk image (DMG file).

Then you only need to start the installation program, which will guide you through the installation process. Windows users only need to start the downloaded EXE file and follow the instructions provided by the installer.

2. Registration

After a successful installation you can find an Excire Search entry in your Lightroom Plug-in Manager (File→Plug-in Manager). Navigate to the license section, where you can register your Excire Search software. You only have to enter your email address followed by your personal license key and then press the register button. If you have more than one key, you have to repeat the procedure for each of your keys.

3. Initialization

Before you can use Excire Search you need to initialize the photos in your Lightroom catalog. Therefore please start the corresponding user dialog box by using the menu entry „Initialize Photos“ under (Library→Plug-in Extras→Excire Search) or the shortcuts ⌥⌘N (macOS) and Ctrl+Alt+N (Windows)In the dialog box you can specify if you want to initialize the photos of your whole Lightroom catalog or only the photos in your current filmstrip. Furthermore, you may specify whether the whole CPU power should be used for initialization. Disabling this option will make is easier to use the computer for other tasks during initialization.

Since the first initialization of a complete lightroom catalog may take some time, we recommend to run the initialization over night or in smaller batches. Note that the initialization of 10000 photos will take about one hour on a state-of-the-art computer. Initialization can be interrupted and continued at any time. Novel photos imported to your lightroom catalog must be initialized by starting the above initialization process.

4. Settings

In the Excire Search section of the Lightroom Plug-in Manager a user can specify several parameters that affect the initialization process:

1. Fast Initialization: if this option is enabled, all photo edits made in Lightroom will be ignored for the sake of faster initialization. Moderate edits should not cause any problems. Note, however, that strong crops and color edits may change the dominant color and the image content: Excire has been taught that skies are blue and if you make them green, it may fail to recognize a landscape.

2. Prefer Smart Previews in initialization: During initialization smart previews will be preferred if you set this option. This can be useful if you have generated smart previews that are stored on your local SSD and if the access of your original photos is slower.

3. For stacks, only initialize the top photo: This option should be enabled if you are a timelapse photographer and need to handle photo stacks, which consists of many very similar images. Then only the top photo of a stack will be initialized.

Furthermore, a user can set the keyword language, and if necessary, restore the keyboard shortcuts (macOS only).

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Excire Foto 2022 - Trial version

Note for existing Excire Foto customers: Excire Foto users have to keep in mind for testing that the previous Excire database will be modified when the program is started for the first time. Thus a switch back to version 1.3 is not possible without a backup. We therefore recommend creating a backup before using Excire Foto 2022. How to do this is described in the following forum posts: LINK 1 and LINK 2

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Multiple databases
JPG, PNG & BMP
RAW formats
Load EXIF data
Load IPTC metadata
IPTC Manager & Editor
Load stars, ratings, label
Load keywords
Save metadata
Export photos
Share via Dropbox
Share via Google Drive
Find similar photos
Find by keyword
Find faces
Find people
Find similar photos with external photo
Find people with external photo
Show GPS data in Google Maps
Assign keywords
Create collections
Assign stars, flags & color labels and search for them

Languages & version​

Supported Languages German & English
Current version 2.1.1

Minimum System Requirements

CPU Multicore processor with 64-bit and AVX support
Older AMD processors like AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1100T and AMD Phenom(tm) II X (also known as AMD Athlon II X4 640) are not supported.

Intel Core 2 Duo processors are not supported.
Operating System macOS 10.14 (or newer) or Windows 10 (64-bit) and Windows 11 (64-bit)
Memory 8GB RAM. 16GB or more are recommended.
Storage The Excire databases use about 250 MB of disc space for 100.000 photos and additional 25GB for previews of highest quality in case that a preview is generated for each photo.

Excire Search 2022 - Trial version

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Languages

Supported Languages English & German

Minimum System Requirements

CPU Multicore processor with 64-bit and AVX support
Older AMD processors like AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1100T and AMD Phenom(tm) II X (also known as AMD Athlon II X4 640) are not supported.

Intel Core 2 Duo processors are not supported.
Operating System macOS 10.14 (or newer) or Windows 10 (64-bit) and Windows 11 (64-bit)
Memory 8GB RAM. 16GB or more are recommended.
Storage The Excire databases use about 250 MB of disc space for 100.000 photos and additional 25GB for previews of highest quality in case that a preview is generated for each photo.

Excire Search 2022

Excire Search is the perfect solution for all Adobe Lightroom Classic users. The smart Lightroom plugin analyzes and tags photos automatically and extends Lightroom with powerful AI search functions. With just a few clicks, Excire Search finds exactly the photos you are looking for. This makes image management fun again and hours of image searching a thing of the past.

Available for Windows and macOS and now brand new in the 2022 version with integrated duplicate finder!

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Languages & version​

Supported Languages German, English, French, Italian & Spanish
Current version 3.0.0

Minimum System Requirements

CPU Multicore processor with 64-bit and AVX support
Older AMD processors like AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1100T and AMD Phenom(tm) II X (also known as AMD Athlon II X4 640) are not supported.

Intel Core 2 Duo processors are not supported.
Operating System macOS 10.14 (or newer) or Windows 10 (64-bit) and Windows 11 (64-bit)
Lightroom (Classic) Version 6 (or newer)
Memory 8GB RAM. For huge catalogs (> 100.000 photos) we recommend 16GB or more.
Storage 375 MB available HD space for basic installation and further HD space for storage of image feature data, e.g. an Adobe Lightroom Catalogue of 100000 images requires about 800 MB of additional HD space.

Note: Using this software does not require an active internet connection.

Excire Analytics

Excire Analytics is an innovative extension for Excire Foto that provides valuable insights into your photographic work.

Use the numerous functions and settings of Excire Analytics to make better purchasing decisions for future photo equipment, learn from the evaluations and improve your photo skills.

Excire Analytics requires at least Excire Foto version 2.0 and can be activated by entering an activation code. Simply enter such a code in your Excire Foto version in the settings in the tab „Licence“. The corresponding functions will then be activated and the required components will be installed.

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Languages & version​

Supported Languages English & German
Current version 2.1.1

Minimum System Requirements

CPU Multicore processor with 64-bit and AVX support
Older AMD processors like AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1100T and AMD Phenom(tm) II X (also known as AMD Athlon II X4 640) are not supported.

Intel Core 2 Duo processors are not supported.
Operating System macOS 10.14 (or newer) or Windows 10 (64-bit) and Windows 11 (64-bit)
Memory 8GB RAM. 16GB or more are recommended.
Storage The Excire databases use about 250 MB of disc space for 100.000 photos and additional 25GB for previews of highest quality in case that a preview is generated for each photo.

Excire Foto 2022

Excire Foto 2022 is a powerful and innovative software designed for easy photo management and quick content-based browsing. Numerous smart features help you get organized and find the photos you are looking for.

These are the highlights of the new 2022 version:

  • duplicate finder with numerous configuration options
  • support for PSD files
  • match accuracy for similarity searches is now adjustable
  • the maximum number of search results has been increased to 50.000
  • support for Windows network paths


We recommend Windows users to install the Microsoft Raw image extension: Download

Legal informations

Languages & version​

Supported Languages English & German
Current version 2.1.1

Minimum System Requirements

CPU Multicore processor with 64-bit and AVX support
Older AMD processors like AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1100T and AMD Phenom(tm) II X (also known as AMD Athlon II X4 640) are not supported.

Intel Core 2 Duo processors are not supported.
Operating System macOS 10.14 (or newer) or Windows 10 (64-bit) and Windows 11 (64-bit)
Memory 8GB RAM. 16GB or more are recommended.
Storage The Excire databases use about 250 MB of disc space for 100.000 photos and additional 25GB for previews of highest quality in case that a preview is generated for each photo.