How to Install Shotwell Photo Manager in Ubuntu – A Best Linux Photo Manager

In this article we are going to learn How to install Shotwell photo manager in Ubuntu. shotwell is a open source Linux photo Manager and photo editing application. The main advantages of this application is you will get updates of this application frequently and completely light weight app consumes less memory to perform required tasks. It’s an completely free application released under GNU GPLv2 license.

Now let’s have a look at features of Shotwell photo manager :

  • Supports RAW images directly from digital camera’s like DSLR.
  • Shotwell Linux photo manager supports so many image formats like .jpeg, .tiff .png, etc.
  • Basic images editing features like crop, resize, adjust the color and brightness, rotate the images in different angel and many more.
  • Support almost all major languages.
  • You can share all your images on popular social and image sharing websites like Pixaway, Flicker, Facebook, etc.
How to Install Shotwell Photo Manager in Ubuntu – A Best Linux Photo Manager
How to Install Shotwell Photo Manager in Ubuntu – A Best Linux Photo Manager

Follow the below steps to install Shotwell photo manager in Ubuntu – A best Linux photo manager

Before we start the installation of shotwell photo manager application we have to install official PPA repository for that as it’s not a part of default repository of Ubuntu. So to install the PPA repository use the below command.

itsmarttricks@ubuntu:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yg-jensge/shotwell   # Install PPA Repository
 This PPA contains packages for the stable Shotwell releases.

You can file bugs against Shotwell from this PPA using the upstream GNOME bug tracker at

If you want to try the current development version of Shotwell, you can use the unstable PPA at
 More info:
Press [ENTER] to continue or ctrl-c to cancel adding it

gpg: keyring `/tmp/tmp0478oheo/secring.gpg' created
gpg: keyring `/tmp/tmp0478oheo/pubring.gpg' created
gpg: requesting key B84401E3 from hkp server
gpg: /tmp/tmp0478oheo/trustdb.gpg: trustdb created
gpg: key B84401E3: public key "Launchpad PPA for Jens Georg" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1  (RSA: 1)

After installing the PPA repository now let’s update the packages & repositories of Ubuntu using below command to take effect.

itsmarttricks@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get update   # Update Packages & Repositories
Hit:1 xenial InRelease
Hit:2 xenial-security InRelease                                                                                        
Get:3 xenial InRelease [23.8 kB]                                                                      
Hit:4 xenial InRelease                                                                         
Hit:5 xenial-updates InRelease                                 
Get:6 xenial/main amd64 Packages [6,048 B]
Hit:7 xenial-backports InRelease                                                      
Get:8 xenial/main i386 Packages [6,032 B]
Get:9 xenial/main Translation-en [3,384 B]
Fetched 39.3 kB in 1s (21.3 kB/s)                   
Reading package lists... Done

Also Read – How to install Digikam Digital Photo Management Software in Ubuntu

After completing above steps now we are ready to install Shotwell Linux photo manager app. So let’s go ahead and install the same using below command.

itsmarttricks@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install shotwell   # Install Shotwell Application
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
  dconf-editor dconf-tools
The following packages will be REMOVED:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  dconf-editor dconf-tools
The following packages will be upgraded:
1 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 1 to remove and 260 not upgraded.
Need to get 3,212 kB of archives.
After this operation, 7,173 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y   ---> Enter 'y' to continue the installation

As you can see above we have successfully installed the shotwell photo manager package. To confirm the same use the below command.

itsmarttricks@ubuntu:~$ sudo dpkg -l shotwell   # Confirm the installed Package
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                                 Version                 Architecture            Description
ii  shotwell                             0.26.4-0~jensge1~xenial amd64                   Digital photo manager

Now to open the application just type the command shotwell on shell prompt. Refer the command below.

itsmarttricks@ubuntu:~$ shotwell   # Open the Shotwell application

You can also open the Shotwell Linux photo manager graphically using Search your computer box.

Also Read – How to install Fotoxx Linux Photo Editor and Collection Manager in Ubuntu.

How To Uninstall Shotwell Photo Manager in Ubuntu ?

To uninstall the application use the below command.

itsmarttricks@ubuntu:~$ sudo dpkg -r shotwell   # Uninstall the Shotwell photo manager Application
(Reading database ... 309499 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing shotwell (0.26.4-0~jensge1~xenial1) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.23-0ubuntu9) ...
Processing triggers for libglib2.0-0:amd64 (2.48.2-0ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.15-0ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.13.3-6ubuntu3.1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu5) ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.3~bzr0+16.04.20160824-0ubuntu1) ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.59ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.5-1) ...

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That’s all, In this article, we have explained How to Install Shotwell Photo Manager in Ubuntu – A Best Linux Photo Manager. I hope you enjoy this article. If you like this article, then just share it. If you have any questions about this article, please comment.

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