LightZone is a free, open-source digital photo editor software application that was originally developed as a commercial application by the now-defunct company Light Crafts. Its main purpose includes handling various RAW formats without any destructive editing involved which makes it comparable to Adobe’s own product known as “Lightroom.”
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install or upgrade to the latest version of the LightZone on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using a recommended Launchpad PPA repository by the LightZone team to provide the most up-to-date version using the command line terminal.
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Before you begin, update your Ubuntu operating system to ensure all existing packages are up to date.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
Use the following command to install or check if the packages are installed.
sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https -y
Import LightZone PPA
First, import the “LightZone” team PPA that contains the latest up-to-date version.
Use the following command to import the PPA as follows.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lightzone-team/lightzone -y
Before running the installation command, run an apt update to reflect the new imported PPA.
sudo apt-get update
Install the software using the following command.
sudo apt install lightzone -y
How to Launch LightZone
Now that you have the software installed, launching can be done in a few ways.
In your terminal, use the following command.
If you would like to launch and use the terminal simultaneously, send it to the background.
However, this isn’t practical for desktop users, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open the path.
Activities > Show Applications > LightZone
Once the application has launched, you will arrive at your default landing screen.
How to Update/Upgrade LightZone
The software should update by itself with your system packages for desktop users using the APT package manager. For users that would like to check manually, use the following command in your terminal.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
How to Remove (Uninstall) LightZone
LightZone, when installed, adds quite a few dependencies, so ideally, using the autoremove command is best to keep your system clean and not bloated.
sudo apt autoremove lightzone -y
Next, remove the imported PPA if you have no desire to re-install the software; the command will see the same as importing but with the –remove syntax added to the command.
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:lightzone-team/lightzone -y
Comments and Conclusion
In the tutorial, you have learned how to install the latest version of LightZone on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.
If you are looking for an open-source alternative to Lightroom, or just a powerful photo editor in general, then LightZone is worth checking out. It may not have the same level of popularity as some of the other options available, but it has a strong following among those who use it. And with good reason – it’s a really great program.