Shotwell is a simple and easy-to-use photo organizer for the GNOME desktop. You can import photos from your camera or disk, organize them by date and subject matter, and ratings on how you want to present these memories in this application with its basic editing features, including cropping red eyes away!
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Shotwell on Fedora 36 Linux using the Fedora default repository or alternative flatpak installation manager for those requiring the latest released version, as Fedora’s releases often are up-to-date can be a little behind on the rare occasion.
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Update Fedora Linux
The first step is to make sure your system is up-to-date to avoid issues during the installation and for good practice. This is done by opening your terminal and using the following command.
sudo dnf upgrade --refresh
Install Shotwell – DNF Method
For most users, the easiest way to install the software is to utilize the Fedora repository using the DNF package manager; given that Fedora focuses on the latest releases every six months and often, during that time, releases even more updates, you are generally on the latest if not one version behind in most cases making it desirable instead of using alternative package managers.
Install Shotwell using the following DNF install command.
sudo dnf install shotwell -y
Install Shotwell – Flatpak Method
The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager installed on Fedora-based systems. The extra benefit of using Flatpak installations is that you will always have the most up-to-date version. However, with distributions such as Fedora or similar types that focus on the latest packages, the significant advantage is often not as substantial or not present. However, still, this is the user’s discretion in choosing.
First, re-install the Flatpak manager if it was removed previously.
sudo dnf install flatpak -y
For users re-installing Flatpak, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues arising, such as paths not being generated for icons.
SKIP THE REBOOT IF FLATPAK IS INSTALLED.
Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal.
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Ideally, you should reboot at this stage; if you skip this and notice icons not appearing, the reboot will generate the paths required for the future.
Now install using the following flatpak command.
flatpak install flathub org.gnome.Shotwell -y
How to Launch Shotwell
Now that you have the software installed, launching can be done in two ways.
In your terminal type.
If you want to launch and use the terminal, send the process to the background to continue using the terminal.
Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance:
flatpak run org.gnome.Shotwell
However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open with the path.
Activities > Show Applications > Shotwell
Once open, you can begin using your photo manager. The GUI is straightforward compared to others, which can feel overwhelming, but Shotwell will make the most novice user feel comfortable as you explore its options and begin to use it.
How to Update Shotwell
Depending on the method of installation used, the following commands can be used to update the software and any system packages. Ideally, the terminal update command should be used even with auto-updates in your desktop GUI to ensure everything is updating correctly.
DNF Update Method
sudo dnf update --refresh
Flatpak Update Method
How to Remove (Uninstall) Shotwell
Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.
DNF Remove Method
sudo dnf update --refresh
Flatpak Remove Method
flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.gnome.Shotwell -y
Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-up.
flatpak remove --unused
Comments and Conclusion
In the tutorial, you have learned how to install Shotwell on Fedora 36 Linux workstation desktop.
Shotwell is an easy-to-use, fast photo organizer designed for the GNOME desktop. It allows you to import photos from your camera or disk and organize them by date, subject matter, and even ratings. It also offers basic photo editing, like crop, red-eye correction, color adjustments, and straightening. Shotwell’s non-destructive photo editor does not alter your master photos, making it easy to experiment without fear of ruining your originals. If you are looking for a user-friendly way to organize and edit your pictures on Linux or macOS, give Shotwell a try!