How to Install Shotwell on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

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 Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the Ubuntu default repository or alternative flatpak installation manager for those that require the latest released version as Ubuntu’s releases can be behind due to stability factors in what long term releases are meant for.

Update Ubuntu

Before going into the tutorial, the first step is to run an apt update, which ensures your system is up-to-date to avoid any conflicts.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Shotwell – APT Method

The first option is to install Shotwell using the apt command from Ubuntu 22.04 repository. For most users, this is the most recommended way to install it.

In your terminal, use the following command to install the photo organizer.

sudo apt install shotwell -y

Install Shotwell – Flatpak Method

The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager, which is not installed on Ubuntu distributions, given Snap, which is Flatpak’s rival, is owned by Canonical and Ubuntu. However, Flatpak is still available to install from Ubuntu’s default repository.

The extra benefit of using Flatpak installations is that you will always have the most up-to-date version compared to Ubuntu which focuses on stability with older versions that only see updates for security issues or serve bugs.

First, install the Flatpak manager; this can be skipped if you already have it installed.

sudo apt install flatpak -y

Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal:

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

For users installing Flatpak for the first time, 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.



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.

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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


How to Install Shotwell on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Once open, you can begin using your photo manager. The GUI is straightforward compared to others, which can feel a bit overwhelming, but Shotwell will make the most novice user feel comfortable as you explore its options and begin to use it.


How to Install Shotwell on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

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.

APT Update Method

sudo apt upgrade && sudo apt upgrade

Flatpak Update Method

flatpak update

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.

APT Remove Method

sudo apt autoremove shotwell --purge -y

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 Ubuntu 22.04 LTS 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!


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