Install The Latest Shotwell Photo Manager 0.23.1 in Ubuntu 16.04

May 27, 2016 — 1 Comment

Shotwell Ubuntu 16.04

Shotwell photo manager has recently reached the 0.23.1 release. While Ubuntu 16.04 contains the old 0.22 release, you can now install the latest release and receive future updates through the maintainer, Jens Georg’s PPA.

Notable changes in Shotwell 0.23.1:

  • Update Facebook application id so Facebook integration works again
  • Rename “Yorba website” to “Shotwell website” in About dialog
  • Copyright transferred from Yorba to Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC)
  • New and updated icons
  • Various bug fixes and translation updates.

Shotwell Photo Manager

How to Install / Upgrade Shotwell in Ubuntu 16.04:

1. Add the maintainer’s PPA.

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T), paste the command below and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yg-jensge/shotwell

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter.


2. Launch Software Updater and upgrade Shotwell.

Launch Software Updater, after checking for updates, you’ll see the new release of “Digital photo manager” available for upgrade under Other updates -> Ubuntu Base.

upgrade shotwell

3. (Optional) To revert back to the stock version of Shotwell in Ubuntu 16.04, run command in terminal to install ppa-purge and purge the PPA which also downgrade the photo manager:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:yg-jensge/shotwell

That’s it. Enjoy!

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One response to Install The Latest Shotwell Photo Manager 0.23.1 in Ubuntu 16.04

  1. Jerome Verleyen July 31, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Dear Ji m

    i’vve update my version of shotwll to the new 0.23.4-1 , on a linuxmint 8 (Ubuntu Xenila based) distribution.
    I’ve detect a bug when i want to publish some photos: At the moment on clocking on the publish boton, i get this message:
    shotwell: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/shotwell/plugins/builtin/ undefined symbol: hmac_sha1

    And Shotwell stop at all. I’ve try a few times, and the same error appears. Would you help me in this issues?


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