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Shotwell Photo Manager

Shotwell, an open-source Gnome photo manager, has reached the 0.25 release with various improvements, bug-fixes, and translation updates. Here’s how to install or upgrade it in Ubuntu 16.04 and / or Ubuntu 16.10.

As a frequent updated software, Shotwell 0.25.0 is a ‘big’ release with following changes:

  • Add contrast to improvements
  • Add a log when shifting events
  • Add a debug output of the current timezone
  • Fix compilation with recent Vala compiler
  • Fix focus handling of full-screen viewer
  • Remove obsolete CSS style property
  • Support ACDSEE tags
  • Use unicode characters
  • Remove deprecated calls
  • Silence two C warnings that are usually caused by valac
  • Refactor web authenticator
  • Spelling fixes
  • Piwigo: Add option to override SSL certificate handling
  • Piwigo: Add option to show the SSL certificate
  • Remove an old GTK+ work-around
  • Remove deprecated GSettings calls
  • Persist export dialog settings
  • Remove deprecated elements from export dialog
  • Port web plugins to new libsoup API
  • Fix libraw binding
  • Piwigo: Fix new album creation
  • Blacklist vaapi decoder to prevent crashes in video meta data extraction
  • Hide “Folder” side-bar when empty
  • Enable SQL debugging through environment variable

How to install Shotwell 0.25 in Ubuntu:

The official Shotwell binaries for Ubuntu are maintained in the PPA repository. However, it seems to be an auto-build PPA and the 0.25.0 builds are broken due to the updated dependencies.

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add PPA:

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


2. To upgrade Shotwell from a previous, launch Software Updater and install available updates.

upgrade shotwell

NOTE: To undo the installation, and downgrade shotwell to the stock version in your Ubuntu repository, run command to purge the PPA:

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

Shotwell Ubuntu 16.04

The Gnome photo management software, Shotwell 0.23.5, was released a few days ago with user experience improvements, bug fixes, and translation updates.

Shotwell 0.23.5 adds an option under View menu allows users to hide the bottom toolbar. Tags below the thumbnails now behave like hyperlinks, so that clicking it brings you to the page with all other photos with that tag.

Shotwell 0.23.5

Other changes in the 0.23.5 release:

  • Remove obsolete files
  • Plugins: Load icons and GtkBuilder files from GResource
  • Fix .desktop file generation
  • Use Gtk.MessageDialog’s printf-style API for strings
  • Add SQL indexes to PhotoTable
  • Add Language headers to po files
  • Update INSTALL file
  • Really remove reference to external hmac_sha1
  • Disambiguate strings for time ranges
  • Implement linked tags
  • Make it more clear that something failed if SSL conncetion was not possible
  • Add option to filter by saved search
  • Explicitly link plugins to their dependencies
  • Fix typo in GSettings schema
  • Re-add –disable-extra-plugins configure option
  • Fix settings migrator and thumbnailer path
  • Bump debian compat for proper –libexecdir parameter

How to install Shotwell 0.23.5 in Ubuntu 16.04:

For Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and derivatives, you can install or upgrade to Shotwell 0.23.5 using Jens Georg’s PPA.

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add PPA:

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


2. Then updated package index and upgrade shotwell:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install shotwell

3. To restore the stock Shotwell 0.22 version, run command to purge the PPA:

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

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!

shotwell photo manager

Gnome 3 photo manager shotwell 0.19.0, an unstable pre-release of the upcoming version 0.20, has been released with support for and Gallery 3 photo services.

Shotwell is a popular photo manager for Gnome 3 with below great features:

  • Import from disk or camera
  • Organize by time-based Events, Tags (keywords), Folders, and more
  • View your photos in full-window or fullscreen mode
  • Crop, rotate, color adjust, straighten, and enhance photos
  • Slideshow
  • Video and RAW photo support
  • Share to major Web services, including Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube


The latest 0.19.0 has been released as a pre-release of the upcoming version 0.20 with below changes:

  • Support for and Gallery 3 photo services added
  • Set background image for lock screen
  • Better detection of corrupt images during import
  • Various bug fixes
  • Updated translations

The .deb installer is available in Yorba’s daily build PPA for Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 14.10. Check your OS type: 32-bit = i386 or 64-bit = amd64, and download & install the appropriate package from the link below:

Download Shotwell .deb

The .deb package can be installed by double-click on it to open with Ubuntu Software Center and click the install button.

shotwell 0.18.1 Ubuntu 14.04

Yorba team has released an update of its photo organizer with important fixes. According to the changelog, the new release shotwell 0.18.1 fixed:

  • Fix Flickr publishing errors due to Flickr moving to HTTPs-only
  • Fix crash when updating photo data/time
  • Fix crash due to nested tag and changing sidebar selection
  • Corrected URLs to point to new pages


If you’re using Shotwell in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10 or other derivatives, you may consider upgrading it from Yorba’s PPA.

After making a backup, do below steps:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run command to remove previous version:

sudo apt-get remove shotwell shotwell-common

Then add the Yorba’s PPA via:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yorba/ppa

Finally install shotwell after checking for updates:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install shotwell