XnRetro: Vintage Camera Effects on Ubuntu Desktop

Last updated: July 29, 2013

XnRetro is a small tool that allows you to create stunning images with vintage or instant effect on your Desktop. It allows to share the result to Flickr, Picasa, Facebook and more.

xnretro retro camera app


  • 20 color effects
  • 15 light effects such as bokeh, leak
  • 28 frame borders
  • Adjustement like contrast, gamma, saturation, …
  • Vignetting
  • Noise
  • Save or share the result to Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, Imgur, Thmblr, ImageShack, Yfrog, GlowFoto, TwitPic, and Email.

Install XnRetro:

First download the app:

XnRetro for Windows 32-bit |Windows 64-bit

XnRetro for Ubuntu Linux

For Ubuntu users, decompress the package and copy and paste the result folder into /opt/ folder. To do so, press Alt+F2 on your keyboard and type in gksudo nautilus to open file browser with root privilege.

open nautilus as root

Then drag and drop the extract folder from your ~/Downloads folder to /opt/:


Finally follow below steps to create a launcher for this tool:

1.) Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands to install required package:

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel --no-install-recommends

2.) Run command to bring up Create Launcher dialog.

sudo gnome-desktop-item-edit /usr/share/applications/ --create-new

In next window type following:

name = XnRetro
command = /opt/XnRetro/xnretro.sh
select an icon from /opt/XnRetro/xnretro.png


Once done, click Ok and you’ll see the XnRetro icon from the Unity Dash home.


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2 responses to XnRetro: Vintage Camera Effects on Ubuntu Desktop

  1. installed the app and also visible in dash but not running.

  2. 32bits, no 64bits. sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
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