XnRetro: Vintage Camera Effects on Ubuntu Desktop

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.


  • 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.

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.