Shotwell 0.25 Released, How to Install it in Ubuntu 16.04

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.

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