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LightZone, professional-level digital darkroom and photo editor, released version 4.2.0 a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and Ubuntu 20.04.

LightZone is a free, open-source digital photo editor software application runs in Linux, Windows, and Mac OS. Its main purpose is to handle the workflow, including non-destructive editing when handling images in various RAW formats.

The latest LightZone 4.2.0 features:

  • Lens Correction Tool – distortion / TCA correction using Lensfun
  • Film Grain Tool
  • Horizontal / Vertical Flip button
  • Better HiDPI support
  • Speed up Bayer demosaicking code
  • Migrated to Java 11

The new release changes also include: renew some of button icons using jIconFont, speed up Editor rendering by reusing tile cache from different zoom level, generate and include custom Java Runtime Environment bundle for Windows and macOS packages.

How to Install LightZone 4.2.0 in Ubuntu:

The LightZone official PPA contains the latest software packages for all current Ubuntu releases.

1. Open terminal by either pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or searching for “Terminal” from application menu. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lightzone-team/lightzone

Type user password (no asterisk feedback due to security reason) when it prompts and hit Enter to add the PPA.

2. Then run command to install the photo editor application:

sudo apt install lightzone


To remove LightZone, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove lightzone

To remove the PPA repository, launch Software & Updates utility and navigate to ‘Other Software’ tab, and remove the repository line.

LightZone 4.1 PPA

LightZone, an open-source professional-level digital darkroom software similar to DarkTable and Adobe Lightroom, finally reached the 4.1 release.

LightZone 4.1 brings some exciting new features, more translations and numerous new cameras supports:

  • open an image via command line, OS context menu, or drag & drop on LightZone shortcut icon.
  • full-screen mode is now supported on Mac OS X 10.7 or newer
  • HiDPI retina mode is now supported in OS X
  • You can now select multiple thumbnails with Ctrl-Shift-Click in photo browser
  • support zoom in/out with Ctrl-wheel, and move the zoomed image with Ctrl-drag.
  • you can now rotate the image with mouse wheel, and change the rotation grid origin with a click in Crop/Rotate mode
  • Upresolution is now possible when converting an edited image.
  • Raw files from the following cameras are now supported (additions to previously supported raw files):
    • Canon: EOS 1D-X, EOS 6D, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 70D, EOS 100D / SL1 / X7, EOS 700D / T5i / X7i, EOS 1200D / Rabel T5, Powershot G7 X, Powershot G12, Powershot G16, Powershot S120
    • Epson: R-D1
    • Fujifilm: Finepix S1, X-A1, X-E2, X-M1, X-T1, X20, X30, X100s, X100T, XQ1
    • Leica: M9, X VARIO (TYP 107)
    • Nikon: 1 AW1, 1 J3, 1 S1, 1 V2, 1 V3, Coolpix A, Coolpix P340, Coolpix P7800, D4S, D600, D810, D750, D800, D800E, D3300, D5300, D5200, D5500, D7100, D7200, DF
    • Olympus: E-M10, E-M1, E-P3, E-P5, E-PL1S, E-PL2, E-PL3, E-PL7, E-PM1, STYLUS1, XZ-1, XZ-2
    • Panasonic: DMC-FZ70, DMC-FZ200, DMC-FZ1000, DMC-G6, DMC-GF6, DMC-GM1, DMC-GX7, DMC-LF1, DMC-LX100
    • Pentax: 645D, GR, K100D Super, K-3, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-50, K-500, Q7
    • Samsung: EK-GN120, EX2F, NX1, NX10, NX20, NX200, NX300, NX1000, NX Mini
    • Sony: A99, DSC-RX1R, DSC-RX10, DSC-RX100M2, DSC-RX100M3, DSLR-A230, DSLR-A290, DSLR-A380, DSLR-A500, DSLR-A580, ILCE-7, ILCE-7R, ILCE-3000, ILCE-5000, ILCE-5100, ILCE-6000, ILCE-QX1, SLT-A58 NEX-3, NEX-3N, NEX-5, NEX-5T, NEX-C3
  • Raw processing is now multi-threaded with OpenMP.

How to install/upgrade LightZone in Ubuntu:

Thanks to Otto Meier, the new release has been made into PPA, available for Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and there derivatives, including Linux Mint 13/17, eOS Freya and Luna.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/lightzone


2. After adding the PPA, you can install the software from Synaptic Package Manager (you may first install the manager from Software Center).


or just run below commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install lightzone

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb package directly from PPA page.