Shotwell Photo Manager


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Shotwell is a photo organizer for the GNOME desktop environment. It lets you import photos from disk or camera, organize and view them in various ways, and export them to share with others. It is the default photo manager in Ubuntu starting with version 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat).


Shotwell Photo Manager is installed with the default Ubuntu Gnome installation starting with version 10.10. It is always best to install via Synaptic Package Manager (System > Preferences > Synaptic Package Manager) to get the most up to date dependencies and a full working installation.

To install on versions of Ubuntu prior to 10.10 from source:

Install Dependencies

$ sudo apt-get install libdbus-glib-1-dev libgconf2-dev libgtk2.0-dev libgudev-1.0-dev libexif-dev libgphoto2-2-dev libsoup2.4-dev libsqlite3-dev libunique-dev libwebkit-dev libxml2-dev libjson-glib-dev libgstreamer0.10-dev 

In release 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), the version of vala is too old for Shotwell, so you'll need to build it from source or get it from the Vala team's PPA. You will also need to build the following libraries from source: libraw and gexiv2.

Download Source

Shotwell PhotoManager Source Directory

Build and Install

$ ./configure
$ make
# make install 

By default, Shotwell will install in /usr/local. The configure script can customize the prefix directory. Run ./configure --help for instructions and other installation options.

You need to execute make install as root (i.e. sudo make install) if installing to system directories.

Testing Install

Execute Shotwell Photo Manager from the installed directory by typing:

$ cd <install directory>
$ ./shotwell

However, desktop integration won't be available without a full installation.

Once installed, Shotwell will be available on your desktop Applications menu under Graphics. Also, if you plug a digital camera into your machine, Shotwell will be available as an option to automatically launch.

Using Shotwell

Please see the User Guide on the official Shotwell home page for a detailed explanation on the usage of Shotwell Photo Manager.


ShotwellPhotoManager (last edited 2013-02-12 16:09:47 by moergaes)