How To Install RawTherapee on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install RawTherapee on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install RawTherapee on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, RawTherapee is a non-destructive RAW image editor available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. It is designed for developing raw files from a broad range of digital cameras and is targeted at users ranging from enthusiast newcomers who wish to broaden their understanding of how digital imaging works to professional photographers. RawTherapee supports JPEG, PNG, and TIFF as output formats for processed photos.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the RawTherapee photo processing application on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for RawTherapee.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install RawTherapee on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing RawTherapee on Ubuntu 20.04

By default, RawTherapee is not available on the Ubuntu 20.04 base repository. Now run the following command to install RawTherapee using AppImage:


Next, change the permission on the file to make it executable:

chmod u+x RawTherapee_5.8.AppImage

Step 3. Accessing RawTherapee on Ubuntu.

After you have made the AppImage file executable, just double-click on it to run it or run the following command to install it through the terminal:


Install RawTherapee on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed RawTherapee. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the RawTherapee RAW image processing on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official RawTherapee website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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