How To Install Shotwell on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Shotwell on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Shotwell on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Shotwell is a digital photo organizer designed for the GNOME desktop environment. It allows you to import photos, pictures, images, and videos from a disk or camera. Shotwell is very easy to use and doesn’t require any complicated configuration or technical skills.

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 Shotwell image viewer 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).
  • 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 Shotwell 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 Shotwell on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install Shotwell using the Default APT repository Ubuntu.

By default, Shotwell is available on Ubuntu 20.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to install the Shotwell personal photo manager package to your Ubuntu system:

sudo apt install shotwell
  • Install Shotwell from the PPA repository.

Run the following command to add the PPA repository to your Ubuntu system:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-desktop/ppa

Then, update the system’s APT repository and install it:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install shotwell

Step 3. Accessing Shotwell on Ubuntu Linux.

Once successfully installed, run the following path on your desktop to open the path: Activities -> Show Applications -> Shotwell or launching it through the terminal with the command shown below:


Install Shotwell on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

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

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