GNOME Photos – An Elegant Alternative for Organizing and Sharing Photos

How many GNU/Linux photo managers do you know have a beautiful UI for browsing photos and organizing them into collections coupled with inbuilt editing tools and cloud integration? This one goes by the name of GNOME Photos.

GNOME Photos is a simple and yet elegant photo management app with which you can organize, share, and intuitively edit your photos on your Linux workstation. It features a file manager-like environment for easy navigation and cloud integration via GNOME Online Accounts.

You can use GNOME Photos to peruse your photos and better organize them into photo albums; easily share your photo collections with family and friends, and last but not least, edit them using GNOME Photo’s inbuilt editing tools with filters, cropping presets, and a variety of enhancement options including brightness and color controls, among others.

Features in GNOME Photos

  • Free to download for all modern Linux distros including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Fedora.
  • Open Source – released under the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation with source code available on GitHub.
  • Beautiful and themeable UI/UX.
  • Intuitively browse and add photos to albums.
  • Share photos via email.
  • Non-destructively edit your photo’s with GNOME Photo’s inbuilt enhancement tools.
  • Supports cloud integration via GNOME Online Accounts.
  • Supports EXIF rotation

One of the best things about GNOME Photos is its reliance on trackers with which it finds and indexes photos on your computer. This minimizes the searching you might need to do to locate some of your photos if you were using a different app.

Also, its ability to non-destructively edit photos means you can always reset the changes you’ve made to your collections.

If you were looking for a simple photo manager app that also allows you make simple but significant tweaks to your photos then GNOME Photos is the way to go.

You can install GNOME Photos on Ubuntu and it’s derivative from the flatpak as shown.

$ sudo flatpak remote-add --from flathub
$ sudo flatpak install flathub org.gnome.Photos

You can also install GNOME Photos from the Ubuntu Software app using the following download link.

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Have you got any photo managers you would like us to know about? Share your suggestions with us in the comments section below.

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1 thought on “GNOME Photos – An Elegant Alternative for Organizing and Sharing Photos”

  1. Hi! Thanks for the hint! GNOME is really a spetacular desktop environment! I’m trying to use GNOME Photos, I have successfully setup my Google account in GNOME Online Accounts (e.g. I can access my email using Evolution), but I don’t see my Google Photos in GNOME Photos. You have mentioned “cloud integration via GNOME Online Accounts”, have you tried it?


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