Developer(s)Yorba Foundation
Jens Georg[2]
Initial releaseJune 26, 2009; 13 years ago (2009-06-26)
Stable release
0.30.14 / August 18, 2021; 16 months ago (2021-08-18)[3]
Preview release
0.31.7 / December 3, 2022; 27 days ago (2022-12-03)[4]
Written inVala (GTK+)
Operating systemLinux
Available inMultilingual[which?]
TypeImage organizer
LicenseLGPL-2.1-or-later Edit this on Wikidata

Shotwell is an image organizer designed to provide personal photo management for the GNOME desktop environment. In 2010, it replaced F-Spot as the standard image tool for several GNOME-based Linux distributions, including Fedora in version 13[5] and Ubuntu in its 10.10 Maverick Meerkat release.[6]


Shotwell can import photos and videos from a digital camera directly. Shotwell automatically groups photos and videos by date, and supports tagging. Its image editing features allow users to straighten, crop, eliminate red eye, and adjust levels and color balance. It also features an auto "enhance" option that will attempt to guess appropriate levels for the image.

Shotwell allows users to publish their images and videos to Flickr, Piwigo,[7] and YouTube. Shotwell can also set the desktop wallpaper.

Technical information

The Yorba Foundation wrote Shotwell in the Vala programming language. It imports photos using the libgphoto2 library, similar to other image-organizers such as F-Spot and gThumb.

See also


  1. ^ "Picking Up Shotwell Development". Retrieved 2016-03-12.
  2. ^ Georg, Jens (2016-04-15). "Taking over". Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  3. ^ "Tags · GNOME / shotwel" (Mailing list). 18 August 2021. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  4. ^ Georg, Jens (3 December 2022). "New development preview - Shotwell ~0.31.6~ 0.31.7". Retrieved 7 December 2022.
  5. ^ "4. Changes in Fedora for Desktop Users". Fedora Project. Retrieved 2016-03-12.
  6. ^ Sneddon, Joey-Elijah (2010-05-13). "See Ya F-Spot! Shotwell to be default Image App in Ubuntu 10.10". OMG! Ubuntu!. Retrieved 2016-03-12.
  7. ^ "guillaumev/piwigoshotwell". GitHub. Retrieved 2016-03-12.