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How to install the Photoflow photo editor on Linux

Photoflow is a non-destructive RAW photo editor for Linux, Mac OS, and Windows. It is an excellent app that photographers can use to modify and touch up images quickly and efficiently. In this guide, we’ll go over how to install the app on Linux.

Ubuntu  installation instructions

The Photoflow photo editor supports Ubuntu Linux via a PPA. It makes it very easy to install the software with little effort. However, in this guide, we will show you how to install it without a PPA, as the developer has not updated it for newer Ubuntu releases.

To get started with the installation of the Photoflow photo editor on your Ubuntu Linux PC, open up a terminal window. Using a terminal window is required, as it is the quickest way to install the packages. Launch a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T.

Now that the terminal window is open, use the wget downloader command to grab the Photoflow DEB package directly from the developer’s PPA.

wget https://launchpad.net/~dhor/+archive/ubuntu/myway/+files/photoflow-git_2.9+git20191208-1608~ubuntu18.04.1_amd64.deb

Note: this version of Photoflow is for Ubuntu 18.04. However, do not worry! It will also work on Ubuntu 19.10 and future releases.

Once the file is done downloading, it is time to install the DEB package on your system. Since we are using Ubuntu, the primary package manager is Apt. So, install the file with the apt install command below.

sudo apt install ./photoflow-git_2.9+git20191208-1608~ubuntu18.04.1_amd64.deb

Since you’ve installed the Photoflow DEB package with the Apt package manager, all dependencies should be taken care of automatically. However, if you run into issues, please follow this guide on how to correct Ubuntu dependencies.

Debian installation instructions

The Photoflow photo editor supports Debian, but not officially. If you check the developer’s website, they only point users towards the Ubuntu PPA or an Arch Linux AUR package. Thankfully, Debian and Ubuntu are very similar, so we can download a DEB package to get it working on most new releases.

To get your hands on the Photoflow DEB package for Debian, launch a terminal window. To launch a terminal window, press Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, use the wget download command to grab the latest release of Photoflow for Ubuntu 18.04 via the PPA.

wget https://launchpad.net/~dhor/+archive/ubuntu/myway/+files/photoflow-git_2.9+git20191208-1608~ubuntu18.04.1_amd64.deb

With the file done downloading on your Debian PC, it is time to install Photoflow. Using the dpkg command, set up the software.

sudo dpkg -i photoflow-git_2.9+git20191208-1608~ubuntu18.04.1_amd64.deb

Following the installation of the package, you will see errors on the screen. These are dependency issues. To solve them, run the command below.

sudo apt-get install -f

The apt-get install -f command should take care of the dependencies on the system, and Photoflow will be ready to use on Debian. However, if you are still having issues, follow this guide here.

Arch Linux installation instructions

The developer of Photoflow supports Arch Linux very well via an AUR package. They also have a pre-compiled package that you can install as well. In this guide, we will go over how to install both.


To install the pre-compiled release of Photoflow on Arch Linux, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, use the wget command to download the package file.

wget https://github.com/aferrero2707/PhotoFlow/releases/download/v0.2.3/photoflow-git-0.2.3-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz

With the file done downloading, use the Pacman package manager to install the software on your Arch Linux PC.

sudo pacman -U photoflow-git-0.2.3-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz


Prefer to compile Photoflow yourself for Arch? Do the following in a terminal.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git

cd trizen

makepkg -sri 

trizen -S photoflow-git

Fedora installation instructions

The developers of Photoflow do not officially support Fedora Linux in any way. Instead, users are directed to compile the software from scratch.

Thankfully, there is an easier way to get the software working without dealing with confusing source code: converting the Ubuntu DEB package to an easy to install RPM package.

Note: if converting the DEB to an RPM package doesn’t work out, try installing the OpenSUSE Leap 15.1 package instead.

To start the installation process, you must download the Photoflow DEB package to your computer. Open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, using the wget tool to grab Photoflow.

wget https://launchpad.net/~dhor/+archive/ubuntu/myway/+files/photoflow-git_2.9+git20191208-1608~ubuntu18.04.1_amd64.deb

After downloading the package, follow this guide here to learn how to install the Alien package conversion tool for Fedora. Then, once Alien is installed, convert Photoflow from DEB to RPM.

sudo alien -rvc photoflow-git_2.9+git20191208-1608~ubuntu18.04.1_amd64.deb

Assuming the Alien package conversion process is successful, it will output an RPM package with the name of “photoflow-git-2.9+git20191208-1609.x86_64.rpm”.

Now that Photoflow is an RPM package file, it is time to install the various dependencies to run the app on Fedora.

sudo dnf install https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:/Factory/standard/x86_64/libjpeg8-8.2.2-57.1.x86_64.rpm
sudo dnf install vips pugixml lensfun gtkmm24

Finally, after installing the dependencies, you can install Photoflow with the rpm command.

sudo rpm -Uvh --nodeps photoflow-git-2.9+git20191208-1609.x86_64.rpm --force

OpenSUSE Linux installation instructions

Thanks to the OpenSUSE Build Service, Photoflow is very easy to get going on OpenSUSE Linux. To install the software, click here to go to the OBS. Then, once there, select the “1 Click Install” button to get Photoflow working.

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