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How to install Luminance HDR

Luminance HDR is an open-source GUI tool that provides an easy-to-use toolkit for HDR imaging. It is available on all major Linux operating systems and is excellent for photographers. In this guide, we will go over how to install Luminance HDR on Linux.

Ubuntu installation instructions

The installation of Luminance HDR on Ubuntu is possible through the “Universe” software repository. However, “Universe” is not enabled by default on all Ubuntu installations. So, we must demonstrate how to enable it first.

To enable “Universe” on your Ubuntu Linux PC, start by opening up a terminal window. Inside of the terminal window, use the add-apt-repository command to add the “Universe” repo to Ubuntu.

sudo add-apt-repository universe

After adding the “Universe” software repository to your Ubuntu system, you will need to run a refresh on your software sources. To refresh your software sources, execute the following update command in a terminal window.

sudo apt update

Once your software sources are up to date, Ubuntu will have access to the “Universe” software repository. From here, you can install Luminance HDR on your computer.

sudo apt install luminance-hdr

Debian installation instructions

On Debian Linux, Luminance is available to all operating system versions (Debian 11, 10, and 9.) However, the most recent version is set aside for Debian 11.

To start the installation of Luminance HDR on your Debian system, open up a terminal. Once the terminal window is open and ready to use, you’ll be able to install Luminance HDR via the apt-get command below.

sudo apt-get install luminance-hdr

You should know that if you’re using Debian 10 or 9 and plan to install Luminance HDR on your system, it is not as new as on other distributions. If you’d like to get a more recent version of Luminance HDR, we highly recommend either upgrading to Debian 11 from your current version or, follow the Flatpak instructions instead.

Arch Linux installation instructions

There are two ways to install the Luminance HDR app on Arch Linux. The first method is through the “Community” software repository. The second method is through the Arch Linux AUR. We will cover both installation methods in this guide.

To start the installation of Luminance HDR on Arch Linux, open up a terminal window. Once the terminal window is open and ready to go, follow the command-line instructions that correspond with the installation method you prefer.

Community installation

The “Community” installation of Luminance HDR is less customizable than the AUR installation, in that users cannot tweak the way the program builds or control how it updates. Still, it’s the ideal method of installation for Arch users that want the latest version.

To start the installation, make sure you have the “Community” software repository enabled in your Pacman.conf file. Once it is enabled, sync Pacman using the pacman command.

sudo pacman -Syy

Once everything is synced up, you can quickly install Luminance HDR on your Arch Linux system with pacman.

sudo pacman -S luminancehdr

AUR installation

If you prefer building programs from source on your Arch Linux system for more control and customizability, you’ll want to install Luminance HDR from the AUR. To start the installation process, use the pacman command to install the “Git” and “Base-devel” packages.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

Following those packages’ installation, you’ll need to build and set up the Trizen AUR helper. This app makes building AUR packages much quicker by automatically installing the dependencies required to run the app. To install Trizen, enter the commands below.

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

cd trizen
makepkg -sri 

Following the installation of Trizen, you can get Luminance HDR set up on your Arch Linux PC with the trizen -S command below.


Fedora installation instructions

Ever since Fedora 31, Luminance HDR has been available in the main Fedora Linux software repositories. To start the installation of Luminance HDR on your system, open up a terminal window. Once the terminal window is open, execute the following dnf install command to get the app working.

sudo dnf install luminance-hdr

OpenSUSE installation instructions

Luminance HDR is available to OpenSUSE Linux users via the KDE Extra software repository. To start the installation, open up a terminal window and execute the command below to add the KDE Extra repo.


sudo zypper addrepo https://ftp.lysator.liu.se/pub/opensuse/repositories/KDE:/Extra/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/ kde-extra-x86_64


sudo zypper addrepo https://ftp.lysator.liu.se/pub/opensuse/repositories/KDE:/Extra/openSUSE_Leap_15.2/ kde-extra-x86_64


sudo zypper addrepo https://ftp.lysator.liu.se/pub/opensuse/repositories/KDE:/Extra/openSUSE_Leap_15.1/ kde-extra-x86_64

Once the repo is enabled, install Luminance HDR on your OpenSUSE system.

sudo zypper install luminance-hdr

Flatpak installation instructions

Luminance HDR is available as a Flatpak. To install it, you must first set up the Flatpak runtime on your computer. Please follow our guide on setting up the runtime if you do not know how to get it working.

After setting up the Flatpak runtime, you can install the Luminance HDR app on Linux by entering the two commands below.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub net.sourceforge.qtpfsgui.LuminanceHDR

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