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Shotwell Photo Manager


Shotwell is a digital photo manager designed for the GNOME desktop environment. It allows you to import photos from disk or camera, organize them by keywords and events, view them in full-window or fullscreen mode, and share them with others via social networking and more.

Visit to read about the current state of Shotwell's development and to make sure you're running the latest version.

Installation & Licensing

Please consult the (INSTALL) and (COPYING) files for more information.

Quick Start

There are three ways to import photos: via drag-and-drop, from a digital camera, and from the File menu.

  • Drag-and-drop: Simply drag photos from your file manager and drop them onto the Shotwell window. You may drag files or directories. The photos will be imported into the library.

  • Camera: Connect your digital camera to your computer. Shotwell will detect it and list it in the sidebar. When you select the camera, Shotwell will load previews of each photo. You may choose specific photos to import or to import them all. Shotwell uses gPhoto2 to communicate with digital cameras. If your camera does not appear in Shotwell's sidebar or there is a problem importing photos, visit to see if it is supported.

  • File menu: Select File -> Import From Folder ... and select a directory from the chooser dialog box. Shotwell will scan the directory and all sub-directories for photo files and automatically import them.

Once your photos are in Shotwell's library, you can view, edit, and export them. More features are planned, so check regularly for updates.

Shotwell project page: Shotwell documentation: GNOME Gitlab Project:

We also encourage you to join the Shotwell mailing list. See for how to subscribe to the mailing list.

Copyright 2016 Software Freedom Conservancy Inc.