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README.md Wording change Jan 24, 2018


Polarr Photo Editor for Linux

Polarr is currently available on Linux, Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, and ChromeOS. This page documents how you can download, install, and purchase the Linux version of Polarr.

Polarr in the Software Store

Cross-platform installer

This is the recommended way of installing Polarr because it will receive automatic updates and bugfixes. Polarr is only officially supported on Ubuntu 16.04 and 17.10, but it should also run on all Linux distributions with Snap support.

Alternative installers

Deb installer v4.4.5, last updated 21 Dec 2017

Deb installer v4.0.0, last updated in Jan 2017

Deb installer v1.0.0, last updated in mid 2016

What's new in 4.4.5

  • Support more types of raw files at full resolution.
  • Automatic face detection, expressions, and facial feature adjustments.
  • Watermark tools, improved exif support.
  • Pressure-sensitive stylus support and touch brushing. New brush tools.
  • New healing and clone tools.
  • New liquify tools.
  • More realistic grain tool.
  • Multiple color themes, including a new light theme and custom colors.
  • Fitler panel redesign.
  • New Express editing mode.
  • New local adjustment workspace.
  • All filters are playable and learnable now. Right click to Watch & Learn.
  • Setting to show touches for screen recording.
  • Added the Polarr app icon to display in the Ubuntu dash and dock.

Technology, features and OS support

Polarr for Linux is an Electron app wrapping Photo Editor for ChromeOS offline, therefore the features in the Linux version is nearly identical to our ChromeOS distribution. The .deb installer package was created and tested on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. We did not test on other Linux OSs.

Purchase pro features

As the Linux package is a wrapper version from our ChromeOS package, you can buy a Chrome OS license from Photo Editor for ChromeOS offline page, enter your PayPal or CC number, and receive login credentials from your payment email. Your login credential will work for both the Chrome OS and the Linux .deb package.

RAW support and Face Detection

The difference between the Linux version and ChromeOS version is that the Linux version uses native libraries to provide raw support and face detection. LibRAW is embedded into the package and can decode and process RAW photos better than the web version.

Having problem?

You can contact support@polarr.co if you have any questions.

What is the purpose of this Github page? Can I contribute?

Polarr carries a proprietary license, the intention of this public repo is to keep track of version updates for upcoming .deb packages, or store scripts to help users to install Polarr on other Linux OS. You can send us pull requests if you want to document how to install the .deb package elsewhere. If you would like to submit translations, email support@polarr.co.