A Powerful Photo Editor/Enhancer for Ubuntu Linux – Fotoxx!

Ubuntu comes with an awesome photo organizer called “Shotwell”. It can handle huge amounts of photos collection without much of a trouble and even has some decent support for cropping, changing colors or resolutions etc when it comes to editing pictures as well.

But if you want a dedicated image enhancer and an editor that comes with a lot of features but wanna avoid using the popular tools such as Gimp or Inkscape which are a bit heavyweight for that purpose … then you should try ‘Fotoxx’.

Starting with the users with simple photo editing needs (such as me) to delivering a powerful editing environment… Fotoxx is a pretty powerful application.


Although the GUI may not be as beautiful as some other similar tools but still, for the simplicity and usability, this open source application will impress you.

Main features…

*. Supports almost all the popular image formats for editing.

*. Save images in formats such as: JPEG, PNG and TIFF (both 8 and 16 bit).

*. Even supports rendering RAW images.

*. Unlimited Undo/Redo.

*. Edit, delete and View image meta tag information (with batch support).

*. Resize (supports batch resizing), Crop, Flip, Trim, Convert Negative, Annotate etc.


*. Enhance images with effects such as: Denoise, Sharpen, Color match/change, Blur, Smart Erase (which adds a Blur effect), White balance, remove dust in digital photos and more.


*. See changes in previews.

*. Add few painting effects such as: Outlining, Drawing effects, add Dots and Embossing.

*. Pixel painting.

*. Can also burn the images to CD/DVD, E-mail, create a Slideshow, Synchronize, Change lens parameters etc.


You can install Fotoxx image editor in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the below command in your Terminal window.

sudo apt-get install fotoxx

However they recently released a never version (11.11.1) which is not yet in the Ubuntu repositories. In that case and for other GNU/Linux users, you can get the latest builds from this Kornelix packages page. Then just look for the “.deb” files (supports both 32 & 64 bit) under “Debian Packages”.

Fotoxx also has a built in photo collection manager as well but it’s not as good as Shotwell for my taste. But the rest assured, if the built in “decent” image editing features in Shotwell is simply not enough for your needs then why not try ‘Fotoxx’.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

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