13 Best Photo Image Editors for Linux

In this article, I have reviewed of some the best photo editing software available on different Linux distributions. These are not the only photo editors available but are among the best and commonly used by Linux users.


First, on the list, we have GIMP, a free, open-source, cross-platform, extensible, and flexible image editor that works on GNU/Linux, Windows, OSX, and many other operating systems. It provides sophisticated tools to get your job done, and it is built for graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, or scientists. It is also extensible and customizable via third-party plugins.

It features tools for high-quality image manipulation, image transformation, and creation of graphic design elements. For programmers, GIMP is a high-quality framework for scripted image manipulation, it supports many languages including C, C++, Perl, Python, and Scheme.

Gimp Image Editor
Gimp Image Editor

2. Krita

Krita, a professional, creative, free, open-source, and cross-platform painting software that works on Linux, Windows, and OSX. Built by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone, it comes with tools you need for your work, usable via a clean, flexible, and intuitive user interface. It can be used for concept art, texture and matte painters, and illustrations, and comics.

Krita - Raster graphics editor
Krita – Raster graphics editor

3. Pinta

Pinta is also a great photo editing application that works similarly to Windows Paint.NET. Just think of it as a Linux version of Windows Paint. It is simple and easy to use allowing users to do quick photo editing.

Pinta Image Editor
Pinta Image Editor

4. DigiKam

DigiKam is an advanced and professional, free open-source digital photo management application that runs on Linux, Windows, and macOS. It offers a toolset for importing, managing, editing, and sharing photos and raw files.

It has the following features:

  • directory for tutorials on how to use it
  • facial recognition support
  • easy photo importing and exporting to different formats
DigiKam - Professional Photo Management
DigiKam – Professional Photo Management

5. ShowFOTO

ShowFOTO is a standalone image editor under the digiKam project. It is free and comes with all the standard photo editing functionalists such as transformation, adding effects, filtering, metadata editing, and many more.

It is lightweight and not feature-rich though it is a good image editing software that doesn’t require other software to run.

ShowFoto Image Editor
ShowFoto Image Editor

6. RawTherapee

RawTherapee is a free and open-source photo editor for optimizing digital images. It is feature-rich and powerful when you need quality digital images from RAW image files. RAW files can be modified and then saved in compressed formats as well.

It has many features as listed in the project homepage including:

  1. variety of supported cameras
  2. exposure control
  3. parallel editing
  4. color adjustment
  5. the option of using a secondary display
  6. metadata editing and many more
Rawtherapee Image Editor
Rawtherapee Image Editor

7. Fotoxx

Fotoxx is also a free and open-source photo editing and collection management tool. It is intended for dedicated photographers who need a simple, fast, and easy tool for photo editing.

It offers photo collection management and an easy way to navigate through the collection directories and subdirectories using a thumbnail browser.

It has the following features:

  • use simple clicks to transform photos
  • ability to retouch photos in enormous amounts of ways
  • artistic photo transformation such as animations
  • access to work with meta-data and many more
Fotoxx Photo Editor
Fotoxx Photo Editor

8. Inkscape

Inkscape is a free and open-source, cross-platform, feature-rich vector graphics editor that works on GNU/Linux, Windows, and macOS X. It is similar to Adobe illustrator and it is widely used for both artistic and technical illustrations such as cartoons, clip art, logos, typography, diagramming and flowcharting.

It features a simple interface, import, and export various file formats, including SVG, AI, EPS, PDF, PS and PNG, and multi-lingual support. Additionally, Inkscape is designed to be extensible with add-ons.

Inkscape - vector graphics editor
Inkscape – vector graphics editor

9. LightZone

LightZone is an open-source, professional-grade digital darkroom software for Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, that supports RAW processing and editing. Unlike in other photo editors that use layers, LightZone enables you to build up a stack of tools that can be rearranged, readjusted, turned off and on, and removed from the stack at any time.

LightZone Image Editor
LightZone Image Editor

10. Pixeluvo

Pixeluvo is a beautifully designed image and photo editor for Linux and Windows that features support for Hi-DPI screens, new camera RAW formats, and more. To use it, you need a commercial license and a license for Pixeluvo full version costs $34 and includes all future updates for that major version number.

Pixeluvo offers a wide range of advanced features such as non-destructive editing via adjustment layers and powerful color correction tools. It also features realistic pressure-sensitive drawing tools and a variety of image enhancement filters.

Pixeluvo Image Editor
Pixeluvo Image Editor

11. Photivo

Photivo is a free and open-source, simple yet powerful photo processor for raw and bitmap images with 16-bit precision, that is intended to be used in a workflow together with digiKam/F-Spot/Shotwell and GIMP. It is cross-platform: it runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac OSX.

It requires a quite powerful computer to work well and is not aimed at beginners because there may be a quite steep learning curve. It processes RAW files and bitmap files in a non-destructive 16-bit processing pipe with GIMP work-flow integration and batch mode.

Photivo Image Editor
Photivo Image Editor

12. AfterShot Pro

AfterShot is a commercial and proprietary, cross-platform RAW image processing application that is simple yet powerful. For beginners, it lets you to quickly learn professional-grade photo editing by making it easy to make corrections and enhancements, and apply adjustments to one or thousands of photos at once with batch processing tools.

It features simple photo management, ultra-fast workflow, and powerful batch processing, and so much more. Importantly, AfterShot Pro integrates well with Photoshop(you can send photos to Photoshop with just a click on a button).

Aftershotpro Image Editor
Aftershotpro Image Editor

13. Darktable

Darktable is an open-source and powerful photography workflow application and raw developer, built for photographers, by photographers. It is a virtual lighttable and darkroom for managing your digital negatives in a database and lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

With Darktable, all editing is fully non-destructive and only operates on cached image buffers for display and the full image is only converted during export. Its internal architecture allows you to easily plugin modules of all kinds to improve its default functionality.

Darktable Image Editor
Darktable Image Editor


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41 thoughts on “13 Best Photo Image Editors for Linux”

    • @Dave

      Have you tried any of the photo editors, such as Darktable, Photoshop Wine and the rest? Give them a try and see if they work similarly as Photo Explosion.

  1. Thanks for sharing the valuable information. I have used DigiKam, Pinta, Photoshop & Photo pos PRO. I really liked them all. They are really helpful to quickly edit or enhance your photo. Moreover they lets you to have a complete control over your images, including layers and effects.

  2. Recently installed Polarr on my Oneplus3 and found out there are desktop versions as well (standalone and in your browser). I downloaded the .deb version on Ubuntu Gnome. Works great! Free version is very usable but blocks a couple of effects and radial gradients. No buggy.

    • Thanks for the useful info, and also getting back to us. We shall give Polarr a try and probably add it to the list above.

  3. Gimp is NOT a good tool. Also you don’t have Krita (krita.org) listed, free and used by many hollywood pro’s for image editing.

    • @jeff

      Whether Gimp is good or not good will depend on personal satisfaction. But thanks for sharing your thoughts, that is your own experience.

  4. Pinta is a “buggy”, “broken” and formerly “abandoned” poorly coded and very poorly maintained Linux clone of Paint.net with numerous features that do not function properly. Is that what you meant by a Linux version of Microsoft Paint?

    To be clear, I really hope that the good folks that picked that project out of the trash bin and did their best to get it back on track can get a little more help with it from others that might be a little more up to the task. Linux has always been in need of a simple image editing application such as that for those that just want something simple, that works.

  5. Pixeluvo 1.5
    Download a 30 day trial version of Pixeluvo now. This also acts as the installer for the full version, simply enter your license details and enjoy Pixeluvo with no limitations.
    Please note the trial version is limited to saving files no larger than 800×600 pixels.


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