How to install Photivo on Ubuntu 20.04 – A Image Editor for Linux

Photivo is a free and open source user-friendly photo processor that allows you to quickly modify and adjust bitmap and RAW images, among many other formats. It’s an cross-platform application available for Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux. This application is written in C++ and uses the Qt framework.

It handles your RAW files as well as your bitmap files such as TIFF, JPEG, BMP, PNG and many more in a non-destructive 16 bit processing pipe with gimp workflow integration and batch mode. While the user interface and all its options are organized in different categories and are easily accessible on the left side panel, the ton of advanced settings and adjustments might seem overwhelming to regular users.

Photivo tries to provide the best algorithms available even if this implies some redundancy. This application offers the most flexible and powerful denoise, sharpen and local contrast algorithms in the open source world. Photivo intended to be used in a workflow together with F-Spot/digiKam/Shotwell and Gimp. It needs a quite strong computer and is not aimed at beginners.

Photivo is a great tool for digital photo developing. It includes a plethora of options, filters and special effects that help you make each shot unique, without losing the quality of the original picture. This application is for those users who take photography as a serious hobby and are used to dealing with RAW files.

Key Features of Photivo

  • Free and Open-Source
  • Cross-Platform application: Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux
  • RAW Image editor
  • Lots of options, filters and effects
  • handles bitmap files such as TIFF, BMP, JPEG, PNG etc.

Installing Photivo via PPA Repository

If you want to install the most recent version of Photivo, you can use the PPA repository.

Personal Package Archives (PPA) are software repositories designed for Ubuntu users and are easier to install than other third-party repositories. PPAs are often used to distribute pre-release software so that it can be tested.

Step #1

First of all open the terminal from system application launcher and type the following command to add the Photivo PPA to your system.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway

Step #2

Then, execute the following commands to install Photivo package on your Ubuntu system.

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install photivo

Once installed, launch it from your system application menu.

Starting Photivo

Photivo can be launched from the command line by typing photivo or In the Activities search bar type “Photivo” and click on the icon.

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How to Uninstall Photivo from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall Photivo, refer one of the below procedures.

Procedure #1

It’s most likely that you added the PPA using add-apt-repository command. You can use the same command to remove the PPA as well. Just give it --remove option in the command.

$ sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:dhor/myway

Note: Use this procedure only if you need to remove the PPA and not the applications installed by it.

Procedure #2

You must have noticed that in the above procedure we only talked about deleting or removing a PPA. What about the applications installed using these PPAs? Will they be removed as a result of removing the PPA? The answer is NO.

So this is when ppa-purge comes in picture. It not only disables the PPA but also uninstalls all the programs installed by the PPA or revert them to original version provided by your distribution.

So type the following command to install the ppa-purge package and uninstall the Photivo package.

$ sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:dhor/myway


I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install Photivo on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

If anyone does have any questions about what we covered in this guide then feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer those.

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