How to install RawTherapee on Ubuntu 20.04

RawTherapee is a powerful free and open source, raw image processing program. Its an cross-platform application available for Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux. This app provides powerful suite of tools for you to produce amazing photos and showcase your creativity.

It is designed for developing raw files from a broad range of digital cameras and targeted at users ranging from enthusiast newcomers who wish to broaden their understanding of how digital imaging works to professional photographers. RawTherapee involves the concept of non-destructive editing, similar to that of some other raw conversion software.

RawTherapee supports most raw formats, including Canon Dual-Pixel, Pentax Pixel Shift, and those from Foveon and X-Trans sensors. It also supports common non-raw image formats such as PNG, JPEG and TIFF.

Key features of RawTherapee

  • Free and Open-Source
  • Cross-Platform application: Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux
  • Available in over 15 languages.
  • Variety of supported cameras
  • Supports DCP and ICC color profiles
  • Color management using the LittleCMS
  • RawTherapee uses SSE optimizations for better performance on modern CPUs

Installing RawTherapee via AppImage

Before installation let’s understand what is AppImage.

What is AppImage?

We have .deb packages for Debian/Ubuntu based Linux distributions and .rpm for Fedora/SUSE based Linux distributions.

While these packages provide a convenient way of installing software to their respective distribution users, it is not the most convenient for the application developer.

The developers have to create multiple packages for multiple distributions. This is where AppImage comes into picture. AppImage is a universal software package format.

By packaging the software in AppImage, the developer provides just one file to rule them all. End user can use it in most modern Linux distributions.

Step #1

Click on following button to download the latest stable version of RawTherapee AppImage executable file for Linux.

Step #2

The downloaded file name would be something like: RawTherapee_5.8.AppImage.

By default, the downloaded AppImage file won’t have the execution permission. You will have to change the permission on the file to make it executable and You don’t need root privilege to do that.

Now type the following command to make the AppImage executable.

$ chmod u+x RawTherapee_5.8.AppImage

Step #3

Once you have made the AppImage file executable, just double click on it to run it Or run the following command to install through terminal.

$ ./RawTherapee_5.8.AppImage

That’s It.

RawTherapee User Interface:

How to Uninstall RawTherapee from Ubuntu 20.04

Since the software is never installed, there is no need of uninstalling it. Just delete the associated RawTherapee file and your software is removed from the system.


I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install RawTherapee 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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