Fotoxx, install this photo editor and manager on Ubuntu 20.04

about Fotoxx

In the next article we are going to take a look at the Fotoxx editor. This is a free, open source program for basic image editing. Is about a GTK application with which we can also organize and manage a large collection of images, optimize photos and perform batch operations. It will also allow us to import RAW images and perform all the processing of these.

If you are looking for a lightweight photo editing and management application for Gnu / Linux, Fotoxx is a free and open source software option that is fast and well worth a try. The goal of this program is to meet the needs of professional and amateur photographers. Despite all the options it offers, these do not make it stop being fast and that it can get you out of some trouble.

Fotoxx is compliant with standards and can be used with other photographic programs. This program is easy to use, but unconventional. For this reason it is interesting read the user guide before you start using it. Fotoxx is packed with features, so don’t expect to master it in just a few minutes.

General characteristics of Fotoxx

Fotoxx preferences

  • The program is available in english.
  • Us will allow you to organize and manage a very large collection of photos / images.
  • Unlike other image editors, this has all its menus on the left panel with ability to toggle file view and edit photos.
  • We will find available a rich set of editing and retouching functions.
  • We can browse a large collection of images, using the thumbnail browser and clicking on an image to view or edit it.
  • Batch conversion, RAW conversion. We can import RAW files and edit them with deep colors.
  • Another possibility that the program will give us will be save revised images as JPEG, PNG (8/16 bit / color) or TIFF (8/16).

images listed with fotoxx

  • It will also give us the option to select an object or area within an image (draw freehand, follow edges, match flood tones …), Apply edit functions, copy and paste, resize, merge, warp, etc. without wearing layers. We can also blur, sharpen or eliminate noise, adjust the color, etc.
  • The program will allow us edit image metadata (tags, geotags, dates, ratings, subtitles …).
  • It will give us the option of search for images using any combination of metadata, file names, folders, or partial names.
  • Fotoxx uses our image files where they are and maintains a separate index for quick search.
  • We will find some effects available to apply on images.
  • It will also allow usgo use GIMP, Rawtherapee, etc. as complements.

These are just some of the features of the program. All of them can be consulted in detail in the project website.

Install Fotoxx on Ubuntu 20.04 via PPA

If you are interested in installing the latest published version of Fotoxx, Ubuntu users can use the PPA compatible with Ubuntu 20.04, Linux Mint 20 and Ubuntu 21.04. We will only need to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and execute the following command to add the PPA to our system:

add Fotoxx repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xtradeb/apps

Once the list of software available from the repositories available on our computer has been updated, the next thing we will have to do is launch this other command to install this photo management software:

install fotoxx from ppa

sudo apt install fotoxx

When the installation is finished we can find the program launcher on our computer to start using it.

app launcher

In case you prefer use this program as AppImage file, this can be downloaded from the project download page.


To remove the Ubuntu PPA, you simply have to go to the Software & Updates utility, and in it select the Other software tab. There we will only need to mark the repository line and delete it by pressing the «Remove» button.

remove ppa from graphical environment

To eliminate the PPA, we can also open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run the command:

remove ppa from terminal

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:xtradeb/apps

Now we can uninstall Fotoxx. In a finish (Ctrl + Alt + T) we only need to execute the command:

uninstall fotoxx from terminal

sudo apt remove --auto-remove fotoxx

If you are looking for something lighter, faster and without as many possibilities as GIMP has, you may like to try the Fotoxx editor.

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