Free Adobe Lightroom Alternatives

    The best free alternative to Adobe Lightroom is darktable, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Adobe Lightroom and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Adobe Lightroom are RawTherapee (Free, Open Source), digiKam (Free, Open Source), Polarr (Freemium) and Snapseed (Free).

    This page was last updated Jun 9, 2021

    Platforms

    • Windows
    • Mac
    • iPad
    • Linux
    • iPhone
    • Android
    • Online
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Windows S
    • Windows Phone
    • Chrome OS
    • KDE
    • PortableApps.com
    • GIMP
    • Kindle Fire
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Qt
    • Apple Photos
    • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

    Features

    • Photo editing
    • Photo Organization
    • Image Editing
    • Raw Photo processing
    • Photo effects
    • Photographic filters
    • Image Processing
    • Raw converter
    • Retouch photos
    • Photo Sharing
    • Non destructive editing
    • Facial recognition
    • Batch processing
    • Portable
    • Noise Reduction
    • Batch Editing
    • File Tagging
    • Geotagged Photos
    • Image Conversion

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    • darktable is a virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers: it manages your digital negatives in a database and lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable. View 46 alternatives to darktable
      Almost everyone thinks darktable is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      • BSD
      darktable vs Adobe Lightroom
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      Complete Raw processing suite. Best free open source solution
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      15
      Powerful RAW processor with options that not even Lightroom has.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      12
      Darktable lacks any photo organization capabilities. They consider this a feature and state you should organize them on disk outside the app. This is a pretty dumb idea since inside the ap, you can't organize, and outside the app you can't see the changes. Any comparison to Lightroom in this case is silly. 1/2 the (organize & develop) capability is gone.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

      -8
      Far more powerful and with a bit of practice and reading, Lightroom would be a thing of the past. It is under active development. The unofficial facebook group can provide you with the best help and some very wonderful photo enthusiasts
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      0
      Well thought RAW-Suite with every Feature Lightroom has.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      -2
      Lacking photo organisation abilities of Lightroom
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

      -5
      ehshi The best alternative for Lightroom as a professional photographer.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      6
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    • RawTherapee is a free RAW converter and digital photo processing software. All changes can be applied and batch processed at a convenient time. View 42 alternatives to RawTherapee
      Almost everyone thinks RawTherapee is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      RawTherapee vs Adobe Lightroom
      pros, cons and recent comments
      MercuryHero Fairly advanced control over RAW processing including demosaicing algorithm, gamma curves, etc. Supports its own profiles and presets.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      3


    • Professional digital photo management software to organize, tag, compare and process photo collections. View 70 alternatives to digiKam
      Almost everyone thinks digiKam is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • KDE
      • Qt
      digiKam vs Adobe Lightroom
      pros, cons and recent comments
      digiKam is good at organizing photos but has nothing to edit or adjust photos and RAW files. It only covers half of the features of Lightroom
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      -1
      Database functionality - Lots of other pieces of software mentioned are good at RAW processing but few, if any, have a good, structured back-end to organise photos.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      6
      digiKam is a photo management while lightroom is a raw photo editor, they have nothing in common
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

      -36
    • From advanced image filters to professional local adjustments, Polarr Photo Editor is the most versatile and powerful online photo editor in the web. View 141 alternatives to Polarr
      Most users think Polarr is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Chrome OS
      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Polarr vs Adobe Lightroom
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Very flexible and can handle bulk applications of filters, fixes and adjustments. Cross-platform, even on the web when you can't install it on a local machine.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      1
    • Snapseed is a photo enhancement and sharing app with a powerful suite of imaging filters and tools for anyone, anywhere to transform any image into an extraordinary photo. View 43 alternatives to Snapseed
      Most users think Snapseed is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Snapseed vs Adobe Lightroom
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Snapseed is an image editor, not organizer.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      1
      Really good tool, but make sure you don't push the adjustments too far, or it'll ruin the photo.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      2
      Simple ui and light weight than lightroom
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      -1
      It's only for smartphones and tablets.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      -3


    • Photos is a digital photograph manipulation application developed by Apple, intended to be less complex than its predecessor iPhoto . View 63 alternatives to Apple Photos
      Almost everyone thinks Apple Photos is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Online
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      Apple Photos vs Adobe Lightroom
      pros, cons and recent comments
      jamiegray Improved editing tools, thanks to the merging of Apple Aperture and Apple Photos. Nice to sync between all devices. Certainly not as robust as Lightroom, but very convenient.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      1
      Insufficient editing toolset, clumsy facial recognition, requires iCloud subscription for some features.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

      -4
      No adjustment brushes in Photo
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

      0
      Is a ridiculous app. You can't filter between landscape and portrait! Unusable.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      -9
    • New powerful photo editing station packed with over 300 useful tools and versatile features. View 44 alternatives to Luminar
      Almost everyone thinks Luminar is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      Luminar vs Adobe Lightroom
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It's slow on my old Mac, but it's «easy to understand»!
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      1
    • LightZone is a digital photo editor software application. Its main purpose is to handle the workflow when handling images in various RAW formats. View 25 alternatives to LightZone
      Almost everyone thinks LightZone is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      LightZone vs Adobe Lightroom
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Very easy to use tool, a bit limited, but a very well thought tool set, and how they work. Stil my most favourite tool (easy to use, does what I want, good results)
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      2
    • Edit, share, and upload photos on-the-go, or access your entire online photo library with a finger-flick using Adobe Photoshop Express for iPhone, iPad and Android. View 165 alternatives to Adobe Photoshop Express
      Most users think Adobe Photoshop Express is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
      • Windows Phone
      • iPad
      Adobe Photoshop Express vs Adobe Lightroom
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Amazing mobile app for edit pictures!
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      0
    • Shotwell is an open source photo organizer designed for the GNOME desktop environment. Features View 74 alternatives to Shotwell
      This alternative is disputed. Shotwell is still a legitimate alternative to Adobe Lightroom, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Shotwell vs Adobe Lightroom
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Shotwell is only a photo organizer; Lightroom is an advanced RAW's photo editor.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      3
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