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Open Source Adobe Lightroom Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Adobe Lightroom is darktable. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Adobe Lightroom and 16 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Adobe Lightroom are RawTherapee, digiKam, Simple Gallery and Shotwell.

Adobe Lightroom alternatives are mainly Photo Managers but may also be Raw Photo Processors or Photo Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Adobe Lightroom.
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  1. 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. it also enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

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    Complete Raw processing suite. Best free open source solution

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    Powerful RAW processor with options that not even Lightroom has.

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    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

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    Well thought RAW-Suite with every Feature Lightroom has.

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    Lacking photo organisation abilities of Lightroom

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    The best alternative for Lightroom as a professional photographer.

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    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.

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  2. RawTherapee is a free RAW converter and digital photo processing software. All changes can be applied and batch processed at a convenient time.

    Running on Windows 10 under GTK3
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    Fairly advanced control over RAW processing including demosaicing algorithm, gamma curves, etc. Supports its own profiles and presets.

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  3. digiKam is an advanced digital photo management application which makes importing and organizing digital photos a "snap". The photos are organized in albums which can be sorted chronologically, by folder layout or by custom collections.

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    Almost everyone thinks digiKam is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.

    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.

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    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

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    digiKam is a photo management while lightroom is a raw photo editor, they have nothing in common

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  4. Simple Gallery is a highly customizable offline gallery. Organize & edit your photos, recover deleted files with the recycle bin, protect & hide files and view a huge variety of different photo & video formats including RAW, SVG and much more.

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    Shotwell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Shotwell is an open source photo organizer designed for the GNOME desktop environment.

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    This alternative is disputed. Shotwell is still a legitimate alternative to Adobe Lightroom, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Shotwell is only a photo organizer; Lightroom is an advanced RAW's photo editor.

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    ART

    • FreeOpen Source
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    ART, a free, open-source, cross-platform raw image processing program. ART is a derivative of the popular .

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    As good or even better and Free OpenSource

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    Camera Roll

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid

    Simple Gallery App for Android, with lovely Material Design.

    Discontinued

    The application has not been updated for a long time, and the repository on GitHub has been archived. See https://github.com/kollerlukas/Camera-Roll-Android-App

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    Litrato

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android

    Litrato is an app for editing photos and saving those changes to the gallery.

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    photivo

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • GIMP

    Photivo is a multi platform photo processor for RAW and bitmap images with 16 bit precision. Photivo tries to give the user as much control as possible to express his creativity and to allow flexible adjustments for the various needs in photography.

    Discontinued

    From their website: “Photivo has not been in development for several years. This page is outdated.”

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    PhotoFlow

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
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    A fully non-destructive photo retouching program providing a complete layer-based workflow including RAW image development.

    Discontinued

    Beta Release is established in 31 July 2020

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