Adobe Lightroom Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Adobe Lightroom for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative 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 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Adobe Lightroom are RawTherapee (Free, Open Source), digiKam (Free, Open Source), Affinity Photo (Paid) and Capture One (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jun 26, 2021

    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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      darktable vs Adobe Lightroom opinions
      Almost everyone thinks darktable is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
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      Complete Raw processing suite. Best free open source solution
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

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

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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
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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      Well thought RAW-Suite with every Feature Lightroom has.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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      Lacking photo organisation abilities of Lightroom
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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

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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.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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

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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.
      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 almost 2 years ago

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      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 almost 4 years ago

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

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    4. Affinity Photo is a professional, full-featured raster graphics editor. Working in Affinity Photo is always live and you can pan and zoom at 60fps, with live previews and non destructive application.
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      Affinity Photo vs Adobe Lightroom opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Affinity Photo is still a legitimate alternative to Adobe Lightroom, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      User8391496 graphics editor, no organization capabilities
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

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      Affinity Photo is an alternative to Photoshop, not Lightroom. Affinity Photo can't do batch editing of photos right now.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    5. Capture One is a leading raw converter and workflow software which enables photographers to reduce the time and effort required to deliver astounding ready-to-use images with excellent color and detail.
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      Capture One vs Adobe Lightroom opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Capture One is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      Same professional RAW editing results. Perpetual license option.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      If you ever used the Express version for Sony Alpha, Nikon or Fujifilm, there will be no difference with the UI. However, if you want to open RAW photos from other camera brands (such as Canon, Panasonic Lumix etc.), you must buy the Pro version, and thankfully there's a perpetual license option.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Limited (but still good) free edition for Sony and Fujifilm cameras.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      scruffyburger Advanced RAW editing features. Layer support, Advanced color management. Fast processing. Perpetual licensing option. Catalog or session options for dealing with photos.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      From high-precision light and color tools, to advanced clarity and dehaze settings, to the ability to create and save your own filters. Polarr is the ideal photo editor for bloggers, students, and photo professionals alike.
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      Polarr vs Adobe Lightroom opinions
      Most users think Polarr is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      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 almost 2 years ago

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    6. ACDSee is a complex, multi-purpose application that serves for viewing, organizing and editing digital photos. Furthermore, images can be shared on social websites or your own space on the developer’s website.
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      Most users think ACDSee Photo Studio is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
    7. Photos is a digital photograph manipulation application developed by Apple, intended to be less complex than its predecessor iPhoto .
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      Apple Photos vs Adobe Lightroom opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Apple Photos is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      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 12 months ago

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

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      No adjustment brushes in Photo
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

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

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    8. Meet the most innovative professional photo editor built by photographers for photographers. Luminar brings everything you need to make perfect photos in less time!
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      Luminar vs Adobe Lightroom opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Luminar is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      It's slow on my old Mac, but it's «easy to understand»!
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    9. LightZone is a digital photo editor software application. Its main purpose is to handle the workflow when handling images in various RAW formats.
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      LightZone vs Adobe Lightroom opinions
      Almost everyone thinks LightZone is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      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

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