Of all the photo management tools available for Linux, Shotwell is likely to be the most famous. Thus, it is preinstalled in most distributions.
If you’re looking for something similar to Shotwell, but faster, Fotoxx may be your best bet.
Although the user interface may be outdated, the program does a good job of handling large collections of photos. The reason for this is that indexing and displaying thumbnails for thousands of photos could be time-consuming and resource-intensive.
Photo management and editing in Linux with Fotoxx
The interface of the program is not the most attractive I’ve ever seen. Appearance suggests a 2010 application. In spite of its visual shortcomings, it offers substantial features and exceptional performance.
RAW images can be imported, as well as a large collection of photos. There is no need to move the images. The files are not copied or moved. In the application, these are just indexed.
Metadata for images such as tags, geotags, dates, ratings, captions, etc. can be edited. The metadata for the images can be accessed through our image search.
It is also possible to display images grouped by location (based on the geotag data on the images).
This management tool has several batch processing functions, such as renaming, resizing, copying/moving, converting image formats, and editing metadata, all of which are aimed at managing large collections of photos.
It is possible to accomplish all of this without copying and pasting images. The panorama can be created by stitching together several photos.
Further, Fotoxx has a number of tools for editing images, including retouching, adding effects (like sketching), trimming, rotating, etc.
In addition, red eyes and dust spots can be removed from old, scanned photos.
While I can continue listing features, there will never be an end to it. You should take a look at its website to learn about its full capabilities.
Check out this video that shows off the features of Fotoxx if it interests you:
How to install Fotoxx on Linux
It is important to keep in mind that Fotoxx developer recommends a system with four or more CPU cores and sixteen or more GB of memory for proper functioning. Those equipped with a less powerful computer may have difficulty editing large images.
Generally, Fotoxx is available in the repositories of Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and Arch Linux. Fotoxx can be installed with your distribution’s package management or software center.
If you are using Ubuntu or Debian distributions, you can install it using apt:
sudo apt install fotoxx
When you first run the program, it will ask for images in your home directory. If you want to continue searching, then choose the folders to search in.
Even though the indexing of over 4,700 images was completed in a few minutes, the images were not displayed right away. The images appeared after selecting Gallery, All Folders, and selecting the folder(s). This is something to keep in mind.
The Fotoxx tool is extensive and exploring all its features is going to take some time. You should check out its website for several examples.
As I mentioned earlier, the application isn’t the prettiest, but it packs a lot of powerful features into a small footprint. Photographers or those with large data collections may be interested in an application such as Fotoxx. Let us know what you think of it when you do it in the comments section.