shotwell - Man Page

Digital photo manager


shotwell [OPTION]... [FILE]


Shotwell is a digital photo organizer designed for the GNOME desktop environment.  It allows you to  import photos from disk or camera, organize them in various ways, view them in full-window or fullscreen mode, and export them to share with others.


-h,  --help
Show help options
-d,  --datadir=FOLDER

Path to Shotwell's private data. Using -d stand-alone without --profile --create is considered deprecated and should not be used anymore.


Do not monitor library folder at runtime for changes

-f,  --fullscreen

Open the viewer mode in fullscreen. Has no effect in library mode.


Don't display startup progress meter

-V,  --version

Show the application's version


X display to use

-p,  --show-metadata

Dump all Exif, IPTC and XMP metadata of FILE

-i,  --profile=PROFILE

Start shotwell with a different profile. A profile consists of a set of settings and a new private data dir. The data dir can be overriden by secifying --datadir as well.

-l,  --list-profiles

Show the available profiles

-b,  --profile-browser

Show the available profiles in a dialog, with managing capabilities and the ability to start Shotwell with a specific profile by double-clicking.



Opens Shotwell with the user's library.

shotwell FILE

Opens an image file for direct editing.  File is not imported into library and unsaved changes are lost on close.

shotwell --profile="Development environment"

Opens shotwell using the profile named "Development environment".


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This manual page was written by Jim Nelson and Allison Barlow