I'm trying to update Photo (shotwell) from 0.1 to 0.22.0 but don't let me do that... incompatible version of libGphoto.

I appreciate a good update for photos, because is too much unstable.

So I have two questions How to update photos? There is an major update from elementary OS?

Good Luck!!

  • I have reverted my edit :)
    – Ravan
    Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 2:08
  • Coudl you please provide more information, e.g. detailed error message, please?
    – bigbang
    Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 10:32
  • ravan, thanks! @bigbang yes, I download the sourcecode from gnome webpage and do this: > ~>./configure > No compatible libGPhoto installation found. Configuration cannot continue.
    – koxmoz
    Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 19:50

2 Answers 2


It is not advisable to upgrade photos because, it may leads to incompatible issues. The reason is Shotwell 0.1.1 is based on schema 21 where as the version is 0.18 (or other) based on schema 20.

But even you can view/open photos (images) from shotwell

If still want latest version:

From the output of apt-cache policy shotwell:

ravan@ravan:~$ apt-cache policy shotwell
Installed: (none)
Candidate: 0.18.0-0ubuntu4

The available version is: 0.18.

You can install with the commands:

sudo apt-get install shotwell-common # to satisfy dependency in my case
sudo apt-get install shotwell

The available version via ppa: 0.20

To install:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yorba/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install shotwell

Note: shotwell 0.22 is not available for freya at present, see here

  • If you dont like my question, erase it.
    – koxmoz
    Commented Dec 2, 2015 at 23:52
  • @koxmoz I am sorry, If you are not comfortable with my edit, please feel free to roll back :)
    – Ravan
    Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 2:03

Photos is the "The elementary continuation of Shotwell", so I think it is advisable to stick with it. Besides that, shotwell 0.22 can be installed only on Ubuntu 14.10+ while freya is based on 14.04.

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