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Luminance HDR: An Open Source Software for LDR/HDR Imaging in Ubuntu

Luminance HDR is an open source application based on Qt5 toolkit for LDR/HDR image processing. It’s a complete workflow for high-quality imaging including HDR and LDR formats. Luminance HDR offers a simple to use and intuitive graphical user interface. It’s a cross-platform application which supports Windows OS, Mac OS, and Linux system.

As I mentioned above that this software supports a wide range of HDR and LDR formats out of the box. Worth mentioning HDR formats are radiance RGBE, tiff formats, openEXR, PFS native format, raw image formats, etc. JPEG, PNG, PPM, PBM, TIFF, FITS all those are mentionable LDR formats, it does supports.

Like any other image editing software, it can also crop, resize, rotate HDR images and use projective transformations. With the help of the tools, a set of HDR images can be created and tone mapped smoothly. Moreover, you can copy EXIF data to or from a set of images easily.

Now, I believe you have a clear idea about what this image processing software does. so, let’s have a look at how to install Luminance HDR in Ubuntu Linux.

How To Install Luminance HDR in Ubuntu Linux


There are a number of ways to install this application in Ubuntu. You can use the unofficial PPA or flatpak on FlatHub. Here I am going to describe both the ways.

1. Unofficial PPA

Open the Terminal via searching Terminal in app menu or Ctrl+Alt+T and run the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway
sudo apt install luminance-hdr
  • Remove the software if needed
sudo apt remove --auto-remove luminance-hdr

2. Flatpak Package

Before running the flatpak command, you must know how to enable flatpak repository in your latest Ubuntu system.

  • Install:
flatpak install flathub net.sourceforge.qtpfsgui.LuminanceHDR
  • Run:
flatpak run net.sourceforge.qtpfsgui.LuminanceHDR

I have come to the last of my short review/tutorial. I hope it will come to your help while installing Luminance HDR in Linux. If you like this post, please share it on your social media. And don’t forget to give your suggestion in the comment below.

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