Running Adobe Lightroom 4.4 in Ubuntu 14.04

I use Adobe Lightroom 4.4 for photo editing. There is one very annoying aspect of this program, it is not available for Linux (only for Windows and Max OS X).

In order to run Lightroom on my computer, I had to use VirtualBox and install Windows 7 in it. This works, but is quite clumsy and annoying. And since Lightroom is the only reason for me to run Windows, I would like to get rid of it.

So I decided to try out Wine. The current version of Wine does not support Lightroom out of the box, but I found some patches and tricks which makes it work. This is how I did it, for Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit (might work in older versions as well).

  1. Uninstall any Wine installation you might already have
  2. Install stuff necessary to build Wine:
    sudo apt-get build-dep wine1.6
  3. Download and unpack Wine 1.7.33 sources:
    tar -xjf ~/Downloads/wine-1.7.33.tar.bz2
  4. Apply this patch:
    patch -p0 <Menu-wine-1.7.33.patch
  5. Build and install the patched Wine 1.7.33:
    cd wine-1.7.33
    sudo make install
  6. Install winetricks:
    sudo apt-get install cabextract
    cd /usr/local/bin
    sudo wget
    sudo chmod +x winetricks
  7. Prepare and install Lightroom 4.4.1 32-bit:
    winetricks win7
    wine ~/Downloads/Lightroom_4_LS11_win_4_4_1.exe
    winetricks winxp
    winetricks gdiplus corefonts ie7
  8. Download unpack and install sRGB color profile:
    tar -xzf ~/Downloads/lr-wine-1.5.17.tar.gz
    cp "sRGB Color Space Profile.icm" ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/spool/drivers/color

Now you can start Lightroom with this command:
wine "C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4.1\\lightroom.exe"

I found most of the information here, thanks to Roland Baudin who did most of the job.

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4 Responses to Running Adobe Lightroom 4.4 in Ubuntu 14.04

  1. Alan Pater says:

    Thank you for this write up!

    It’s allowing me to test the patch for hierarchical tags (both LR and MWG) I am developing for exiv2.


  2. Raul Huber says:


    I have a good friend that uses this program.

    I try to convert him to Ubuntu from Windows.

    Can you say if Lightroom works better or worse under Ubuntu via Wine?
    Are there any improvements?

    Thank you!

  3. It does not work better in Ubuntu via Wine than in plain Windows, and you cannot expect it to. I would say it works almost as good in Ubuntu via Wine. And it works better in Ubuntu via Wine than in Ubuntu via VirtualBox.

  4. Moreno says:

    Hello Mikael,
    I installed Wine and LR under Black Lab Xfce and all function albeit slowly.
    I can not install Wine in mint 17.1 Mate. (14.04), by mistakes when I do not MAKE ….. Is there any other help?Mikael

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