How to Install GNOME’s New Camera App in Ubuntu 24.04/23.10

GNOME introduced new core camera app in the release of version 45, which however not adopted as default in Ubuntu 23.10 or Fedora 39.

If you want to try it out, then here’s how to do the trick in Ubuntu 24.04 and/or Ubuntu 23.10, and workaround “No Camera Found” issue.

The new camera app, aka Gnome Snapshot, is written in GTK4 + Libadwaita. Compare to Cheese, it looks more modern and native in current Ubuntu and Fedora Workstation.

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Like other core apps, the UI is adaptive that working good in different screen sizes, including mobile device such as Pinephone.

With it, you can easily take photos and record videos (with count down timer) via either window buttons or keyboard shortcuts.

And, it displays a thumbnail button beside the trigger, allowing to open the gallery page for all the photos & videos.

The gallery page is touchpad & touchscreen friendly for laptop and mobile devices, which supports navigating with swipe gestures.

How to Install Gnome Snapshot in Ubuntu

Until it’s made as default, there are 2 ways to try out the new camera app: .deb and Flatpak packages.

Option 1: .deb package

The app has been made into Ubuntu 24.04 system repository as native .deb package.

Simply, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal, and run command to install it:

sudo apt install snapshot

Type user password when it asks for sudo authentication. And, run sudo apt update first to update your package cache if unable to locate the package.

For Ubuntu 23.10, it’s available in the Ubuntu Desktop PPA. Just run the command below to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-desktop/ppa

Please check the PPA link before adding it, the package MAY be removed in future when you seeing this tutorial.

After adding the PPA, try sudo apt install snapshot command to install the package.

Option 2: Flatpak package

For all current Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 22.04, the app is also available to install as the native Flatpak package that runs in sandbox. For Linux Mint 21, the package is available in Software Manager.

First, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, then run command to make sure Flatpak support enabled:

sudo apt install flatpak

Then, install the Flatpak package via command:

flatpak install

Workaround ‘No Camera Found’ issue

After installing the app, search for and launch it from either overview or app grid screen.

Then, answer “Allow” to grant permission for the app to access your camera or webcam.

If you run into “No Camera Found” issue, then close the app. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and try restarting pipewire, which works for me, by running command:

systemctl --user restart pipewire

Then, run snapshot to start the camera app from command line. For more about the issue, keep an eye on this bug report in Gitlab page.

Uninstall GNOME Snapshot

To remove the GNOME Snapshot, either open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to remove the .deb package:

sudo apt remove --autoremove snapshot

or uninstall the Flatpak package via command:

flatpak uninstall org.gnome.Snapshot

Also, run flatpak uninstall --unused to remove useless run-time libraries to free up some disk spaces.