Adobe Lightroom

Version5(as of 1/25/2022)
PlatformsWindows, Mac, iOS, Android, Web
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Rating:2.4  |  92 Votes

Main Features

  • Import, edit, and organize your photos
  • Use tips, tutorials, and presets to edit like a pro
  • Export edited photos to JPG, TIF, and DNG
  • Share photos with others and across devices using Adobe Creative Cloud

Software Overview

Screenshot of Adobe Lightroom 5
Screenshot of Adobe Lightroom 5

Adobe Lightroom is an image editing application designed specifically to help users edit and organize their photos. Lightroom is available for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices, as well as on the web via a browser-based version. Adobe also sells a more fully-featured, desktop-only version of Lightroom, called Lightroom Classic.

When you first open Lightroom, the program provides helpful tips and tutorials that guide you through its basic features. Those include the ability to import and organize your photos (using ratings, flags, albums, and metadata), make professional-level edits, and export edited photos. Amateur editors will want to make use of Lightroom's many included editing presets, as well as basic features like cropping and straightening. Professional editors, on the other hand, can dive in and fine-tune photos themselves using Lightroom's advanced features, such as lens corrections, image effects, masks, split toning, and tone curve.

After editing your photos, you can export them in several formats, including .JPG, .TIF, and .DNG. You can also share your photos with others and across your own devices, using Adobe's Creative Cloud cloud storage. If you're feeling especially brave, you can even publish your edited photos to Adobe's Discover gallery, where other Lightroom users can view and rate them.


Lightroom is an easy-to-use yet comprehensive photo editing application. It is especially useful for those who want to edit photos without feeling overwhelmed by too many features, as well as those who want to edit photos across devices. If you're in the market for an intuitive photo editing and organizing app, Lightroom may be just what you're looking for.

Primary File Type

mcat icon.MCATAdobe Lightroom Catalog

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.MCATAdobe Lightroom Catalog
.AGLIBAdobe Lightroom Library
.AGTOOLKITAdobe Lightroom Toolkit
.DCPAdobe DNG Camera Profile
.DNGDigital Negative Image
.KDCKodak Photo-Enhancer File
.LRCATAdobe Lightroom Classic Catalog
.LRDATAAdobe Lightroom Data File
.LRDBAdobe Lightroom Database
.LRLIBRARYAdobe Lightroom Library
.LRMODULEAdobe Lightroom Module
.LRPLUGINAdobe Lightroom Classic Plug-in
.LRPREVIEWAdobe Lightroom Preview File
.LRSMCOLAdobe Lightroom Smart Collection Settings File
.LRTEMPLATEAdobe Lightroom Template
.LRWEBENGINEAdobe Lightroom Web Gallery File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.RAFFujifilm RAW Image
.RWLLeica RAW Image
.SRWSamsung RAW Image
.TIFTagged Image File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.AGMODULEAdobe Lightroom Module
.AGTEMPLATEAdobe Lightroom Template
.LRLIBAdobe Lightroom CC Library File
.LRTOOLKITAdobe Lightroom Toolkit
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
Updated 1/25/2022