This is a good question, as Xubuntu and Lubuntu don't have the same system settings > color menu that the standard Ubuntu has, and installing
gnome-color-manager does not allow you to set the profiles in a Xubuntu or Xfce session, as you you can only use that utility properly when running a gnome session, as it depends on
gnome-control-center. This fact is clear from the useful diagram presented here in this article.
However, on Xubuntu and Lubuntu, the
colord package is still automatically installed and takes care of color management, and you can access it on the command-line using
colormgr. You can query your devices such as printers and scanners by using command-line switches such as
colormgr get-devices, which are delineated at the official site.
colormgr get-devices will list all the automatically color-managed devices on your system, it will not list display devices on
colormgr get-devices-by-kind display will not work and you will not be able to set the icc profile for the display on the command-line, but only by using tools such as
xcalib (see further below). This is explained here by Richard Hughes:
XFCE has no session component for colord. You need to either run gnome-settings-daemon (which has a color plugin), kded with colord-kde installed, or write something lightweight for XFCE.
Colord only detects system devices like scanners and webcams, and then CUPS registers printers. It has no access to the session, and relies on a session component to talk to X and register devices.
kde session (which you could be running on Xubuntu) you should be able to use
colormgr to enter
colormgr get-devices-by-kind display and set the icc profile for the display manually, so for completeness I present this method.
You first have to add your profiles to
~/.local/share/icc and run
colormgr get-profiles to list them, and then choose the icc profile, such as
Now add it to the desired device (this time it is the default display) with
colormgr device-add-profile /org/freedesktop/ColorManager/devices/xrandr_default /org/freedesktop/ColorManager/profiles/icc_86894053ff74b24d0c304fc3bd0e9c76
Then you can make it default with
colormgr device-make-profile-default /org/freedesktop/ColorManager/devices/xrandr_default /org/freedesktop/ColorManager/profiles/icc_86894053ff74b24d0c304fc3bd0e9c76
Other useful Utilities
Note: Custom icc profiles should go in
/home/$USER/.local/share/icc; the system directory is
It is possible to use tools such as
xcalib if you want to setup a specific icc profile on Xubuntu or Lubuntu. All you need do is point either of these tools at your icc profile and place that command in startup:
xcalib you can specify gamma correction as well using
xcalib -gc 1.8 /location/of/profile
However, as the question below shows, you may need to delay the execution of the command so the system does not override your choice:
Alternatively, you may want to use
xicc, as the profiles set with that application are designed to be picked up by certain applications such as
Gimp- this is exactly what you refer to in your question, and this program is probably what you were thinking of. To load a profile, just run
xicc /location/of/profile; you can specify the display if necessary.
The package notes for
This utility lets you set an ICC colour profile for an X display, so that
applications can use it to display colour calibrated images. Applications have
to specifically look for this atom but several applications such as Gimp and
Krita already do.
Alternatively, you can usually set profiles explicitly in applications such as the Gimp (see screenshot below) and other programs. This may be necessary if you are working with RAW images that may demand a specific colorspace.