Ubuntu 18.04 / iOS 11.4
This version of Ubuntu has the latest libimobiledevice (at the time of release) so it supports iOS 11.4. There is a propblem with the Gnome integration, though. It shows the Documents folder (app folders). In addition to the tip below by @diego, here's a simple way to get to the pictures folder (this works if the iOS Documents show up for you but not the pictures):
- Open the iDevices Documents folder in Nautilus.
- Press CTRL+L to get the real address which will look like
- Remove trailing colon and number and press ENTER (i.e. it should just read
You should now see your iDevices system folders, including DCIM.
Ubuntu 17.04 / iOS 10.3.3
As a workaround, you can mount your iOS device with ifuse.
sudo apt install ifuse
Now connect your device and make sure it is paired with your computer.
If you get a SUCCESS message, you are good, if not run
idevicepair pair. Now you can use ifuse to mount your iOS images folder:
mkdir ~/pics && ifuse ~/pics
The images are now available in your $HOME folder under pics. Ready to be synced with Shotwell. To unmount the folder, use fusermount:
fusermount -u ~/pics && rmdir ~/pics
Note: in this example I create a pics folder and remove it afterwards. If you already have a folder named like this, choose a different name.