Ubuntu 18.04 and later
Tested on Ubuntu 20.10 and iOS 14.5
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.
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.