Install Adobe ICC Profiles in Linux

By | 2010/10/31

How do I install Adobe ICC Profiles in Linux?

1. Download this file from

2. Unpack the rpm with:

tar xvf AdobeColorProfiles-end-user.rpm.tar.gz

This will give you an rpm for rpm based distros.

3a. If you need a deb, use alien to convert the rpm to a deb:


 sudo apt-get install alien


 sudo alien --to-deb adobe-color-profiles-1.0-1.noarch.rpm


sudo dpkg -i adobe-color-profiles_1.0-2_all.deb

The files will be installed in this folder:

/usr/share/color/icc/Adobe ICC Profiles/

4. In GIMP or other program of your choice, set the color management to use your desired ICC profile.



PS: Ubuntu provides some additional profiles with this package:

sudo apt-get install icc-profiles

10 thoughts on “Install Adobe ICC Profiles in Linux

  1. Walter

    Thank you for these instructions

    In point 3c. there is a problem when I copy the command with copy/paste to terminal window. Before to-deb there are needed 2 minuses but in my browser (Chrome) there appeared a “long” minus.

    I’m not sure of the cause of this problem, but people could stumble over it.

    Regards Walter

  2. zozo


    thx a lot! I tryed it again and now it worked?
    I swear it dit not work before.


    But what makes me now a bit thinking is that this files are quite old

    linux 11/08/2005

    under windows and mac are some files from 2008

    so don’t you think that there must be already newer versions of .iccs

    I am working on a workshop which is dealing with free software and CMYK
    – quite experimental still :/


  3. scott Post author

    Yeah you can extract and use the 2008 profiles as well.

    Perhaps Adobe doesn’t care as much to update their Linux download?

    Looks like the 2008 ICC Profiles are:

    8 RGB profiles
    Adobe RGB (1998)
    Apple RGB
    ColorMatch RGB
    HDTV (Rec. 709)

    14 CMYK profiles
    US Web Coated (SWOP) v2
    US Web Uncoated v2
    Coated GRACoL 2006 (ISO 12647-2:2004)
    Web Coated SWOP Grade 3 Paper
    Web Coated SWOP Grade 5 Paper
    Coated FOGRA27 (ISO 12647-2:2004)
    Web Coated FOGRA28 (ISO 12647-2:2004)
    Uncoated FOGRA29 (ISO 12647-2:2004)
    Coated FOGRA39 (ISO 12647-2:2004)
    Japan Web Coated (Ad)
    Japan Color 2001 Coated
    Japan Color 2001 Uncoated
    Japan Color 2002 Newspaper
    Japan Color 2003 Web Coated

    1. zozo

      Perhaps Adobe doesn’t care as much to update their Linux download?

      I am afraid yes 😉

      So you mean take the OSX ones an put it in /usr/share/color


  4. zozo

    Ah sorry I oversaw that you answered this already …

  5. jedson

    Just wanted to say thanks for the directions.


  6. fraser

    got it in one go! thanks for such clear and helpful instructions


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