The Nik Collection from Google is Now Available for Free

As may fans of the Nik Collection know, Google acquired Nik Software in 2012, and repackaged the Nik Collection into an affordable bundle of plugins that you could buy for only $149. Here is an article we published in September 2012 about that acquisition:

Google Buys Nik Software - Promises to Continue Producing High-End Photography Tools

Now, Google has announced that they are making the Nik Collection available for free. To see more about any of the individual plugins included in the Nik Collection, click its name from the list below:

Many photographers love the Nik Plugins, as they offer users a way to improve and add special effects to their images quickly and intuitively. Now. even more photographers will be able to take advantage of these tools, since they can be downloaded for free.

You can find even more about the Nik Collection, and see system requirements, by visiting the product pages at

See the March 24, 2016 announcement made via Google+ below:


Today we're making the Nik Collection available to everyone, for free.

Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we've decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities -- from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we'll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.

We're excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now.