Darktable is a great free open source photo editor licensed under GPL v3. For those who don’t know Darktable, it’s an excellent raw photo editor and also a photo manager with a lot of tools you can use to edit your photos. It’s interface is very similar to Adobe Lightroom. Darktable can run on Linux, FreeBSD, OS X and Solaris and can be used by professional photographers to convert their digital negatives to into bitmap images.
Among the many features of Darktable, we can mention non-destructive image-editing which means you never edit the actual data in your RAW image. It supports popular ICC Profiles like sRGB and Adobe RGB. Darktable comes preloaded with innumerable editing modules to fix incorrect exposure, change lighting conditions and tweak the color balance of the photo. The latest stable version is 2.0.5 which was released on July 5, 2016.
Install Darktable Open Source Photo Editor on Ubuntu 16.04/14.04
Darktable is included in Ubuntu software repository. However, it’s an old version. We can use official Darktable PPA to install the latest version. Fire up a terminal window and issue the following 3 commands one at a time.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release sudo apt update sudo apt install darktable
This PPA also works on distros that are based on Ubuntu 16.04/14.04, such as Linux Mint 18 and Elementary OS Loki.
Once installed, you can start it from Unity Dash.
Install Darktable on Debian 8 Jessie
Darktable in Debian 8 repository is rather old (1.4.2). Version 2.0.4 is available from Jessie backports repository. To enable the repo, edit
sources.list file with your favourite text editor.
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
Add the following line at the end fo this file.
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian jessie-backports main
In nano text editor, press
CTRL+O to save the file, then
CTRL+X to exit. Now update local package index and install darktable.
sudo apt update sudo apt -t jessie-backports install darktable
-t flag specifies that we are installing Darktable from
jessie-backports repo instead of the default repo.
To check your Darktable version, run:
Below is a screenshot of Darktable 2.0.5 running on Ubuntu 16.04.