Virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers
  20 reviews

Darktable manages your digital negatives in a database and lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable. it also enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

It tries to fill the gap between the many excellent existing free raw converters and image management tools (such as ufraw or f-spot). The user interface is built around efficient caching of image metadata and mipmaps, all stored in a database. the user will always be able to interact, even if the full resolution image is not yet loaded.

All editing is fully non-destructive and only operates on cached image buffers for display. the full image is only converted during export. The frontend is written in gtk+/cairo, the database uses sqlite3, raw image loading is done using rawspeed, high-dynamic range, and standard image formats such as jpeg are also supported. The core operates completely on floating point values, so darktable can not only be used for photography but also for scientifically acquired images or output of renderers (high dynamic range).
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c64club 5 months ago

Vector and bitmap masks with 30 use modes, tons of powerful tools. In theory - no need to use any other software, from pressing the shutter button to client-ready JPG. But DT is made "by amateur-photographing super-programmers for amateur-photographing programmers", not for photographers. Modules are still grouped and ordered ANTI-WORKFLOW. And developers still say "the modules order in UI reflects image-processing order". Another feature that makes DT even-more-useless is the need to "import" every single photo into program's database. I have /home/user/photos directory with 100 CR2 files (plus sub-directories containing another 1000s CR2 files) but DT only sees 5 of them and doesn't see subdirectories. Why? Because I haven't "imported" remaining 95 files (+ subdirs, separately) into folder that already contains them. Facepalm... For version 3, as for all before, still 5 stars for functions but still zero stars for usability. Another time I go back to much less feature-packed but usable RawTherapee.

Carlos_Centurion 6 months ago

No le doy 5 puntos porque es muy complicado y no hay ayuda en español. Pero es un excelente revelador luego que se aprende a utilizar.

Jannaconda 8 months ago

i L O V E this program , it is even better for me personally than lightroom. have been an adobe user for 5 years , i had also on windows capture one running. but man, this program is as user friendly as Lightroom , but as powerfull as Capture One for me. i must still explore if the Thethering work( think i am going crazy if it works on my Fuji ). to the developpers: very good job you make my transition to become a permanent Linux user ( yes i formatted my laptop and pc and running Linux only since 3 weeks or so)so much easier!

AndyX 10 months ago

Good soft. Very good for free. But where is a 3.0 & 3.0.1 versions? For windows they are released, but for linux no. Strange.

Mint-Account 10 months ago

Love it. Using it for correct lens distortions. It seems to have many features but i haven't had time to experiment with most of them yet.

mimesis 1 year ago

I have tried Fotoxx and Rawtherapee, I liked Darktable the most, so far. Elegant and stable, maybe the only detail are the tiny buttons that hide too many features, you need to get used to get familiar with it so it might be complicated to use.

linuxer 1 year ago

Gimp does not see the darktable module. How to solve?

oren121312 1 year ago

Awesome software, lots of features. Has some advantages over Lightroom.

Lukess 1 year ago

Intuitive Fotobearbeitung, bin von rawtherapee gewechselt. Wer für Fotobearbeitung bezahlt, hat Geld über...

Nyarlathotep 1 year ago

It would be worth installing Linux just to use darkatble alone. This is the crown jewel in the open source photography applications world. There is so much power across the various tools that it takes time to appreciate the possibiities, yet it is also easy to understand and use the basics for a new user. the

phil995511 1 year ago

Essential software

LonePiper 1 year ago

The dev's insistence not to include any kind of file handling capabilities seems baffling to me. If you've got 1000 photos that need adjusting, and the client requires a specific format and naming convention, and wants them all by 9am the next morning, you don't want to be faddling about with external file managers. I cannot stress this enough - when I used to use lightroom, I wouln't consider it exaggeration to say the integrated file handling and conversion features accounted for about 50% of that program's usefulness. There's a reason Lightroom is the professional standard, and there's a reason Adobe includes the features it does. I wish I could give 2 1/2 stars - 50% points lost for 50% of functionality missing.

atti 1 year ago

Programma straordinariamente completo per lo sviluppo delle foto. Ha un'enorme quantitá di fitri ed opzioni. Eccellente

Tampon 2 years ago

I really do not miss lightroom. This app is really awesome awesome and a joy to use. Many tools to get the image just right. Local adjustments can be done in GIMP. ANOTHER get app!

cllaurit 3 years ago

A decent Lightroom replacement and very usable. Excellent color managament and file handleing

Foromir 3 years ago

Uso já faz muito tempo. Sou fotógrafo e não deixa a desejar em nada em relação ao Lightroom. Digo mais: Eu acho muito superior!!

imperator 3 years ago


rmanf30 3 years ago

Absolument incontournable si l'on fait de la photo.

wanek1667 3 years ago

Прога супер!

fedelin 4 years ago

Great DxO suite alternative. Will embed a perspective module like DxO viewpoint in version 2.2. Very stable and efficient