Darktable – A free alternative to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for Linux

Learn how to install Darktable in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Darktable is an free and open source photography workflow software and raw developer. It brings a virtual light-table and darkroom directly to your computer so that you can easily manage them.


Using Darktable, you can manage your photo negatives in digital form in a database within the comfort of your PC.

You can view the imported photos through a zoomable lighttable. It will fetch you details of the negative such as lens, exposure, aperture, focal length, focus distance, ISO, model, maker, film-roll, image id, filename, version, full path, width, height, copyright, local copy, date, time, title, creator, latitude, and longitude. From the light-table you are ready to develop raw images!

It supports importing a wide range of standard, RAW and HRD image formats including the most popular JPG, CR2, HDR, and PFM.

If you have been looking for a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, then Darktable is the one for you!


Let me guide you on how to install Darktable on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Fedora.

Installing Darktable in Ubuntu, Linux Mint

This guide is tested on Ubuntu 16.04 and Linux Mint 18.1, but should work on higher versions too.

STEP 1: Launch Terminal.

STEP 2: Enter the following commands one at a time.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install darktable

That’s it!

Installing Darktable in Fedora 25 and above

Launch Terminal and enter the following command:

sudo dnf install darktable

That’s all you need for Fedora!

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