How to install Darktable in Ubuntu?

Darktable is a free and open-source image editing, photography workflow application, and raw developer. It is built for photographers, can handle and process a larger number of images easily.

The raw image files are minimally processed images captured by a digital camera or any image scanner, Darktable manages these files in a database and lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable, and enables you to develop and enhance these raw files.

In this article, we are going to show you the steps on how to install Darktable in Ubuntu Linux.

Features of Darktable

The key features of the Darktable image editing application are –

  • Non-destructive image editing
  • Cross-platform, supported on various operating systems
  • Support multiple image formats
  • GPU accelerated image processing
  • Professional color management
  • Zero-latency, zoomable interface
  • You can automate repetitive tasks using Lua scripts

How to install Darktable in Ubuntu

On a Ubuntu system, you can install Darktable image editing software in many ways, a few of them are discussed below you can follow one of the given methods to install it on your system.

Method 1: Installing Darktable from its official repository

To install Darktable using this method first you need to add its repository to your system. So use the following command to add the repository –

echo 'deb /' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/graphics:darktable.list

Next, download and import the GPG key by using –

curl -fsSL | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/graphics_darktable.gpg > /dev/null

Now use the following command to refresh the apt package index –

sudo apt update

Finally, use the given command to install the Darktable on your system –

sudo apt install darktable

Type y and then press the Enter key if it asks for your confirmation.

The commands given above will work perfectly on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS but if you are using another version of Ubuntu then you can refer to this page. Here you can also directly download the binary packages for a specific version of Ubuntu.

Method 2: Installing Darktable using Flatpak package

Flatpak is another way of building, distributing, and running sandboxed desktop applications. It is a universal package format for Linux platform.

To download the Darktable Flatpak package first you need to install and configure Flatpak on your system. To install Flatpak open your terminal and execute the given command –

sudo apt install flatpak -y

Next, add the Flathub repository by using the given command –

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

Now use the given command to install the Darktable Flatpak package –

flatpak install flathub org.darktable.Darktable

Once it gets installed you can launch this application by using the given command –

flatpak run org.darktable.Darktable

Open the Darktable application on Ubuntu

Once the installation is completed you can launch it by searching Darktable in the Ubuntu activities dashboard as given in the image below.

open darktable

You can see the user interface of the Darktable photo editing application in the given image.

darktable interface

Here you can import images and start editing them.


So you have successfully installed the Darktable photo editing tool on your Ubuntu system. Now if you have a query or feedback then write us in the comments below.

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