darktable 1.0.5 released

It’s our pleasure to announce that darktable-1.0.5 has been released. Find the tarball on sf.net:


The Ubuntu PPAs have been built already, you should get them with your next update automatically if you subscribed to Pascal’s PPA.

This has a good chance of being the last one in a series of stable releases (with stuff backported from our latest and greatest). Thanks to Pascal for maintaining it! As such, it comes with a short list of maintenance things as change log:

  • Update to RawSpeed r438
  • Update to LibRaw 0.14.7
  • White balance presets for Nikon Coolpix P7100 and Panasonic GF3
  • White balance preset updates for Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 350D
  • Standard Color Matrices for Canon EOS 650D, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EOS 1D X, Canon PowerShot G1 X, Canon PowerShot SX220, Nikon D3200, Nikon D4, Nikon D800, Olympus E-M5, Panasonic GF5, Sony SLT-A37/A57, Leica X1/X2, Sony DSC-RX100
  • A few memory leaks were resolved
  • A few generic bugs were resolved

We’d like to take the opportunity this time to thank some other projects we depend on, and their authors for being awesome:

  • RawSpeed: Klaus Post
  • LibRaw: Alex Tutubalin
  • UFraw: (white balance presets), Niels Kristian Bech Jensen, Udi Fuchs
  • DCraw: Dave Coffin
  • Adobe (standard matrices)
  • Exiv2: Andreas Hugel
  • Lensfun: Andrew Zabolotny, Sebastian Kraft

Commits on top of 1.0.4 proudly brought to you by:

Pascal de Bruijn, Tobias Ellinghaus, Simon Spannagel, johannes hanika, Christian Tellefsen, Richard Wonka, Olivier Tribout, Ger Siemerink, Ulrich Pegelow, Petr Styblo, madanyang, Jesper Pedersen, James C. McPherson, Boucman, Bastien Bouclet.

Thanks for playing everyone!

All the rest: hope you enjoy the release and bear with us while we prepare git master for 1.1 …

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  1. Very nice. It feels so good to see someone dedicated to produce wonderful pieces of software or rather we should call it "art".
  2. Torsten Bronger on Tue Jul 24 11:32:33 2012:
    Thank you for the great work! I really like darktable's UI and workflow, and its active development. I even postponed editing my pictures until darktable was usable for my usecases.
  3. João M. Horta on Tue Jul 24 12:36:36 2012:
    Thank you for the great work! I really like and use Darktable everday ;)
  4. Andy Sheppard on Tue Jul 24 13:48:46 2012:
    Nice timing! I bought a Sony SLT-A57 yesterday and it works great with this new version.
  5. Keep up the good work, this is an excellent open source program!
  6. Superb software!!! Keep up good job.
    Finally we've got real piece of RAW editing software under Linux.

    System: Debian Squeeze + backports
    Arch: AMD64
  7. This is an excelent open source program. But when put RAW images to darktable they automaticaly gone dark. In lighttable it is OK. Can somebody help with this? please
  8. You guys are doing a wonderfull job!
  9. Excellent, I have just started using this and am most impressed.
  10. Thank you for your efforts and continous activity. Seeing a new version of darktable on my list of suggested Ubuntu updates always makes me smile :-) ... and spend some evenings in testing the improvements.
  11. Thanks ! but here I still having problems with memory usage, and cpu. My computers hangs when I try to use Darktable. Both computers are core 2 duo with 3GB RAM.

    I try tuning options but problems persists. :(
  12. Progess Paddy on Thu Jul 26 08:50:13 2012:
    As others have said, it's really nice to see the fruition of your efforts.

    You mention an update to camera presets for whitebalance. Do imported photos get whitebalanced automatically for the detected camera? Or how do these presets you mentioned affect the editing workflow?
  13. The camera whitebalance presets are only used if you manually select them, as they usually match the whitebalance presets in your camera.

    For most cameras, darktable automatically applies the whitebalance settings the camera embedded in the RAW's EXIF data (these are often called the whitebalance multipliers).
  14. Great Job guys, Darktable is great.

    Thank you very much !!!!
  15. Thanks for your huge effort! I just started using DT and it's really wonderful. Hope to find the JPG memory leaks solved (I have to wait till Debian promotes DT to Testing...) and a user forum in the future.
    Keep up the excellent work!
  16. great work guys, I now switch my photo workflow to darktable. It is usable, powerful. keep the pace !
  17. This is really a topnotch program. Thanks to all you guys that made it, and continue improving it

  18. Thank you for this high quality piece of software! It makes the raw development part of the process so much easier. Time will tell in how far I still need my script assisted GIMP post processing.
  19. Try this blog post: http://www.darktable.org/2012/03/darktable-and-memory/
  20. Licaon_Kter on Wed Aug 1 00:37:18 2012:
    Debian Sid 64bit, 1.0.5.tar.gz >

    [ 34%] Building CXX object src/CMakeFiles/lib_darktable.dir/common/exif.cc.o
    /darktable-1.0.5/src/common/exif.cc: In function ‘int dt_exif_read_blob(uint8_t*, const char*, int, int)’:
    /darktable-1.0.5/src/common/exif.cc:560:22: error: cast from ‘gpointer {aka void*}’ to ‘gint {aka int}’ loses precision [-fpermissive]
    [ 36%] Building C object src/CMakeFiles/lib_darktable.dir/common/history.c.o
    make[2]: *** [src/CMakeFiles/lib_darktable.dir/common/exif.cc.o] Error 1
    make[2]: *** Waiting for unfinished jobs....
    make[1]: *** [src/CMakeFiles/lib_darktable.dir/all] Error 2
    make: *** [all] Error 2

    Any ideas?
  21. I'm having the same problem as reported in another comment (@Lupa) related to high RAM usage after working with a few JPG photos. I'll try during this weekend to tune DT following this guide: http://www.darktable.org/2012/03/darktable-and-memory/ but don't have much confidence as Lupa already tried it. I hope this memory leak can be solved asap.
  22. Hi Licaon_Kter,
    could you please open a bug ticket for this:

    thank you!
  23. any chances of having darktable in macports (actual version, not the outdated 0.7) or in homebrew? OSX and me both do want it desperately :)
  24. @Chorch the JPEG problem is known, Darktable is very RAW oriented, so practically our non-RAW implementations get a lot less testing :( Currently there is no 1.0.6 planned. I do hope we can resolve the JPEG issue in our next major release, which will likely still take a bit of time before it's released.

    @Anton, OSX is very much a secondary platform, as we do not have a dedicated OSX developer.
  25. Thanks for the hard work. As I've become familiar in using Darktable, it has now replaced Lightroom or Rawtherapee as my favorite Raw editor.

    Just some questions. Does it means that the WB presets in DT matches the Camera WB at the same settings? For example, if we choose the Daylight WB in DT, will the color tint and temperature we get be exactly as what we will get from the in-Camera WB of the same preset?

    Also, is it possible to make Spot WB the default WB when opening new pictures? I always shoot using in-camera AWB and it seems that when I use the DT's Spot WB (with the whole picture evaluated) I get better colors, but it is tedious to have to open each picture just to change the WB to Spot.

    Thanks again!
  26. Darktable makes excellent steps toward increasing the amount of high-quality, well-designed user-facing apps available for GNU/Linux. Thanks for the excellent software.
  27. @Pascal I do understand, that OS X isn't popular among Darktable developers. However I do believe it could became quite popular among OS X users, if only it would be possible to install it without that much troubles.

    I've tried compiling 1.0.5 from sources on my mac (and it passed all stages). However compiled binary doesn't work, complaining about missing DISPLAY. I believe that's somehow related to missing X11 in OS X 10.8… unfortunately I've switched from linux to mac only recently and don't understand that system well.

    I do believe it shouldn't be a big problem to actually build a working .dmg with recent version of darktable for OS X 10.8. Or, at least provide some instructions of how to build it from sources properly :)

    I have an option to bye Apple Aperture for 80$, but I would rather pay someone same amount for making OS X builds of Darktable.
  28. As a professional photographer I tested Darktable recently.

    What a great application. Goodbye Lightroom and other applications and hello Darktable. Great GUI, flat learning curve, loaded with options and the tethering really rocks! An application worth paying for, but is is FREE!!

    I am very very pleased I discovered Darktable and I have already started to migrate from Mac OS X to Linux. However, I think it will be great for MAc users to have this application also to there arsenal. I believe many users will switch from Bridge, Lightroom or Aperture to Darktable.

    I love it and want to thank the developers and translators for the very nice work they have done and still do.

    Best Regards from a satisfied customer.
  29. "I do believe it shouldn’t be a big problem to actually build a working .dmg with recent version of darktable for OS X 10.8."

    - do I hear you standing up doing it? :)
    The problem really is not OS X not being "popular" like in "liking it" but none of us has a Mac for darktable and the additional time to focus on this.
    What we really need is somebody continuously doing the builds and reporting problems. The code modifications needed should really be almost neglectable.
  30. Hi PatrickV,

    thank you for your feedback - we are very pleased to hear photographers using our software!

    If you have any suggestions from your professional point of view what could be improved or what stands in your way when developing pictures we would be glad to hear from you.
    Feel free to join our IRC channel for quick questions/discussions or send a mail to our developer mailing list: http://www.darktable.org/contact

    As stated in the comment above, we really want to provide an OS X version - it's just the missing manpower that prevents us from having a recent Mac build ready at hand.

    best regards,
  31. 2 @smn

    Actually, after numerous of efforts, I figured out that on OSX I would need to install XQuartz and compile GTK and related libs with support for XQuartz. And Darktable from master even finished compiling (version 1.0.5 failed), but it's unusable, as the whole GUI is ruined.

    No offense to darktable developers in any way :) I just want to continue using darktable after switching from linux to mac, but my programming skills doesn't allow me to make appropriate changes in sources :(

    I've got another idea that seems reasonable to me: create an kickstarter project to raise money to port darktable to OSX. I'm not in USA and can't do it myself. But anyone in US should be able to do. I do believe it's not a big problem to raise enough money just to hire professional programmer for a week or so :)
  32. Nice piece of work, I updated from 0.9.2, but now have problems with the raw format of Leica LUX/V1 the pictures are almost all broken in 1.0.5. Only some work. Rolling back to 0.9.2 everything works fine.
  33. I recently (so to speak: just now) heard we have one of our OS X guys back working on the 1.0.5 port... Stay tuned!
  34. YES! Finally :-) Can't wait to get an uptodate version for MAC
  35. Darktable it's a awesome piece of software. Finally i can get ride of lightroom (and Windows)for RAW edit :D Thank you very much!!

    Keep on it, guys :D
  36. I cannot install this? help me people i'm a newbie to this linux os
  37. Our installation page contains help for installation on various Linux distributions:


    Our resources page even links to a video about how to install Darktable on Ubuntu:


    That said, it might make sense to learn more about Linux in general before jumping into the deep end.
  38. Steven Adler on Wed Aug 22 23:30:08 2012:
    I'm a Corel Aftershot Pro user who has been learning to use Darktable. There are some really great innovations in this product and I'm impressed with the open, community oriented development. A few suggestions to the developers:

    1. It would be great if you could put up an "app" page for developers and users to showcase their plugins, presets, and styles. You'd soon have a rich ecosystem around the product.

    2. Could you add layers and selective editing tools too? Gimp and PSP have this feature but those tools are complex and hard to use. ASP has it too and the integration in an easy to use interface makes ASP really nice.

    3. Wavelet sharpen and noise reduction would be a nice addition.

    4. The crop tool is a little awkward to use. Its location as a plugin is also non-intuitive. It should be located on the margin of the image so that users can crop easily at any time.

    5. Printing - I use Turboprint. Gimp integrates Turboprint if you have it installed. Would be wonderful if you could add this too.

    Many thanks and keep up the marvelous work!
  39. Duott Daenur on Thu Aug 23 04:56:58 2012:
    First of all, thank you very much for the wonderful software!!!

    I'd like to second Steven Adler's request for selective editing. I would love to see some means to manipulate shadows & highlights for a selected part of the image, and do other stuff too. As for now, it's the only major feature that lacks in Darktable.

    Also, I hope that you will keep up the great work on increasing the speed of the application and ensure that it doesn't crash so much.

    All in all, great job, thanks again!!
  40. Hi Steven,

    glad to hear you like darktable. A few comments:

    1. We already thought about this, maybe we'll get something like this.

    2. Interesting that you compare darktable (so: a raw development tool) to Gimp and PS instead of Aftershot and LR. The purpose is completely different and if you need really sophisticate edits you'll need one of the others anyway. Having said this: We already have some selective editing (called blend-if, see here: http://www.darktable.org/2012/03/upcoming-features-conditional-blending/) and we started working on "masks" that can be drawn onto the image. But since the implementation is complex and we don't want to deliver half-done stuff don't expect this soon.

    3. Taker a look at our equalizer, Imho one of the most powerful wavelet based tools out there, for both sharpen and/or denoise. Described here: http://www.darktable.org/2011/11/darktable-and-research/

    4. I don't agree here.

    5. There are plans to provide a printing interface in darktable - but this is nothing that will come on a short time scale. We just don't have the manpower to do this in a few months.

    I recommend you reading our blog - you will discover lots of partly hidden functions and features you will love.

  41. Hi Duott,

    there is - use the blend-if feature in shadows&highlights. Descibed here:
    http://www.darktable.org/2012/03/upcoming-features-conditional-blending/ and here http://www.darktable.org/2012/07/some-enhancements-to-conditional-blending/

    best regards,
  42. Steven Adler on Sat Aug 25 15:59:07 2012:

    The Blend-if feature does provide some selective editing, but its not obvious unless you know its there and it really works best for solid colors. I can't see how you can use it to select an entire region in a photo, or several regions. The layers feature in ASP, with rectangular, round, anyshape, and brush controls is much more flexible. I think this is what Duott and I are describing.

    That said, I find it totally wonderful that Darktable developers are so responsive. That alone augurs well for the future of this tool. Keep up the great work!
  43. Hi Steven,

    :) Thanks for the latter. We try our best...

    Regarding selective editing:
    Of course you are right, blend-if is neither obvious (it's a pro feature! :D) nor the same or closely comparable to a masks/layers feature. We know that and there is some effort towards masks - but as stated above, this needs careful thoughts and more time to be implemented.

    Stay tuned, I'm sure - one day you'll get masks and layers in darktable!
  44. Thank you guys so much for this wonderful software!
    I use it exclusively for all my RAW development.

    1) It is nice to see that color matrices for my Dad's G1X were added. Any chance we could have this for lens correction data as well? Or where could I find them?
    I tried fiddling with other lens types, but the outcome is not nice at all...

    2) And I was looking for a chance to donate to the project, but I could not find anything. How do you finance it all?

  45. We use lensfun for lens correction. The Lensfun project can't get lens correction data out of thin air. They have to be contributed by camera owners. These links might be of interest to you:


    If you manage to create a good correction model, please do contribute it to the Lensfun project.
  46. tundraquad on Sat Sep 29 16:45:21 2012:
    Darktable would be a consideration. But unfortunately we cannot browse folders. We're forced to used the libraries. Is it possible to implement a folder browsing feature like in RawTherapee, Aftershot any many others?

  47. No.
  48. tundraquad on Tue Oct 2 15:20:32 2012:
    If it's due to technical issues right now, would it be a consideration in the future?
  49. It's not so much a technical problem but a matter of choice, and we chose not to do it.
  50. Steven Adler on Wed Oct 3 04:47:03 2012:
    I've been trying to transition from Aftershot Pro to Darktable for about a month now. I like the editing features in Darktable but there are two things holding me back from using it for all photos.

    1. Export is confusing and often doesn't produce results at all. I have tried to export several photos converted to HDR, B&W, or just with lots of changes and I always get empty images, or images that don't look in export like they did in Darktable. Also, export is quite a lot slower than ASP.

    2. There is no print feature.

    Without accurate and reliable file export with consistent results or print, this tool is severely limited. I hope these can be fixed soon because the rest of the software is super.
  51. Hi Steven,

    1. This shouldn't happen at all, export should always give you the same image you had in the darkroom preview. But since I never header of such a problem before I'm not sure where to look. You might want to join us on IRC or the user's mailing list and I'm sure we figure out the problem...

    2. Ouch, you hit the spot that hurts. :) Actually advanced printing is a wish for us which is almost as old as darktable is. The thing is, it's quite a huge project and we don't have anyone who started coding it. But be sure this will be there at some point.

  52. Hey guys,

    Just wanted to say thanks for this wonderful piece of software. I too will stay tuned waiting anxiously for the layer masks.. Until then, thank you, and keep up the good work!