released darktable 1.6.8

We are happy to announce that darktable 1.6.8 has been released.

The release notes and relevant downloads can be found attached to this git tag:
Please only use our provided packages ("darktable-1.6.8.*" tar.xz and dmg) not the auto-created tarballs from github ("Source code", zip and tar.gz). The latter are just git snapshots and will not work! Here are the direct links to tar.xz and dmg:

this is a point release in the stable series. the sha256sum is

sha256sum darktable-1.6.8.tar.xz
sha256sum darktable-1.6.8.dmg

and as always, please don't use the tarballs provided by github (marked as "Source code").


  • clipping, santiy check for custom aspect ratios
  • read lensmodel from xmp
  • handle canon lens recognition special case
  • general cleanups


  • Canon EOS M3
  • Canon EOS 5Ds (R)
  • Nikon 1 J5
  • Panasonic DMC-G7 (4:3 aspect ratio only)
  • Fujifilm X-T10
  • Pentax K-S2
  • Panasonic TZ71
  • Olympus TG-4
  • Leica VLUX1 4:3 aspect ratio mode

standard color matrices

  • Canon EOS M3
  • Canon EOS 5Ds (R)
  • Nikon 1 J5
  • Panasonic DMC-G7
  • Fujifilm X-T10
  • Pentax K-S2
  • Olympus TG-4

white balance presets

  • Samsung NX500
  • Panasonic TZ71

noise profiles

  • Sony ILCE-5100
  • Fujifilm HS50EXR
  • Canon EOS 5Ds R

So now go out, enjoy the summer and take a lot of photos!

45 thoughts on “released darktable 1.6.8

  1. Just want to say that I appreciate a lot the work you guys put into developing Darktable. You’re doing a great job, please continue. Thank you for contributing your free time to build such useful program.

  2. Hi all.

    First of all thank you for this software, i’m an old aperture user, and I’m looking for new applications to manage and editing my photos, not professional user.

    I have installed the 1.6.8 version, and I don’t know why the application show the fonts and menus so big, that they don’t fit into my screen. I’m using a MacMini with a LG TV like display using a 1920×1080 resolution.

    If anybody knows how to solve the problem, please leave me a reply.


  3. I am running Debian Jessie with backport. Installed 1.6.8 bpo from backport. When I tried to execute it, it has this error message
    “[init] database version of `library.db’ is too new for this build of darktable. aborting
    ERROR : cannot open database”

    How can I correct this?

    • That means that you used a development build with that library at least once. darktable updated it and that is not reversible. If you didn’t use any new features in the processing of your images (which 1.6.8 wouldn’t know) it should be safe to remove ~/.config/darktable/library.db and just reimport your raw files. All the processing is kept in the associated XMP files. You would however lose your custom module presets.

  4. Thanks. This project version is from the Debian backport. Following your instruction, I am able to run this version now.