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User manual

You can either read the manual online or download it in PDF format:

Translations into other languages are currently being worked on and will be published as soon as they are ready.

darktable Styles

There is an online repository with darktable styles available for download at It features live preview of the styles with four different sample images.

We also have a wiki page to share different styles for darktable. Feel free to put your own there and share them with others!

To create a new darktable style just alter your image the way you want. Then click the button located in the history module in darkroom mode to create a style from the current history stack. In advanced options you can include or exclude single modules. To export or import a new style use the styles module in lighttable mode.

The book

Stefano Fornari, Mario Latronico and Nicholas Manea wrote a book about photo development with darktable:

Digital photo development with darktable
Manage and develop your digital images with Darktable.

It introduces you to the process of developing your images with darktable explaining the basic features. It starts over with a simple tutorial on importing and developing your first photo(s). After describing the darktable user interface it provides some workflow suggestions and background informations on (perception of light, sensors, patterns, colors).

You can download the pdf or packaged version of the current release (v1.1.1). Your comments and feedback are always welcome on the darktable user mailing list.

Screencast tutorials

Screencasts recorded using the latest development versions of darktable

There are many brilliant screencasts on darktable, its various modules and general image development workflow made by Robert Hutton. You can get the full playlist of these very educational screencasts here:

Pascal de Bruijn provides several useful screencasts on his website explaining the different functions of dartkable. Find the 0.7 screencast library, the 0.9 screencast library addition and the 1.0 screencast library addition or just pick the one you want:

Screencasts recorded using darktable 1.0

Screencasts recorded using darktable 0.9

Screencasts recorded using darktable 0.7 (but still valid)

Tutorial videos in Spanish (with subtitles in French and English)

(courtesy of  Juan Luis Fernández Gallo and translated by Paulo C. Santos Garcia and Marie-Noëlle Augendre)

Tutorial videos in French

There is also a set of French videos available that cover a good part of darktable. Starting by a nice overview and deep into the settings of the darkrooms' modules.

Tutorials and videos in German

Mirco has some nice tutorials and screencasts for draktable on his blog - in German. Check them out:


Related but not only suitable for darktable is his screencast on how to create helpful backtraces with gdb:

Cameras with enhanced support

In general, darktable supports whatever rawspeed or libraw supports. Additionally, for better color rendition, darktable comes with custom profiled color matrices. Plus, to reproduce the behavior of the camera's chip, we have reverse-engineered some base curves for you.

The following list only shows the status of enhanced support and does not mean your camera (or its raw files) is not supported by darktable.

camera color matrix base curve
Pentax K-x, K-5, K-7 x x
Pentax 645D x x
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II, 5D Mark II, 5D, 7D x x
Canon EOS 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D x x
Canon EOS 350D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D x x
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, XTi, XSi, T1i, T2i x x
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N, X, X2, X3, X4 x x
Canon Powershot S60, S90, G12 x x
Nikon D40X, D60, D90 x x
Nikon D200, D300s, D700 x x
Nikon D3000, D3100, D5000, D7000 x x
Nikon Coolpix P7000 x x
Sony DSLR A100, A200, A550, A700 x x
Olympus E-PL1, E-500, SP570UZ x x
Panasonic DMC-FZ40, DMC-FZ100 x x
Panasonic DMC-G1, DMC-GF1, DMC-G2 x x
Panasonic DMC-LX3, DMC-LX5 x x
Samsung NX100 x x
Kodak Easyshare Z1015 IS x x
Elphel 353E x
Leika x
Konica Minolta x

Cameras tested for tethering

While a lot of cameras might work with darktable's tethering mode only a few have been tested in real life. Feel free to test it with your model and send us a short review.

camera firmware os gphoto darktable tester comment
Nikon D60 Ubuntu 10.04 2.4.5-2 0.5+git20100716 Henrik Andersson
Nikon D70s 1.0.5 dckirba remove the CF card
Nikon D90 Ubuntu 10.04 2.4.5-2 0.5+git20100716 Henrik Andersson
Nikon D5000 Ubuntu 10.04 2.4.5-2 0.6 José Carlos García Sogo
Nikon P100 Slackware 13.1 2.4.8 0.6
Canon EOS 30D Ubuntu 10.04 2.4.8 0.6.1~rc20100829 Olivier Tribout
Canon EOS 400D 1.1.1 Ubuntu 10.04 2.4.8 0.5+git20100716 Pascal de Bruijn
Canon EOS 550D Ubuntu 11.10 2.4.11 0.9.3+903~g27d9361 Simon Spannagel
Canon 5D Slackware 13.1 2.4.8 0.6 stores only to flash card
Panasonix DMC-FZ50 ArchLinux x86_64 2.4.9 git 2010/07/29 Aldrik Dunbar
Canon EOS 40D Tobias Ellinghaus remove CF card
Nikon D200 2.01 OSX 10.8.2 1.1rc2 ghostshadow remove CF card
Nikon D800 n/a Debian/sid 2.5.4 1.6 Pascal Obry Tether and live-view ok