2.2. Lighttable concepts

This section explains some of the underlying concepts on how darktable organizes images in the lighttable.

2.2.1. Film rolls

The basic element for organizing images in darktable is called a film roll – a kind of virtual folder. Whenever you import images from disk, the images are organized in a film roll whose name is derived from the name of the disk folder. Re-importing a disk folder will add any new images to the existing film roll; images already present in the film roll are not touched.

It is important to note that importing images in darktable does not involve a physical copy step. Importing a folder into darktable is therefore not a backup operation of that folder.