darktable comes with a number of settings that can be configured by users. You reach the configuration menu by clicking at the top of the screen.
These options control the look and feel of darktable.
This controls the size of side panels in pixels. Side panels are found left and right to the center view (default 350).
Check this option to not use the embedded JPEG from the raw file but process the raw data. This is slower. (default off).
Always ask the user before any image is removed from the database (default on).
Always ask the user before any image file is deleted (default on).
Instead of physically deleting images from disk put them into the system's trash bin (default on).
Always ask the user before any image file is moved (default on).
Always ask the user before any image file is copied (default on).
The number of folder levels to show in film roll names, starting from the right (default 1).
When having RAW+JPEG images together in one directory it makes no sense to import both. With this flag one can ignore all JPEGs found (default off).
Not only import images from the directory selected but recursively go through all subdirectories as well (default off).
If provided, automatically add this string as a creator tag when importing images (default none).
If provided, automatically add this string as a publisher tag when importing images (default none).
If provided, automatically add this string as a copyrights tag when importing images (default none).
If you want to add further tags when importing images, you can give them as a comma separated list (default none).
Initial star rating (from 0 to 5) for all images when importing a film roll (default 1).
Enable the filmstrip in darkroom, tethering and geomapping modes (default on).
If the thumbnails size is greater than this value, it will be processed using the full quality rendering path which is better but slower (default 720p).
Controls how the pressure reading of a graphics tablet impacts newly generated brush strokes (see Section 3.2.7, “Drawn mask”). You can control the brush width, its hardness and its opacity. “Absolute” control means that the pressure reading directly defines the attribute with a value between 0% and 100%. “Relative” means that the pressure reading adjusts the attribute between zero and the pre-defined default value (default off).
Sets the level for smoothing of brush strokes. Stronger smoothing leads to less nodes and easier editing at the expense of lower accuracy.
Always ask user before deleting a tag from an image (default on).
Use the current filter settings to select the geotagged images drawn in the map view. This limits the images drawn to those currently shown in the filmstrip and thus reduces the time needed (default off).
The maximum number of geotagged images drawn on the map. Increasing this number can slow down the drawing of the map. Needs a restart if changed (default 100).
Show a more readable representation of the geo location in the image information module (default on).
When there is a text file next to an image it can be shown as an overlay over zoomed images on the lighttable. The text file has the same base name as the image file with file extension “.txt”. It either has to be there at import time or the crawler has to be enabled – see option “look for updated xmp files on startup” in Section 8.2, “Core options” (default off).
Controls how lighttable panels are expanded. If this option is enabled, expanding a panel by clicking collapses any currently expanded panel. If you want to expand a panel without collapsing the others you do so with shift-click. Disabling this option reverts the meaning of click and shift-click (default off).
Controls how darkroom modules are expanded. If this option is enabled, expanding a module by clicking collapses any currently expanded module. If you want to expand a module without collapsing the others you do so with shift-click. Disabling this option reverts the meaning of click and shift-click (default on).
With this option enabled the lighttable side panels will scroll a module to the top when it is expanded or collapsed (default off).
With this option enabled the darkroom side panel will scroll a module to the top when it is expanded or collapsed (default on).
Process the image in darkroom mode with a small border of the given number of pixels (default 20).
Controls how images are processed for the slideshow view. It this option is enabled, the image will first be processed in full resolution, and downscaled at the very end. This can result in better quality sometimes, but will always be slower (default on).
This option allows to force a specific way of getting the current display profile for color management (see Section 220.127.116.11, “Rendering method”). In the default setting “all” darktable will either query the X display server's xatom or the colord system service. You can set this option to “xatom” or “colord” to enforce a specific method if the alternative gives wrong results.