How To Install Darktable 1.4.0 On Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 And Derivative Systems

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Darktable is an open-source photo workflow application and RAW developers, managing digital negatives in a database and allowing the users to view them through a zoomable lighttable. Also, the users can develop and enhance raw images.

The latest version available is Darktable 1.6.4, which comes with changes:

General improvements:

  • major rawspeed update
  • facebook exporter update (first authentication usability should be much better now)
  • first run opencl benchmark to prevent opencl autoactivation if gpu is obviously slower than cpu
  • lensfun cornercase fixes
  • some mask cornercase fixes
  • zonesystem now updates it’s gui when number of zones changes
  • spots iop updates
  • ui_last/gui_language should work more reliably now
  • internal lua updated from 5.2.3 to 5.2.4 (distro’s typically use their own version of lua)
  • gcc 5 should build now

New camera support:

  • canon digital rebel (non european 300d)
  • nikon d5500 (experimental)
  • olympus e-m5 mark ii (experimental)
  • Samsung NX500 (experimental)

White balance presets:

  • sony a77 ii
  • fujiflim x-e2
  • olympus e-m5 mark ii

Noise profiles:

  • canon 7d mark ii

Updated translations: german, french, russian, danish, catalan, japanese, dutch

In this article I will show you how to install Darktable 1.6.4 on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Deepin 2014, Peppermint Five, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2 and other Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04 derivative systems.

For Ubuntu 14.04 and derivative systems, it is available via PPA, so installing Darktable 1.6.4 is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the darktable package. Like this:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install darktable

Optional, to remove Darktable, do:

$ sudo apt-get install darktable

On Ubuntu 14.10 and derivative systems, we have to install Darktable 1.6.4 from sources. Follow the below instructions exactly, in order to get a successful installation.

Install the needed dependencies:

$ sudo apt-get install intltool libatk1.0-dev libcairo2-dev libsoup2.4-dev libexiv2-dev libfontconfig1-dev libfreetype6-dev libgomp1 libgtk2.0-dev libjpeg-dev libtiff5-dev liblcms2-dev liblensfun-dev libpng12-dev libsqlite3-dev libstdc++6-4.4-dev libxml2-dev libopenexr-dev libcurl4-gnutls-dev libgphoto2-2-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libgnome-keyring-dev fop librsvg2-dev libflickcurl-dev cmake liblua5.2-dev libcolord-dev

Download the darktable archive, extract it and cd into the extracted folder:

$ cd ~
$ wget
$ tar -xJvf darktable-1.6.4.tar.xz
$ cd darktable-1.6.4

Compile, install and simlink the launcher:

$ mkdir build && cd build/
$ cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ..
$ make
$ sudo make install
$ ln -s /opt/darktable/share/applications/darktable.desktop /usr/share/applications/darktable.desktop

Optional, to remove darktable, do:

$ rm -r ~/darktable-1.6.4

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