How To Install Darktable 1.6.3 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 1.6.3, which comes with changes.


  • Make camera import window transient
  • Allow soft limits on radius
  • Fix soft boundaries for black in exposure
  • Change order of the profile/intent combo in export dialog
  • Support read/write of chromaticities in EXR
  • Allow to default to :memory: db in config
  • Add mime handler for non-raw image file formats
  • Improved lens model name detection for Sony SAL lenses

Bug fixes:

  • Fix buffer overrun in SSE clipping loop for highlight handling
  • Prevent exporting when an invalid export/storage is selected
  • Hopefully last fix for aspect ratios in crop and rotate (#9942)
  • No tooltip when dragging in monochrome (#10319)

RAW support:

  • Panasonic LX100 (missing non-standard aspect ratio modes)
  • Panasonic TZ60
  • Panasonic FZ1000
  • Canon 1DX (missing sRAW modes)
  • Canon A630 and SX110IS (CHDK RAW)

white balance presets

  • Panasonic FZ1000
  • Panasonic TZ60
  • Panasonic LX100

standard matrix

  • Canon Rebel T3 (non-european 1100D)

enhanced matrix

  • nikon d750

noise profiles:

  • Canon EOS 1DX

In this article I will show you how to install Darktable 1.6.3 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.

Because it is available via PPA, installing Darktable 1.6.3 on Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and derivative systems 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


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