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How to Install Darktable in Linux

Last Updated : 10 Jan, 2023
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Darktable is a free and open-source photographic workflow program and RAW developer. A photographer’s virtual light table and darkroom. It keeps track of your digital negatives in a database, allows you to examine them on a zoomable light table, and allows you to develop raw photographs and improve them.

There are 2 different methods for installing Darktable in Linux:

  • Method 1: By using the apt command
  • Method 2: By using Flatpak

Method 1: By using the apt command

Step 1: Update your Ubuntu operating system 22.04 or 20.04 using the following command.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade


Step 2: Install Darktable on Linux

Because the necessary packages are accessible through the system repository, installing Darktable on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 Linux does not need the addition of any additional third-party repositories. It should be noted that the most recent version of Darktable is accessible through the Ubuntu Jammy Repo, so we don’t need to install any PPAs.

sudo apt install darktable


Now we have successfully installed Darktable.



Method 2: By using Flatpak

An alternative good choice is to use the Universal package manager if you don’t want to install Darktable using the APT package manager.

Step 1: Download Universal Package Manager Flatpak using the following command.

sudo apt install flatpak


Step 2: Execute the following command to add the flatpack repository to your operating system.

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub


After running the aforementioned programs, your computer might need to reboot for it to function correctly.

Step 3: Download DarkTable on an Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 system.

Next, launch the installation procedure using the Flatpak command line. Keep in mind that Flatpak will install DarkTable even if you have already installed it through APT. This allows that you can run two copies of the software simultaneously on the same machine.

flatpak install flathub org.darktable.Darktable
installing darktable using flatpak


Now we have successfully installed Flatpak in our ubuntu operating system.




A useful photography tool is Darktable. We’ve seen the two methods for installing it on Ubuntu. Use the method that works best for you, and either way, you will manage to install Darktable on Ubuntu. 

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