How to Install Darktable on Ubuntu 22.04

“Photographers know the value of Darktable. It is an open source and free photography application that acts as a virtual light table for photographers while also providing a darkroom to manage the negatives in a database. Darktable allows photographers to develop raw images and enhance them with the zoomable light table before exporting to local or remote storage.

Ideally, Darktable is a tool for photographers to edit and manage raw files. With the release of Darktable 4.0.0Knowing how to install this new version on your Ubuntu 22.04 is an added benefit. This guide covers all the details of installing Darktable on Ubuntu 22.04.”

Darktable 4.0.0 New features

The recently released Darktable has new features that everyone wants to try. You can check it official page for more details on the new features. Nonetheless, below are the features that you will enjoy using the new version.

  1. Movie v6 – Darktable offered a new color science by enhancing the saturated colors to create color balance for RGB for output.
  2. Exposure and Color Mapping – This feature allows photographers to define and save a target color to match source objects to any target color. The function contributes to uniform color reproduction.
  3. Uniform Color Space – The feature improves color balance in RGB through better saturation control.

The above are some new features that come with Darktable 4.0.0. Check out the release details on the website to learn more about the features.

Installing Darktable on Ubuntu 22.04

To get started with Darktable, you must first learn how to install it. You have two installation options. You can install Darktable directly from the Snap Store or add its PPA and then install it using the apt command. Let’s take a look at both options.

Option 1: Install Darktable directly

Snap Store allows installing various applications, including those not supported by the package manager. In this case, Darktable doesn’t have a PPA, which means you can’t install it using the apt command. Instead, you can use the snap command to install from the snap store.

Install Darktable from the Snap Store as shown in the command below.

$ sudo Darktable snap install

Make sure Darktable is installed by checking its version. It should return an output similar to the following.

If you ever need to uninstall Darktable, use the following command.

$ sudo remove Darktable

Option 2: Add Darktable PPA

First, run the following command to add the darktable PPA.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/darktable

Once added, update the apt database to reflect the newly added PPA.

$ sudo apt get update

Use the apt command to install Darktable on your system.

$ sudo apt-get install darktable

Darktable is now available in your applications; You can search for it to open it. If the installation was successful, you should have the darktable application open to use it.

If you need to uninstall Darktable in the future, remove the PPA and then uninstall the package using the following commands.

$ sudo add-apt-repository –remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/darktable
$ sudo apt-get autoremove -y darktable

That’s it. You now have the steps to install and uninstall Darktable on Ubuntu 22.04. Implement the steps on your side to install the application and start using it for your photography needs.


Darktable is a helpful photo tool. We’ve seen the two options for installing on Ubuntu using the Snap Store or by adding its PPA. Use whatever method works best for you and you’ll be able to install Darkatable on Ubuntu 22.04 either way.

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