Darktable 1.4 released, Install it in Ubuntu Linux Mint via PPA

Last updated: December 27, 2013

Install Darktable 1.4 Ubuntu

Darktable, the free, open-source photography workflow application and raw developer just released version 1.4, on December 26 (the Boxing Day 2013). Let’s see what’s new in this release and how to install / upgrade Darktable 1.4 in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and their derivatives.

What’s New in Darktabe 1.4:

  • darktable now integrates a lua engine that allows writing scripts to make it easier to use with other image processing software. These scripts can be run when a particular event takes place (for example when a new image is imported) or when a particular keyboard shortcut is used. There are very few scripts available at this point but we expect the community to provide some more during the next release cycle.
  • darktable now includes several kinds of drawn masks: brush, circle, ellipse, path and gradients
  • exporting in WebP format
  • serious speed enhancements of lighttable when using large colections
  • focus detection on lighttable
  • local cached copies of images for offline files
  • a few new blend mode like “HSV lightness”, “HSV color”, “Lab lightness” and “Lab color”
  • new modules “contrast brightness saturation”, “color balance” and “color mapping” which replaces the now deprecated “color transfer” module
  • new histogram mode “waveform”
  • added a setting to automatically collapse modules to only have a single one expanded
  • better user experience for bauhaus sliders: the popup now has a blinking cursor to make possible text entry more discoverable
  • the text entry for bauhaus sliders and vimkeys’ “:set” command can now evaluate mathematical expressions
  • additional logarithmic mode for editing the basecurve
  • many bug fixes and small improvements
  • a tool for measuring basecurves from a sample image
  • a tool to check the system’s color management setup. call cmake with -DBUILD_CMSTEST=On to build and install it. packagers probably want that.
  • updated usermanual
  • darktable now requires Gtk+ in version >= 2.24, Glib in version >= 2.30

Install Darktable in Ubuntu:

This release has been made into PPA for Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint 13/14/15/16 and their derivatives.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run command below to add the Darktable PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release

After that, you can install or upgrade Darktable via Synaptic Package Manager, or just run below commands:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install darktable

Darktabl 1.4 Ubuntu ppa

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5 responses to Darktable 1.4 released, Install it in Ubuntu Linux Mint via PPA

  1. Thanks for your post, it is pretty clear.
    Anyway, I have a problem, maybe you know what I am doing wrong, since I am quite new to Linux.
    I have linux mint 15, which installs darktable 1.1.3 by default. I want to install the new version, so I removed version 1.1.3 and ran the commands you give here, but it installs the 1.1.3 version again. I checked synaptic and it has 1.1.3 referenced for darktable, so I am not sure how to force linux to download the last version using the PPA.
    Any idea?

    • Sorry @Fernando, I’ve checked the PPA repository and found that the maintainer has removed the packages for Ubuntu 13.04 and Ubuntu 12.10 because both reached the end of life. Linux Mint 15 is based on 13.04, so you can’t install Darktable 1.4 from this PPA.

      Fortunately, there’s another third-party PPA that provides 1.4 build for Ubuntu 13.04, you can install it via below commands:

      sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install darktable

      The first command will remove the previous PPA. The second command will add the new PPA that also contains the latest build of GIMP. You can remove the PPA after installed darktable:

      sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
      • Dear Ji m, thank you very much!, your hints worked perfectly fine!
        I really appreciate your help very much.

  2. Thank you so much !
    I thought I was going bananas :-/
    I have Linux mint 17, did the usual apt-get install to get darktable 1.4.
    apt-get update nor apt-get upgrade worked, getting the message 1.4 was the latest version. (They are now at 1.6.9 ).
    Their tarball 1.6.9, I got it unpacked, but the build.sh gave me troubles.
    So I loaded a bunch of other like build-essentials, c++, … but to no avail.
    Only AFTER running your PPA and apt-get install, linux was able to install 1.6.9
    Pweh !
    2.0 will be released soon i guess. I’m saving your website…

    So much to learn… and this only to install a “standard” program. /rant.

  3. E: Package ‘darktable’ has no installation candidate

    i was full of hope that this was the answer i was looking for but the error above is always the same result of my tryouts.

    Completely new to linux, or other “command lines” OS, i was trying to recover a old iBook g4 to take care of my photos but the maximum OS i was able to put working correctly is ubuntu 12.04 and i’m having a huge difficulty to install darktable on it.

    have any ideas or other repositories??

    thanks in advance