Darktable 2.0 Released, How to Install it in Ubuntu

Last updated: December 25, 2015

Darktable 2.0

The Darktable Team finally announced the release of Darktable 2.0 today on Christmas Eve.

Darktable 2.0 has been ported to GTK+ 3. It features a new print mode, PDF exporting support, better HiDPI support, a new thumbnail cache, new image operations, new camera support, UI and scripting enhancements, and much more.

For more details, see the official announcement and watch the video:

How to Install Darktable 2.0 in Ubuntu:

The new release has been made into universe (proposed) repository for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, so it can be installed directly from Software Center.

For Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and their derivatives, you can install the 2.0 release via the team member’s PPA:

At the moment, Darktable 2.0 is only available in the UNSTABLE PPA though the source is really the stable 2.0 tar.gz(I’ve checked the SHA256 checksums).

UPDATE: The 2.0 release has been made into the Stable PPA

1. Add PPA

Open terminal from Unity Dash, App launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, paste below command and hit run:

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

Darktable PPA

Type in your password (no visual feedback just type in mind) when it asks, and hit Enter to continue.

2. Upgrade Darktable through Software Updater, or run below commands one by one in terminal to update the cache and install/upgrade the software:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install darktable

3. After installation, you may remove the PPA by launching Software & Updates -> Other Software tab. Or run below command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-unstable

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Darktable 2.0


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2 responses to Darktable 2.0 Released, How to Install it in Ubuntu

  1. Hi, Running under mint 17.03, darktable does not work anymore, there is a black page instead of the welcome screen, build like a game …

    Do you have any idea ?
    Thanks by advance

  2. Just as an FYI, the comment above:

    “UPDATE: The 2.0 release has been made into the Stable PPA”

    has an unfortunate side effect. If you follow the link to the “Stable PPA” (actually there are other links to this, so my suggested fix follows later) then you get to a page that tells you how to add the ppa: and install darktable. However, the ppa information on that only goes up to 1.4 (at least for Ubuntu 14.04).

    I eventually worked out that there’s a different ppa on this page, which works beautifully.

    Perhaps Pascal de Bruijn could update his ppa information section to the current (or just remove it), to avoid the confusion for others?

    Meanwhile, and much more importantly, I’m really excited to have found this. I’ve been forced to run a windows box for the sole purpose of having good image handling tools with up to date cameras and 16+ bit depth support, and now I think I might be about to be able to dump adobe and microsoft once and for all. Thank you all for your awesome work!