How to Install Darktable 3.0.0 in Ubuntu 18.04, 19.10

Darktable 2.2.5

Darktable RAW image editor 3.0 was released today with new major updates. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and Ubuntu 19.10.

Darktable 3.0 comes with a complete rework of the user interface. The GUI now is fully controlled by GTK+ CSS rules, which makes the whole GUI themable. And this version comes with several different themes.

Other changes in the release include:

  • New shortcuts to collapse borders, sidebars, histogram and navigation modules, allowing a new borderless editing experience.
  • Undo/redo support in lighttable for tags, color labels, metadata, etc.
  • A new timeline view in the lighttable.
  • A new ‘culling’ mode added to the lightable view.
  • Improved support for 4K and 5K monitors.
  • Support for exporting to Google Photos
  • More camera support, white balance presets, and noise profiles
  • See the full changes in the github.

How to Install Darktable 3.0 in Ubuntu:

The darktable release PPA seems no longer being updated. I’ve uploaded the 3.0 packages into the unofficial PPA for 64-bit Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, Ubuntu 19.10.

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/darktable

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) for sudo prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. If an old version was installed, upgrade it using Software Updater:

upgrade darktable

or run commands in terminal to install Darktable:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install darktable


To remove the PPA, either launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software, or run command in terminal:

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

To remove the RAW image editor, use Ubuntu Software.