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How To Install Darktable on Debian 12

Install Darktable on Debian 12

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Darktable on Debian 12. Darktable, an open-source photography workflow application, and raw developer, has been making waves in the digital photography world. It’s a powerful tool designed to manage your digital negatives in a database, allowing you to view them through a zoomable lighttable and develop raw images.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Darktable on a Debian 12 (Bookworm).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 12 (Bookworm).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • You will need an active internet connection to download the Darktable package.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Darktable on Debian 12 Bookworm

Step 1. Before installing any new software, it’s a good practice to update your system. Open your terminal and type the following command:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

 This command will update the package lists for upgrades and new package installations.

Step 2. Installing Darktable on Debian 12.

  • Method 1: Installation using the apt command

The apt command is a powerful command-line tool used for handling packages in Debian-based systems. Here are the steps to install Darktable using the apt command:

sudo apt install darktable

During the installation process, you may be prompted to confirm the installation. If this happens, simply typeY‘ and press Enter to continue.

  • Method 2: Installation using Flatpak

Flatpak is a universal package system for software deployments, application virtualization, and most importantly, package management. It allows you to run sandboxed Linux applications on any Linux distribution. Here’s how to install Darktable using Flatpak:

sudo apt install flatpak

Next, add the Flathub repository, which hosts the Flatpak applications, by typing the following command:

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

Finally, install Darktable by typing the following command:

flatpak install flathub org.darktable.Darktable

To run Darktable, use the following command:

flatpak run org.darktable.Darktable

Step 3. Accessing Darktable on Debian.

Once the installation is complete, you can launch Darktable from your application menu or by typingdarktable‘ in the terminal:


Install Darktable on Debian 12 Bookworm

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Darktable. Thanks for using this tutorial to install the latest version of Darktable on Debian 12 Bookworm. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Darktable website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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