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darktable is described as 'virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers: it manages your digital negatives in a database and lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable. it also enables you to develop raw images and enhance them' and is a very popular raw photo editors in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 50 alternatives to darktable for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is GIMP, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like darktable are digiKam, RawTherapee, Adobe Lightroom and Snapseed.

darktable alternatives are mainly Raw Photo Editorss but may also be Photo Managers or Photo Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of darktable.
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  1. GIMP icon

    GIMP

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    199 alternatives to GIMP 

    GIMP is a free program for such photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Essentially it's the closest thing to Photoshop you can get for free.

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    1.  Support for LayersGIMP supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
    3.  Ad-freeGIMP doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGIMP can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    5.  PortableGIMP can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    6.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in GIMP.
    7.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in GIMP, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    8.  Support for scriptingGIMP supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    nabarunroy

    Both tool have totally different usage purpose. Gimp is a photo editing and digital art tool without any photo management usage.

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    Guest

    Darktable is a photo editing tool, GIMP is a retouching tool.

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    Guest

    It's a photo editing app, not a gallery/catalog app.

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    xybre

    GIMP is not a very good virtual darkroom tool, but it is a good editor and compositing tool.

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    digiKam

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    78 alternatives to digiKam 

    digiKam is an advanced digital photo management application which makes importing and organizing digital photos a "snap". The photos are organized in albums which can be sorted chronologically, by folder layout or by custom collections.

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    1.  Facial RecognitiondigiKam can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
    2.  File TaggingdigiKam can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
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    Guest

    digiKam can do simple RAW editing, yes, but it's mostly for organization. The functionality is not the same.

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    RawTherapee

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    45 alternatives to RawTherapee 

    RawTherapee is a free RAW converter and digital photo processing software. All changes can be applied and batch processed at a convenient time.

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    1.  Non Destructive EditingRawTherapee allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
    2.  PortableRawTherapee can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    RawTherapee vs darktable opinions
    Most users think RawTherapee is a great alternative to darktable.
    nazarzajya

    RawTherapee is way easier and more logical organized than Darktable. I really tried to work with both, but in Darktable elements are structured in a not logical order. While RawTherapee is bit slower in startup and loading pictures though.

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    Adobe Lightroom

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    107 alternatives to Adobe Lightroom 

    Create incredible photos anywhere with all-new Lightroom CC and 1 TB of cloud storage. Get powerful editing features on any device in a new, easy-to-use interface.

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    1.  Batch EditingAdobe Lightroom allows you to select multiple items (tasks, files, images etc) and edit their properties all at once.
    2.  Facial RecognitionAdobe Lightroom can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
    3.  File TaggingAdobe Lightroom can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    4.  Ad-freeAdobe Lightroom doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    5.  Batch Rename FilesAdobe Lightroom supports renaming of different types of files or data in large batches.
    6.  Works OfflineAdobe Lightroom can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    7.  Non Destructive EditingAdobe Lightroom allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
    8.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAdobe Lightroom can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Most users think Adobe Lightroom is a great alternative to darktable.
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    Snapseed

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    56 alternatives to Snapseed 

    Snapseed is a photo enhancement and sharing app with a powerful suite of imaging filters and tools for anyone, anywhere to transform any image into an extraordinary photo.

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    1.  LightweightSnapseed consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    cannot open raw camera files.

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    Eagle

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    Eagle helps you manage pictures, screenshots, user interfaces and designs that make your lightbulb shine. If you are a designer, you will definitely love this!.

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    1.  File TaggingEagle can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    2.  Reverse Image SearchDiscover content that is related to a specific sample image.
    3.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    4.  Batch Rename FilesEagle supports renaming of different types of files or data in large batches.
    5.  Music LooperEagle supports a grid of musical loops and phrases that you can trigger and manipulate in real time.
    6.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Eagle , allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    7.  Watch FolderEagle can monitor a folder and perform actions (send notification, upload file, etc.) when changes occur.
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    Shotwell

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    Shotwell is an open source photo organizer designed for the GNOME desktop environment.

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    1.  File TaggingShotwell can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    2.  Facial RecognitionShotwell can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
    3.  LightweightShotwell consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  Privacy focusedShotwell is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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      ACDSee Photo Studio

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      153 alternatives to ACDSee Photo Studio 

      ACDSee is a complex, multi-purpose application that serves for viewing, organizing and editing digital photos. Furthermore, images can be shared on social websites or your own space on the developer’s website.

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      1.  Facial RecognitionACDSee Photo Studio can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
      2.  Support for 4KACDSee Photo Studio supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
      3.  Batch EditingACDSee Photo Studio allows you to select multiple items (tasks, files, images etc) and edit their properties all at once.
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      Polarr

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      149 alternatives to Polarr 

      From high-precision light and color tools, to advanced clarity and dehaze settings, to the ability to create and save your own filters. Polarr is the ideal photo editor for bloggers, students, and photo professionals alike.

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      PhotoFiltre

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      124 alternatives to PhotoFiltre 

      PhotoFiltre 7 is a complete image retouching program. It allows you to do simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a vast range of filters on it. It is simple and intuitive to use, and has an easy learning curve.

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      1.  Support for LayersPhotoFiltre supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
      2.  PortablePhotoFiltre can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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