How to install Darktable on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Darktable on your Chromebook. Darktable is a powerful, open-source photography workflow application and raw developer. It's an excellent tool for photographers who want to manage and process their digital negatives.

What is Darktable?

Darktable is a virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable, and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them. Some key features include:

  • Non-destructive editing of raw images
  • GPU accelerated image processing
  • Professional color management
  • Tethered shooting

Installation Process

Before we begin, ensure that Linux apps are enabled on your Chromebook. If you haven't done this yet, go to your system settings, click on the advanced section in the left panel, then click on the developers section, and turn on Linux apps.

Once Linux apps are enabled, follow these steps to install Darktable:

Step-by-Step Commands:

  1. sudo apt update
  2. sudo apt install flatpak
  3. sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub
  4. sudo flatpak install flathub org.darktable.Darktable
  5. sudo chown root:root /usr/bin/bwrap && sudo chmod u+s /usr/bin/bwrap

These commands will update your package lists, install Flatpak (a utility for software deployment and package management), add the Flathub repository, install Darktable, and set the necessary permissions.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide on the installation process, please refer to the following video:

Additional Resources

For more detailed information and step-by-step instructions, you can refer to our Google Doc tutorial.

About Flatpak and Darktable

We're using Flatpak to install Darktable because it provides a sandboxed environment, ensuring that the application runs consistently across different Linux distributions. You can find more information about the Flatpak version of Darktable here.

For the latest updates and information about Darktable, visit their official website.

Chromebook Compatibility

Not all Chromebooks support Linux apps. To check if your device is compatible, refer to our list of All Currently Supported Chromebooks with Linux Apps (Crostini) support.


Installing Darktable on your Chromebook opens up a world of professional-grade photo editing capabilities. Whether you're a hobbyist photographer or a seasoned pro, Darktable provides powerful tools to enhance your workflow. Remember to explore the software's features and consult the official documentation for in-depth guides on using Darktable effectively.

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