To use their own words, “Hell froze over”. Yes, that’s right, the open source raw processor Darktable has finally been ported over to Windows. And they intend to support it fully in the future. There are still a few features missing, like lack of printing support, and you need special drivers for tethering, but it’s here and it’s usable.
The announcement comes as part of a massive 2.4.0 version update. And if you’re an existing Darktable user, you’ll probably want to update.
The port to Windows is largely thanks to contributor Peter Budai. He was the one who finally convinced the team to agree to a Windows port and did most of the work to make it happen. Darktable has been a pretty popular option for Linux and Mac users for a while now, and with Adobe’s decision to end standalone Lightroom, a welcome treat for Windows users.
Darktable supports most of the popular DSLR and mirrorless cameras, except for some of the very latest (there’s no mention of the Nikon D850, Sony A7RIII or Panasonic Lumix G9 in the compatibility chart). There’s a complete user manual on the Darktable website, along with many in-depth video tutorials going into specific features.