There are currently 2 problems with building darktable for Windows:
Lack of developers. Most developers work on Linux. A few work on MacOS. A few of the developers run Windows, and maybe darktable for Windows, but I’m not sure there are any developers developing on Windows and thus running development builds. Which brings me to the second issue…
Lack of testers. Since there are few, if any, developers running the latest builds of darktable on Windows, there isn’t much, if any, testing of the new features.
I don’t have an answer for problem 1, but I’m going to try and address problem 2 with the darktable windows insider program
What is it?
A weekly windows build of the latest development snapshot will be made available via a link from my google drive until the darktable website gets updated and then I’ll try and make it more official . Windows users download it, install it alongside their production darktable build, try it out, and provide feedback to the devs.
How do I install the dev build?
Download the installer from the supplied link. Double click on the executable to run it. When prompted to remove your installed darktable click NO. When prompted to specify a directory, change the name to
\Program Files\darktable37. When asked what group to install it in, use
How do I run it?
I’ve included a zip file, at the end of the post, that contains a desktop shortcut and a darktable37.bat file to run it from a command prompt. You can also open a command prompt and run the command
"\Program Files\darktable37\bin\darktable.exe" --configdir %LOCALAPPDATA%\darktable37 --cachedir "%LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\darktable37"
How do I provide feedback?
If you find a problem, please report it on Issues · darktable-org/darktable · GitHub. If you find an issue with a specific pull request, then open the pull request on add your comment there.
In your pictures directory make a darktable37 directory to keep the files processed with darktable37 separate from those processed with your production darktable.
Development snapshots have bugs as well as new features, so it’s not recommended that you trust your photo collection to a snapshot build.
Where do I get it?
How do I know what changed?
Visit Pulse · darktable-org/darktable · GitHub to see a list of recent changes. If you want more information about a pull request that is merged, you can click on it to see the conversation.
darktable37.zip (1.2 KB)