Comparison of RAW software for Linux

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For more generic information on RAW images see RAW images and Open Source Software.

In order to be included in this page RAW processing software needs to at least provide a means to adjust the EV and color temperature of a RAW image. Non open source programs are included in order to give a better understanding of the different feature set covered by OSS and proprietary RAW processing software.

Here is what the abbreviations used in this page mean:

  • ? — unknown or requires checking
  • n/r — not required
  • n/a — manufacterer/developer doesn't provide information on this

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General information

Application Version month/year License dcraw language/toolkit i18n docs plug-ins
Bibble 4.9.5 January/2007 non-free n/r n/a yes1 yes yes
dcraw 8.68 March/2007 GPL2 n/r ANSI C/console yes3 man page no
dcraw-assist 0.50 March/2007 GPL >= 8.60 ?/KDE no no no
digiKam 0.9.3 September/2007 GPL 8.77 C++/KDE yes yes yes
Lightzone 2.1 January/2007 non-free n/a (?) Java no(?) yes no (?)
Picasa 2.2.2820 ?/2007 non-free n/a (?) n/a/WINE yes yes no
Rawstudio 0.5.1 February/2007 GPL 8.48 C/Gtk+ yes no no
Raw Therapee 2.0.1 / 3.0a April/2007 / Jan/2010 non-free / GPL ?4 C++ (?) ? / yes yes no
UFRaw 0.11 March/2007 GPL 8.62 С/Gtk+ yes yes no

Editing a session

Application Internal thumbnails browser Camera import Comparison of 2+ shots Sorting Deleting
Bibble yes no no yes yes
dcraw n/r n/r n/r n/r n/r
dcraw-assist no no no no no
digiKam yes yes Yes yes yes
Lightzone yes ? ? ? ?
Picasa yes yes no yes5 yes
Rawstudio yes no no yes6 yes
Raw Therapee yes no no no no
UFRaw no no no no no

Reading and writing

Application Interpolation Native WB presets JPEG/EXIF TIFF 8bit/EXIF TIFF16bit/EXIF DNG read/write Non-destructive7
Bibble ? ? yes/yes yes/yes yes/yes yes8/no yes
dcraw 4 colours, VNG, AHD no ? ? ? yes/no no
dcraw-assist ? ? no yes/? ?/? yes/no(?) no
digiKam 4 colours, VNG, AHD, PPG, Bilinear yes9 yes/yes yes/yes yes/yes yes/no no
Lightzone yes no yes/yes yes/? yes/? ?/no yes
Picasa n/a no yes/yes yes/no ?/no no yes
Rawstudio n/a no yes/no yes/no yes/no no yes
Raw Therapee ? no yes/? yes/? yes/? no yes
UFRaw 4 colours, VNG, AHD yes10 yes/yes yes/no yes/no yes(?)/no(?) yes

Processing

Application EV/auto Handling highlights WB picker/auto Curve Saturation Noise reduction Sharpening Contrast Copy'n'paste settings
Bibble yes/yes yes yes/yes yes yes yes11 yes yes yes
dcraw yes/yes yes no/yes no ? yes12 ? ? no
dcraw-assist ?/? ? ?/? ? ? ? ? ? no
digiKam yes/yes yes yes/yes yes yes yes yes yes no
Lightzone yes ? yes/yes n/r yes yes yes yes yes
Picasa yes/yes ? yes/yes no ? no yes13 ? no
Rawstudio yes/yes no yes/yes no14 yes no no yes yes15
Raw Therapee yes/yes ? yes/yes yes16 yes yes17 yes18 yes no
UFRaw yes/yes yes19 yes/yes yes yes no no yes20 no21

Transformations

Application Mirror (Flip) CW and CCW Crop Straighten Wideangle Devignetting Chromatic aberrations
Bibble ? yes yes yes yes yes yes
dcraw no yes no no no no no
dcraw-assist ? ? no no no no no
digiKam yes yes yes22 yes yes yes no
Lightzone no yes yes no no no no
Picasa no yes yes yes no no no
Rawstudio yes yes yes23 yes no no no
Raw Therapee yes yes yes yes yes no no
UFRaw no no no no no no no

Viewing and printing

Application Zooming Panning Histogram Showing EXIF Color management Printing
Bibble yes yes yes yes yes yes
dcraw no no no n/a yes no
dcraw-assist no no no ? ? no
digiKam yes yes yes yes yes yes
Lightzone yes yes yes yes yes yes
Picasa yes yes yes no no (?) yes
Rawstudio yes yes yes yes yes no
Raw Therapee yes yes yes yes no no
UFRaw yes24 no yes25 yes yes26 no

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