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RawTherapee is a free and open source, cross-platform raw image processing program


The File Browser tab is where you review your photos, select photos for editing, or perform batch-editing operations. It consists of the following parts:

The left panel:

  • The “Places” panel on the top links to your home folder, USB card readers, the system’s default “photos” folder, or custom folders;
  • Below this is a standard tree-type file browser that you can use to navigate to folders containing your photos;

The right panel:

  • The “Filter” tab lets you show only photos which match the parameters you specify;
  • The “Inspect” tab shows a preview at a fixed scale of 100% of the image your mouse cursor is hovering over;
  • The “Batch Edit” tab allows you to apply tool settings to the selected image or images;
  • The “Fast Export” tab lets you quickly process the selected images;
  • The central panel shows thumbnails of the folder currently selected;
  • You can hide the left and right panels using the Show/Hide buttons;
  • You can filter the visible photos by using the buttons in the File Browser’s or Filmstrip’s top toolbar, as well as by using the “Find” box or the “Filter” tab;
  • RawTherapee allows you to rank images between 0 and 5 stars;


  • The central panel holds a preview of your photo. This preview is generated from the actual raw data by processing it according to the settings;
  • Processing profiles support via sidecar files with the ability to fully and partially load, save and copy profiles between images;
  • Exposure control and curves in the Lab* and RGB color spaces;
  • CIECAM02 mode;
  • Advanced highlight reconstruction algorithms and shadow/highlight controls;
  • Tone mapping using edge-preserving decomposition;
  • Pre-crop vignetting correction and post-crop vignetting for artistic effect;
  • Graduated filter;
  • Various methods of sharpening;
  • Various methods of noise reduction;
  • Detail recovery;
  • Removal of purple fringing;
  • Manual and automatic pre- and post-demosaic chromatic aberration correction;
  • Advanced wavelet processing;
  • Retinex processing;
  • White balance (presets, color temperature, spot white balance and auto white balance);
  • Channel mixer;
  • Black-and-white conversion;
  • Color boost and vibrance (saturation control with the option of preserving natural skin tones);
  • Hue, saturation and value adjustments using curves;
  • Various methods of color toning;
  • Lockable color picker;
  • Wide gamut preview support on Windows and Linux, while the macOS preview is limited to sRGB;
  • Soft-proofing support;
  • ICC color profiles (input, working and output);
  • DCP color profiles (input);
  • Support for Adobe Lens Correction Profiles (LCP);
  • Cropping, resizing, post-resize sharpening;
  • Rotation with visual straightening tool;
  • Distortion correction;
  • Perspective adjustment;
  • Flat field removal (hue shifts, dust removal, vignetting correction);
  • Hot and dead pixel filters;
  • Metadata (Exif and IPTC) editor;

  • Input file formats: supports most raw formats, including Pentax Pixel Shift, Canon Dual-Pixel, and those from Foveon and X-Trans sensors. It also supports common non-raw image formats like JPEG, PNG and TIFF as well as high dynamic range, 16/24/32-bit raw DNG images;
  • Output file formats: TIFF (8-bit and 16-bit), JPEG (8-bit), PNG (8-bit and 16-bit);
  • Support for keyboard shortcuts.

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The software RawTherapee is available for installation on Linux, Windows and macOS.

Installation methodOS
PPAUbuntu* 16.04/18.04/19.04/20.04, Linux Mint 18/19, Debian
DebUbuntu* 16.04/18.04/19.04/20.04, Linux Mint 18/19, Debian
RPMopenSUSE, Rosa Linux, Mageia, ALT Linux, Fedora, CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and others
FlatpakUbuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, CentOS, KDE Neon, openSUSE, elementary OS, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
AppImageUbuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, CentOS, elementaryOS, Linux Mint and others

*Ubuntu (GNOME), Kubuntu (KDE), Xubuntu (XFCE), Lubuntu (LXDE)

Install Software via PPA repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rawtherapee

Install Software via Deb package

Install Software via RPM package

Install Software via Flatpak package

flatpak install flathub com.rawtherapee.RawTherapee

Install Software via AppImage package

Install Software via EXE package on Windows

Install Software via DMG package for macOS

Software Information

Language Interface:English, Russian, Deutsch, Spanish, French and others
Description version:5.8
Developer:Team RawTherapee
Programming language:C++, GTK+
License:GPL v3
Software website:rawtherapee.com

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