RawTherapee free download for Mac


31 March 2020

64-bit open source RAW converter.


RawTherapee is a cross-platform RAW image-processing program, released under the GNU General Public License Version 3. It was originally written by Gábor Horváth of Budapest, but has since been taken over by a team of open-source developers from around the world. Rather than being a raster graphics editor such as Photoshop or GIMP, it is specifically aimed at raw photo post-production. And it does it very well - at a minimum, RawTherapee is one of the most powerful raw processing programs available.

  • You can scroll all panels using the mouse scroll-wheel.
  • You can right-click on a tool's name to automatically expand it while collapsing all others.
  • To change slider values or drop-down list items with the mouse scroll-wheel, hold the Shift key. This is so that you can safely scroll the panels without accidentally changing a slider or other tool setting.
  • All curves support the Shift and Ctrl keys while dragging a point. Shift+drag makes the point snap to meaningful axes (top, bottom, diagonal, other), while Ctrl+drag makes your mouse movement super-fine for precise point positioning.
  • There are many keyboard shortcuts which make working with RawTherapee much faster and give you greater control, make sure you familiarize yourself with them on RawPedia's Keyboard Shortcuts page!

What's new in RawTherapee

Version 5.8.0:

New Features

  • Automatically recover detail lost to lens blur (diffraction) using the new Capture Sharpening tool, located in the “Raw” tab. It takes place right after demosaicing, and as it works in linear space it is not prone to haloing. Capture Sharpening in combination with Post-Resize Sharpening allows for detailed and crisp results.
  • CR3 support: image data is decoded so you can process your raw files, but metadata is not supported yet. If you have an ICC or DCP input profile for your CR3-producing camera, you will need to point RawTherapee to it manually (Color tab > Color Management > Input Profile > Custom).
  • Improvements of various camera models (new DCP dual-illuminant input profiles, raw crops, white levels, etc.), speedups and optimizations to various tools, better memory management, various bug fixes. See the git log for details.

RawTherapee and other open-source projects require access to sample raw files from various camera makes and models in order to support those raw formats correctly. You can help by submitting raw files to RPU: https://raw.pixls.us/

News Relevant to Package Maintainers

New since 5.7:
  • Optionally link against libtcmalloc.so which comes with Google’s perftools, to fix issues where glibc won’t give memory back to the OS. Use via the CMake options ENABLE_TCMALLOC and TCMALLOC_LIB_DIR.
In general:
  • To get the source code, either clone from git or use the tarball from https://rawtherapee.com/shared/source/ . Do not use the auto-generated GitHub release tarballs.
  • Requires GTK+ version >=3.16, though >=3.22.24 is recommended.
  • GTK+ versions 3.24.2 - 3.24.6 have an issue where combobox menu scroll-arrows are missing when the combobox list does not fit vertically on the screen. As a result, users would not be able to scroll in the following comboboxes: Processing Profiles, Film Simulation, and the camera and lens profiles in Profiled Lens Correction.
  • RawTherapee 5 requires GCC-4.9 or higher, or Clang.
  • Do not use -ffast-math, it will not make RawTherapee faster but will introduce artifacts.
  • Use -O3, it will make RawTherapee faster with no known side-effects.
  • For stable releases use -DCACHE_NAME_SUFFIX=""
  • For development builds and release-candidates use -DCACHE_NAME_SUFFIX="5-dev"

News Relevant to Developers


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How would you rate RawTherapee app?

3 Reviews of RawTherapee

28 July 2019
Version: 5.6.0

Most helpful

Just downloaded RAW THERAPEE and same problem. IT STILL DOES NOT WORK. I cannot even open the App even though I downloaded it right here!?
Does someone have a link that has worked to use with Mac El Capitan 10.11? Tried 10 times or so.
25 March 2020
Version: 5.7.0
Make sure to go to the developer website for the latest version RawTherapee 5.8.
28 July 2019
Version: 5.6.0
Just downloaded RAW THERAPEE and same problem. IT STILL DOES NOT WORK. I cannot even open the App even though I downloaded it right here!?
Does someone have a link that has worked to use with Mac El Capitan 10.11? Tried 10 times or so.
22 November 2016
Version: 4.2.349
This is the second image editor I’ve test driven only to scratch my head trying to figure out how to access my external drive. Is it possible? I mean, it’s a RAW converter… who keeps those archived on their local volume? And if it is possible, why is it so hard to figure out? It doesn’t support RAW files from my Sony RX-100 anyway so it’s a nonstarter for me.