I've notice on other answers there are ways to use the History Stack in Darktable to batch convert a bunch of RAW images. However, since I really only want to use Darktable to export a lot of RAW images, for my purposes into 8-bit uncompressed TIFF's, I wondered if this is possible somehow?

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After some exploration, it is actually quite straight-forward. The process can be adapted for your own conversion requirements, but I wanted 8-bit TIFF - the reason why is irrelevant.

  1. Open up 'Storage Options' in 'lighttable' section of Darktable, set the required settings. For me, TIFF, 8-bit, uncompressed. Set the desired path for file export to disk, and conflict options.

Storage Options Settings

  1. Select all of the images you wish to export / convert. Use CTRL and LMB to multiple-select RAW images. For this test, I used the same RAW image with different filenames (1300875350_fuji-x100-dscf5613.RAF, 2300875350_fuji-x100-dscf5613.RAF, 3300875350_fuji-x100-dscf5613.RAF). Sadly, you can't see this very well on the screenshot, but I hope the reader understands the strategy.

Custom Select Images For Export

  1. Alternatively, use the SELECT ALL option near the top-right of lightable UI.

Quick And Dirty Select All Option For Export

  1. Click the EXPORT button in 'Storage Options' - see Step 1 above. Darktable will then export the files in TIFF (or whatever) format.

The Result On Disk

I hope this helps some others like me who want to convert a whole bunch of files from RAW to some other format. Bravo!

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    This reads like an x→y question. What is the purpose for which you want to convert raw image files to 8-bit TIFFs? No matter how you do it, the TIFFs will not be able to contain as much information as the raw files.
    – Michael C
    Mar 17, 2019 at 8:09
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    The resulting format doesn't matter. This is about the process. I just needed TIFFs, and lots of them.
    – Fiddy Bux
    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:05
  • Why do you think you need TIFFs? And why only 8-bit TIFFs?
    – Michael C
    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:11
  • Please see:What is the XY problem?
    – Michael C
    Mar 17, 2019 at 9:39

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