Is there a way to quickly compare before and after in Darktable?

I know how it can be done using the snapshot panel, but is there a way to do it faster?


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The standard Undo and Redo keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl-Z and Ctrl-Y on Windows and Linux, CMD-Z and CMD-shift-Z on Apple) operate in Darktable - at least, they do running in Ubuntu : I haven't checked the other OSs. More Darktable shortcuts here.

If you're looking for a way to view the image with and without a specific module effect, each module has a "power switch" at its top left corner, so each module - or several - can be switched on or off.

More details on modules (including activating and deactivating them) here.

If you're looking to compare before and after side by side as two images, it looks like that isn't yet in the main distributions of Darktable, though there's a discussion about that here.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for the reply! I am looking for a solution where I can compare two stages without the splitscreen method that the snapshots comparison offer. Is there a way to do it? \$\endgroup\$
    – saicode
    Commented Mar 15, 2020 at 13:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ Undo/redo will do it for a before/after view of the same picture, as will switching on and off modules. No splitscreen involved. If what you're looking for is a side by side comparison of the two views (ie. showing both) it looks like there may be a test version that does that, but it's not (yet?) in the main distribution. I'll edit to add a link. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 15, 2020 at 17:25

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