Argyll Color Management System

Argyll Color Management System  Home Page

(Including icclib, cgatslib and DPS)

Author :- Graeme Gill (Home Page)
Last updated 2016/10/17

ArgyllPRO ColorMeter

ArgyllPRO logo

Introducing the ArgyllPRO ColorMeter V1.2

ArgyllPRO ColorMeter is an Android application for Tablets and Phones, that lets you use all your USB connected color measurement instruments on the go. If you need to measure light or color in Printing, Photography, Lighting, Graphic Design, TV, Film or Video, then you will want to check it out in the 2 Minute Overview + Guided Tour Video.
For complete details, please see the ArgyllPRO website.


Current Version 1.9.2

ArgyllCMS is an ICC compatible color management system, available as Open Source. It supports accurate ICC profile creation for scanners, cameras and film recorders, and calibration and profiling of displays and RGB & CMYK printers. Device Link can be created with a wide variety of advanced options, including specialized Video calibration standards  and 3dLuts. Spectral sample data is supported, allowing a selection of illuminants observer types, and paper fluorescent whitener additive compensation. Profiles can also incorporate source specific gamut mappings for perceptual and saturation intents. Gamut mapping and profile linking uses the CIECAM02 appearance model, a unique gamut mapping algorithm, and a wide selection of rendering intents. It also includes code for the fastest portable 8 bit raster color conversion engine available anywhere, as well as support for fast, fully accurate 16 bit conversion. Device color gamuts can also be viewed and compared with a modern Web browser using X3DOM . Comprehensive documentation is provided for each major tool, and a general guide to using the tools for typical color management tasks is also available. A mailing list provides support for more advanced usage.

Argyll is a collection of source code that compiles into a set of command line tools, licensed under the GNU licensing terms.

Argyll also includes a general purpose ICC V2 profile format access library, icclib, and a general purpose CGATS file format I/O library.

Also hosted here, is DPS a "Demo Print System". This is an inkjet printer driver framework, currently aimed at driving the Epson R1800 printer. This is under development, and not yet complete.

I need your support.

Unfortunately programmers and color experts can't live on encouragement and complements alone - they have bills to pay, equipment to keep up to date, instruments to buy, and other financial obligations just like normal people. Currently it is only your support that will allow me to continue working on ArgyllCMS, so if you find ArgyllCMS valuable, and would like to continue to have technical support, bug-fixes, updates and drivers for new instruments added to it, or you appreciate having serious color management available on platforms other than MSWin and OS X, then it's a really good idea to provide support via a donation that reflects the value it provides you.

If you are a casual or hobby user, then something like $5 - $100 may be appropriate, depending on how deep your pockets are.

If you are using ArgyllCMS in your business, an annual donation, of (say) 5-20% of the cost of the commercial software you have not had to pay for, would make a great deal of difference in ensuring that it continues to be available.

If you are distributing ArgyllCMS as part of some other free package, then please make your users aware of the need to support the software that you and they depend upon.

If you are distributing ArgyllCMS as part of some other package that you are make money out of (e.g., a commercial Linux distribution where ArgyllCMS is providing a feature that allows Linux to be on par with other operating systems with regard to Color Management), then it would help tremendously if you treated it like other key software you depend on, and make an allowance to contribute a portion of a full time developers salary every year.

If there is an insufficient level of ongoing support, then there is still a very real possibility that you will return here in 6-12 months time, and find ArgyllCMS has gone.

Contribution Level
Thanks to everyone who has made the effort to provide support, no matter how small - you are making a difference in keeping ArgyllCMS available:
    David Richardson, Simon Westenholz, Carlo Rondinelli, Andy Taylor, Arthur Yeap, Mathieu Boutin, Marc Auber, Frank David, Marek Szuba,
    Glenn Davis, JT Master, Jeroen de Vries, richard_mba, Paul Stein, John Lord Photography, Nikola Pokhilchenkoy,  Lauri Hoefs, Lauri Hoefs,
    Rebecca Jackson, Robert Seitz,  Joseph Holmes, Wolfgang Schöll, Seth Rossman, Serhat Abaci Mindcomputing, Edward Wray,
    Nerdful Things, Stéphane Bosman, Carmelo D'Agostino, Stefan Kuip,  Stephen Schaffner, Pascal de Bruijn, Ed Rudolph,
    Jörg Hollenbach, Dae Hyun An, William Thieme, Ratthanan Nalintasnai, Wolfgang Graschopf, Sylvie Sanchez,
    Ivan Kadomin, Andreas Perret, Klaus D Baetz, Dmitry Tselikhin, Селедцов Игорь, Kristian Jörg, Lawrence Gebhardt,
    Eduardo Kropnick, Niccolò Belli, Doug Kirk, Howard Moftich, alnycng, Franz Senftl, Aliasgar D Lokhandwala,
    Korawee Ratchapakdee, Christian Freier , Charles Anway,  Gregor Kofler, David Schwinger, Karel Jancik,
    Andrej Schmitt, Aulis Seppälä,  Campus Digital, s.l., Thomas Voigt, Jeff Jourard, Ueli Hugenschmidt, Uwe van Olfen,
    PoshaGreen LLC, Andrew Larkin,  Roberto Zingales, Luca Montanari, Joseph Ridgway, Derin Korman, Daniel Menzel,
    Dennis Meuwissen, Marcin Gomułkiewicz, Mathias von Bredow, グレゴリー ジョナサンノベル, Christian Kelle,
    Tomas Martin, Henrik Kristensen, Hans Nyberg, Phillip R Ziesemer, Stephen Gibson, Nick Dunmur, Marc Florio,
    Mark Muse, Thomas Wissmann, Roy Lopes, Guelette yves, Eduardo Kropnick, Peter Sonntag,
    Xamul Vang, Jan Johansson, Phillip R Ziesemer, Samuel Chia, Tóth F János, Paul Stein, Thomas Sumser,
    David Kleinschmidt, Steven German,  Sebastian Krey, DANIELPFEIFFER.TECH, Филиппов Виталий,
    Tomas Martin, Russell Cottrell, Logicware, 3Graphics, Alessandro Fornari, Maurice Gnahore Zaza, Roger Breton,
    Markus Richter, Damiano Croci, Joshua Benton, Magnus Wallden, Lorenzo Ridolfi, Jacob Rajan,
    Marius Zapala, Prepress by Sloane, Richard Green, Giel van Schijndel, Ravi Prakash Putchala, Tomas Sobek,
    Hermann Kienlein, Robert Ramin, Rob Leitzell, Brad Funkhouser, Uwe Röger, Adrian Midgley, Phillip Bond,
    Nick Dunmur, Stephen Costaras, Christian Schwinn, Michael Barber, Valtteri Vuorikoski, Milos Vukmirovic,
    Dilma Herrera, Emanuele Giardina, Sergejs Kocegubovs, Wendy Julian, John Mulligan, John Millington,
    Moritz Conrad, Brad Funkhouser, Christian Ramharter , Charles Thibeault
Special thanks to the following people who are making a regular contribution:

    Fabio Giraldi, Arthur Yeap, Howard Kim, Fabio Bertolotti

Thanks also to Florian Höch  for contributing a portion of the donations to DiscalGUI from the following people:

    Manuel Pintor, Andy Taylor, Cooksey-Talbott Gallery, Ben Richardson LLC, Walter Romero, Cahill Casterline Limited, Smartcooky Design,
    Elio Clemente Alvarado, Timo Hakkarainen, Riley Brandt Photography, Gustavo Mendes, Karl Masreliez, Reinhold Schäfer, James Finnie, Robert Walker,
    Thamagon Kao-ian, Dzmitry Parul, Trutz-Günther Volkmann, Sarah Fields Photography, Felix Schumpelick, Andreas Teichert, Prepress by Sloane,
    Paul ter Laak, Richa Avasthi, Dale Mellinger, Daniel Jurcau, Greg Ausina, Marc Auber, Dilma Herrera,
    Jürgen Gallus, Jonas Wagner, Mind On Photography LLC, Ehtesham Haque, Paolo Francesco Cavestro, Heiko Thies, Dae Hyun An, Carmelo D'Agostino,
    Jorge Luis Recalde Mesías, Swee Oon, Nikolay Baronov, Jürgen Diez, Joel Lehmann, John Hawkins, Rebecca Jackson, Eric Crawford,
    Toni Kettula, Peter Varo, Vadim Mazo, Chris Coleman, Holger Dehnhardt, Franz Senftl, Chris Daughtry, Ilie Florin Catarama, Pierre Dubertrand,
    Joseph Wohlscheid, Harald Puerzel, Riley Brandt Photography, Harald Hugenschmidt, Visceral Psyche Films, David Tiroletto, alain perrier,
    Jens Hartwig, Carlos Mazon, Ian Castledine, Alberto Caso, Franz Senftl, Sarah Gerweck, Steve Becker, Achilleas Tziatzios, Charles Haynes,
    Michal Borkowski, Andy Schmitz, Wayne Liptrot, Will McElwain, Kevin Fowler, Samuel Larsen, Matthew Fleming, Mahamane Kanoute,
    David Schwinger, Vuong Tran, Leonard Smith, Bernhard Berger, Volker Lerch, Bernard Chappuis, Thomas Voigt, Eddy Young, Dan Striesow,
    Timo Nüßle, Kevin Connolly, Karsten De Freese, Michaël Manalis, Chander Sharma, Dino Nuhagic 2016-03: Blue Donkey Photography,
    Lee Ethetton, Jess McKenzie, Robin Hood Films S.L., Antoine Galinié, Davide Saronni, Law Ream, Markku Teerikorpi, Maurizio Fanfani,
    Benoît Hommel, Michael Havens, Dennis Meuwissen, Diego Rivera, Mois Diabate, Denis Barthel, Mika Huurre, Egor Schestakow,
    Stephen Fleischman, Antonio Tur, Jonathan Colledge, Victor Wolansky, Jason Lee, Jonathan Fitton, Victor Wolansky, Herbert Gross,
    Jorge M Trevino, Alexander Strange, Choi Ka Man, David Gay, Jonas Schmöle, Hermann Kienlein, Ross Anderson, Guillem Ventura Burrel,
    Andreas Schwarz, Chris Sweet, Nicola Julian Seidenspinner, Matthew Levin, Pavla Horská, Marcin Gil, George Boyko, Bodo Schütze,
    Kathleen Burks, Bastian Jödden, Miguel Angel Fernandez Lopez, Guelette yves, Liu Di, Ricky Szabo, Michael Anderes, Rick Thurman, Ralf Siegfried,
    Gregory Young, Brian Hampton, Francesco Demontis, Gunnar Nitsche, Nancy Zeltvay, Markus Rudolf Domula, H Rodriguez, Thierry Fischmann,
    Webster Dove, Evan Pantiel, John Bryden, Andrew Fields, Francois Edelin, Steven Todd Bartrim, Fletcher Brown, Bernd Hohmann, Peter Vansanten,
    Ari Savilampi, Andrew Alexander, Gerald Zojer, Mickey Micklos, René Boyer, Damiano Croci, Matteo Cantarella, Bernhard Höll, Tuya Tsetsgee,
    Janne Korkkula, Cedric Tancrez, Samuel Butler, James Youngquist, Richard Johnson, Riley Brandt Photography, Jean-Christophe Frisch,
    Carl Stammerjohn, Matthew Beacher, Bogdan Hlevca, Claude Labouebe, Zdenko Gubas, Sebastiaan Ubink, Alessandro Canali, Bren Ehnebuske,
    Joseph Jenco, Vidar Hoel, Martin Keusch, Pierre Marsault, William Downie, A J Gauld, Antonio Siegrist, Oliver Martin, Anton Palmqvist,
    Jeanine Ruby, Jacob Rajan, Martin Brandl, David Hover, Peter Harris, Benedikt Nimmervoll, Stefan Maneth, Denis Cilia, Maximilian Rosenberger,
    Jody Foo, Torben Klink, Michael Hoenig, Michele Mogioni, Mael Voyer, Angelos Tsiracis, Fotis Zagoras, Swen Heinrich, Ermes Turrin,
    Hubert Meitz, Tomas Sobek, Bernard Andre, Thomas Weimer, Dominic Dunkley, Hassan Elhassan,
    Damiano Croci, Jean-Marc Jungmann, Stian Møller, Sijie Bu, Walter Alloesio, Burntcandle, Daniel Finlayson, Warren Falk, Yury Gorbunov,
    Stephen Wood, Robert Marsolais, Davide Amadei, Stefan Linke, Ulises Troyo, Carsten Wieck, Andreas Tell, Simon Ryan, Alain Rossmann,
    Oliver Kitzing, Christian Schwinn


On Line Documentation
Download V1.9.2 Argyll Source Code
Download V1.9.2 Main Microsoft Windows executables
Download V1.9.2 Main Apple OS X executables
Download V1.9.2 Main Linux x86 Executables
Commercial Use and non-GPL Licensing
Download V2.16 icclib or cgatslib Source Code
Download DPS Source Code
Download SnoopyPro Source Code or Executables
ArgyllCMS mailing List Information

After you have downloaded the source or executables, please read the notes on installing.

Please note that some of the Linux packages based on "ArgyllCMS" have been modified in various ways, and may not work exactly the same as what is distributed here. If something doesn't work using such a package, please download the unmodified software from here and re-test before reporting a bug.

Getting Support for ArgyllCMS:

The best way of getting support in using ArgyllCMS is via the ArgyllCMS mailing List, where you will get the benefit of other knowledgeable people being able to help you.
You can also email me (Graeme Gill) directly.

I do scan some of the relevant web forums sporadically, and others on those forums may be able to help:

For Video and TV calibration and Profiling, the AVS Forums.

For Film & Video color grading display calibration, Lift Gamma Gain is worth a look.

For Camera, Photography, Photo Printing and Display profiling, try Luminous Landscapes.

[ I recommend you Stay away from DPReview - their heavy commercial censorship makes it unsuitable for support or discussion. ]

For printing and practical color management, the Apple ColorSync List is worth looking at (many experts hang out there),
while Forums like Printer Knowledge may be better suited to those at a more hobby level.

Other useful links:

DisplayCAL by Florian Höch

The Little Argyll GUI and A Color-Managed Linux Workflow by Russell Cottrell

CoCa by Andrew Stawowczyk Long


SwatchMate Cube, Part 1 - Out of the box accuracy

SwatchMate Cube, Part 2 - Can it be improved ?

Modifying the i1i0 table for the i1pro2