Argyll Color Management System

Argyll Color Management System  Home Page

(Including icclib, cgatslib and DPS)

Author :- Graeme Gill (Home Page)
Last updated 2017/11/17

ArgyllPRO ColorMeter

ArgyllPRO logo

Introducing the ArgyllPRO ColorMeter V1.3

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 2.0.0

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.

Your continued support is important.

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 such as maintaining a roof over their heads and keeping the lights on, 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, and support for new technologies, 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 some 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.

No contribution is too small - it all adds up.

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 - you are making a difference in keeping ArgyllCMS available:
Brandon Tresenriter, Minrui Zheng, Pierre Marsault, Peter Patoschka, Pletnev Dmitry, Zhaolin Huang, Karsten Pufahl, Beth Robinson, Brad Funkhouser, Valentin Feremutsch, Thomas Weimer, André Metzner, Кудрявцев Алексей, Simon Speich, Stefan Witschel, Horst Danner, Rahikainen, Luca Fornasari, Jens Reckendorf, Andreas Simionovici, High-Que, Ingo Rudorff, Yu-Fa Tsai, Smirnov Vasily, Danny Rich, Niku Toivola, MonCeros, Bartosz Narożny, Troy Sobotka, Stephen Baines, Bálint Hajagos, Jorge De Cecco, Kar-Graf Kazimierz, Michael Pauliks, 红 原, Yothin Morakot-amporn, Hubert Meitz, Horst Wandres, Gianandrea Da Ros, Fred Melnyk, Karl Wolf, Robert Watkins, Sebastian Liechti, 罗 啸, Paul Alexandrow, Quentin Schander, Eduardo Kropnick, Syntagm Ltd., Christoph Hasenbein, Jani Rautiainen, Patrick Coray, Arnt Richard Rørvik, Andreas Ramsauer, David Kosiur, Tony Meneses, Justin Lemrow, Vu Le Tuan Dung, Markus Vuorio, Bojan Spasic, Michael Joos, Blaž Jesenko, Steve Allen, Jörg Schreyer, Thomas Jarosch, Björn Eklöf, P Rochaix De Luque, Filippo Rusconi, Pawel Bartosiak, Ádám András Csintalan, Justin Ladner, Mika Huurre, Mike Chang, Richard Hernandez, Thomas Gravdahl , Juerg Brechbuehl, John Dolese, Mari Luz Sevilla Perez, Mihai Margarint , D M Fleming, Jack Desert, Allan Paul, Allan Chen, Daniel Castro Garcia, Сергей Романов, Mir Ornel Rodriguez Lombardo, Paul Stein, Richard Rose, Charles Pine, Chen Chen, Cui Yuting, Robert Marsolais, OURS 森林好朋友, David Karipides, Guelette Yves, Shaofeng Wu, Randolf Allenstein, Stephan Sieber, Charidimos Saridakis, Ari Savilampi, Joseph Lovick, Jean-Pierre Redoules, Allen Bryan, Ernest Buechel, Thomas Gerber, Hannes Kolar, Eric Foster, Prepress By Sloane, Bernard Michaud, J. Adrian, Alan Goldhammer, Claudio Leite, Jarkko Lavinen, Eduardo Kropnick, Dan Merry Bibalou, Ryan Johnson, Achat Sv-Lpsy EPFL, Jarkko Lavinen, Indramani Sharma, Christoph Wurst, Michael Gleave, Manuel Diego Van Der Landen, Indramani Sharma, Aleksandar Mitov, Udo Bachmann, Brian Cairns, Christian Hodel, Michel Smolak, Ardhitama, Dominik Back, Alexandre Verstak, Nick Sarnie, Auguste Chery, Marvel Walls, Www.Biogon.Co.Uk, Stefan Weiße, Klaus Goerke, John Livy, Jason Clarke, Michael Cieslak, John Woodhouse, Steve Booke, Markus Roman, Darius Studer, David Pagès, Benjamin Chare, Gilles Ouellet, Ka Man Choi, Marc Lavine, David Dahlen, Ryan Johnson, Maximilian Pachmayr, Juan Cabello, Mark Calabretta, Kevin Poulain, Andreas Straub, Reshma Mohan, Thang Lam, Dominik Back, Brad Funkhouser, Petr Lobaz, Kevin Obrien, Fernando Carello, Sharon Mayer, William Drown, Wolfgang Gaube, John Gooday, Nikolay Pokhilchenko, Leon Nguyen, Christian Stoitner, Stitch, Matti Kurkela, Bojan Spasic, Kirby Parham, Gustavo Pires
Special thanks to the following people who are making a regular contribution:

Fabio Giraldi, Arthur Yeap, Howard Kim, Fabio Bertolotti, Roy Jones, Lateral Imaging, Idea Digital Imaging

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

Boleslaw Ciesielski, Acoustic Masters, Pepijn Klijs, Christopher Rogers, Eduard Stark, Demetrios Dourambeis, Mickaël Durindel, Gary Roylance, Dow Hurst, Allen Gabriele, Adam Easton Voice Acting, Pierre Marsault, Morgan Rogers, Thomas Kagle, Patrick Woods, Tom Reimann, Kris Melnyk, Jonathan Moerman, Soeren Witt, Patrik Jakab, Brandon Tresenriter, Michal Golczewski, Antonio D'Alisa, Benjamin Weber, Uche Obiwe, Florian Richter, Matti Rintala, Stephen Smith, Mykola Podolianiuk, Hans Vonsild, David Huber, Björn Linzer, James Greg, Owen Clarke, 義興 陳, John Wong, High-Que LLC, Matthew Gorrie, 2000Px Media Inc., Луи Шильп, Markus Filsinger, Andreas Simionovici, The Denmark Group, Inc., Terry Rowse, Grace Kim, Jd Albers, Xavier Arnau, 俊良 陆, Jonathan Puckrin, Hans Henrik Baek Thogersen, Mikko Rahikainen, Christopher Barry, Andrea Bellucci, Alberto Rodriguez Sánchez, Alesksey Yashin, Flinders Street Photography, Ashley Bradford, Dominique Haeber, Risto Jokinen, Stefan Engstrom, Jean-Paul Moreau, Christoph Konermann, Morgan Langley, Riley Brandt Photography, Rem Perrot, Calex Gonzalez, Joseph Tan, Matthias Neumaier, Alexey Osetyanov, William Walters, Tobias Brausen, Elio Di Claudio, 景斌 高, Michael Kuhn, Серафим Сальников, Alexandre Malhao, Bruno Louis, Yothin Morakot-Amporn, Michel Lapointe, Dieter Pongratz, Pier Bover Branze, Minh Nguyen, Wam Beuwer, Julian Brossat, Lutz Winkelmann, Andrew Drewitt, Matthew Park, ピナピクス株式会社, Lee Stripp, Stanislas Szlapka, Evgeny Kalachikhin, Noel Lee, Mark Aligbe, Mauro Salvini, Ketil Skogen, David Goman, Luis Lainez, Tsai Yu-Fa, Renaud Jandin, Jani Vainiomäki, Mike Mccormick, Michael Riha, Florian Schaerer, Philippe Anctil, Gregory Adams, Nils Caneele, Samuel Butler, Tony Meneses, Alexander Kunz, Tony Meneses, Maximilian Wende, Patrick Kenny, Barbara Breitsameter, Patrick Coray, Monceros, Jean-Pierre Verrue, John Mckenzie, Mario Wittmann, Ian Harrison, James Marsden, Jan Ruszkiewicz, Martin Hickley, Ernst Molitor, Przemyslaw Szymanski-Klyszejko, Bernardus Schut, 啸 罗, Steen Knarberg, Dietmar Hentzschel, Brett Antony Patching, Vivek Chowdhary, Roy Batute, Juha Rosenberg, Patrac Stephane, Cole Bey, Stephen Gibson, Ray Stilson, Tomi Vartiainen, Piotr Adamus, Hanns Weschta, Do Kim, John Jenkins, Gerrit Soltau, Frederic Rignault, Stefan Peter, Torben Klink, Jose M Ochando Hidalgo, Shawn Gerrard, Chris Anderson, Janusz Ulanowski, Carlos Campuzano, Arturo Limon Fernandez, Herbert Schneider, Dana Consulting Inc, John Duckett, Allan Fearon, Marco Diletti, Joachim Mallach, Michael Joos, Giovanni Cortecchia, Dante Mikhail, Thomas Weidner, Jmvdigital, Inc., Richard Sus, Yuri Borovsky, Bruno De Afonseca E Silva Vieira, Florian Doblinger, Tom Hayward, Renato Campana, Matthew Krosschell, Old Skool Parts, Frank Yates, Eric Olheiser, John Baarends, Juergen Beurskens, Jason Clark, Alexander Klatt, Evrett Ward, Mihai Margarint, James F Smith Iii, Martin Štangler, Ademola Solanke, James Jaworski, Philip Glaser, Hyoung Seoub Choi, Pierre Graber, Raymond Ko, Wendy Wager, John Dolese, Berry Girl Nails, Mika Huurre, George Knibbs, Iestyn Bleasdale-Shepherd, Arthur Garceau, Brandon Schrichten, Rainer Krienke, Christian Fandel, David Billen, Luis Lainez, Nicola Berndt, Robert Smith, Huy Hoang, Krzysztof Serafin, Christopher Bonney, David Vogt, Stefano Tribioli, Kelly Nielsen, Tim Green, Wes Toleman, Elisabeth Rezucha, Charles Dodgen, Jean-Michel Rainer, Robert Tremblay, David Hart, Björn Cremer, Enrique Pedrero Pacheco, Musings Publishing, Goran Lowkrantz, Tiberiu-Heinrich Rosner, Beth Fishkind, Jack Kesselman Computer Consultant, George Anderson, Brian Rasche, Andrew Carpenter, Frédéric Boucharel, Greg Feeler, Robert Bengraff, Halbwirth & Co Kg, Keith Hills, Karen Daspit, Thorsten Würfel, Larry Cortez, Carlos Mazon, Ours森林好朋友, Pierréloi Vial, Ian Macdougald, Clemens Schaffenrath, Anna Christina Hucke, Brett Handley, Juraj Olejka, Jeff Brandt, Mark Baldassari, Caleb Ward, Philip Tobias Enterprises, David Thurman, Felipe Sobreira Abrahão, Nunzio Saggio, Hak Shing David Lam, Michael Patterson, Ronald Wieneke, Alexander Kunz, Kaan Tasli, Richard Lim, Phil Nanzetta, Sabin Kolarov, Joakim Reuteler, Albert Sanchez, 承春 陈, Vuthjira Thangjaisathapad, Sung-Gon Yi, Benjamin Chare, George Zipfel, Vincent Horvath, John Wiesenfeld, Ken Lutes, Gilles Bangratz, Russell Ingram, Federico Vigolo, Hamzh Alnjad, Oliver Zum Felde, Paul Bearmon, Grzegorz Najder, 贤哲 林, Joseph Lovick, Axel Bechstein, Jan Martin, Piotr Przybylski, Maija Hujala, Rednine Pty Ltd, Marko Nissinen, Karel Hurych, Antonio Marcheselli, Manuel Ustrell, Stefan Bösl, Bjorn Johansson, Troy Turner, Christopher Martinic, Julin Maloof, Henrik Kristensen, Diede Van Vree, Christopher Huynh, J. Adrian, Luca Oltenau, Stephe Koontz, Felipe De Moura Vieira, Willi Schmidt, Gerhard Kulzer, Jesus Portas Arias, James L. King Iii Dba Alijam Music, Adam Piskorski, Clark Jacobsohn, Bob Johnston, John Baarends, Geoff Sloan, Jungmin Song, Kevin Poulain, Geoffrey Smith, Phillip R Ziesemer, Keith Pimental, Barry Prager, Jussi Mäkelä, Blaž Miklič, Jong Soo Park, Greetums, Travis Hale, Frederick Mwangi, Michael O'Brien, Vaclav Vancura, Dave Docimo, Thomas Williams, Lars Woodhouse, Jim Blackie, Barbara Heise, Michael King, Thomas Fackler, Venugopal Jakhotia, Javier Roche Martinez, Ralf Daubner, 大颉 杨, Sam Lee, Maixent Kionghat Owon, Keith Hills, Ivan Blazhko, Dale Gould, Mart Viires, Joon Im, Aidan Mock, Preston Brown, Edward Roslak, Leslie B Bunch, Markus Zehnder, David Clark, Ulrike Dahlhaus, James Fraser, Thorsten Geisbe, Alexey Buteskul, Daniel Menzel, Tom Cattrall, P David Vanverst, Andreas Heim, Mark Cote, Benedikt Eisenreich, Riley Brandt Photography, Robert Matsunaga, Simplified Inside, Dean Angelico, William Drown, Ian Clegg, Nextlevel Training, Michael Jorgensen Photography, Chris Gordon, Aleksej Klee, Dustin Dinse, Ulfert Gundermann, Walter Pinkus, Tero Teittinen, On Yin Cheung, Everett Cook, Eduards Jegorovs, Roger Kerr, Ralf Rapude, David Gates, Alessandro Allini, Eakchat Chatjuthamard, Hans Vonsild, Marcelo Rocca, Sascha Fronczek, Axel Bechstein, Alastair Cooper, Sergey Marukyan, Daniel Zigerlig, Pete Latham, William Endow, Sergey Pesterev, Jong Woong Shin, Raphael Forsthuber, Thomas Swanson, Cesar Javier Lockhart De La Rosa, Emily Finger, Michael Braem, Tj Roxas Photography, Eric W Smith, Pip Design Shop, Nils Mühlfried, Lieven Debock, Jonathan Werner, Simone Corrado Forti, Steffen Engelmann - Gähler, Clean Testing, Michael Sapsard


On Line Documentation
Download V2.0.0 Argyll Source Code
Download V2.0.0 Main Microsoft Windows executables
Download V2.0.0 Main Apple OS X executables
Download V2.0.0 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