Argyll Color Management System

Argyll Color Management System  Home Page

(Including icclib, cgatslib and DPS)

Author :- Graeme Gill (Home Page)
Last updated 2019/4/29

ArgyllPRO ColorMeter

ArgyllPRO logo

Introducing the ArgyllPRO ColorMeter V1.5

New in Version 1.5, IES TM-30-15 Light Source Color Rendition.

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 2.1.1 (29th April 2019)

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 an AGLP license.

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, rather than having to do something else. 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 has to 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 financial support, as well as the encouraging messages - you are making a difference in keeping ArgyllCMS available:

Alex Sansosti, Joseph Brill, Eduardo Kropnick, Roger Kerr, Malcolm Matusky, Michael Banks, Choi Ka Man, B W Hettrick, Hasso Hertell, Arthur Marshall, Tomas Kuchta, Peter Hall, Markus Kempf, Volker Weiss, Andreas Schneider, David MacNeill, Prepress By Sloane, Alex Jankila, Robert Gravsjö, Dominic Portain, Clark Jacobsohn, Raviteja Malireddy, Phillip Cheng, Brandon Kuschel, Spring, Lei Meng, Valentin Korotky-Adamenko, Michael Grove, Julian Panke, Stephen Benben, Boris Melinand, Thorsten Geisbe, Zoetrope, Thomas Hoctor, Michael Swift, Uwe Wegemann, Lynn Grant, Simon Siebers, Horst Wandres, Joachim Dähnke, Emanuele Giardina, Robbie Byrne, Wyatt Meffert, Lin Su Kai, Stephan Siebert, Owen Morris, Thomas Pasch, Yannick Paz, Andrew Fields, Omar Siam, Tom Hayward, Marcin Gomułkiewicz, Michael Anderes, Kenneth Lam, Peter Koscelansky, Nicholas Drabble, Damjan Petrena, Ben Richardson LLC, Roger Evelyn, Colorprep, Edward Thomas, Miles Huff, Maciej Zięba, Martin D. Adamiker, Francisco Martins Pereira do Valle, Olaf Arlt, Francesco Calpini, pk photography, Antti Niskanen, Richard Tafel, Григорий Гришин, William Chiarchiaro, Ray Petralito, Peter Raus, Techit Ung-Arunyawee, Greg Feeler, William Perdikakis, Eduards Jegorovs, Hannes Dorbath, B. Delley, Markus Lasermann, Chris Kolenda, Urban Roth, Niels Volkmann, Mikhail Reytsman, Mauri Eronen
Special thanks to the following people who have made significant or regular contributions:

Lateral Imaging, Harald Hugenschmidt, Fabio Giraldi, Roy Jones, Idea Digital Imaging Ltd, Novo Group, Inc.,
Robert Hencke, Christophe Michard, Mates Mihail-Simion

Many thanks also to Florian Höch  for making ArgyllCMS more accessible via DisplayCAL, and contributing a portion of the donations to DiscalGUI from the following people:

Carsten Liersch, Jeff Bauman, Vitaliy Romanchenko, Christopher Zarnick, Peter Mcglynn, Silvian Ltd., Paweł Guraj, Ulrich Sommer, Robert Chambers, Rashid Makarov, Yov Moor, Ankit Omar, Martin Nover, David Skok, Stevenson Michel, Miran Kreuzer, Caprus Computer, Carsten Pettersson, James W Mckay Jr, Reshma Mohan, Wolfgang Taubert, Jean Frédéric Jolimaitre, Felix Eckhofer, Ronald Wieneke, Chad Miyamoto, Amanda Engström, Petrica Crimu, Rados Vujaklija, Pardeep Singh Photography, Massimo Coizzi, Willian Aleman, Robert Soen, Oliver Williams, Alexander James-Saleh, Michel Salchli, Robin Mcleod, Gabriel Baessolo, Richard Scalf, Ron Tay, Larry Kiper, Dean Roker, Michael Scherlacher, Steve Warner, Vincenzo Onorato, Ludwig Rossmann, Seth Marshall, Bruce Tingley, Troy Rumpel, Alexander Mitchell, Stephen Mckenzie, Radvan Al Seify, George Boyko, David Ivashenko, Peter Petschauer, Hermann Kienlein, Km Hofmann, Leslie Pestaina, Greg Noelken, Carmine Paolino, François Berne, Ron Mueller, Thomas Alexander, Marian Popescu, Georgios Kabassakalis, Christopher Barry, Richard Rothstein, Michael Gerloff, John Laliberte, David Thomson, Paul Komarek, David Harley, Radka Yordanova, Owen Newnan, Christophe Natowicz, Ed Doherty, Peter Seifert, Li Fan, Mark Raugas, Kamran Jazayeri, Arnoldo Aldana, Larry Peruffo, Chi Yau, Justin De Lavison, Matthew Finer, Justin Hill, Michael Youngstrom, David Skok, Mario Traar, Steven Ward, Mark Howenstein, Alessandro Proglio, Trevor Dee, Bernard Henter, Tomas Kuchta, Iikka Järvenpää, Robert Schambach, Stephen Winter, Richard Liu, Joseph Olivera, Nathan Blanchard, Josef Schröcker, Simon Siebers, Donald Lawson, Charles Thibeault, Paul Näger, Sven Antonsen, Brian Sollors, Mika Huurre, Emma A Lunbeck, Neil Wallace, Luis Felipe De Barros Mendes, Smartz Choices, Poul Volquartzen, Malcolm Matusky, Roger Kerr, Giuseppe Covino, Readers Resources, Isaac Barahona Hidalgo, Albert Palaudaries, Rohith Utukuri, Zieber Károly, Matej Martinovic, Richard Skillman, Adrian Ferris, Reg Francklyn, Lindsay Goodrich, Michael Whitehurst, Sami Boukortt, Tianyu Liu, Inna Rempel, Andrew Hunwick, Alaric Scott, Marco Spedicato, Roy Zartarian, Armin Voß, Scott Miller, Method Art, Musa Hoosain, Chia-Chi Liu, Lennah Press Llc, Henry M Seiden, Media Cinedicate, Inc., Jonathan Cruz, Moshe Tachnai, Peter Hall, Neal Cariello, Deirdre Allen, Andrew Cammarano, นริศ พัวพันวัฒนะ, Lucas Zanotto, Jens P Benecke, Frederic Baboulaz, Pawel Sroczynski, Marko Toivola, Juan Alberto González Rodríguez, Florian Lippke, Juliane Biallas, Donald Cameron, Edward Thomas, David Knoble, Robert Smith, Valentin Neacsu, Frederic Baboulaz, Duncan M Barclay, Michael Franklin, Shaun Mason, Julian Panke, Игорь Сергеев, Umali Media, Bill Connelly, Pawel Zembaty, Tr Stephenson, Marcus Jüttner, Alexandre Seunes, Karsten Schneeberger, Thomas Keeler, C J Bryson, Jari Kuukkanen, Vlad Kostianovskii, Rene Wagner, Simon Judge, Ben Morris, Richard Drdul, Janice Myers, Peter Böhm, Mr Dpa Rees, Arnaud Helluin, Sebastian Niciu, Greg Feeler, Aleksej Klee, Converge Forward, Inc., Jeff Briant, Chris Marsham Photography, Christoph Müller, Marcel Thomas, Michael Landry, David Skok, Aleksandr Ivkin, Charbel El Hachem, Lensvisions Studio, Julz Buckton, Jean De Bondt, Joshua Schwartz, Ronald Taylor, Carl Perry, Matthieu Abily, Dustyn Altimus, Ulrich Kreidenweis, Gerald Davis, Cliff Nieuwenhuis, Royal Kiehl, Martin Soeun, Thomas Dunzendorfer Filmproduktion, Kentech Solutions, Ralf Rapude, Gerold Schmidt, Damjan Petrena, Louis Prud'Homme, Peter Guyton, Allan Ledger, Benjamin Garcia Garcia, Andrea Gozzo, Andreas Luthe, Esa Jussila, Dax Mackenzie Roggio, Michel Joly De Lotbiniere, Charles Adams, Jan Donker, Frank Domrös, Jonathan Aucomte, Weon Min Ko, Wolfgang Suhrmann, Daniel Pinkston, Pizca Design, Young Kyong Son, Chris Short, Boris Melinand, Patrac Stephane, Verkauf, David Skok, Michael Linder, Stamm Christoph, Brett Nixon, Ern Reeders, Nigel Reed, Simon Raffeiner, Masanori Tottori, Benno Eberle, Martin Neuß, Alexandru Popescu, Thomas Pasch, 傳宗 林, Hearts In Spirit, Llc, David Goldberg, Jin Won, Daniel Frost, Vincent Horvath, Arndt-M. Kürsten, Harri Jarvinen, Marcus Lucke, Robert Harding, Randy Wright, James Ringland, Chenghan Pan, Klein Media, Llc, Credito Bergamasco Banco Popolare, Kieren Hinch, Rafael Quiles, Marc Elo, Wyatt Meffert, Victor Wong, Georg Goetz, Beniamino Finocchiaro, Oliver Hoefele, Sagar Alodiya, Greg Rombach, Roberto Sellitto, Fabio Bonamigo, John Ruetti, Rolando Menendez, Horst Wandres, William Ruggles, Blues County, Ryan Shwayder, Geoffrey Whitbourn, Patrick Fong, Tracy Valleau, Jazmine Gonzalez, Matej Lesjak, Jack Cook, François Berne, Greg Feeler, Steve Shapiro, Francois Demers, Eric Clayton, Eduard Ebel, Raimond Laptik, Richard Down, Bella Kelner, Michael Shimwell, Roger Evelyn, Jean Picard, Laurence Beilenson, Wesam Graoui, United Photo, Inc., Stephen Layton, Kaustuv Roy, Murray Savidan, James Wynhoff, Lukas Strohmeier, Marcin Stawiecki, Andrew Michael, Hans Ohwosoro, Shu Jen Chang, Ryan Trenkamp, Christopher Lindberg, Ivan Sijak, Björn Linzer, Fabrice Gellet, Jason Fomenko, Elio Di Claudio, Eric Beaulieu, Marc Queffelec, David Campillo, Scott Oslund, Robin Richardson, Tom Hayward, Omar Siam, Christian Ahnen, Anthony Kurbanali, Carl Cabanas, Craig Frial, Virginia Sanderson, Québec Photo, Jon Austenaa, John Mccann, E Bjarne Blume, Michael Costa Photography, James Riggs, Ivan Tanasković, Rainer Holland, Tony Kellaway, Monica Iversen, Kitta Soulinthavong, John Carpenter, Alan Olander, Paul Bishop, Bett@Home, Michael Umland, Michael Lorenzo, Curtis Bullock, Florentin Cioban, Arnoud Kwant, Jens Walter, Ludovit Kanta, Uwe Wegemann, M. Ashraf Khan, Jacques Monier, David Brown, Jim Purcell, Martin Čučiak, Terence C. Hance, Andreas Frowein, William Mellen, Dipl.-Ing. Martin D. Adamiker, Siegfried Streit, Waldemar Avots, Zsolt Ivacs, Michael Simms, David L Jones, Michael Allred, Mark Jennings, Robert Mayr, Jesper Persson, Nicholas Drabble, Mates Mihail-Simion, Jani Lahtinen, Maciej Zięba, Paul Robinson, Robert Kenedi, Cauville Mathieu, Вячеслав Кузев, Rami Maunula, Greg Feeler, 大远 邹, Michaël Poncin, Laurent Privat, Niels Volkmann, Skypie Studio, Robert Hencke, Vaclav Sedy, Piotr Bula, Stuart Bonell, Dushyant Patel, John Hanson Photography, James Spadoni, Kaiming Wei, Paulo Valdez, Rémi Dugrain, Techit Ung-Arunyawee, Kirby Smith, Raphael Dutertre, Koen Van Der Zalm, Peter Raus, Robert Schuster, Eduard Oertle, Milan Ckonjevic, Clifford Colgate, Jason Crouse, Sean O'Brien, Edward Wilson, Stefan Esser, Michael Sansom, Kane Morgan, Jason Jennings, Ruibo Li, Achim Schillings, Shankar Narayanan, Rory Matthews, Jon Straggas, Matthew Sippert, Bob Osola, Werner Söser, Martin Wolf, Emanuele Affabile, Marcus Jüttner, Online Retailers, 扬 吴, David Youso, Bett@Home, Markus Richter, Jesús Manuel Díez Gómez, Emanuele Affabile, Guy Forssman, Mori Kenichi


On Line Documentation
Download V2.1.1 Argyll Source Code
Download V2.1.1 Main Microsoft Windows executables
Download V2.1.2 Main Apple OS X executables
Download V2.1.2 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 or reporting Bugs:

The best way of getting support in using ArgyllCMS or reporting bugs, 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. (See Contact Me below).

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 software that uses ArgyllCMS:

DisplayCAL by Florian Höch

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

Coloris by Rémi and Lionel Wetteren.

CoCa by Andrew Stawowczyk Long


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SwatchMate Cube, Part 2 - Can it be improved ?

Modifying the i1i0 table for the i1pro2