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colord is a system service that makes it easy to manage, install and generate color profiles to accurately color manage input and output devices.

This functionality is implemented as a system activated daemon called colord. Being system activated means that it's only started when the user is using a text mode or graphical tool.

What colord does:

  • Provides a DBus API for other programs to query, e.g. "Get me the profiles for device $foo" or "Create a device and assign it profile $bar"

  • Provides a persistent database backed store for device -> profile mapping.

  • Provides the session for a way to set system settings, for instance setting the display profile for all users and all sessions.

See the website for more details.

Compiling for Linux

Ensure the following packages are installed:

  • dbus-devel
  • libxslt
  • docbook5-style-xsl
  • gettext
  • glib2-devel
  • gobject-introspection-devel
  • gtk-doc
  • lcms2-devel
  • libgudev1-devel
  • libgusb-devel
  • polkit-devel
  • sqlite-devel
  • systemd-devel
  • vala-tools

Then just do mkdir build && cd build && meson --prefix=/usr .. && ninja

Compiling for Microsoft Windows

  • Ensure wine is installed

  • Compile with a lot of restricted options, e.g.

    --with-udevrulesdir=/tmp && make


Patches are accepted in form of pull requests for repository