Last updated on November 5, 2023
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Minimum system configuration

Microsoft® Windows®

Apple® macOS®

Microsoft® Windows®

Apple® macOS®

GPU acceleration (graphics card)

Supported image formats

Supported formats and cameras will continue to evolve as DxO PureRAW 3 is updated.

*Compressed DNG files, DNG files from merged pictures done in Adobe Lightroom Classic, or Lightroom and Camera Raw, and DNG files from smartphone cameras are not supported.

Installation of DxO PureRAW 3

On this page you will find instructions for:

Downloading

DxO PureRAW 3 can be downloaded here. The downloaded file saves to your Downloads folder.

To access this folder on macOS, open the Finder and click on the Downloads folder, usually displayed in the list on the left. The installation file has the extension “.dmg.”

To access this folder on a Windows PC, click on the Start button, then on your user name. In the window that opens, double-click on the “Downloads” folder. The installation file has the extension “.exe”.

Installation

To install DxO PureRAW 3 on Mac:

  1. Find the installation disk image file (.dmg) that you have downloaded and double-click on it.
  2. In the window that opens, double-click on the DxO PureRAW 3 icon.
  3. Follow the steps indicated by the series of windows that follows, including approval of the license agreement and component selection (external Lightroom module and Finder extension).
  4. Once DxO PureRAW 3 has been installed, it will appear in the Applications folder on your Mac. After you launch the program, you can add it to your Dock (right-click on the icon and choose Options).
  5. When you open Adobe Lightroom Classic, a dialog box will confirm that the external DxO PureRAW 3 modules have been successfully installed.
  6. If the DxO PureRAW 3 controls don’t appear in the Finder window’s context menu when you right-click on a RAW file, open System Preferences (macOS) > Extensions, and make sure that DxO PureRAW 3 has a checkmark next to its name in the list. If the issue persists, restart your Mac.

Installing DxO PureRAW 3 on a PC:

  1. Find the installation file (.exe) you downloaded and double-click on it.
  2. You will be guided through the installation steps, including approving the license agreement, the default location (C:\Program Files\DxO), and the choice of components (Lightroom plugin).
  3. After the installation of DxO PureRAW 3 is complete, you can access it via the Programs > DxO > DxO PureRAW 3 folder (create a shortcut on your desktop or pin the program to your taskbar).
  4. When you open Adobe Lightroom Classic, a dialog box will confirm that the external DxO PureRAW 3 modules have been successfully installed.

Activation

The first time you launch the program after installation, you will be prompted to enter your registration key. This window will appear at each launch as long as you have not entered the key (you have a 31-day trial period, however).

Activation window

The activation window also allows you to purchase your license from the DxO online store.

About the external DxO PureRAW 3 module for Adobe Lightroom Classic.

You can check the status of the external DxO PureRAW 3 module by opening the External Modules Manager in Lightroom Classic from the File menu.

The external module is made up of two parts:

The green light indicates that the module has been installed and is working properly. The right-hand side shows the location and version, along with options to deactivate/activate and reload the external module.

Uninstalling

To uninstall DxO PureRAW 3:

Preferences

Preferences window (Mac Intel and PC)
Preferences window (Mac Silicon)

To open Preferences on Mac, go to the PureRAW menu. On a PC, go to the File menu. In both cases, the following general options will appear:

*If your Mac is on Ventura macOS 13, and you have chosen Apple Neural Engine, color drifting may occur during image processing. To avoid this problem, while you wait for a fix from Apple and DxO Labs, it is preferable to choose the Apple M1 GPU option or Use CPU only.

To view the different types of graphics cards that are supported, see the System Requirements page.

Important:

Help

The Help menu (left: Mac, right: PC)
DxO Hub

The Help menu, both on Mac and PC, contains the following:

*Internet connection required.

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