digiKam 3.5.0 released, compile in Ubuntu 13.10

Last updated: July 28, 2015

digikam 3.5.0

Since last digiKam 3.4.0 was released with a new core implementation to speed up processing, digiKam team just announced v3.5.0 with following bug fixes:

  • Kipi-plugins cannot be deselected or Digikam not reading digikamrc
  • Panorama creation: give first and last (used) file name automatically
  • Removing tags limited to 250 selected pictures
  • undo/redo does not take effect in the image
  • Feature request: Setting in digiKam to only detect faces, not trying to recognize them automatically
  • Digikam crashed when validating face tag with button

Download & Build digiKam in Ubuntu:

digiKam software collection tarball can be downloaded from KDE repository. So far, the Kubuntu Backports PPA is still stuck with v3.3.0. Fortunately, it’s not hard to compile and install from the source.

UPDATE: There’s now a PPA that contains digiKam 3.5.0 for Ubuntu 13.10. Just run commands below one by one to add PPA and install digiKam 3.5::

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:msylwester/digikam

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install digikam

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:msylwester/digikam

I’ve successfully built digiKam 3.5.0 on Ubuntu 13.10 Beta2, see what I did in steps below:

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run command to install required tools:

sudo apt-get install gcc cpp make cmake checkinstall

2. Click the previous link to download the source tarball. Then navigate to downloaded directory in command line and uncompress the package:

cd ~/Downloads; tar jxvf digikam-3.5.0.tar.bz2

Go to resulted folder and create build directory:

cd ~/Downloads/digikam-3.5.0/
mkdir build
cd build

3. Install the dependencies:

sudo apt-get install libgpod4-nogtk 
sudo apt-get build-dep digikam kipi-plugins

4. Check if all requirements for compile are available:

cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=release -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`kde4-config --prefix` ..

5. If ready, compile it via:

sudo checkinstall --pkgname=digiKam3.5 --install=no  make install

6. Follow the on screen prompts and install the result DEB:

sudo dpkg -i digikam3.5*.deb

That’s it. Enjoy!

digikam 3.5


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8 responses to digiKam 3.5.0 released, compile in Ubuntu 13.10

  1. Will this HowTo work on Pear OS 8 too? I’d rather not break anything at this moment, you see…

  2. will this work on ubuntu 13.04 ? Or do I need 13.10 to compile a *.deb file and the use that in 13.04 ? Thanks and best greetings,


  3. Thanks Panda ! think I will try installing a virtualbox env. with 13.10 – compile a .deb and try to install it in my 13.04

    • I’m sorry, Mike. I think you misunderstood what I said.

      You can install Ubuntu 13.04 as a Virtualbox Guest and try compiling & installing it, then re-do it on your Ubuntu 13.04 machine if it worked. Ubuntu 13.10 is not necessary

      • Thanks Panda !

        I tried this at first and it didn´t work in 13.04 and thats why I wrote my initial post. In my frsh installed and updated 13.04 kde system the precheck rus into errors.. because of a too old “libkface” that is not supported. I tried to update it but it´s the latest for 13.04 and a newe is needed. So I cant compile in 13.04… and therefore I ask if its possible to compile in 13.10 ( should work obviously ) and use it in 13.04 ..or do I ran into the same problems while compiling just vice versa ? As far as I understand thats why backports exist…?

        • I think that’s why Kubuntu Backports PPA still have digiKam 3.3. The libraries change so much since Ubuntu 12.04!