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digiKam 5.6.0

The digiKam photo management software has reached the new stable 5.6.0 release with exciting new features and more than 81 issues closed.

New features in digiKam 5.6.0 according to the announcement:

  • The HTML gallery and Video Slideshow tools are back and available via tools menu.
  • database shrinking is also possible for MySQL databases.
  • improved the grouping items feature
  • support for custom sidecars
  • Geolocation Bookmarks has been rewritten to work with bundle version of digiKam (e.g., Appimage).

digiKam 5.6.0

How to Install digiKam 5.6.0 in Ubuntu 17.04:

Due to requirement of higher Qt5 library version, digiKam 5.6.0 is only available for Ubuntu 17.04 through PPA.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T, then run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/extra

Type your password when prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade digiKam via Software Updater (Update Manager):

or simply run commands in terminal to install /upgrade the software:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install digikam

Install digiKam 5.6.0 in Ubuntu 16.04:

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and old versions download the AppImage from the link below:

Download digiKam (AppImage)

AppImage is a single executable package, give its permission from file’s ‘Properties’ window:

Then run the file to launch digiKam (don’t see ‘Run’ option? go to menu Edit -> Preferences -> Behavior -> Run Executable text files when they are opened):

The first launch will ask you if to install a shortcut for the AppImage.

digiKam 5.4.0

Free and open-source photo management software digiKam 5.4.0 has been released today several improvements to the similarity search engine and a complete re-write of video file support.

What’s new in digiKam 5.4.0:

  • Usability improvements to the fuzzy sidebar functionality
  • Duplicates search improvement
  • Possibility to drag and drop an image into the Fuzzy search without import it.
  • Batch Queue Manager can now process only the current queue.
  • Fully ported to the QtAV framework to handle video and audio files
  • Includes latest libraw 0.18 with a long list of new supported cameras.
  • tags, group images improvements.
  • and see more in the release note.

digiKam in ubuntu

Download / Install digiKam 5.4.0 in Ubuntu:

For AppImage (non-install), grab the package from the link below (i386 for 32-bit, x86_64 for 64-bit):

Download digiKam (.appimage)

Then make the file executable from its context menu Properties window -> Permissions tab -> check “Allow executing file as program”. Finally click run the .appimage file to launch digiKam.

For traditional .deb packages, an unofficial PPA is available with Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 16.10 support so far:

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/extra

digiKam 5.1 PPA

2. Then install or upgrade digiKam 5 via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install digikam5

Tip: There may be a small delay for new releases being made into PPA, you may check the above repository link before adding it.

digiKam 5.1.0

After one month of development, the digiKam team announced the release of its photo management software digiKam 5.1.0 last night with new RAW cameras support and bug fixes.

DigiKam 5.1.0 brings a new huge bugs triage and some fixes, LibRaw 0.18 to support new lead RAW cameras, Mysql database interface consolidation, speed-up startup operation. Also the option to enable or disable the scan for new items at startup is back in Setup/Miscs dialog page.

digiKam 5.1 splash

New supported RAW cameras in Digikam 5.1.0:
  • Canon 80D, 1300D, 1DX MkII
  • Fujifilm X-Pro2, X70, X-E2S
  • HTC One A9 and M9
  • Leica M and X-U
  • Nikon D5
  • Olympus Pen F, SH-3
  • Panasonic DMC-GX80/85, DMC-TZ80/81/85/ZS60, DMC-TZ100/101/ZS100
  • PhaseOne IQ150, IQ180 IR, IQ3
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Sony ILCA-68, ILCE-6300, RX1R II, RX10 III
Install / upgrade to digiKam 5.1.0 in (K)Ubuntu 16.04:

1. Add Philip Johnsson’s PPA

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/extra

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when prompts and hit Enter.

digiKam 5.1 PPA

2. install or upgrade digiKam.

For those who have the previous 5.0 release installed, launch Software Updater and upgrade digiKam to 5.1.0 release after checking for updates.

upgrade to digiKam 5.1.0

Or just run commands below one by one in terminal to update package index and install/upgrade the software:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install digikam5

3. (Optional) Remove digiKam 5.1.0

To remove the software, use Synaptic Package Manager or simply run apt command with remove flag:

sudo apt remove digikam5 && sudo apt autoremove

And the PPA can be removed or disabled via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.


After two years of development, digiKam 5.0 stable was finally released one day ago with fully Qt5 port.

In addition to code porting, digiKam 5.0 now uses many Qt dependencies instead of KDE dependencies. To provide a pure Qt5 version of digiKam in the future, around 80% of KDE dependencies have been removed, 10% become optional for Linux Desktop. This simplifies the porting job and code maintenance on Windows, OS X, and other operating systems.

Other changes in digiKam 5.0:

  • remove KIO-slaves, instead a multi-threaded implementation is used to query the database
  • use virtual trash folder, accessible from album tree, instead of KDE desktop trash
  • improve metadata workflow in digiKam with a new Lazy Synchronization Tool
  • port kipi-plugins to Qt5
  • The whole database code has been reviewed, polished, cleaned, and documented.
  • database configuration panel rewritten
  • possible to setup MySQL datebase at first run

For more details, read the official release note.

digikam 5 splash

How to Install digiKam 5.0 in (K)Ubuntu:

Philip Johnsson is maintaining a PPA with digiKam binary for Ubuntu. Now digiKam 5.0 is available in the PPA for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.10, and derivatives.

1. Add PPA.

Open terminal emulator and paste the command below and run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/extra

Type in your password when it asks. There’s no visual feedback on password typing, so just type in mind and hit Enter.

digiKam 5 PPA

2. Now search for and install digikam5 using your package manager after refresh package caches.

Or just run the commands below one by one in terminal:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install digikam5

The digiKam5 packages is independent of previous digiKam 4.x. You may have both version installed at the same time.


digiKam 4.14.0, the last stable release of the 4.x series, has been released. The next 5.0.0 release with Qt5 and KF5 support is on the way.

In this release, OpenCV 3.x is now supported for face management and others tools based on OpenCV algorithm. Some work have been done about overlay icon to improve usability. Icons are now re-sized accordingly with thumbnail sizes, and a new icon have been add to quickly run slideshow in full-screen mode.

digiKam 5.0 beta splash screen

digiKam 5.0 beta splash screen

How to install / upgrade digikam in Ubuntu:

Open terminal from the Application Launcher or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, run below commands one by one to get the latest digiKam from Philip Johnsson’s PPA.

1. Choose a PPA to add to your system.

For Ubuntu 14.04 with Kubuntu Backports PPA added, run command to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/kubuntu-backports

For Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 15.04 with default KDE libraries, use below command instead:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/extra 


2. Update system repository cache and install/upgrade digiKam:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install digikam