Monday 2 April 2018

How to install digiKam in Linux / Ubuntu 18.04

digiKam is a free and open source photo management application providing a set of tools for importing, managing and editing digital photos and RAW files. 

digiKam's import feature allows to transfer photos, raw files and video directly from the camera and memory cards. It includes tagging tool to assign tags, ratings and labels to your photos and the filtering option can be used later to see only particular photos. 

There is a powerful search and filtering functionality, and digiKam also includes basic tools to adjust colors, cropping. curves adjustments and more. 


  • Import photos, raw files and videos with lossless conversion and camera information display. You can auto-rename and auto rotate images and create defaults albums while importing. 
  • Organize your library by grouping them with tags and ratings into albums and sub-albums. Sorting options includes folders, name, date, file size, rating, file types, tags and labels. 
  • Support for RAW pictures using LibRaw. 
  •  Displays other useful information like metadata, image information, geolocation, file properties, similar file comparisons etc. 

You can read the complete feature list here

How to install digiKam in Linux / Ubuntu 

An AppImage is available for digiKam which can be downloaded from the below link.

If you want to install it via terminal, use the below commands:

Debian / Ubuntu based 

sudo apt-get install digikam 

Arch Linux 

sudo pacman -Sy digikam

Fedora Linux

sudo yum install digikam

SUSE Linux

sudo yast -i digikam 

These terminal commands installs digiKam available through the distribution and might not be the latest release. Hence, using the AppImage is the best way to get the updated digiKam. 

Do you use digiKam to manage your pics? How's the experience, tell us in the comments. 


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