digiKam is an advanced, open source digital photo management which is available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. If you own a DSLR and want to view, manage, edit, enhance, organize, tag, and share photographs under Linux systems, digiKam is one of the best choices out there.
digiKam is basically a KDE application, and this is why it depended heavily on KDE until now. By rewriting the code in Qt 5, it has got rid of 80% of KDE dependencies now. A daunting task this re-engineering works has been.
With this major release, digiKam also plans to introduce a shorter release cycle. So, no more waiting for years for new features. A good news for digiKam users. Let’s have a look at the main features of digiKam version 5.0.
digiKam 5.0 changes
Most of the changes are in the code so you might not visualize it, but you can certainly feel it while using it.
- multi-threaded implementation to query the database
- new Lazy Synchronization Tool to improve metadata workflow
- ported kipi-plugins to Qt5
- revamped database code and a new database configuration panel
- now it is possible to setup MySQL datebase at first run
If you are interested, you can read all the new changes in digiKam 5.0 here.
Install digiKam 5.0 in Ubuntu 16.04 and Linux Mint 18
Since the new release is not available in official Ubuntu repository yet, we’ll have to use an unofficial PPA. Open a terminal and use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/extra sudo apt update sudo apt install digikam5
The above PPA is available for Ubuntu 16.04 and 15.10 only.
digiKam is a big application, around 400 MB in size. Once installed, you can search and find digiKam to start it. It will ask you a number of configuration option on the first run. No need to be scared, it’s pretty self-evident.
Remove digiKam 5.0 installed via PPA
If you want to remove digiKam installed via the above PPA, you can use the commands below:
sudo apt remove digikam5 sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:philip5/extra
Did you try it?
Did you try to install digiKam 5 in Ubuntu or Linux Mint? How do you like it? Do you use digiKam or some other photo management software in Linux? Do share your views.