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Developer(s) KDE
Stable release
5.9.0 / March 24, 2018; 5 months ago (2018-03-24)[1]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written in C++ (Qt)
Operating system Linux, Windows, macOS[2]
License GNU General Public License
Website www.digikam.org

digiKam is a free and open-source image organizer and tag editor written in C++ using the KDE Platform.


digiKam runs on most known desktop environments and window managers, as long as the required libraries are installed. It supports all major image file formats, such as JPEG and PNG as well as over 200 raw image formats[3] and can organize collections of photographs in directory-based albums, or dynamic albums by date, timeline, or by tags. Users can also add captions and ratings to their images, search through them and save searches for later use. Using plug-ins, users can export albums to various online services including (among others) 23hq, Facebook, Flickr, Gallery2, Google Earth's KML files, Yandex.Fotki, MediaWiki, Rajce, SmugMug, Piwigo, Simpleviewer, Picasa Web Albums. Plug-ins are also available to enable burning photos to a CD and the creation of web galleries.

digiKam provides functions for organizing, previewing, downloading and/or deleting images from digital cameras. Basic auto-transformations can also be deployed on the fly during picture downloading. In addition, digiKam offers image enhancement tools through its KIPI (KDE Image Plugins Interface) framework and its own plugins, like red-eye removal, color management, image filters, or special effects. digiKam was the only free photo management application on Linux that could handle 16 bit/channel images, until RawTherapee version 4.0 was released in 2011, using a new 32 bits/channel engine for all internal image processing. Digital Asset Management is the mainstay of digiKam.

Version history[edit]

digiKam has been in development since before 2006.

digiKam features XMP metadata, DNG format read and write, database file is independent of photo libraries, enabling remote paths, multiple roots and offline archives, improved database with much more metadata that can be searched, e.g. camera or lens, Marble integration for geolocation, non-modal image editor, live search boxes in both sidebars and main window, and many more.

As of version 0.9 features include a GPS locator[4] and synchronization,[5] iPod Photo upload support,[6] an advanced metadata editor,[7] better support for raw image formats (using dcraw included in digiKam), full color management, a light-table,[8] pan-tool in Image Editor and Preview mode, improvements in usability, and many new plugins.

digiKam 2.0 was released in July 2011, sporting a number of new features, including:

  • Face detection and recognition support
  • XMP sidecar support
  • Reverse geocoding
  • Image versioning
  • Pick Labels & Color Labels support to improve photographic workflow
  • Many new RAW decoding features

Awards received[edit]

digiKam has been awarded the TUX 2005, 2008, and 2010 Readers' Choice Award in the category Favorite Digital Photo Management Tool.[9][10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "digiKam 5.9.0 is released". digikam.org. 2018-03-24. Retrieved 2018-03-26. 
  2. ^ "Downloads; digiKam - Photo Management Program". digiKam. 
  3. ^ "Supported File Formats". KDE. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  4. ^ "GPS locator in action | digiKam - Photo Management Program". digiKam. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  5. ^ "has a new Kipi Plugin to synchronize pictures with a GPS device | digiKam - Photo Management Program". digiKam. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  6. ^ "has a new Kipi Plugin to export pictures to an IPod device | digiKam - Photo Management Program". digiKam. 2006-09-22. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  7. ^ "Full screenshots review of new Metadata Editor kipi-plugin | digiKam - Photo Management Program". digiKam. 2006-10-28. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  8. ^ "video of new digiKam Light Table in action | digiKam - Photo Management Program". digiKam. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  9. ^ "wins TUX 2005 Readers Choice Award | digiKam - Photo Management Program". digiKam. 2005-09-01. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  10. ^ "wins TUX 2008 Readers Choice Award | digiKam - Photo Management Program". digiKam. 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  11. ^ "Readers' Choice Awards 2010". Linux Journal. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 

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