Install The Newly Released digiKam 5.0 In Ubuntu and Linux Mint

digiKam 5.0 Ubuntu

DigiKam is one of the best Linux photo software and it just recently got a new release after two seemingly never-ending years. The latest version, version 5.0, brings a series of new features with a re-engineered code in Qt 5 to the table.

digiKam is an advanced, open source digital photo management software which is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. If you own a DSLR (maybe you’re a photographer) and you want to view, manage, enhance, organize, tag, edit and share photos under Linux systems then digiKam is most likely the best choice out there.

digiKam is ultimately a KDE application and that’s the reason for its heavy dependence on KDE up until now. By rewriting the code in Qt 5, the digiKam team has gotten rid of 80% of KDE dependencies – this re-engineering must have been a daunting task.

digiKam plans on introducing a shorter release cycle with this new major release which implies that there will be no more lng years of waiting to get new features, which is good news for digiKam users.

Digikam 5.0 Changes

You might not visualize most of the changes because they are in the code. However, you can feel the changes as you use it.

  • Multi-threaded implementation to query the database
  • New Lazy Synchronization Tool to improve metadata workflow
  • Now it is possible to setup MySQL datebase at first run
  • Ported kipi-plugins to Qt5
  • Revamped database code and a new database configuration panel

You can go here to read all about the new changes in digiKam 5.0

Installing digiKam 5.0 In Ubuntu 16.04 And Linux Mint 18

Because the new release is not yet available in the official Ubuntu repository we will have to make use of an unofficial PPA. Enter the commands below innto your terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/extra
sudo apt update
sudo apt install digikam5

The PPA above is available for Ubuntu 16.04 and 15.10 versions only.

digiKam being around the size of 400MB is a big application, but once it is installed you can search and find digiKam to start it. On first run it will ask you to choose from a number of configuration options but there is no need to be fear, it’s pretty straight forward.

Removing digiKam 5.0 Via PPA

If installed digiKam via the above PPA then you can remove it using the commands below:

sudo apt remove digikam5
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:philip5/extra

Have you tried installing digiKam 5 in Ubuntu or Linux Mint? Do you like it? Do you use digiKam or some other photo management software in Linux? Let us know inn the comments section.

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Okoi Martins Jr.
I'm a Computer Scientist with a passion for learning new things in fields ranging from theoretical implications of computer science and mathematical modeling to web development and music. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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