How To Install DigiKam 4.5.0 On Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 And Derivative Systems

Hello Linux Geeksters. DigiKam is a photo management application, designed for importing, organizing and exporting digital photos to your computer. It has a simple and fast interface. It also has a quick Image Editor,and allows you to comment, rate, correct or alter photos.

The latest version available is DigiKam 4.5.0, which has been recently released, coming with the below changes:

  • digiKam has a hard dependency on Jasper library
  • Make face detection (kface) and geo tagging (kmap) optional features
  • thumb focus is lost after renaming
  • bad performance when Tag-related Sidebars (Tag management / Filter) are open
  • Clear text button on file rename does nothing
  • When build digikam from git and package libpgf is installed, no way to use internal digikam libpgf
  • thumbnail date information not updated when writing metadata to image
  • settings and installation windows freeze when valid mariadb/mysql db connection is available
  • Import not showing image thumbnails for certain Canon cameras
  • digiKam goes into infinite loop when working with tags/captions information tab templates
  • cmake and/or compiler pick up libkgeomap header files from previous version
  • Identity class miss d private container to improve binary compatibility
  • Compiler error: ambiguous reference to ratio variable
  • Select ‘recent’ albums containing MOV or .xcf(Gimp) files. Immediate crash occurs.
  • KIPI-plugins can not be deactivated on non-English locales
  • White Balance: Unable to specify exposure compensation
  • Wallet icon for grouped photos is conceptually confusing
  • make fails on imagedescedittab.cpp has no member named ‘textEdit’
  • No auto-rotation/flip Images after download
  • Advanced slideshow shows not all pictures under certain conditions
  • Add Album Category as a search criteria
  • Ratings with rating == 0 cannot be selected on the left sidebar
  • Floating Cards brings digiKam with non-English locales to crash and missing parameter text

In this article I will show you how to install DigiKam 4.5.0 on Kubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Kubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17 KDE and other Ubuntu 14.04 derivative systems using KDE as the default desktop environment.

DigiKam 4.3.0 can be also installed on non-KDE Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 derivatives like Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Peppermint Five, Deepin 2014, Linux Lite 2.0, Deepin 2014, LXLE 14.04, Pinguy OS 14.04 via the ppa:philip5/extra PPA, but will install a lot of KDE libraries, so it is not recommended.

DigiKam 4.5.0 will be soon available in two different PPAs, one for systems using KDE 4.14 and one for systems with KDE 4.13 (the default DE of Kubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17 KDE).

So, follow the instructions for your system and desktop environment exactly, in order to get a successful installation.

How to install DigiKam 4.5.0 on Kubuntu 14.10, Kubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17 KDE systems, using KDE 4.13 and non KDE Ubuntu 14.04 derivatives:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/extra
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install digikam

How to install DigiKam 4.5.0 on Kubuntu 14.10, Kubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17 KDE systems, using KDE 4.14:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/kubuntu-backports
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install digikam

Optional, to remove DigiKam 4.5.0 from either Kubuntu 14.10, Kubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17 KDE, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove digikam

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