Installing a tarball

Installing a tarball will get you the most up-to-date stable version of digiKam. But it can happen that you run into all kinds of problems related to compiling.

So, if your distribution is running behind a lot, you can install a tarball.

Before installing a tarball, it is better to prevent conflicts to uninstall the digiKam and Kipi plugins packages provided by your distribution.

First you have to download digiKam from :

- KDE repository for all new releases >= 3.x

- one of the sourceforge mirrors for older releases < 3.x

Second you need to install all digiKam dependencies.

Extract the tarball via tar -xvjf filename.bz2, enter the extracted directory and then you need to issue a set of commands. You need to specify an installation prefix. This will be the base path of the installation. To determine the correct path to your KDE installation, use `kde4-config --prefix` and provide it as a parameter for cmake, as shown in the example commands below:

cd build
make install

Note: bootstrap scripts are also available for OSX and Windows.