Professional Photo Management with the Power of Open Source


digiKam Pack


The following is a concise overview of features and tools available in digiKam. The application covers the photographic workflow consisting of five major stages:

  • Import photos, raw files, and videos
  • Organize your library
  • Browse and view items in the library
  • Process and edit raw files and photos
  • Share and publish photos


  • Support for all digital camera models that work with Gphoto2

  • Import module supports the following actions:

    • Delete images
    • Upload images
    • Lock images
    • Auto-rename pictures during import
    • Auto-rotate pictures during import
    • Auto-creation of albums during import
    • Lossless conversion during import
    • Show camera information


  • Group photos, raw files, photos, and videos into albums and sub-albums
  • Add tags and comments to albums
  • Sort albums by folder, category, and creation date
  • Sort items in albums by name, path, date, and file size
  • Filter album items by rating, filename, file type, tags, and labels


  • Support for RAW pictures using LibRaw included in libKdcraw Support of more 800 proprietary RAW camera file formats. Complete camera list is given here

  • Easy comparing similar pictures using Light Table:

    • Files displayed side by side
    • Synchronized panning and zooming
    • Navigation by pair
    • Raw files support
  • digiKam core, image editor and image filters support 16 bits color depth pictures (RAW, TIFF, PNG, JPEG2000). Image Editor has a full Color Management support using ICC color profiles.

  • Thumbnail sizes can be adapted to your screen size on the fly

  • Sidebar used everywhere to display

    • metadata
    • Image information
    • Metadata
    • Geolocation
    • image file properties
    • comments/tags/rating/date
    • tag filter information
    • colors information: histogram and ICC profile
  • Fast preview pictures mode embedded into albums interface with zoom and panning features

Plugins architectures

To ease development and to share code with other applications, digiKam make use of plugins architecture.


  • Export to 23
  • Export to Flickr
  • Export to Flash
  • Export to Google services
  • Export to SmugMug
  • Export to Piwigo
  • Import From/Export to FaceBook
  • Import From/Export to Shwup
  • Export to Zooomr
  • Export to a local directory or remote computer using KIO protocols (ftp, ssh, smb, fish, svn, tar …)

Other tools available in digiKam core

  • Calendar creation wizard
  • Print wizard
  • Create slideshow
  • Lossless transformations with JPEG pictures
  • Add GPS coordinates to images by synchronizing them with a GPX files (created by GPS receivers and/or GPS tools), or by manually editing the longitude/latitude/altitude or also by using Google Map capabilities.
  • Acquire image (eg. with a flat scanner)
  • RAW image converter
  • DNG converter
  • Adjust time and date
  • Edit Pictures Metadata
  • Create video-slideshow
  • Images batch processing


  • Fast image editor with keyboard shortcuts and basic photo editing/management features without losing metadata. Features available in Image editor are:

    • 16 bits image color depth support.
    • RAW camera image support.
    • Histogram viewer
    • Color Management support.
    • ICC profiles tool to perform advanced color corrections into images
    • ICC profile viewer
    • Exporting to another image format
    • Removing images from current Album
    • Image comments editing
    • Image file properties
    • EXIF/MakerNote/IPTC/GPS viewer
    • Zooming
    • Printing images
  • Red eyes correction

  • Brightness / Contrast / Gamma correction

  • Hue / Saturation / Luminosity correction

  • Color balance

  • Invert colors

  • Color auto-correction tools: Normalize / Equalize / Auto levels / Stretch Contrast

  • Blur / Sharpen

  • Ratio-cropping with proportion aids and composing tools based on Fibonacci rules

  • Free cropping

  • Black and White and tonality converter using curves adjustments

  • Rotation

  • Flipping

  • Adjust levels : a tool to adjust the photograph histogram levels manually

  • Adjust curves : a tool to adjust the photograph colors using curves

  • Noise Reduction : noise filter based on wavelet algorithm

  • Liquid Rescale : content aware resizing to change ratio of a picture while keeping the content intact

  • Local Contrast : a pseudo HDR-tonemapping tool to recover highlights and shadows while keeping local contrast

  • Unsharp Mask : a photograph unsharp mask filter to unblur picture without increase noise

  • Lens Distortion : a tool for correct lens spherical aberration on photograph

  • Vignetting : a tool for removing or adding vignetting on photograph

  • Channel Mixer : a tool to mix the photograph color channels

  • White Balance : a tool to adjust white color temperature balance of photograph

  • Photograph Inpainting : a tool to remove unwanted photograph area using CImg library

  • Photograph Refocus : a sharpness editor to refocus a photograph

  • Hot Pixels Correction : a tool to remove photograph hot pixels generated by a deficient camera

  • Photograph Restoration : a tool to reduce photograph artifacts using CImg library

  • Free Rotation : a plugin to rotate a photograph with a free angle in degrees

  • Shear Tool : a plugin to shear a photograph horizontally and vertically

  • Perspective Tool : a plugin to adjust the photograph perspective

  • Add Border : a tool to add decorative frame around a photograph

  • Insert Text : a tool to insert text under a photograph

  • Apply Texture : a tool to apply a decorative texture to a photograph

  • Solarize : a tool to solarize a photograph

  • Oil Paint : simulate oil painting on photograph

  • Emboss : an effect filter to emboss photograph

  • Rain Drops : adding the visual effect of raindrops on photograph

  • Charcoal : simulate charcoal drawing on photograph

  • Film Grain : simulate film grain on photograph

  • Infrared : simulate infrared film effect on photograph

  • Blur FX : apply blurring special effects on photograph

  • Distortion FX : apply distortion special effects on photograph