digiKam 5.5.0 Released, See What’s New & How to Install

The digiKam photo management software 5.5.0 was released earlier today with several improvements in database interface.

According to the release note, digiKam 5.5.0 features:

  • threads management improvements to prevent CPU overload.
  • improvements to the similarity tool
  • a garbage collection for the digiKam databases.
  • the database shrinking support for SQLite
  • enhancements in the batch queue manager Watermark tool.
  • database patch: ability to ignore some kind of directories while scanning collections
  • Improved face management and digiKam handbook
  • This new digiKam version also includes latest libraw 0.18.2

Download / Install digiKam 5.5.0 in Ubuntu:

The Appimage packages are available for download in the link below:

Download digiKam

Make the Appimage file executable (sorry for the old pic.), then right-click and click Run the file to launch digiKam 5.


Don’t like the appimage? You can also install the most recent digiKam via a third-party PPA repository:

There may be a small delay for the new release being made into PPA, do CHECK the PPA link before doing following steps.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/extra

Type your password when it prompts and hit enter.


2. If you have a previous release installed, now launch Software Updater and upgrade digiKam.

upgrade digikam 5

Or run commands in terminal one by one to check updates and install digiKam 5.5:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install digikam5


To remove digiKam 5.x, run following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove digikam5 && sudo apt-get autoremove

And remove the PPA by going to Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.