[Digikam-users] Folders, albums and collections

Andrew Goodbody ajg02 at elfringham.co.uk
Tue Jun 16 18:35:39 BST 2015

Albums are just directories. Collections are sets of directories. 
Nothing is copied into the db except metadata. Thumbnails are created 
and stored in a separate db. You pretty much just get a view of the 
filesystem. If you move things around in digikam, they are moved around 
in the filesystem.


On 16/06/15 16:04, Agustin Lobo wrote:
> I'm a bit confused by the relationships between the concepts
> of folder, album and collection in Digikam.  For example,
> if I have my pictures in folders in an external drive,
> would each folder become an Album in Digikam? Would sub-folders
> become sub-albums?
> Are the pictures actually copied to the albums? Or do the pictures
> remain in their original folders and just meta-data and thumbnails
> are integrated in the db?
> And what's a collection? Just a set of folders?
> All this is not clear in the manual and it is important before the beginner user
> decides the structure of its DB.
> Thanks
> Agus
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