Sharing digiKam between Windows and Linux (no network, same machine)

mik.clucas mik.clucas at
Thu Feb 23 12:52:55 GMT 2017

Hi DanielI also would like to use dk on more than 1 workstation. Not only the images but also the metdata(face detection, tags and flags etc). Does using a shared network location also share the dk database and metadata?
Best regardsMik

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From: daniel bip <daniel.mail.public at> 
Date: 23/02/2017  12:41  (GMT+01:00) 
To: digiKam - Home Manage your photographs as a professional with the power of open source <digikam-users at> 
Subject: Re: Sharing digiKam between Windows and Linux (no network, same machine) 

Hi there,

What I personally did at the end was loading the library locally (Settings > Collections > Local Collections) from one of the instances (Windows) and then loading it shared (Settings > Collections > Collections on Network Shares) from the other instance (Ubuntu). Works well for me, no problems when changing from one instance to the other.

Hope it helps.



On 22 February 2017 at 19:49, Shlomi Vaknin <shlomivaknin at> wrote:
Hi, I actually have the same problem. at Andrey, I tried that, but lots of items did not pass (probably were stored in the DB), such as tags, descriptions etc.
Perhaps I am missing something simple, or is there another way?
On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 7:25 AM, Andrey Goreev <aegoreev at> wrote:
I have just added the same collection twice. One was d:\Pictures while the other one was /media/d_drive/pictures. Worked for me.

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-------- Original message --------From: daniel bip <daniel.mail.public at> Date: 2017-02-17  3:36 AM  (GMT-07:00) To: digikam-users at Subject: Sharing digiKam between Windows and Linux (no network, same machine) 
Hi there,

I've been using digiKam for Windows for a long but I find it quite slow and buggy and decided to move to Linux, so I installed a virtual machine in the very same computer and tried to access the very same DB and storing-directories from both "sides".

But when I launch digiKam from Linux it tells me that it can't find the location of the pictures. Once launched it displays stars, tags, and even thumbnails but it can't open pictures, as it can't find them in the HD. My guess is that digiKam can't find them because the information in the DB regarding the location is Windows-styled, and those directories from Linux are structured differently (ie: C:\fotos\ for Windows and /media/sd_D_DRIVE/ for Linux).

Can someone point me how to setup the DB in order to be able to open digiKam from Windows and Linux with the same config files? If possible...

If not, how do you recommend me to set everything up in order to be able to open from both sides?

Thanks in advance.



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