[digiKam-users] tags

Leigh S leigh at sutherland.pt
Sun Mar 18 07:38:52 GMT 2018

Thanks Gilles,

I think you mean that Shotwell doesnt use the right standard? But to be honest that went straight over my head :)

I actually found a way, at least to write the Digikam tags to the IPTC keywords, since I think this wasn't working in the version of Digikam that I had installed on my Xubuntu 16.04

I was previously on version 5.5.0 (I think from the Philip Johnsson PPA - ppa:philip5/extra)

I got the updated version 5.8.0 Appimage

With this updated version, when I did

- Select all the tagged images

- item > Write Metadata to Image 

it worked and now all the tags appear as IPTC keywords

However, on opening Shotwell many files have all the people tags and its a real mess

Time to give up on this

Thanks for your help

---- On Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:43:58 +0000 Gilles Caulier <caulier.gilles at gmail.com> wrote ----


Face tags are stored in a dedicated section from XMP (standardized by Adobe), and of course, Shotwell must read this section for inter-operability.


digiKam code with tags list set :


If Shotwell do not read the standard, we cannot do it instead (:=)))...

To tag in batch, you can use Exiftool or Exiv2 CLI tool.

Gilles Caulier

2018-03-17 14:11 GMT+01:00 Leigh S <leigh at sutherland.pt>:


I have xubuntu 16.04LTS

I have used Digikam to scan for faces and to add people tags

However, I also use Shotwell, and now I cant get the tags from Digikam to Shotwell

I am trying to write them to the files in Digikam so that Shotwell will hopefully see them, but with little luck

I have found that by manually editing the IPTC keyword of a photo in Digikam then this keyword is recognised by Shotwell as a tag.

However, I cant find a way to do this for multiple photos at once, and I would like somehow to transpose the Digikam tags to this IPTC keyword

Could anyone give a simple way of doing this please? 

Obviously I am not very adept at this :)


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