[digiKam-users] DigiKam and multiple computers -- best practices

Tac Tacelosky tacman at gmail.com
Thu Mar 22 15:24:26 GMT 2018

I'm recently back from a trip, and am finally moving from my 13" laptop
screen to a full-size monitor and faster computer.  I'm wondering what the
best practices are for using DigiKam and multiple computers.

It appears that all the photo meta-data is stored in the database (MySQL or
sqlite) AND in the sidecar files.  And of course there's the meta-data
embedded in the images themselves (EXIF, etc in JPEG, and some camera data
in the RAW files).

I've copied the photos and meta-data files from my laptop to a removable
drive, which I've added as a collection on my desktop.  (Side note: I was
surprised not to see the drive listed, but rather had to add it via

So now I have 2 databases, one on my laptop and one on my desktop.  The
images at the moment are the same, but I'm wondering what the next best
step for the workflow is.  I'm thinking I should keep the external,
removable drive as the "master", even though it's a bit slower, and simply
attach the device to whatever computer I'm using and run the maintenance
program to keep the database in sync.

Is my logic correct?  That is, should I keep independent databases on each
computer, add the external drive as  a "collection" and keep the database
in sync by leveraging the sidecar files?


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