[digiKam-users] Problem with batch rename

Maik Qualmann metzpinguin at gmail.com
Mon Jul 1 20:28:26 BST 2019

The problem is [meta:Exif.Image.DateTimeOriginal]. There is usually no date in 
Exif.Image. Use [meta: Exif.Photo.DateTimeOriginal]. It works without 


Am Montag, 1. Juli 2019, 09:43:49 CEST schrieb Stuart T Rogers:
> OK so just tested again and attempted to both rename and remove metadata
> (just xmp video metadata selected) from 24 photos and output to a
> separate album. The rename was
> Prom-[meta:Exif.Image.DateTimeOriginal].[ext]. The photos were all added
> to the new album but the rename just called the Prom-.JPG which ends up
> with one file called that and all the others called Prom-_v1.jpg through
> to Prom-_v23.jpg.
> So I think the rename function is buggy.
> Can anyone explain how I can achieve my aim please in digikam. I know
> there are tools under windows but I'm a Linux user and want a batch
> program to do this.
> Stuart
> On 30/06/2019 19:48, Stuart T Rogers wrote:
> > Yes I had already selected the 24 photos I needed to rename and copied
> > them to a separate album, all I needed was to rename then using data
> > from the exif of each and did not need new copies to be done. Now I can
> > see why perhaps the current way is default but I need an option to just
> > rename photos in an album without creating new ones. I do this a lot and
> > really want to be able to use digikam for my workflow but currently it
> > does not do what I need. I'm not sure that it even works correctly as
> > you suggest so will do some more testing.
> > 
> > Stuart
> > 
> > On 30/06/2019 12:44, Maik Qualmann wrote:
> >> I guess you use the BQM to rename? To rename, use F2 (right-click menu->
> >> rename). Although the BQM includes a rename function, the BQM always
> >> has to
> >> create a new target file. It is used to assign edited images a new name.
> >> 
> >> Maik
> >> 
> >> Am Sonntag, 30. Juni 2019, 12:54:45 CEST schrieb Stuart T Rogers:
> >>> Maybe me but I have been unable to get batch rename to work on multiple
> >>> files. A single file rename works OK as long as I also set another
> >>> option like remove metadata and run it. However doing the same with 95
> >>> file selected the rename happens BUT and its a BIG BUT the file is not
> >>> renamed according to my template which uses the exif original date field
> >>> and yes the field exists in every image the template ends up with just
> >>> the initial text and digikam adds an ID as the file names all end up the
> >>> same.
> >>> 
> >>> Also why am I unable to do just a batch rename without a dummy item like
> >>> remove metadata added?
> >>> 
> >>> Are these know issues? I am using 6.1 on openSUSE Tumbleweed.
> >>> 
> >>> Stuart

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