[digiKam-users] Moved entire collection and database. How to point digiKam to new location?

Maik Qualmann metzpinguin at gmail.com
Sun Nov 15 05:39:06 GMT 2020

Updating is now also easily possible in digiKam. In the digiKam collection 
setup, click on the "refresh" icon next to the collection and follow the 


Am Sonntag, 15. November 2020, 05:23:47 CET schrieb Mike Morrison:
> I have found the solution; I was able to update the identifier and
> specificPath in the AlbumRoots table using sqlite3 as described at
> https://mail.kde.org/pipermail/digikam-users/2016-January/021903.html and
> http://www.grulic.org.ar/~mdione/glob/posts/moving-digikam-collections/
> after first dumping the database to plain text as mentioned at
> https://mail.kde.org/pipermail/digikam-users/2012-July/016632.html to get a
> sense of the structure.
> On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 12:55 PM Mike Morrison <mike at mikemorr.com> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > Using 7.2.0-beta1 on Ubuntu 20.10.
> > Up to now, I've kept my entire collection, and the digiKam database files,
> > at the root level of an external hard drive.
> > Just now, I'm starting with a new Ubuntu install, and I've copied the
> > entire drive to a directory on the internal SSD, so the image folders and
> > db files are now at ~/Pictures/digiKam_Photos.
> > I do not write digiKam metadata to the image files.
> > I told the digiKam startup wizard this new location for my collection, and
> > digiKam found the database and most thumbnails with no problem. However,
> > it
> > seems to have lost track of the full-size images. In the People view,
> > there
> > are no face thumbnails, only blank gray "JPG" icons. When I double-click
> > on
> > those icons, a tooltip says "The storage location of this image is
> > currently not available". How can I tell digiKam that the images are still
> > all there, but now with relative paths rooted at
> > /home/mike/Pictures/digiKam_Photos instead of /media/mike/PHOTOS ?

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