[digiKam-users] How to know if sidecar is being used?

Maik Qualmann metzpinguin at gmail.com
Fri Dec 3 20:19:22 GMT 2021

For some time now, whether a sidecar exists has been shown in the Properties 
tab of the right sidebar in the Item Properties section.


Am Freitag, 3. Dezember 2021, 21:00:11 CET schrieb Marc Palaus:
> Hi,
> I don't know if there's any way of knowing which photos are using
> sidecar files in Digikam. I personally activate the option to "Read from
> sidecar files" and "Write to sidecar files" but only fore read-only
> items. Basically, I only want to use sidecars for writing XMP metadata
> for video files, not pictures.
> However, sometimes because I set some incorrect permissions in some
> files and they are read-only, digikam writes sidecars for those pictures
> too. The problem comes when you want to edit those pictures metadata
> once they are writable again. Digikam writes the changes to the picture
> (since they're not read-only anymore), but metadata is read from the
> sidecar, which has been left untouched, so for digikam's database it's
> as if nothing happened, and can be a bit confusing.
> Is there any way to see if a sidecar is present in digikam's interface?
> (I could open a bug report if this is something that could be worth
> considering, I just wanted to ask first.)

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