Install digiKam on Windows

If you want to install digiKam on Windows, you have two options: you can either compile the application from the source code or you can use the KDE Windows installer. The latter approach is by far the easiest one, but there is a drawback: the installer usually includes an older version of digiKam. If you can live with that, and you don’t feel like getting your hands dirty with compiling digiKam from the source, then the KDE installer is the way to go.

First off, create a new KDE directory on your hard disk, grab then the KDE installer from the KDE on Windows project’s Web site, and move it into the created directory. Launch the installer, select the Install from Internet option, and press Next.

In the Installation Directory field, enter the path to the KDE directory, and press Next. Select the End User option in the Install Mode section, and MSVC 32Bit from the Compiler Mode section.

Keep the settings in the next several screens at their defaults. When you reach the Download Server Settings screen, choose the server, since it offers the newest as well as older versions of the KDE bundle. Press Next and find the version of KDE that contains the digiKam and kipi-plugins packages. Select then both packages, and press Next. Hit the Next button once again, and the installer does the rest. Wait till the installer has finished downloading and installing the software, press the Finish button, and you are done. Now you can launch and use digiKam as any other Windows application.

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11 comments on “Install digiKam on Windows
  1. Volly says:

    is there any way to update the program once it is installed (via kde)?

  2. Carlos says:

    Dear Dmitri:

    I want join digikam group. Which is recommend version for running digikam?
    I am newb in linux.

    Best Regards,


  3. Arndt Braun says:

    the newest Version of Digikam was 1.1.0 and KDE4.4.4!!

    I think it would be an great idea to write a tutorial about compilation of an actual Digikam release under Windows.


  4. Reinhard says:

    Hi Dmitri,
    I have tried the installationprocedure and it runs fine.
    If i save images in tiff- or bmp-format it runs well, but every other format it crashed and i have to start digikam once again.

    best regards


  5. Diet Bos says:


    just ran installation like above mentioned! worked well for me! the only drawback indeed is that the digikam version is 1.1.0 while there is a 1.6.0 version out there!
    i have emailed with Gilles about this and he made a selfextracting file which includes the 1.6 version. not al functions are available, but it definitly runs!
    (right clicking shows an empty menu)

    anyway! i think it is great that you guys are busy with getting digikam to windows!!! it is much appreciated by me, and everytime someone asks, i always proudly announce the use of digikam!!!

    Thanks again!

  6. reinhard says:

    I have tried it once again. i have download the newest Installer, i have selected all things you have descript but when i download the files i get for one file an errormessage that the url is not korrekt.
    But i don’t know which file it is. How can i find the missing file – i thing that this was the problem??

    • Dmitri Popov says:

      Hi Reinhard,

      I don’t use Windows much, so I can’t really help you with your problem. But I’m sure that if you post your question on the digiKam user mailing list, other users will help you to fix the issue.

  7. Diet Bos says:

    Although not official yet, try the following link and scroll to the bottom while reading!!!

    this will get you an easier installation and even a better up to date version of Digikam!

    do note! that isnt a official release!!!!

    • Jo says:

      I installed DigiKam with the NSIS.
      It doesn’t include an application for viewing video files. I tried to use an application which is not part of KDE, but I got an error message about the executable file not found.
      Is it possible to add such an application to the installer?

    • reinhard says:

      This installation is perfect, it runs without any problems, thanks.

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