Apply EXIF Metadata to Multiple Photos in digiKam

If you happen to use digiKam for managing photos scanned from negatives, you’ll appreciate the application’s capabilities to add and edit EXIF metadata. Using digiKam’s dedicated interface for managing metadata, you can add key EXIF values, such as maker, device model, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focal length, etc., to the scanned photos (provided you have these data handy).

Editing EXIF in digiKam

Editing EXIF metadata in digiKam

However, digiKam doesn’t allow you to apply the same EXIF data to multiple photos in a single operation. Adding the same maker, device, ISO, and focal length to a set of photos one-by-one can be a bit of a nuisance, but you can use a simple trick to work around this limitation. Start with adding EXIF values to a single photo. Select then the rest of the photos, choose Image → Metadata → Import EXIF, pick the processed photo, and press OK. This will apply EXIF data from the processed photo to the selected images.

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7 comments on “Apply EXIF Metadata to Multiple Photos in digiKam
  1. Guenole says:

    Hi Dimitri,

    Do you know whether it is planned or not to get Digikam’s powerful metadata management engine backed by the DB as a standalone cataloging-only application without the burden of tweaking the pictures?


  2. Russell says:

    Careful, importing the metadata from another picture will overwrite ALL the existing metadata for that image and replace it with the data from the other picture. Importing is fine for copies of the same image but really shouldn’t be used for working with pictures taken at different times. At least for EXIF data anyway.

    There are some situations where you might be OK to import IPTC or XMP (less likely) from one image but that’s basically only if all the metadata in the target images is empty or already the same.

  3. Jon says:

    For your correction, its not Tools → Metadata → Import EXIF, but Image → Metadata → Import EXIF.

    Still thanks for this tutorial, I have been searching for such tools on the I’net past 2 months and couldn’t find anything Free! and better than digikam.

    Again, have you released the Kipi plugin? Do we need ti to edit/add Exif data to multiple/batch photos?
    So where to download the Kipi plugin?

  4. You should also be aware of this search engine as well that is based on exif metadata photos :

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