Whenever I create a new hierarchical tag in Digikam (right-mouse click on image -> Assign Tag -> Add New Tag) then all hierarchy levels are applied to the image. For instance, if I have the hierarchy Tag 1 / Tag 2 and add a new tag Tag 1 / Tag 2 / Tag 3 to an image, then all tags Tag 1 / Tag 2 / Tag 3 are applied to the image.

In contrast, when I add an existing hierarchical tag to an image, then only the bottom level is applied. Picking the example from above up, when I add Tag 3 to an existing image, then only Tag 3 is applied but not Tag 1 / Tag 2.

I find this a bit inconsistent, as I now have some images with the full hierarchy and some with the bottom level only.

Is there some way to standardize the behavior of Digikam?

  • \$\begingroup\$ No idea, but KPhotoAlbum gets this right. Unfortunately, AFAIK, there are no utilities to transfer your tags between the two programs, so you're stuck with whichever one in which you invested the tagging effort. If you don't get a good answer here, try their support list: mail.kde.org/mailman/listinfo/digikam-users . This does sound like a bug. \$\endgroup\$
    – Joe
    Jun 13, 2019 at 3:50

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If I understood your question correctly, it might be the Toggle Auto setting of DigiKam.

With the Captions pane open, right-click on any one of the tags listed, go down to Toggle Auto and choose Parents.

Now when you check off a child tag, all of the other tags up the hierarchy also get checked.

(I wanted to send you a screenshot of the menu open but it's not working unfortunately.)

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for your answer! This kind of works - at least when you apply a tag using the Captions pane. Good to know that this is a possible way. However, this does not work when going this way: right-mouse click on image -> Assign Tag -> Add New Tag. There, only the child but not the parents are applied. \$\endgroup\$
    – BayerSe
    May 13, 2021 at 18:39

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