Digikam includes the option to sort files in an album by "manual and name" or "manual and date." However, I haven't been able to find any way to "manually" reorder files. The official documentation doesn't seem to elaborate on this. Has anyone used this feature?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Have you try with drag and drop? \$\endgroup\$ Jun 3, 2021 at 7:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, that does not work. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 4, 2021 at 1:34

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I've got Version 6.4.0, and
there I was able to reorder images by dragging
after I had switched to "By Manual and name" in "View"|"Sort Items".

However, this was only possible in "Thumbnails" and "Preview" view mode,
not in "Table" view.

And I had to drag the thumbnail onto the thumbnail of the target position, not between two thumbnails.

And the new ordering was persistent after restarting Digikam.

I would love to be able to persist this to disk, ie rename the files according to the displayed ordering. If anyone has got any suggestions, please do let us know.

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    \$\begingroup\$ sunito's answer works also in 7.1, but not in the most recent release 7.2. It seems there is a bug! EDIT: it works again in the weekly snaphot digiKam-7.3.0-20210613T170955-x86-64.appimage \$\endgroup\$
    – Drumsal
    Jun 13, 2021 at 21:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Edit: for renaming, check Andreas answer, way better solution. OA: You can sort the images as you do. Then create a presentation of all the images. The presentation will have the same ordering. Save the presentation. Now you can open the presentation in your favorite multi-caret (hopefully) text editor and use the file paths to create mv commands. \$\endgroup\$
    – progonkpa
    Dec 16, 2022 at 11:16

Reorder the images as described above. Mark all images. Press "F2" or select menu "item", submenu "rename". A box appears with intuitive controls to rename the files. Usually, I use "number, three digits". After that, I end up with files numbered in the correct order.


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