Dad got a camera with built in GPS. The GPS info is embeded in the EXIF data, I guess. Picasa 3 puts a small "icon" on each of the geotagged photos, but can not do anything with them (as far as I can tell).

Is there any photo manager or mapping tool that can put these pictures on a map and/or let him browse trough the photos based on location?

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    +1 I think geotagged photos is a very exciting idea and would like to know how Ubuntu could handle such photos – 8128 Dec 28 '10 at 22:18

Digikam is by far the best photo-management utility on Linux, and it does support showing a map with your photos on it.

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See this related page for instructions on installing Digikam on Ubuntu 14.04.

  • digikam is always ticking me off... first of all, when i install from a package geolocation support doesn't exist. i read somewhere that i have to manually install "kipi-plugins" - uh WHAT?! why isn't that a dependency already!? but it wants to install 302 unrelated packages including dolphin, etc... WHY? that is NOT happening, iit's ridiculous. I found an appimage that has geolocation support, but there are no streets, nothing beyond county level resolution, when i just need to adjust a picture between my front and back yard, and this doesn't provide ANYWHERE near enough resolution! – Michael Jun 21 '20 at 19:15
  • @Michael: You're not wrong. I use KDE so I've already got most of the dependencies installed, but for users of other desktops it could be an issue. – dotancohen Jun 23 '20 at 7:58
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    Can't zoom the digikam map enough for sufficient precision. No use. – eMPee584 Jul 21 '20 at 14:43

GpsPrune can plot your local photographs on a map, modify the data and export it in KML and other formats for use with mapping services like Google Maps or OpenStreetMap.

sudo apt-get install gpsprune

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    GpsPrune is really performant and can scan a huge number of pictures quickly, then showing OSM tiles. All very nice - but as it seems not exactly designed for this purpose, it's not possible to rectangle-select a region and sift through the photos taken there.. #sad – eMPee584 Jul 21 '20 at 14:45

You want GottenGeography. It will show the locations of your photos on an OpenStreetMap background. It also will allow you to map photos from cameras without a built-in GPS, either by manual positioning on the map, or correlating with a GPS output file based on timestamp.

  • I just installed it, the goal of this application seems to be adding coordinates to pictures that do not have any. It does not show pictures that already have GPS coordinates on the map. Also, it can only load selected pictures from a given folder, and it takes a long time to load all pictures (no cache I guess). The last .deb (May 2017) seems to be at code.launchpad.net/~robru/+recipe/gottengeography-daily – Nicolas Raoul Apr 2 '18 at 8:53
  • Thanks for the update—it's been a long time since I've used it. I have found it useful for viewing photos that already have GPS coordinates, but there may now be better applications for that purpose. – dericke Apr 7 '18 at 2:09

According to this old post the present Digikam may be able to do what you want; http://scribblesandsnaps.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/geotagging-photos-with-digikam/, according to this post the soon to be released Digikam 2.0 will have even more advanced Geotagging features with the Reverse Geotagging widget, http://www.digikam.org/drupal/node/532.

I would say give Digikam a try to see if it will work for you now or if you will have to wait for version 2.0. Digikam is a very powerful photo management application available in the repositories.


You can use Geotag to do that. This is a Javatool to geotag Photos and see them on a GoogleMaps page.

It is not a photo manager, but it is easy to see your photos on a map.

  • I'm trying it right now and it show latitude and longitude of photos taken with my smartphone. – neuromancer Sep 19 '11 at 13:36

Flickr handle geo tagged photos and is able to display them on a map. This is a web application and you need to upload your photos (2gb / month with a free account)

Privacy is a taking seriously and you have to adjust geotag settings because they are disallow by default.

I know this is not the kind of application you are looking for but this can help, Flickr is an excellent service to manage, backup, share ... your photos. I personally use it to backup all my photos.

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    Thanks a lot for the answer, but, yeah, that's not what I'm looking for. :) – forteller Dec 28 '10 at 23:00

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