ExifTool is a platform-independent command-line application for reading, writing, and editing Meta information that is contained by image, audio and video files. It extracts thumbnail images, preview images, and large JPEG images from RAW files, copies meta information between files, reads or writes structured XMP information, deletes meta information individually, in groups, or altogether, and sets the file modification date from EXIF information.
ExifTool can Read, Write and/or Create files in the following formats. Also listed are the support levels for EXIF, IPTC, XMP, ICC_Profile and other metadata types for each file format.
- Supports a large number of different file formats
- Reads EXIF, GPS, IPTC, XMP, JFIF, MakerNotes, GeoTIFF, ICC Profile, Photoshop IRB, FlashPix, AFCP, ID3 and more…
- Writes EXIF, GPS, IPTC, XMP, JFIF, MakerNotes, GeoTIFF, ICC Profile, Photoshop IRB, AFCP and more…
- Reads and writes maker notes of many digital cameras
- Reads timed metadata (eg. GPS track) from MOV/MP4/M2TS/AVI videos
- Numerous output formatting options (including tab-delimited, HTML, XML and JSON)
- Multi-lingual output (cs, de, en, en-ca, en-gb, es, fi, fr, it, ja, ko, nl, pl, ru, sv, tr, zh-cn or zh-tw)
- Geotags images from GPS track log files (with time drift correction!)
- Generates track logs from geotagged images
- Shifts date/time values to fix timestamps in images
- Renames files and organizes in directories (by date or by any other meta information)
- Extracts thumbnail images, preview images, and large JPEG images from RAW files
- Copies meta information between files (even different-format files)
- Reads/writes structured XMP information
If you can handle the Perl programming language or have no problem with the Command Prompt (or typing characters and spaces) then ExifTool offers a super-fast way to view and edit an image file’s metadata without having to open a substantial program. Simply place this portable tool’s executable file on your desktop and drag an image file into it to produce a Command Prompt window displaying all of the file’s available metadata. To edit data, you’ll need to rename the executable file and open it via a command line, which enables all of the Perl distribution’s features.
people who take the time to check out ExifTool will find that they have endless media content right at their fingertips. The software comes with a very attractive and simple looking interface that makes it easy for users to find the type of content that they are looking for. However, it should be noted that a working knowledge of the Perl programming language is required in order to fully make use of the software, which could pose a problem.
We extracted ExifTool’s executable and double-clicked it to open the program’s documentation, which includes an extensive list of file types and meta information formats that ExifTools supports. Right away we knew we were in unfamiliar territory. Following the instructions, we closed the prompt and dragged an image file into ExifTool’s executable. ExifTool popped back up with all of the image’s available metadata displayed (many spaces were blank). Simple enough. The program’s executable file downloads with the (-k) suffix, which tells the Command Prompt to stay open. We renamed it, as the instructions recommend, but, as we noted before, we were already well outside the lines of the sort of software we were looking for — or that most users would look for, for that matter.