I was searching for a good EXIF (Exchangeable Image File Format) tool to view a complete meta information for jpeg pictures. After a long search, I found this nice little application “ExifTool” a pearl-based command line application which gives us tons of information about metadata.
ExifTool is a platform-independent Pearl library plus a command-line application for reading, writing and editing meta information in a wide variety of files – and it’s a portable application.
The usage is very simple just drag the file and drop it on exiftool(-k).exe – and this action will open in a command prompt with all the meta information. Or you can rename the .exe to .pl and use it as a command line application.
Read, Write, Edit Meta information
Here is little explanation on how to use the app for the developer’s website:
From the command line:
The Perl application (“
exiftool“) is run by typing “
perl exiftool“. Alternately, you may be able to rename it to “
exiftool.pl” and type “
exiftool.pl“, but this requires that the proper Windows associations have been made for the “
The stand-alone version (“
exiftool(-k).exe“) should be renamed to “
exiftool.exe” to allow it to be run by typing “
exiftool” at the command line.
If the ExifTool executable (“
exiftool.pl” or “
exiftool.exe“) is not in the current directory or your system PATH, then its directory must be specified on the command line (ie. by typing “
c:\path_to_exiftool\exiftool.pl” or “
Note that when typing commands in the “cmd.exe” shell, you should use double quotes instead of single quotes as shown in some examples.
Stand-alone version in the Windows GUI:
Double-click on “
exiftool(-k).exe” to read the application documentation, or drag-and-drop files and folders to run exiftool on the selected files.
Simple options may be added inside the brackets in the name of the stand-alone executable. (But note that the characters
/\?*:|"<>may not be used because they are invalid in Windows file names.) In this way, the behavior of the drag-and-drop application can be customized.
- Powerful, fast, flexible and customizable
- 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, ICC Profile, Photoshop IRB, AFCP and more…
- Reads and writes maker notes of many digital cameras
- Decodes a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma
- Numerous output formatting options (including tab-delimited, HTML, XML and JSON)
- Multi-lingual output (cs, de, en, en_ca, en_gb, es, 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
- Deletes meta information individually, in groups, or altogether
- Sets the file modification date from EXIF information
- Supports alternate language tags in XMP, PNG, ID3, Font, QuickTime, ICC Profile, MIE and MXF information
- Processes entire directory trees
- Creates text output file for each image file
- Creates binary-format metadata-only (MIE) files for metadata backup
- Automatically backs up original image when writing
- Organizes output into groups
- Conditionally processes files based on value of any meta information
- Ability to add custom user-defined tags
- Support for MWG (Metadata Working Group) recommendations
- Recognizes thousands of different tags
- Tested with images from thousands of different camera models
- Advanced verbose and HTML-based hex dump outputs.
For more documentation and download visit the developer’s website.
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