A Guide to ExifTool Tool

ExifTool is a platform-independent Perl library plus a command-line application for reading, writing and editing meta information in a wide variety of files. ExifTool supports many different metadata formats including EXIF, GPS, IPTC, XMP, JFIF, GeoTIFF, ICC Profile, Photoshop IRB, FlashPix, AFCP and ID3, as well as the maker notes of many digital cameras by Canon, Casio, DJI, FLIR, FujiFilm, GE, GoPro, HP, JVC/Victor, Kodak, Leaf, Minolta/Konica-Minolta, Motorola, Nikon, Nintendo, Olympus/Epson, Panasonic/Leica, Pentax/Asahi, Phase One, Reconyx, Ricoh, Samsung, Sanyo, Sigma/Foveon and Sony.

Let’s start by displaying a picture Meta-data by running

exiftool Logo.jpg

Using the flag “-S” will give us a very short output format and more compact to the view:

exiftool –S Logo.jpg

We can add “grep” to the command to extract a specific Meta-data: exiftool -S Logo.jpg | grep HistorySoftwareAgent

The flag “-v” is for verbose mode which generates extended information from the picture

If you want a clean Meta-data photo we can use the flag “-all=” to wipe all the information from the photo:

exiftool  -all= Logo.jpg

We can also extract Meta-data from video files as well:

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