This plugin for Adobe Lightroom allows you to easily view the metadata in the master image file of a photo or video in Lightroom's catalog. It's not as pretty or convenient as the metadata display on the right-side panel in Library, but it shows all the data in the master image, so is perhaps at times useful.
This plugin works in Lightroom 6/CC (and older versions as far back as Lightroom 3, though some features depend on the version of Lightroom).
The same download works for both Windows and Mac. See the box to the upper right for the download link (in orange) and installation instructions.
First, download the plugin using the link in the upper-right corner of this page, and unzip it to a location on disk where you'll keep it.
Then follow the normal Lightroom plugin install instructions to install and enable the plugin in your copy of Lightroom.
With a photo selected, invoke
and a dialog will pop up listing all metadata that can be found in the image.
The plugin uses Phil Harvey's amazing ExifTool library under the hood. It's very good at gleaning metadata from an image file, and increasingly so for video files. It's the same library I use for my Online Image Metadata Viewer, though that web-based viewer does much more work to present the data in an informative fashion. Such efforts are not needed here because the most interesting data can already be shown in the Metadata Viewer panel on the right side of the Library Module (and you can use my Metadata-Viewer Preset Editor plugin to configure just what you want to see).
The only reason to use this plugin at all is to see data that Lightroom doesn't expose. There can be plenty of it, though the amount differs greatly depending on the image source and its processing prior to arriving in Lightroom.
As you can see at right, the metadata is just dumped out in tabular form. You can mouseover each item to see more details about what section of the metadata it was found.
There's ample opportunity to enhance how the data is shown, but I'll wait to see how popular the plugin becomes before I spend much effort on the frills.
Windows users of Lightroom 3 or later can use ALT-F S M to bring up the viewer on the selected image. Windows users of Lightroom 2 can do the same after doing the setup described on this page.
Mac users can create any keyboard shortcut they like in the system Keyboard Preferences. I use Command-M. With Lightroom 2, the “Menu Title” is “View Master Image Metadata”, but in Lightroom 3 and later you have to add three spaces at the beginning, to account for the three spaces that Lightroom adds for the indentation in the menu. Thus, on Lightroom 3 and later, you would use “◊◊◊View◊Master◊Image◊Metadata” (where ◊ represents a space).
This plugin is distributed as “donationware”. I have chosen to make it available for free — everyone can use it forever, without cost of any kind — but unless registered, its functionality is somewhat reduced after six weeks. Registration is done via PayPal, and if you choose to register, it costs the minimum 1-cent PayPal fee; any amount you'd like to add beyond PayPal's sliding fees as a gift to me is completely optional, and completely appreciated.
For details, see my blog post titled Lightroom Plugin Development: Now With Added Encouragement. If you're interested in how I picked up a plugin-development hobby like this, see My Long Path To Lightroom Plugin Development.
Note: Registrations in Lightroom 2 do not carry forward to Lightroom 3.
As I mentioned above, this plugin relies heavily on the ExifTool library, so I have decided to pass along half of any gifts related to this plugin to the ExifTool library's author. If you choose to send a gift when you register, it'll be handled automatically, but if you send a gift any other time (they're always welcome 🙂 ), please let me know so I can share your kindness with Phil. In either case, a big thanks from Phil, too.
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Add some extra debug logging to try to track down a display issue.
Try to avoid yet another place where Lightroom gets hung because it can't handle certain kinds of dialogs at the same time.
The display of metadata was not well formatted under Windows. Not sure whether it was due to a bug in Windows, Lightroom, or my plugin, but I seem to have worked around it. Crossing my fingers.
Try harder to ensure that the "inspecting..." dialog closes before opening the results dialog.
Include the ExifTool version number at the bottom of the result dialog.
Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 10.00.
The text hadn't been selectable (for copy-paste actions). It is now, at least to the extent that Lightroom allows.
In the POODLE-vunerability dialog, display a raw URL of a page on my site that discusses the issue, so that folks can be independently sure that the dialog is indeed from me and not malware.
|20141219.53||Registration was broken on Lr2|
Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 9.76.
|20141019.51||Windows Only: Add a one-time check for the POODLE security vulnerability, and alert the user if it exists.|
|20140902.50||New build system|
|20140731.49||Registration fix for Lr5.6|
|20140729.48||Previous updates broke support on Lightroom 2|
|20140720.47||More Creative-Cloud support.|
Fixed an issue with Creative-Cloud revalidation.
Lr5.5 and later Creative-Cloud installs can now revalidate themselves if needed.
|20140710.44||Sigh, had a bug in the Creative-Cloud support.|
Now supports Lr5.5+ Creative-Cloud Installs.
|20140704.42||Sigh, introduced an error for some folks with the rebuild the other day.|
|20140704.41||Fixed crash on startup for some users.|
Language switching wasn't smooth on Windows.
Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 9.60.
Fixed a bug in the "smoother revalidation" stuff recently added.
Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 9.53.
Fixed a Windows dialog-layout bug.
Make the revalidation process smoother, especially for folks using Lr5.4 and later.
Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 9.46.
Update for OS X Mavricks.
Updated the Image::ExifTool library to version 9.39.
Made it so that the header stuff won't get pushed off the visible page when the metadata includes very wide elements.
Gave the UI a bit more love, especially on Windows.
Updated the Image::ExifTool library to version 9.38.
Updated the Image::ExifTool library to version 9.35.
|20130613.32||Better support for plugin revalidation.|
|20130611.31||Yet another Lr5 update|
|20130524.30||Apparently, a recent change broke things on Lr2, which some folks apparently still use.|
|20130501.29||Update for Lr5|
|20130412.28||Build system update.|
|20130328.27||Fix for the registration system.|
Now also display image metadata as it appears in the Lightroom catalog.
Search now ignores the accent on characters (e.g. searching for “Voigtlander” finds “Voigtländer”)
|20130212.25||Tweak for better display of very long filenames.|
|20130209.24||More build-system maintenance|
|20130206.23||Tweak for my registration system|
Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 9.15.
Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 9.04.
|20120923.20||Added a note about when the image was last edited in Lightroom.|
|20120829.19||Added the ability to copy metadata to clipboard.|
|20120608.18||Fix an "attempt to perform arithmetic on field" error.|
Update to handle the Mac App Store version of Lightroom.
Tweak for Lr4.1RC2.
Enhanced the send-log dialog to hopefully make reports more meaningful to me, yielding, I hope, the ability to respond more sensibly to more reports.
Upgraded to ExifTool 8.92
|20120330.16||Update to handle 4.1RC|
|20120309.15||Had broken registrations in Lr2; Update to the debug logging to better track down timing issues that might arise.|
More on the march toward Lr4, including upheaval in the code to handle Lightroom APIs being discontinued in Lr4.
|20120114.13||More tweaks for Lr4b|
Update for Lr4 beta: explain in the plugin manager that the plugin can't be registered in the beta.
Updated Image::ExifTool to version 8.75.
Had issues with the registration button sometimes not showing.
Added a system-clock check and reports to the user if the system clock is more than a minute out of date. An incorrect system clock can cause problems with various kinds of communication and authentication with some of my plugins, so I've just gone ahead and added this to every plugin.
Updated Image::ExifTool to version 8.68
When doing a plugin upgrade, offer the ability to flush all the old copies of the plugin.
Consider metadata to be encoded as UTU-8 for display.
Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 8.50.
|20100829.8||Made the revalidation process much simpler, doing away with the silly need for a revalidation file.|
|20100820.7||Discovered a bug in my plugin build system that caused horribly difficult-to-track-down errors in one plugin, so am pushing out rebuilt versions of all plugins just in case.|
Added a search filter. Unfortunately, despite spending way too many hours trying, I couldn't figure out how to make the display scroll to the top when filtering, so if there are fewer results than fill up to the point you happen to have scrolled into view, nothing will be shown, making it look like there are no matching lines, rather than the reality that whatever matching lines are simply not scrolled into the current view. So take care to scroll to the top if the display looks empty.
|20100626.5||Was sorting the display on the wrong thing. Doh!|
|20100625.4||Yikes, shaking out some more build issues.|
|20100624.3||Discovered a nasty build bug; pushing a new version in case it affects this plugin.|
|20100623.2||Found a boo-boo right away.|
|20100623.1||Initial public release|