Jeffrey’s “Metadata Viewer” Lightroom Plugin

This plugin for Adobe Lightroom Classic 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 Classic, 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

File  >  Plugin Extras  >  View Master Image Metadata

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.

Keyboard Shortcut

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 ViewMasterImageMetadata” (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.

Version History
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Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 12.67.


Some of the new masking things in Lightroom have huge amounts of binary data not clearly apparent as binary data, and this is causing the dialog to lock up. Now marking any long text as "binary data" to avoid this.


Try to get it working on Windows again. Also, use more of the screen real-estate for the dialog. Plugin dialogs in Lightroom are a nightmare.


Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 12.42.


Whack-a-mole with PayPal's random changes.


Warn when PayPal seems to have given a bogus code in the web-confirmation page.


Had to revert ExifTool to version 11.70 for the time being, until I can get 12.25 working on Windows.


Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 12.25.

working around 'constant table overflow' error


Updates for Lr10

Work around a Windows bug related to canceling out of the registration dialog.

Added some extra debug logging to note whether the plugin is enabled.


Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 11.70.


Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 11.30.


Updates for Lr8 (Lightroom Classic CC Version 8).

Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 11.01.

Clicking on the version number in the Plugin Manager now copies version info to the clipboard


Added a help blurb to describe the "|" feature added in the previous version. Clicking on the "Search" label now brings up a help window.


The dialog search box can now accept multiple search terms by having them separated with "|", e.g. "lens | aperture" to search for items with either "lens" or "aperture" in them.


Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 10.82.


Oops, more Lr7 stuff.


Updates for Lightroom 7


Try to separate info about THE image from info about embedded thumbnails/previews/etc.

When a field's value is "binary data", try to figure out what format that data is (JPEG, XMP, TIFF, etc.)

The "copy metadata to clipboard" action now copies as proper utf8 on Mac.


You can now switch between displaying the descriptive tag name (in whatever language you've selected), or the ExifTool tag code.

Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 10.55.


Include info from the system about the file, such as last-update time, Finder tags, etc.

Lightroom doesn't give useful info to the plugin about the screen resolution on Windows, unfortunately, so try to get around too-big a window with some heuristics.


Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 10.26.

Switch the log-sending mechanism to https.


Upgraded to the embedded copy of ExifTool to version 10.20.

Handle filenames that include a double quote in them (OSX).

Added some extra debug logging.


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.
20140630.40 Build-system update

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.

Upgraded the underlying ExifTool to version 8.25.

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

All 68 comments so far, oldest first...

Very slow – 40 seconds to display the metadata.

It takes about a second to compute the data and build the display for simple JPGs on my system, maybe three seconds for large, complex raw files for my D700. If you have something that takes a long time, it’s a reflection on either the complexity of the file or the underpoweredness of your system. Or a bug. If you think it might be the latter, I’d appreciate it if you could send an example image, and info on your system. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dave Yuhas on June 24th, 2010 at 1:05am JST (13 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Flash exposure compensation appear with a wrong alphebetical order. Bug ???

Betwween Compression and Continuous drive.

It was more easy to find with other flash info.

Province of Quebec (Canada)

It comes out right in my tests. Could you email a sample image? —Jeffrey

— comment by Andre Messier on June 25th, 2010 at 3:32am JST (13 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, Thanks for a great plugin. Installed Ok, but I can’t seem to be able to ‘enable’ the plugin. Button works, but doesn’t stick. What am I doicng wrong?

It’s probably disabling due to some error with the plugin (see the bottom-right section of the plugin manager). That almost certainly means a bad unzip, though if it comes immediately after upgrading the plugin it might mean that you just need to restart Lightroom). If you’re getting it with a fresh download/unzip, try downloading/unzipping with different browser/tools… —Jeffrey

— comment by Rune on June 27th, 2010 at 1:20pm JST (13 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Great plugin Jeffrey! I’ve been a fan of PhotoMe, an external standalone program, but this is really convenient within Lightroom. If you decide to continue to develop this plugin it would be a great addition if you could group settings together by source (exif, maker notes, etc) or allow to choose sort by source (and then alpha within source) or just alpha as it is now.


— comment by Stu on June 28th, 2010 at 1:03am JST (13 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

This is a great plug-in! The one thing I was hoping to find is the camera actuation? Did I miss it? Is it available in the metadata?

Depends on the camera. Most don’t have it, some do. —Jeffrey

— comment by Doug on July 7th, 2010 at 2:48am JST (13 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, this is just plain awesome — it’ll be a big time saver for me, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it earlier.

— comment by Mark Sirota on July 13th, 2010 at 12:55am JST (13 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Just to say thanks for this plugin, I have had a few issues with rouge keywords in some images for a while, now I know where they are coming from. My only frustration now is getting rid of them! I may not use this plugin every day but it will certainly prove its worth on occasions.

— comment by Neil on July 14th, 2010 at 3:37am JST (13 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I always get this error:
Using LR3, I tried x32 and x64 bit modes on OSX10.6.4

bad argument #1 to ‘gsub’ (string expected, got function)

Plugin version? If you get it in the latest version, I’d appreciate a log —Jeffrey

— comment by NGRIFFIN on July 29th, 2010 at 10:01am JST (13 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Great plugin. If only one could access these fields as tokens when exporting/publishing photos. I used to use LR/Transporter to import formatted shooting info into a scene field in LR. Sadly LR/Transporter stopped working for me since LR2.7 upgrade. Any chance of having the data displayed in this plugin accessible as tokens?

It’s not straightforward to get this stuff into Lightroom, so probably not going to happen any time soon. However, I’m surprised about LR/Transporter…. Tim keeps that up to date; if it’s not working for you, you might drop him a note. —Jeffrey

— comment by yOOrek on September 1st, 2010 at 10:03pm JST (13 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey
There is plenty of valuable data here, well done.

Problem I am having is that it is almost overwhelming and some of it is hard to interpret; could I suggest that there are more detailed explanations of the terms (via a bubble or pop up window?) in situ? as this listing of tags is also detailed but not easy / quick to interrogate.

Also how about ensuring there are accompanying units next to all types of “measurement”

hope this helps


— comment by Edward Allen on November 7th, 2010 at 1:34am JST (13 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Awesome – just another plugin that will likely become a valuable part of my workflow, thanks!

Was on a shoot last night and for some reason my thumbnail preview was just totally different from a colleagues. I performed a reset of all camera settings and the thumbnails it kicked out were as expected. Interested in seeing what the differences were, so will be using this plugin to make comparisons.

To that end – is there a way I could export just this table set as something like a CSV so I can do a side-by-side comparison with another image shot after the camera was re-set?

The easiest way would be to download the command-line version of exiftool. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jason on August 15th, 2011 at 2:33am JST (12 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Is there a way to view whether Image Stabili(s)zation was turned off or on for any given image, with a Canon 40D and a Canon EF70-200 IS USM Lens. The plug-in appears to display everything but that. Have I missed something?

Excellent tool by the way 😉
It displays everything it knows about. If it’s not showing up, either the stabilization status is not stored in the Exif, or ExifTool doesn’t know how to interpret it if it’s there. —Jeffrey

— comment by Steve Hughes on October 25th, 2011 at 4:16am JST (12 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Odd – because according to the ExifTool web site – the stablization tag should be present for Canon. At least that’s my interpretation. It’s not the most user friendly site to try and work out so maybe I’ve misunderstood!

I’m sure it depends on the camera. —Jeffrey

— comment by Steve Hughes on October 27th, 2011 at 10:14pm JST (12 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Exactlly what I was looking for, except for one thing: it would be great if you could display side by side what is in the file and what is in the LR database (And even better : highlight the metadata differences). That way when a file is displayed as having been changed externally, I will know if I need to read the new metadata in lightroom or overwrite them with lightroom record. Regards Eric

That’s a great idea, but it’s not that straightforward. Some things are indeed straightfoward (e.g. caption), but Lightroom derives some items from camera-proprietary fields, and some fields are not updated even when re-read, so to do a proper job would take some extensive research and testing. I’ll keep it in mind, but the bang-for-the-buck is not worth it at the moment. —Jeffrey

— comment by Eric on October 28th, 2011 at 12:33am JST (12 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Bug, feature, or just me.
On the Metadata display panel, when I use the scroll wheel on the mouse I get two different speeds of scroll, depending on where the mouse pointer is: 1) if pointer is on border of panel, get normal scroll, about 1 page per click, (or about 7 clicks for the full length scroll) or 2) if pointer is in “Image Data” area, one click takes me down to the middle of the EXIF data, or 2 clicks to near the bottom of all the data. Appears to be a difference between the panel border and the area the data goes in.
This is Win 7, LR3.5, Nikon d300s, Logitech mouse.

Thanks for all the excellent plug-ins! I use several of them.


It’s probably a bug in Lightroom, but since I’m using an unsupported feature of the plugin infrastructure to make the scrooling area, it’s not really something I can complain about. So, let’s consider it a feature. 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by George K on November 10th, 2011 at 12:36am JST (12 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

This is a great plug in. It is giving me exactly the data I was looking for. I just started using a Fuji camera that has some settings for dynamic range, signal/noise etc. and these are not shown in Lightroom exif data.

Many thanks!


— comment by Terry on November 21st, 2011 at 4:08am JST (12 years ago) comment permalink

I have tested your plugin and I am a bit overwhelmed – but all I was looking for was shown -that is great. I could find datas, that otherwise I find only in View NX from Nikon. I there a way to adjust or configurate what is shown and what is not of interesst for me (like in Adobe Bridge)? Could be, that then it works even faster.

Thank you for your work
Enrico (Switzerland)

You can use the filter at the top to search for stuff, but otherwise there’s nothing to configure a set of items, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Enrico on December 2nd, 2011 at 10:34pm JST (12 years ago) comment permalink

Do you know of a way that lightroom can sort images based on one of the makernotes fields? In particular, I would love to auto-apply a ‘Camera Correction profile’ to match the Creative Style/Picture Style/Picture Control.

I don’t know of any way to do this in Lightroom. If you have a lot of photos, it might make sense to use ExifTool to extract the info, then use LrTransporter to get it into a field that Lightroom can filter on, then use that to group photos for camera profiles. —Jeffrey

— comment by Chris on December 10th, 2011 at 6:22pm JST (12 years ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,
first of all thank you for providing those great plugins.

Just downloaded the metadata viewer. I was wonderering why is the scrollbar on the left side. Usually one is looking for scrollbars on the right side of a window.



I dunno, that’s just how Lightroom does it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Klaus on April 27th, 2012 at 5:01pm JST (11 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey.

Extremely satisfied with your metadata viewer through Lightroom4

Can you make a perfect Metadata extractor for Video clips. Seems to work already, but there must be more information.


The hard work under the hood of recognizing and extracting metadata is done by Phil Harvy’s ExifTool library. He works tirelessly (and mostly thanklessly) on it; perhaps send a word of thanks and encouragement his way, and if you have any specific knowledge how to extract something he’s missing, please let him know. —Jeffrey

— comment by Vagn-Ebbe Kier on May 11th, 2012 at 4:34pm JST (11 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for this plugin which I am just trialling.

Any chance of a “Copy to clipboard ” button so I can do some image data comparisons (after photomatix et al)

I appreciate the Exiftool command line approach will probably be your answer but thought I would ask! 🙂

Yeah, you should use the Exiftool command-line approach…. or, the “copy to clipboard” button I added to the new version I just pushed. 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by Mike Watson on August 29th, 2012 at 6:42am JST (11 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

🙂 Thanks Jeffrey.

Eventually found the button on the far right of the page as the page seems to be extremely wide due to the “Hierarchical Subject” option (which seems to be related to keywords??) just whizzing of to the far right….

Don’t expect you to sort this as it is obviously just the output from Phil’s tool but wanted to point it out in case someone else can find the button. (Or possibly shift the button to the left under the file name)

— comment by Mike Watson on August 29th, 2012 at 9:58pm JST (11 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Could I request a feature for this plugin please.

I would like an option to select which metadata is displayed so a set of radio buttons for EXIF, IPTC, XMP, Photoshop, Derived would be a nice addition.

Thanks Mike

— comment by Mike Watson on November 8th, 2012 at 3:54am JST (11 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

I’d like to add a date to the Metadata Viewer to reflect when the photo was added to my Lightroom library. The idea being that I could then filter the photos shown in the grid to be on that date, similar to how a Keyword value can be used to filter the photos.

While the image capture time is useful, the day I add the photo to Lightroom has more relevance to me in some cases where I am importing images from undated sources (like Facebook) or from scanned images.

Is the Added to Lightoom Date available to add to a Metadata Viewer preset?

Thanks, Patrick

Lightroom doesn’t expose that date to plugins or to the Metadata panel, but you can access it via the “Added Order” sort in Library. —Jeffrey

— comment by Patrick on November 17th, 2013 at 2:34pm JST (10 years ago) comment permalink

Is it possible to customize the plugin? For example, my camera returns “0x4000” for the “AFMode” tag when the camera was put on the face detection. It’d be really nice if your plugin can customized to display “face detection” rather than meaningless “0x4000” in the “AFMode” field, so I can quickly go through all the face detection shots and judge how accurately it’s working.

Your best bet is to report it to the ExifTool author so he can update it for everyone. Send him some sample shots and a description of what the various values might mean… —Jeffrey

— comment by Rick on December 7th, 2013 at 2:37pm JST (10 years ago) comment permalink

I was writing to you with a question, but I think in the process I figured most of the answer. Feel free to correct or use any of my findings. I was trying to figure out some exposure issues I had with images shot in the Manual mode. The Exposure Compensation field doesn’t help as it always reads zero in M. However, it seems “Measured EV” and “Measured EV 2” are two fields that give you what the camera’s idea of the correct EV (possibly with two different metering modes) is, and the “Light Value” field gives the actual EV given your settings while taking the photo. From I figured that an increase of EV by 1 is a drop of 1 stop of exposure, and it appears that my 5D2’s Measured EV values are based on ISO 100.

— comment by Shayok on January 3rd, 2014 at 1:23am JST (9 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Is there a way to configure the Metadata Viewer (or another of your plugins) to display the several Canon 6D exif fields about HDR processing, such as:
–HDR Shooting: Enable
–Adjust dynamic range: Auto
–HDR Effect: Natural
–Auto Image Align: Enable

These fields are displayed with the Canon software, but I could not find them in the output from the Metadata Viewer in Lightroom.

Thanks, Tim

PS: I am new at this so please excuse me if this question is inane.

Not inane at all… completely reasonable. The plugin relies on ExifTool to decode the data, and the author (Phil Harvey) probably has not yet been able to figure out those fields. You can help him decode them by preparing sets of photos taken with as-completely-identical settings as possible, save for one field (e.g. “HDR Effect”) changing among the possible settings. Then mail them to him along with a clear description of which photos had exactly which settings. Then, perhaps, he can figure out Canon’s secret encodings and reflect that in the next version of ExifTool. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tim on January 27th, 2014 at 7:00am JST (9 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I have installed the plugin and have successfully been able to get info on a specified photo.
I have a Canon 5d (markI digicII), and i thought it was possible to extract the number of views taken by the camera.
I could’nt find any fied related to that.
Can you help me on that topic.

As far as I know, many Canon cameras do not encode the shutter count. —Jeffrey

— comment by gerard on February 13th, 2014 at 11:09pm JST (9 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
As usual a plugin like many other from you that are of great use and simple to use.
Thanks so much.

I was wondering if it would be complex to add a small thumnail of the image with the AF point visually indicated (as in Nikon ViewNX for Nikon or DPP for Canon)
I acknowledge that depending on the camera model some diff occur but at least for all recent one with lifeview all is from tag Nikon AFInfo2 Tags or otherwise Nikon AFInfo Tags for older (come from
I know it’s easier to have idea than do it 🙂


Lightroom’s plugin infrastructure doesn’t allow for that kind of graphical overlay )-: —Jeffrey

Update: but if you call out to other photo-processing programs to build an image of the photo with the focus points on it, that can be shown. Lightroom makes this kludgy and unfun, but Chris Reimold went ahead and did it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Marc on September 13th, 2014 at 7:46am JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I am trying to be able to use a filter or smart collection in LR5 based on focus point status. I would like to filter only images where the Focus was achieved and aso primary AF point . I don’t believe “Metadata Viewer” will expose those metadata to LR Metadata filter, or will it?

Any other suggestion on how to accomplish this?


Paulo Tebet

There’s no easy way to do this. The best I can suggest is to use my Data Explorer plugin to identify images with the criteria you want, then, once identified, mark them in a way you can refer to later (keyword, color label, star rating, throw them into a collection, etc.)… —Jeffrey

— comment by Paulo Tebet on November 24th, 2014 at 8:36am JST (9 years ago) comment permalink

Is there anyway to display Maker Notes? Specifically for iPhone photos to determine if an image was labeled HDR. Your online exif viewer seems to work, but it would be nice if it was in Lightroom.


The Metadata Viewer plugin should indeed show it. I’ve just pushed a new version of the plugin with the latest version of the underlying metadata library, in case that matters. You might also try my Data Explorer plugin using the “User-Specified Master-File Data Field” item to search the “CustomRendered” field…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dustin on November 27th, 2014 at 3:59am JST (9 years ago) comment permalink


Sorry, I was incorrect. The metadata viewer plugin seems to work fine, by using File, Plug-in Extras/ View Master Image Metadata.

I guess what I’m trying to do is use the Metadata Preset Utility and add the maker notes to a preset so I can quickly check between pictures in the library grid view to determine which one is the HDR image.

Unfortunately, Lightroom doesn’t expose that kind of data to the Metadata panel. The best I can suggest is to identify them in some other way (such as the Data Explorer method), then preserve the identification by marking them with a keyword or color label or the like. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dustin Houseman on November 27th, 2014 at 10:32pm JST (9 years ago) comment permalink

So far, this is the only way that I’ve found to see the Nikon Maker Notes, in particular the Vari-Program field. Thank you for making this viewable.

Is there a way that I’m missing to view your output in LR5 itself rather than on top of it? Better yet, a way to just add the fields that I want to the existing metadata panel? Or edit the fields that show in the output?

I hope you continue to update this plug-in. I think it’s very valuable. Unfortunately, in its present form (unless I’m missing something), it isn’t terribly useable for me since I can only look at one picture at a time and can’t attach the data to the picture.

Best wishes and keep up the great work.

My answer in the previous two comments applies here… the best I can suggest is to identify the photos and add your own way to mark them. —Jeffrey

— comment by Maria Rudolph on November 29th, 2014 at 9:02am JST (9 years ago) comment permalink

Thanks for all the work!

Is there any way to show the focus point(s) on the image in LR with your plug in? I can only do this at the moment by going into Nikon NX-D. Nikon NX-d software often freezes on my computer so I don’t use it unless I have to!

When I bring up the Metadata using your plug-in, I also get a perpetual Lightroom box that says it is ‘Checking Master Image Data’. It never completes this task (apparently) and will not go away! Just annoying but is it normal?

I have a Nikon D810, use a Mac and am from England.

You can check focus points with this plugin. About the non-completing task, it’s not normal at all (and does sound completely annoying). After the dialog has been stuck for 30 seconds, perhaps send the plugin log and I’ll take a look. —Jeffrey

— comment by David on January 12th, 2015 at 3:57am JST (8 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hello I’m Didier from France.

Thank you for this excellent work. I own a Leica S2P and I can’t read the number of shutter actuations (metadata-viewer has been installed on LR5).
Is it normal ?

Best regards


Many cameras don’t actually encode that (or, perhaps, they do, but not in a way that has been discovered yet). —Jeffrey

— comment by Didier on May 4th, 2015 at 4:45pm JST (8 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I installed the metadata viewer and registered it via Paypal on april 27th of this year. I used it a few times, then after not using it for a few weeks “View Master Image Metadata” is no longer in File > Plugin Extras. What am I not understanding ?


It may be in the Plugin Manager, but disabled, or it may have been removed from the Plugin Manager. Take a look to see whether you find it. If not, and if you didn’t explicitly remove it (which it sounds like you didn’t), it may be that your Lr preferences file has started to go corrupt, and that you should see this FAQ. —Jeffrey

— comment by Alan Hooper on July 28th, 2015 at 10:54am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Extremely useful plugin, clever design, as are most plugins from Jeff. Thanks so much for such wonderful tools.
Claude, from Montreal, Canada

— comment by Claude Dumas on September 20th, 2015 at 4:47am JST (8 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I just installed Metadata Viewer and for me important MakerNotes:FilmMode (on RAF image from Fujifilm X-T1) does not show correct value. For example it shows Unknown 0x600 instead of Classic Chrome. Your Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer shows the right value. I guess ExifTool version in web app is newer as the one in the plugin. I have two questions i.e. wishes here:
1. would it be possible to upgrade the “Metadata Viewer” plugin to the newest ExifTool?
2. would it be possible to include MakerNotes area in your “Metadata presets” plugin?

Best regards,
Andrej, from Slovenia

Unfortunately, I can’t do #2 because Lightroom doesn’t allow a plugin to add camera items to the Metadata panel that Lightroom doesn’t already support. You can use my Data Explorer plugin to filter on these things, but that’s about the best I can suggest. As for #1, I’ve just pushed out a new version with the latest ExifTool. —Jeffrey

— comment by Andrej, Slovenia on October 8th, 2015 at 8:22pm JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi I’m Greg from Kansas City, Missouri.

The Library module can be sorted by ‘added date’. Is there a way to specify photos that were added to the library on a specific date? Where does LR store this information?



That data is not exposed anywhere that I know, except of course via the sort selection you sited. —Jeffrey

— comment by Greg on January 13th, 2016 at 1:39am JST (7 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi yea, It would be great were you to minipulate the Metadata Viewer to show only the metadata required for Googles Panorama’s . lol I am still trying to get my head around as to what metadata google actually requires. I find were I to do a pano in ptgui, then clean it up in photoshop at times the metadata gets in such a way that google does not recognise the image as been a pano. anyway I am sure many many others will be having this same issue. regards and cheers for the software.

— comment by Twocans on February 10th, 2016 at 12:19am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I cannot use the search function in LR6/CC. The program quits when I enter a search term and press enter. If I do not press enter all I get is gibberish (just some numbers on the lh side and nothing else)

I also cannot find the “Sublocation” data listed anywhere (except in the “Metadata as currently seen in Lightroom”)

This plugin shows data in the master image file; I doubt that many (any?) cameras would fill in any kind of location field. As for the gibberish and search problems, please send a plugin log and perhaps a screen shot or two… —Jeffrey

— comment by Luuk on March 24th, 2016 at 12:58am JST (7 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink


Thank you for this plugin. I have read that it could be used to ckeck shutter counts of a used 5DMII or III but I don’t see this info in all the meta data of a RAW untouched pict.
Is this info available somewhere in the metadata ?



Some cameras include it, most don’t. Search for “shutter” and “actuation”… if it doesn’t show up with either of those, it’s probably not there. —Jeffrey

— comment by Francois on April 11th, 2016 at 6:39pm JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Very nice Plug in for Lightroom, (Metadata Viewer)
but I am looking for the Shutter Count ! where can I find this ?

tx Jeffrey !

Many (most?) cameras don’t encode this. Try searching for “Shutter Actuations” as well, but it might not be there at all. —Jeffrey

— comment by DAN SEG on April 19th, 2016 at 8:13am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,
Where is the Shutter Count for Olympus OMD1 in Metadata Viewer

If you don’t see something that indicates a shutter count (or maybe “shutter actuations” or the like), the camera likely doesn’t include that among a photo’s data. —Jeffrey

— comment by JPC on May 9th, 2016 at 1:55am JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

From Springfield, Virginia

Question about the Metadata Viewer: I have a Nikon D500 and have installed exiftool 10.19. When I have some photos with AF Area Mode = d25, it shows as Unknown (14). Is this due to exiftool?

Very nice tool by the way.


Yes, the plugin lets ExifTool do all the metadata reading… if ExifTool doesn’t know about the d25 area mode, it’ll show up as unknown. You might consider sending a sample frame to the ExifTool author with a description of what’s new. That being said, though, the plugin uses its own version of ExifTool which is currently a bit behind yours, so maybe he’s already got it. (Testing with your version will tell you.) I see in the version history that he’s done some stuff with D500 tags since the latest production release, so perhaps he has. I’ll wait until they get moved to production before updating the plugin, though. —Jeffrey

— comment by William Higgins on June 9th, 2016 at 9:10am JST (7 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,
Is it normal if the plugin is very slow ?
By slow I mean it takes about 6 seconds on a 3.5 to 3.9 Ghz Core i7 iMac (3 To Fusion and 24GB) to display the info of a Sony A7 Raw file exif info ? Is there anything I can do to speed things up ?
I’ve found no way to display Exif data of several pics one after another without clicking through ‘File ->Plugin Extras ->” which make things quite long if you want to compare several files…
Thank you

The biggest delay seems to be for Lightroom to build the dialog once the plugin sends the data. Before that the plugin launches an external process to collect the data, which itself takes a second or three. Overall one wouldn’t think it should take so long, but that’s the way it is. The best I can suggest is to create a keyboard shortcut to invoke the plugin. Luckily, OSX makes it easy. —Jeffrey

— comment by Surlezi on June 27th, 2016 at 11:46pm JST (7 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery –

Writing from the US in Cape May, NJ. I’ve used your plugins but just saw your great pics in Japan…we visited this summer (including Amami Island) and it was nice to see your pictures!

I’m writing because I’m looking for a solution – my writing partner and I are sorting through thousands of files, and we want to be able to display keywords above/below each image in Grid view. The keywords tell us things that help us sort the files, and so we like to see the keywords for all photos at once, rather than just those for one image at a time. Also, is it possible to change font size for the text above and below Grid images?

Thanks for any and all help and thanks for your amazing plugins!

Sadly, nothing that you’re asking for is possible. You might have some control over the font size via a “big font” option in the Lightroom preferences, but that’s about it. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Scott Whittle on September 21st, 2016 at 2:11am JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I purchased your Lightroom Metadata Viewer on 10/2/2016. It should’ve been registered via my Paypal payment. I had to uninstall then reinstall Lightroom on my PC.

I couldn’t find the installation file for it, so I downloaded the latest update.

If you e-mail me back, I will provide the Registration code to you. Thank you.

You didn’t include your email with your comment, so I can’t do that. You don’t need to send me your registration code… just use it with your Lightroom, and it should be fine assuming that the re-install was of the same Lightroom. There’s no “purchase” with respect to my plugins… they’re free. If you sent a gift, I appreciate it, but it’s not required to use the plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Miriam Klepper on April 11th, 2017 at 6:05am JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Had a problem unzipping with Winzip as would not recognise .lau files – sorted by using Peazip to unzip. It works! I am not clear if focal distance is in feet or metres. Ifs there a way to change units to metric if it is in imperial units? Thanks. Looks like just what I was after so far.

Standard metadata will always be metric. —Jeffrey

— comment by Victor Pace on April 19th, 2017 at 9:14am JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I have installed your latest metadata viewer in Lightroom CC.
I can’t find the shuttercount data in the display, which is why I need it in the first place :
I buy a lot of second-hand stuff.
Thanks for your work, anyway.
Have a nice day !

The shuttercount is there only if the camera chooses to put it. Most don’t. Nikon cameras usually do; Canon cameras usually don’t, for example. —Jeffrey

— comment by Patrick Ertel on April 23rd, 2017 at 12:46am JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Is it possible to move between images with the viewer dialog box open? As opposed to exit, select new image, reopen viewer. Also keeping the current search criteria if possible. Currently I’m looking to see which images I used one of the 3 custom white balance settings in the camera.

Thanks, Mike.

It can’t do either of those, sorry, but you should be able to do the search quickly with my Data Explorer plugin —Jeffrey

— comment by Mike on July 21st, 2017 at 10:34am JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

did you finish already to new LR version 7? When I run the plugin then Lightroom crashes (without further error message). I remember in LR6 it was working fine.

That’s very unexpected… I’ve never heard of a plugin doing this. I’d suggest doing a full reinstall of the plugin (delete all copies you have, then download and unzip a fresh version; your data will remain safe within Lightroom’s catalog file), and if that doesn’t do it, try a reinstall of Lightroom. —Jeffrey

— comment by Wernfried on November 1st, 2017 at 4:03am JST (6 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Big thanks to you Jeffrey for sharing your hard work.

— comment by Mark Daynes on November 18th, 2017 at 10:08am JST (6 years ago) comment permalink


I use Metadata Viewer occasionally. I don’t remember when I last used it but when I tried to use it today my Norton antivirus told me that ..\lightroomplugins\metadata-viewer-jfriedl.lrplugin\win\cygperl5_10.dll is a threat and removed it, causing the plugin to fail.

I’m running version 20151103.58 and plan on updating to the current version but I thought you’d like to know in case you don’t already.

Here’s what Norton said:
Threat type: Insight Network Threat. There are many indications that this file is untrustworthy and therefore not safe
cygperl5_10.dll Threat name: WS.Reputation.1

Many Users
Thousands of users in the Norton Community have used this file.

This file was released 8 years 2 months ago.

This file risk is medium.
Source: External Media

Source File:

File Thumbprint – SHA:
File Thumbprint – MD5:

I’ve gotten a few reports like this over the years… I don’t know what Norton suddenly finds wrong about a file that hasn’t changed in a decade, but anyway, I can’t control what they say. The best you can do as their customer, I suppose, is to send it to them and ask them to investigate, and then fix their filter to stop pestering about perfectly good files. —Jeffrey

— comment by Calvin Hilton on November 20th, 2017 at 1:00am JST (6 years ago) comment permalink


It took one month but Norton removed cygperl5_10.dll from their threat list and I can run the plugin again.



— comment by Calvin Hilton on January 15th, 2018 at 10:07pm JST (5 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

There is a bug in the current version of metadata viewer. Running: MacOS Sierra 10.12.6 & Lightroom Classic V7.2.

When I invoke metadata viewer, it posts a message that my system clock is x number of seconds off. When I click out of the viewer, it leaves a dialog box on the screen with just a progress bar and nothing else. I can’t dismiss it and Lightroom is locked up until I abort it and re-start it. This only happens the first time I initiate the metadata viewer.

There’s a general problem with Lightroom in that it’s impossible for a plugin to positively avoid that situation… the best a plugin can do is try to mitigate the chances, but with the unexpected “clock is off” dialog, it’s easier to fall into the bug. Sadly, the best bet here is to correct your system clock and cross your fingers. )- —Jeffrey

— comment by Ed Fladung on March 12th, 2018 at 8:19am JST (5 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I just registered for “Jeffrey’s “Metadata Viewer” Lightroom Plugin” and I really appreciate it! My only problem is Too Much Information!

It would be even more spectacular if I could limit the display to a few selected fields. Right now I am testing various camera settings (Fuji) and then evaluating the results in Lightroom. There are only about 5 or 6 lines of metadata I want to check, and it’s quite tedious to search for the ones I want among the huge data-dump.

I can use your Search box to find each line individually, but it would be even better if I could combine search terms to get several searches to show at the same time. For example I can now search for either “noise” to find my Noise Reduction setting, or I can search for “Sharpness” to find that setting – but searching for “noise OR sharpness” does not combine both search results.

I would prefer the “template” method whereby I could select only certain fields to be displayed, but if it’s less work, then improving the search capability would be a big help.

Thanks -gw

I just pushed out a new version that allows you to separate search terms with “|“, so you can use, for example, “noise | sharpness” to isolate fields that contain either. —Jeffrey

— comment by Gary Wright on March 17th, 2018 at 12:57am JST (5 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery. I am having trouble reinstalling many of your plug-ins after the recent LR 8 upgrade. Metadata viewer worked OK, but the Flickr plugin, Data plot, and Metadata presents plugins won’t install. I have deleted the prior versions and restarted LR for each, but despite the new Plugin folder having the correct date, LR manager says they are at the previous level. Can you help? Based in London UK, btw.

All the plugins with dates from Oct 15 and later work in Lr8 (and for some of them, versions up to a month old also work), so I’m not sure what issue you’re running into. Perhaps send a screenshot of the plugin manager? —Jeffrey

— comment by David McAughtry on October 16th, 2018 at 10:13pm JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Re my prior comment on LR 8 upgrade, I forgot to tick the ’email notify’ box. Could you email me if you are able to respond to the query? Thanks.

— comment by David McAughtry on October 16th, 2018 at 10:15pm JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Using View Master Image Metadata on an image, where can I see if I used Live Action viewing when I shot the image?


It depends on whether the camera chooses to encode that information into the image, and whether the underlying ExifTool library that this site uses knows how to decode that information. Perhaps inspect two photos that you know were taken with and without the Live feature, and see whether you notice a difference among the data presented. —Jeffrey

— comment by Richard W Golden on October 30th, 2018 at 3:35am JST (5 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Writing from San Francisco, Calif. I did have the latest Metadata Viewer installed in my LR Classic 8.0, and now I don’t . Don’t know where it went. Paid for and registered it a few times. If I download the 20181015.70 again, do I have to go through the registration and payment all over again? Thanks.

Your Lr8 registration code should work again for any Lr8 build. About the “don’t know where it went”, remember that “installing” a plugin is really just pointing Lightroom at where it lives. If you delete the plugin files later, there’s nothing there when Lightroom goes to look. So be sure to copy to a permanent location before “installing”. —Jeffrey

— comment by Richard W Golden on November 19th, 2018 at 11:08am JST (5 years ago) comment permalink

You have an earlier comment from me in your queue asking how to display details of any collection that an image is in.
Since then I have tried out JB’s search and replace, and provided that you invoke “refresh workflow filters” the appropriate collection does get displayed, so I have a method for showing the collections that an image is in.

Hence you can delete this and my earlier comment.

However, if you can find a way to display the collection (and published collection) direct from your own plugin, that would be great.
Thanks David

Oops, sorry about your prior comment. You also might be able to use the “Collection Membership” feature of my Data Explorer plugin, if the way it provides the results is compatible with your workflow. —Jeffrey

— comment by David on November 11th, 2019 at 8:10pm JST (4 years ago) comment permalink

Just download 2 Lightroom plugins you developped ! Metadata Viewer and Metadata Checker
I bought the licence for Metadata Checker
I installed both

But when I try to use them, only MetaData Viewer appears and I cannot find Metadata Checker

Shoule theyy appear both at the same place ?

Did I forget something or did something wrong ?

Thanks for your help Have a good day

I’m afraid that I don’t know what “Metadata Checker” is, sorry. I don’t have a plugin by that name. —Jeffrey

— comment by Serge Fleury on April 4th, 2020 at 9:57pm JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I’m trying to build a preset to display Focus info (olympus Camera)
I can see the info with exiftool and your metadata viewer, but I can’t get it working with the metadata preset plugin.
Here’s an example … the values I’m most interested in are the Focus Distance, Hyperfocal, Depth of field, Focus Mode
I can send you a raw image to try if you need it.
Also ..I’m using many of your plugins… do you have a way to bulk-donate for several at a time?

The metadata-preset plugin merely allows you to configure the display of metadata fields that Lightroom already allows for, and unfortunately, focus info is not among them, so you can’t do what you want. )-: As for the multiple-plugin registration code, just generate a code and actually use it to register one of the plugins, then drop me an email with your needs, and I’ll take care of it…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Wes on April 20th, 2020 at 1:06am JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I cannot see a comment on this in the FAQ or above – sing win 10 PC LR classic ver 10.0

using the “AltF S M” shortcut does not work as plug in extras seems to have “u” underlined as the accelerator key. Although the “M” is undrlined in the metadata plug in using AltF U M opens the “do you want to optimize tyhe catalog?” dialog. I cannot see another underlined “M” in the plug-in extras menu

What would a working shortcut be – should I be trying the work around you included for LR ver 2 users?

I’m afraid that I don’t have a Windows box on which to test. Perhaps Adobe juggled some of the menu hot keys? —Jeffrey

— comment by Paul Hendley on December 7th, 2020 at 9:39pm JST (3 years ago) comment permalink

I’d like to view Fujifilm focus data as listed here:

Can I do that with your metadata viewer?
New Jersey

The plugin shows whatever ExifTool can show. (If something’s been added to ExifTool, I’ll have to incorporate that new version of ExifTool into the plugin before the plugin will show it though, of course; I’ve just upgraded to the latest release, to be sure.) —Jeffrey

— comment by Mark Sherman on May 7th, 2021 at 2:33am JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

The current version of ExifTool is already 12.42, but in the plugin it’s still, 11.70. Would it be a problem to update it now? I see in the log that there was (or is?) a problem? ExifTool 11.70 doesn’t show the makernotes of OM System OM-1.

Best regards

I’ve just pushed out a new version with ExifTool 12.42. —Jeffrey

— comment by Friedemann on June 7th, 2022 at 6:22am JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Morning Jeffrey from Australia!

I have come across your various plug ins – specifically looking for one to find and isolate corrupted files in catalog. The dreaded exclamation point inside a black circle.

Do any of your plugins help here?


Unfortunately, no. I’ve spent considerable time to try to find whether the corruption-state status is kept in the catalog, and as best I can tell it is not, so it’s completely unavailable to plugins. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Sonny on July 10th, 2022 at 7:36am JST (1 year, 5 months ago) comment permalink
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