Online Exif (Image Data) Viewer

Since I'm getting more interested in photography and understanding cameras and techniques, I find myself wanting to know the details under which a photo was taken. Modern digital cameras encode a lot of such data — shutter speed, lens focal length, etc. — into the image file, generally called “Exif Data” (“Exif” stands for “Exchangeable Image File Format” and as an acronym would normally be written as “EXIF”, but the standard creators explicitly say that it should be written “Exif”, which is nice.).

As of Dec 2016 this tool has moved to

So, I wrote a little online Exif viewer to view whatever data might be encoded. Here's a screenshot using the viewer on a picture from a recent post:

screen capture of Jeffrey's Exif viewer in action

That's just the summary — you can see the full data using the tool itself.

The amount of data encoded in the image is quite variable. Many times there's just about nothing, as the data is stripped somewhere along the way. Here's a version of the previous picture with most data missing. It's missing because it's a smaller version that's meant for web display, and for such use the data just makes the file bigger and slower to download.

Geoencoded photos get links in the summary area to Google Maps and the like, and below that is an embedded Google Maps pane. With either, you can switch between Satellite and Map, and zoom, etc..

You can also check images on your local hard drive — images directly from a camera generally have the most information. Give it a try!

If you're using Firefox or Safari, you have the added benefit that you can install an Exif-viewer button on your button-bar toolbar. Once you've done that, later, when you're viewing a page with an image you want to check out, just click the button and you'll be whisked to a new tab showing the image's data. I find this really useful. It doesn't work in IE, though, sorry.

I use the viewer a lot on images I see in the Digital Photography Review Samples and Galleries forum. Lots of nice pictures in there. Many have their Exif data stripped, but many do not.

Finally, I should note that my viewer makes use of Phil Harvey's most excellent Image::ExifTool library. Thanks Phil!

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I’m in Illinois. I often get photos from people who are using photos as documentation of property they previously owned an was stolen. These photos are normally coming from cell photos but I can’t seem to get metadata indicating when the photos were taken. I have them forward the photos to me from their cell phone. I right click on the photos>properties but the “origin” metadata is blank. Does this mean it doesn’t exist? I have put them on my desktop>searched for them through your site but your reader often doesn’t have the “origin” metadata. Can you help?

I’m not familiar with this “origin” field, but in any case, what data exists and what data makes it to you are dependent on the phone and its settings, the app used to snap the photo (and its settings), and the method used to send it. In my (limited) experience, the native camera app seems to record the most data, with some apps (e.g. messaging apps) recording much less. If sent via Facebook, a lot (all?) data is stripped out. If sent via email, I’d think that all data would be preserved, but again, it depends. It’s an unsatisfying answer, I know, but that’s the way things are. —Jeffrey

— comment by Paul on December 21st, 2017 at 6:25am JST (4 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink


Your site has been very helpful over the years. I was just curious, once uploading images and viewing the Metadata are the images stored on the website or do they automatically delete from the system? I’m interested in the privacy of the site.


A sweeper robot deletes everything a few hours after the last access. About your other question (about a Canon body serial number, a question I apparently deleted by accident, sorry), you might ask the ExifTool author whether he has any insight, but I suspect that if he did, it would appear here in this tool. Just to be sure, though, I just updated the version of ExifTool that this utility uses, so maybe give your image a try one more time. —Jeffrey

— comment by John on January 4th, 2018 at 5:28am JST (4 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I am from South Africa. I seriously need your help. A lot of my photos do not have ‘date taken’ info under properties and I need to figure out what date the photo was taken in order to organize my photos. It’s really important to me to have the date of when the photo was taken. Please, can you help me? Does this program of yours have that info? If so, where do I look? Thanks so much in advance.

Sorry, but if the data’s not there, it’s not there. —Jeffrey

— comment by Candice Boshoff on January 22nd, 2018 at 12:48am JST (4 years ago) comment permalink

From GA, USA.

When using the on-line Exif tool, I don’t get the same display as you show on your website, specifically your display in upper right of the screen. In other words I don’t get the option to drag the browser button to my toolbar (FF56) to be able to use the tool locally.

In fact the image input section is somewhat different (upgrades?). Did you delete this function?

It’s dependent on your browser… I was able to get it to work for only some browsers )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Ivan on January 29th, 2018 at 3:55am JST (4 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I am trying to determine the location of a photo posted to Instagram. Your program gives me an error message that the URL is a webpage, not an image. Please let me know in what type of format the URL should be. For instance, I’m trying to determine information about the following image:


Instagram apparently goes to lengths to hide the actual image file, probably because they want people to link to the page an not directly to the file, which is here. In any case, they strip all metadata from the image, so your best bet is to just ask the photographer. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tony on February 1st, 2018 at 1:35am JST (4 years ago) comment permalink

I have been trying to get the original creation date as well as the gps/location for a picture and it shows me everything but those two things. How can I get this information, as i need to authenticate photos and videos for a legal matter? The image’s URL is:…..

Nice tool though! I just have to get the hang of it.

That’s a Facebook-hosted image… they strip pretty much all metadata from images they host. If you can get the original that the FB upload was created from, you might have a chance, but no chance from the copy at Facebook. —Jeffrey

— comment by Carrie on March 11th, 2018 at 7:45am JST (3 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink


Do you plan on adding support for HEIC?

Thank you

I’ve updated the underlying ExifTool library, which now includes some support for these files, but I still don’t have a way to extract pixels in a way that a browser can display. You can see a lot of the metadata now, though. —Jeffrey

— comment by Eric on April 27th, 2018 at 7:29pm JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hey, I tried locating/tracking my camera with & was suggested to look for my serial number on here, which I did. I got a serial number for my camera but it will not give me info on the website mentioned when I enter that number. Is there a way you can track or locate with all the info on he picture I uploaded here? or do you simply just give info? This camera has been missing for years now but I still have hope…

This site merely presents the data inside the images that people point it at. Use the info here to find your serial, then I guess plug that into the other site you mentioned? Good luck! —Jeffrey

— comment by Karla on May 20th, 2018 at 10:06am JST (3 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Your very useful Exif tool came up with a location (correct) found from coordinates. But, my Pentax Q has no geotagging capability, so where did the coordinate info come from? I have not seen that from any other camera.
If you checked an image directly from the camera (and not potentially altered by other software along the way), then perhaps your camera has features you didn’t realize it had. This display tool doesn’t mnake info up out of thin air. 😉 —Jeffrey

— comment by Donald Whirlow on August 11th, 2018 at 3:51am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I would like to know the number of pictures had been taken with my cámara, in theory is brand new, but I have my doubts.
Is this field:
“Image Count 21”
Thank you very much.

I’m not familiar with your Sony a7, but perhaps take another photo and inspect it… if you see “Image Count : 22”, then that seems to be what you’re looking for. —Jeffrey

— comment by Domingo on September 13th, 2018 at 6:14pm JST (3 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff:

I am in the process of analyzing a digital jpeg image. In the metadata view I see a category “Photoshop” and it references an IPTC Digest followed by a string of alpha numeric sequence. Does this indicate that the image was loaded into Photoshop and possibly altered?


Not necessarily. Any software can write that field, and perhaps any software that works with IPTC fields should write that field. The name implies that it’s a fingerprint of all the IPTC data, so that one can easily tell whether one set of data is different from another (e.g. whether there have been any changes since the last time you checked). I’ve never heard of a camera writing this field, so it probably means that the photo has been saved from some kind of software, but whether that software changed anything material, or changed any pixels, isn’t known. —Jeffrey

— comment by John Moon on September 26th, 2018 at 12:42am JST (3 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Midlands England

Sue in The Midlands. England

Hi Jeffrey. Love this tool and have been using it for years during esafety sessions to educationalists to demonstrate the use of location settings. Good and bad. Recently I can no longer get google maps to work and that was my party piece. Can you advise why this is and what I need to do to get it working again. It is a fabulous tool for education.

Thanks for sharing. Ps I’m not particularly techi

Google stopped providing maps for free, and it was getting way too expensive, so I disabled it. I may try to embed a different map source, but for the time being I’m afraid that you’ll have to click the link to reach Google Maps, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Sue on October 15th, 2018 at 8:24pm JST (3 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

From Bala Cynwyd, PA –

Thanks for this fantastic utility. I’m shooting with Nikon gear and sometimes (as in architectural and wildlife photography) need or wish to check focus distance data, which Nikon’s software does not display. Your viewer does, right up front, and then goes on to display the Maker Notes, where the focus distance resides, which Nikon’s photo editors do not even touch. Very useful, very helpful.

Be careful not to trust the reported focus distance too much… it’s only an approximation, and there are a limited number of values that can be registered. That’s why Nikon’s software doesn’t bother showing it. —Jeffrey

— comment by George M. on October 23rd, 2018 at 12:15pm JST (3 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hye jeffrey, greetings from Malaysia.

I’m now working on my final year project, and I need to develop a steganograpyh detection tool and extracting metadata from image is one of my function. I find your metadata viewer is so easy to use. Any chance, you can share the source code with me or lead me with any source code. Thank you, I really appreciate.

The extraction is done with ExifTool. —Jeffrey

— comment by FF on November 21st, 2018 at 8:25am JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I admit that I do not know how to read your color space data. I am trying to find a way to measure the area of my image that is green. I have found color histograms on other image sites, but they are not quantified. Is there a way (percentage of image area or number of pixels) to get this data with an online tool? Is the data there an I just don’t know what I’m looking for?

I imagine that such a thing could be built, but I don’t know of one. You’d have to define what you mean by “green”, and then it’d tell you the percent of pixels that are within that range. A quick Google search brings up Color Summarizer, which might fit the bill. —Jeffrey

— comment by Emily Munroe on January 25th, 2019 at 2:36pm JST (3 years ago) comment permalink

Hello, start off by saying love this site; it is amazing! Question I had is when it shows
“Photoshop” with “IPTC DIGEST” followed by many numbers and letters under the full data, does it mean that the photo was used in photoshop?

Thank you in advance!


Any application can make/update/delete any field, so those fields don’t guarantee that the image when through Photoshop, but it probably went through Photoshop or another Adobe application. —Jeffrey

— comment by Stephen Ortega on February 8th, 2019 at 5:59pm JST (3 years ago) comment permalink

My camera has no internal serial number. Is there any other way to prove that a photo was taken from this camera? Thank you very much.

Not that I know of. —Jeffrey

— comment by Pascal on May 5th, 2019 at 10:05am JST (2 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hello! When I edit a photo with Windows Live Gallery when I save it, it gives me an Image unique id number. what exactly is this? Can I use this number to prove that the processing was done on my own computer and that my photo is on my own? Thank you.

I don’t know the answer, but I suspect that “Image unique ID” is a globally unique random code that can’t be tied to any particular anything. —Jeffrey

— comment by Odysseas on May 16th, 2019 at 3:21pm JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey

I like your site, it’s cool.
but I don’t understand what happen with my images
I downloaded pictures which were taken by my telephone, as a result one picture containes metadata (place, time, camera) and others not. at the same time I didn’t strip any exit data.
I don’t ubderstand whai is wring?

The metadata that an image has (or doesn’t have) depends on the app that creates the image, and also on how you transfer it off the phone. Some apps put lots of data, some less. Some transfer methods remove data, some don’t. Some editing steps/apps remove/add data, some don’t. It’s difficult to make generalizations beyond that. —Jeffrey

— comment by yuliya on May 24th, 2019 at 7:52pm JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for offering such a Great! Tool for the Web Jeffery, if I was rich I’d send ya something!

Question: Did you stop offering shareable links to the Data because it was too expensive Data Transfer wise?

Thank You! Again for just Being Great!

I’m not sure what you mean by “sharable links to the Data”, but if you mean direct URLs without the CAPTCHA stuff, then yes. For the first decade I had free hosting so I had no idea how much it would normally cost. When that went away, the costs were eye-popping. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tracy Mapes on July 15th, 2019 at 4:49am JST (2 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Greetings from Scotland. I was wondering about the data included in iPhone screenshots and Snipping Tool screengrabs. Do these have identifiable data? I ran them through and couldn’t see any, but just wanting to make sure.

Screenshots are often PNG, which doesn’t seem to have much metadata at all. —Jeffrey

— comment by Barbara on September 15th, 2019 at 8:15pm JST (2 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Great tool – In trying to pull Facebook photos from my account, how do I convert to URL? When I saved the photo to my desktop, then uploaded it, it doesn’t give me basic information such as date and location. Thanks much.

Facebook ignores all metadata in an image, and removes any there in the copies that it presents on its site. You’d think that they’d at least look at the date and location, but nope. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tom K on October 16th, 2019 at 12:29am JST (2 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey.

Great site you made. Very interesting and useful.
I would like to change in the meta data of a JPEG file the orientation so it is interpreted in the right way by software (that takes this into account). Sometimes it is not registered right and I don’t want to turn the whole picture just set the orientation right.
Do you know how to do that?


from Netherlands

You can use ExifTool to write an “Orientation” tag. There are also tools, FYI, that can rotate a JPEG losslessly. —Jeffrey

— comment by Boudewijn Kegels on December 6th, 2019 at 11:45pm JST (2 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I’m writing from Michigan, USA. Is there download and/or save functionality, so I can save the EXIF data to a text file or other file format (e.g. spreadsheet, etc.)? Thanks!

No, sorry, the best I can suggest is to use ExifTool directly, or save a copy of the HTML report this site gives. —Jeffrey

— comment by Don Bender on April 17th, 2020 at 11:15pm JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I got a picture that did not content any metadata. The source of the iage was not known to me, so I could not determine what the cause was. When using your tool online, I did see text in regard to JFIF data. I know that this data can appear due to some browsers. Can I draw the conclusion that the JFIF data appeared because the image was originally taken from an internet source? Or could it also being showd, because I used your tool on the internet.
The data shown was shown in a table like format and contained:
JFIF Version 1.01
Resolution 72 pixels/inch

Thnk you so much for your time.
Kind regards,

I don’t think one can draw any conclusions in this case, other than that most of the data (if there ever had been any) has been stripped. —Jeffrey

— comment by Pixie on July 27th, 2020 at 7:13pm JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Richmond, TX
I have tried to upload a jpeg file to view my Lightroom edits and it just stalls and timesout. It is about 36 mB. Any ideas? The photo is mine and I mad edits in Lightroom and cannot recall or match what I did. Thanks, Gary

I’d think it should work, but perhaps there are networking issues along the way. While it persists, perhaps load it back into Lightroom, and view its metadata there with this plugin. —Jeffrey

— comment by Stephen Gary Frisk on July 29th, 2020 at 5:03am JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hye Jeffrey,

I am a research scholar working on Metadata Forensics. Its good to extract all possible metadata from most common evidence file types via this website. It is very information compared to other Exif Extractors.

I have a question out of box. ie., We need to extract metadata of any file irrespective of the file type (for all universally available file types) that might be a part of evidences seized from crime scene. Need your valuable suggestions and recommendations to achieve the same. I hope its hard to cover all file type with complete metadata, but for any file we can at least get basic file info like name, size, type and MAC.
My site works with the file types that ExifTool understands; for others, you can see the name and size on your computer. I don’t know what you refer to with “MAC”. —Jeffrey

— comment by A.K Mohan on October 29th, 2020 at 6:18pm JST (1 year, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff. Your tool is very useful. I am working with georeferenced images (RedEdge multi-spectral sensor) . I noticed that when I open the “Map via embedded coordinates” link (I am using Google) that the pin is indeed positioned correctly over the area of interest (a vineyard). However, when I use the image overlay tool in Google Earth Pro, the tiff file is not positioned correctly over the field. Google supplies anchors to reposition and resize the image, but this seems totally against the point of importing a georeferenced image. Can you explain how your tool correctly positions the coordinates of the image from the metadata onto Google Earth? Also, do you know of a more precise way to overlay a georeferenced image onto Google Earth? Is there a difference between default coordinate systems? Thanks!

Photo locations in Lightroom are (intended to be) the location of the camera at the moment the shot was taken, and could be a long distance from what’s seen in the photo. I don’t know much about overlays in Google Earth, but unless you’re taking photos from a drone, I wouldn’t think they’d be appropriate for overlyaing. If you are taking them from a drone, it’s theoretically possible that the drone can add metadata that indicates the exact extent of the land seen in the image, but Lightroom would have no knowledge of this extra metadata. —Jeffrey

— comment by Eric on December 15th, 2020 at 6:36am JST (1 year, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Hello, I wanted to know the« shutter count » of my canon 850D (cr3 file) but I don’t see the info when I load an image on your site. Is the canon 850d compatible. Thank you

I don’t know about that particular camera, but most cameras do not encode the shutter count, so it’s not surprising that it’s not there. —Jeffrey

— comment by FrancoisA on January 5th, 2021 at 11:29pm JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey. I’m writing you from San Francisco California. Will your tool detect if a picture has been embedded with a hidden program, code, or Spyware?
I found some interesting things when running the picture in question through your program but I don’t know enough to know if it’s normal or not…if that makes since?
Thank you for your time & help. Jewlz

I don’t know of many ways that “spyware” or “hidden program” could be included in an image. Such things would have to take advantage of some very specific bug in a specific image-related application. I’ve never heard of such a bug or exploit. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jewlz on December 2nd, 2021 at 12:50pm JST (1 month, 27 days ago) comment permalink
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