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”).

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!

Comments so far....

Trying to get your online exif viewer (installed in Safari) to read exif data from ERF (Epson raw files) on my hard drive. Does this work with ERF files or only with jpegs?


— comment by Carl Schofield on December 11th, 2006 at 12:16am JST (7 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Nice tool Jeffrey! However, when I first used it on a page on my site, I was startled to see that the thumbnail showed the entire image from which I’d cropped a small portion. I had no idea that the thumbnail of the original was retained with a cropped version of it — although it does make sense since the rest of the EXIF data is retained. It is worth knowing though, and might avoid potential awkwardness if the original uncropped version was unsuitable for the intended audience. (A competitor’s sign off to the side of a great shot of an executive on a corporate site might be a bit embarrassing for example…)

— comment by Eric on January 3rd, 2007 at 1:39am JST (7 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hah, Eric, you have no idea. I’ve seen pleasant headshots whose thumbnail revealed that the headshot was just a crop from a larger, more, er, “revealing” photo. That’s why I have the tool try to notice if the width/height ratio of the thumbnail is different from the parent image, and highlight that perhaps the image has been cropped.

Most photo-editing software will regenerate the thumbnail so that indeed it properly reflects the main image, but some applications leave the original thumbnail…. a potential source of huge embarrassment / privacy loss for someone, but also a source of great entertainment for those stumbling across them :-)

— comment by Jeffrey Friedl on January 3rd, 2007 at 9:28am JST (7 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Is it possible to print the Exif data from your desktop version?

— comment by Jim Hudspeth on January 29th, 2007 at 6:31pm JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for sharing this – it’s extremely useful and well implemented!

— comment by Kurt on February 14th, 2007 at 8:10am JST (7 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

The EXIF bookmark (the “button”) seems to work fine on Camino. I copied the JavaScript and pasted it into a bookmark I created.

(I couldn’t just drag it, because the web page doesn’t display anything to drag if the browser is Camino.)

–Marc Rochkind

— comment by Marc Rochkind on June 29th, 2007 at 12:32am JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks, Jeffrey! I’ve enjoyed using your online viewer for a while now. After a recent bout of Apple updates for OS X 10.4.11, however, Safari 3.0.4 crashes (quits unexpectedly) whenever I try to use your online viewer. (It continues to work fine in FireFox, however.) Probably Apple’s problem, rather than yours, but perhaps you can figure out how to get it working again, or at least report to Apple the particulars of the problem.

It turns out that this is a bug with Safari’s handling of href targets. I’ve made it so that the Exif button doesn’t use them on Safari, so if you pull a new button, it should work for you.—Jeffrey

— comment by Amary on December 20th, 2007 at 12:00pm JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I just found your viewer last week and started to use it in Safari 3.04. and Leopard 10.5.1.. At first everything worked just fine and I liked it very much. But yesterday using it resulted everytime in Safari crashing, just like Amary before me describes.
If you could make it function again I would really love it. It’s a one in his kind thing. I can’t find any other.

It turns out that this is a bug with Safari’s handling of href targets. I’ve made it so that the Exif button doesn’t use them on Safari, so if you pull a new button, it should work for you.—Jeffrey

— comment by Ruud on December 21st, 2007 at 5:07am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
And it does work for me again! Thanks for the quick reaction and repair. Perfect! Thanks again!

— comment by Ruud on December 23rd, 2007 at 5:53pm JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for the quick fix, Jeffrey! Just FYI, Apple has just released an updated Security Update 2007-009 (1.1) that fixes the problem in Safari that was introduced with Security Update 1.0.

— comment by Amary on December 24th, 2007 at 4:55pm JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrrey,

Thanks for a very useful tool! I’ve tried dragging the exif button to the button bar as you suggest but it just refuses to go! What am I doing wrong? I’m using the Firefox browser.

Thanks, Bob

— comment by bob on January 28th, 2008 at 5:14am JST (6 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Having downloaded the tool as a Firefox add-on, I’m using it by Ctrl-clicking an image and selecting ‘View Image Exif Data’ from the contextual menu. That works fine.

I really don’t understand how it’s supposed to work by typing in the URL in the box provided on your page. It merely reports back that it’s not an image but a web page. Er, right…. I couldn’t agree more! So what are you supposed to do? How are you supposed to indicate a specific image?


Put the url of an image, not of a web page hosting images. As for the add-on, that must be something else, since I’ve never written one. —Jeffrey

— comment by bob on January 29th, 2008 at 8:31am JST (6 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink


Thanks for the info about right clicking and choosing “copy image location.” I didn’t know.

What seems to have happened is this: Yesterday your exif button refused to be dragged to the button bar. I therefore downloaded Firefox add-on Exif Viewer 1.36. Today the word ‘exif’ appeared in the button bar; I assumed it was the add-on. I’ve just checked and found it’s actually the link to your page, so somehow it did get dragged over! I’ve just used it and it works fine!

Thanks again,


— comment by bob on January 29th, 2008 at 9:29am JST (6 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, great application, I usi it all the time… but I have got weird results when looking at some camera-lens combination thru the Exif web tool, in the film equivalent calculations:

Canon EOS 5D
TS-E24mm f/3.5L
Shot at 24mm (35mm film equivalent: 185.5mm)

For example, use this picture:


It might be a bug, or some problem with my browser? I use Firefox and MacOS Leopard. Just in case you may want to fix it.

Thank you!!

— comment by Rafamaldo on January 31st, 2008 at 11:50pm JST (6 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Your exif viewer was very helpful thank you.
I hope you can help, my problem is that all the images i have i put keywords on them thru windows right click properties, now that i import them to my new imac, can’t see the xp exif information on lightroom or aperture, there is any solution or program that i may use to solve this out ?

many thanks
from Portugal

XP writes them into a non-standard field. You can use exiftool to fix the images so that they can import with the keywords.

After installing exiftool, run this command in a shell window, while in the directory with the images you want to import:

    exiftool -P -TagsFromFile @   "-Keywords<XPKeywords"   *.JPG

Then, when you import to Lightroom or Aperture, the keywords should be found. —Jeffrey

— comment by leonel on February 14th, 2008 at 7:15am JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey I’m sorry but as the xp fields I have are 95% the name of the place where I shot the picture, I need to import xp keyword (or subject, or title, all have the same information) to caption filed (I supposed it’s the most correct destination field).

I tried exiftool -P -TagsFromFile @ “-Caption

— comment by leonel on February 18th, 2008 at 1:44am JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for your exif viewer, I’ve been trying to get one to work for me for weeks now, this is great. However, it seems to display the info for only the first photo on a page. I often view photos on forums with several images per page. How do I see the info for the other shots?

It indeed shows info for only one photo at a time. If you use the button-bar link, it shows info for the largest photo on the page. To view info on a specific photo, view the photo in a page by itself (e.g. with Firefox, right click and “view image”) then invoke the button. Or, copy the image URL and paste to the viewer input box. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tori on April 1st, 2008 at 10:58am JST (6 years ago) comment permalink

Okay, that works, thank you!

— comment by Tori on April 5th, 2008 at 4:12pm JST (6 years ago) comment permalink

Is there a way to get your viewer to work in safari for windows ?
Thanks Geoff

— comment by Geoff Siddorn on May 11th, 2008 at 1:22am JST (5 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Can you add SeaMonkey to the list of user agents you sniff for the javascript bookmarklet? Technically, websites should sniff for “Gecko” rather than “Firefox” – you can read more details at geckoisgecko.org if you’re interested.


Fixed. Thanks for the heads up and the pointer. —Jeffrey

— comment by Chris on May 12th, 2008 at 4:52am JST (5 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink


I’m barely a novice with the whole photography deal. You’re quite inventive, and I have a ?? If someone uses, “Baseline DCT, Huffman coding” to encode jpegs, is there any way to remove that? They’re using it for a signature, or brand name icon.(similar to the common “censored” shapes from your Metacafe Vid)– I’d be psyched to just have the original images…..


I’m not exactly sure what you’re asking about here. I don’t have any “metacafe vid” or know what they are. The “Baseline DCT, Huffman coding” is the way JPG images are compressed, and has nothing to do with censoring or obscuring or hiding anything….. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bob on May 17th, 2008 at 11:30am JST (5 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, we’ve just discovered your tool. It’s fantastic – thanks. However one little query. I’m using it to investigate the shutter count on my stock of cameras but this line doesn’t seem to show up on with my Canon 10d cameras – but fine with Nikon D70s. Any ideas? Thanks!

It seems that Canon didn’t have the 10d write that bit of metadata to its files. Not many cameras have it, although these days it seems to be common among SLRs. —Jeffrey

— comment by Lesg on May 30th, 2008 at 9:01pm JST (5 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
Just wanted to say thanks for your reply to my question. It wasn’t actually what I wanted to hear, but thanks for taking the time to respond. Les

— comment by Lesg on May 31st, 2008 at 1:09am JST (5 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
a most excellent tool! I used it for checking some pictures I was sending to my website (it’s a small site where people can send pics from their mobile phones straight to the site and I wanted to add a little ‘Geotagging’ feature). I’d love to have a similar feature to yours on my own site – I’m very envious! Anyway, I’m wondering if you can help – do you know of anyway that I can upload a picture to my own site that contains no exif data (“Geo” data) and then manually add the location the picture was taken to the exif data? Kind of like an online exif writer that will allow you to perhaps select your location from Google maps or something similar? Or failing that, just add the lon & lat details manually? Thanks for any help – and again, I personally thank you for the fantastic app.


— comment by Neil on May 31st, 2008 at 8:38am JST (5 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi again! Wonder if you can help…I’ve noticed when I view my images using your viewer, the GPS date/time appears to be wrong – or I’m not understanding it correctly? For instance, if you take a look at this image: http://phreemms.com/mms/media/20080529005201.jpg you’ll see that the GPS Date Stamp says: 0000:01:01
8 years, 5 months, 2 days, 10 hours, 28 minutes, 8 seconds ago (obviously changes each time you view). I can’t understand what the 0000:01:01 is? If you then look 5 lines down to the “GPS Time Stamp”, that is set at 00:00:00. Finally, if you scroll down to the Composite data, it says the same thing again. Be grateful if you could help me understand it a little! Thanks, Neil.

“0000:01:01″ is Jan 1, 0000 (which my viewer seems to be treating as Jan 1, 2000). Whatever is writing the GPS data to that image is writing the equivalent of a VCR’s flashing “12:00″ to the GPS date/time fields. (I’ve updated the viewer to not try to treat “0000:01:01″ as a real date). The GPS date/time is defined to be in UTC, which is the only standard way to indicate unambiguously a point in time in the Exif data. The normal Exif date/time fields don’t allow you to specify a timezone (if you can believe it…. it’s a really stupid mistake by the camera manufactures). —Jeffrey

— comment by Neil on June 4th, 2008 at 2:31am JST (5 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I’ve just discovered your great tool and want to thank you for it. By the way, is there a possibility to get the EXIF data in the JSON format instead of HTML document, something like “exif.cgi?url=…&output=json”? That would be very useful for userscripts.

— comment by Anonymous on June 24th, 2008 at 1:11am JST (5 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery,
Great site and very handy tool, I’ve been using exiftool myself for some work based on exif parameters relating to Depth of Field and have a query related to the Basic Image Information section, Focus field. Is this information calculated, if so how, or is it exif stored, if so how do you get exiftool to display it as I can’t with my command line version. Maybe this is a question for Phil Harvey! Any help would be much appreciated.

It’s calculated by Exiftool – one of the “composite section” items – but only if the source image has enough information from which to calculate it. Most cameras don’t provide that info, such as distance to the subject. Prosumer SLRs and up often do though, although in any case, it’s not a number you can rely on for anything past the lens’s “infinity” distance…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Paul on June 30th, 2008 at 11:07pm JST (5 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Absolutely awesome tool. I’m amazed at the stuff that it throws up. I do a lot of peek and poke into metadata through PS, but I think this tool displays quite a bit more. Am already your fan, using this and the lightroom flickr exporter. Thanks for the “inventions”.

Oh yeah, long live piglets >:-p

— comment by ZeHawk on September 2nd, 2008 at 9:50pm JST (5 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

PS: I know its based on Phil’s ExifTool, but its still nice to have the browser method :)

— comment by ZeHawk on September 2nd, 2008 at 10:17pm JST (5 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

It’s really a cool and useful tool for my Safari, thanks Jeffrey!

— comment by Eric Sun on October 20th, 2008 at 6:51pm JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink


I’d like to try your Exif viewer with the Safari browser on my iMac, but I am having trouble installing the Exif button. I never heard of a button bar before, but I presume that you are referring to the tool bar. When I drag the button bar to the tool bar area and release the mouse left clicker the Exif button will not plant itself. It just boomerangs back to its original position on your website! What gives? Please give precise details as to where I am supposed to drag the button so that it will stay put. Thanks.


The button bar and the toolbar are different. The button bar is the strip immediately above the page content, with an open-book icon at the far left. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bob Brand on January 26th, 2009 at 9:03am JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

here’s an idea: could you optionally display the point of focus if it’s known (and maybe the user ticks a checkbox), something like the way Capture/View NX does? You do have the basic information extracted (again, if it’s available), now you only need to match it to a pattern of focus points for each model and it’s done. Right? :-)

Anyway, it would be a nice feature, I think.

Still, awesome little app, it gives more online, than most offline image viewers do.

keli from Romania

It’s plausible, but of little practical use because the focus point is where in the field focus was done, but it’s possible (even highly likely) that the shot was reframed between focus and shutter release. Unless you have details about the exact moments of focus and shutter release, there’s little you can derive from having the focus point indicated…. but many people forget that, and take the little red box as gospel, and then derive all kinds of erroneous conclusions. I’m not real excited about the idea. —Jeffrey

— comment by keli on June 13th, 2009 at 5:17am JST (4 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink


you’re completely right about that, see, I’ve forgotten this aspect of it myself as well. Please disregard it then.

The awsome app part still stays, though :-)

And the very quick response is much appreciated.

best regards,

— comment by keli on June 14th, 2009 at 3:06pm JST (4 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,

I’m located in California.

Do you happen to know if the Motorola i580 (Nextel) cellphone includes the GPS location data with its photos? Using your online tool I viewed a few photos that I’ve taken with the phone, but there was no location data that I could see.

The autonomous GPS (and assisted-GPS) on the i580 is quite good, and I know years ago Nextel advertising touted that the user could stamp GPS location info on the photos taken with their camera phones, but for the lilfe of me I can’t seem to get my i580 to do that. I’ve searched the user guide for the i580, tried Googling the info, and I can’t find out how to do it, or even if it just requires a third-party app downloaded onto the i580 to be able to stamp GPS coordinates in the photo’s file info.

Any tips/clues/suggestions? I would appreciate any feedback you might be able to provide.



Sorry, I’ve no idea. Perhaps ask your provider? —Jeffrey

— comment by i580_user on July 10th, 2009 at 8:28am JST (4 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

hi Jeffrey.
I am from China.

Thank you for your job. It’s great.

In fact, I also want to make an online tool to view exif information of photo using php.
What I want to ask is: do you read the exif information remotely, or download
the remote photo and then read the exif information locally?

Thank you.

You can’t read it remotely… you must fetch a copy of the image to inspect inside. —Jeffrey

— comment by bigflyingpig on July 14th, 2009 at 6:54pm JST (4 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I didn’t see the following fields displayed using this tool:

File Name (LR)
Filename (Bridge)
Original filename (Lightroom)
preserved filename (Bridge)

Do you know of any tool that will display these?

I’m pretty sure that every field will be shown, period, so if a field is not shown, it’s not there. If you can find a specific image that contains a field not shown, please mail it to me along with a description of the field, and I’ll check it out. —Jeffrey

— comment by Frank on August 5th, 2009 at 4:19am JST (4 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Re: the above post about the filename field not being found…

After doing some more investigation, I think your exif tool is working as designed.

I tested setting the Bridge field of “preserved filename” by doing a batch rename and Bridged filled the field and exif displayed it.

For the “Original filename” field in Lightroom, I am now assuming that this field is not kept in the metadata, rather it must be kept in the Lightroom database instead.

I’m also assuming that the exif tool does not find the actual filename in the metadata anywhere – is that correct?

Thanks again.

Correct, the filename is not a metadata item embedded within the image. The filename can change but the image metadata remains constant. —Jeffrey

— comment by Frank on August 5th, 2009 at 12:22pm JST (4 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Excellent tool, using since one month and it made me learn a lot . And it is sad to know many web images still are not in proper color space or not embedded with profiles and many browsers not color managed. Just dreaming for the 100% color managed web and internet.

— comment by KVS Setty on September 26th, 2009 at 3:24pm JST (4 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I believe my PhotoShop Elements 7 is to balme, but am unsure how to fix. I cannot click on Properties and get ISO data if I have opened my photos in PSE7. Evenusing your website I was unable to get the ISO info. Any thoughts?? Thank you!!

It’s probably been stripped (or never added) if you can’t see it with this web page. —Jeffrey

— comment by Susan on October 12th, 2009 at 1:46am JST (4 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Could you please include the “JpegIFByteCount” and “JpegIFOffset” fields? Are there some fields you just skip over, or does each field need to be enumerated individually? It’s useful to know the exact file size, instead of just “X kB”. Could you perhaps have a “raw digest” of the Exif info — with the exact tag names, instead of “File Size”?

I noticed the “Exif Viewer 1.51″ firefox extension does not offer any File Size information. =(

I don’t skip any fields… I list every field that exiftool innumerate. Tags in the file are actually numeric, so “FIleSIze” or “filesize” or “File Size” or any other name are just convenient references. If you’re speaking of exiftool tag names, I’ll see what I can do, along with the raw file sizes as well… —Jeffrey

— comment by anon on November 13th, 2009 at 10:29pm JST (4 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Of all the things to display in the top summary of the EXIF viewer, why doesn’t something so basic as focal length make the cut? I always find myself search through the huge amount of XMP/EXIF/IPTC data looking for focal length. Even the lens makes the cut. Why not combine the lens / focal length data? I really don’t care how you do it, I’d just like to see focal length in the top summary. cheers. thanks for the best EXIF viewer on the web (works across browsers and platforms)

Wow, I’m at a loss to explain what happened to it… I certainly used to display the focal length (at least for zooms, or primes used with TCs), but yikes, indeed it wasn’t showing up. I went in there and diddled a few things, and it’s showing up again. Thanks for the heads up. —Jeffrey

— comment by Joe Roback on November 23rd, 2009 at 9:43pm JST (4 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

For the last few days I have been trying to find out how to find out my cameras shutter
actuations, I have three cameras at the moment they are NIKON D2XS, D1X and CANON 30D.
All the photos I take from these cameras are in JPEG files, but when i put them through
CS2 and this websit then go to advance information All information comes except for the shutter actuations (image number) why I have no idea can anyone help me please tell me why this occuring? thanks

This kind of data is not part of a standard, so each camera company that includes it (many don’t) does so in its own way, in the “Maker Notes” section of metadata. Photoshop generally strips that, so if you want to check, use a virgin out-of-camera file, and search the metadata for “shutter”, “count”, etc. —Jeffrey

— comment by zibby on December 10th, 2009 at 4:35am JST (4 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Does this program accurately identify the color profile of an image?

Yes, it reports what’s in there , color profile and/or colorspace-related metadata fields. —Jeffrey

— comment by Andrew J. Leer on December 23rd, 2009 at 6:17am JST (4 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

There’s a guy here who tells me that EXIF data isn’t the ICC profile of an image…


Now I don’t know who to believe…but I would lke to find an answer.

I think you’re just a bit confused by some of the terms. A color space is a mathematical concept of how to convert perceived color to numerical data and back. A particular mathematical treatment can have a name, so “sRGB” describes one mathematical interpretation of color, while a color space with a different name likely has a different treatment. A color profile is a bundled set of metadata that actually describes a particular color space. An “sRGB color profile”, for example, has metadata items that describe the mathematical parameters of the sRGB color space. Now, any given digital image’s pixel data is in some color space — that is, intended to be interpreted via the mathematical parameters described by that color space — but unless an application (your browser, a printer, etc.) knows which color space to use, it might pick the wrong one. One way to communicate which color space the image data is intended to be interpreted as is to include an explicit color profile. Another way is to simply denote in a small Exif field “the color space is sRGB”, leaving the application to draw from its own set of color profiles the one for sRGB. The deonation is not a color profile, but merely a reference to one. Some applications don’t understand one or both of these ways of communicating the color space…. many commercial printers, for example, simply ignore them and blindly interpret color data as sRGB. IE does that as well. Safari doesn’t understand the Exif donation. Firefox understands both. —Jeffrey

— comment by Andrew J. Leer on December 23rd, 2009 at 1:09pm JST (4 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink


Thank you for your speedy answer to my question!

I have another question though concerning the comment you made above, when you say:

“many commercial printers, for example, simply ignore them and blindly interpret color data as sRGB”

Do you mean commercial printers like HP (home printers) or office printers or do you mean commercial printers like “we print stuff that you send us” type of printers?

I meant the latter (online print shops, kiosks, Blurb, etc.). If you don’t see any mention of color spaces in docs, or get a blank look when you ask in person, it’s a safe bet that they blindly assume sRGB. Home printers rely on their drivers, which likely use OS support to deal with color spaces properly, though it certainly depends on the app and the driver…. this is not an area where I know very much. —Jeffrey

— comment by Andrew J. Leer on December 23rd, 2009 at 2:06pm JST (4 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Many thanks for your terrific tool. As a recent digital convert living in Australia, I can say it is of great value.

Also it works perfectly well with the new i5 iMac’s running Snow Leopard (10.6) and Safari.


— comment by Simon on December 28th, 2009 at 5:24pm JST (4 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Can this viewer be used to look at a folder full of files or the results of a file search .. the way Windows explorer does?

No. Windows explorer runs on your local computer. This is running on a web server. —Jeffrey

— comment by Eddie Dunbar on December 30th, 2009 at 5:01am JST (4 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I’m trying to check the shutter count on a file from my Nikon D70 and can’t see where that is in all the data that comes up.

Please advise. Thanks, Dyerpix

Search for “Shutter Count” on the page. It’s in the Maker Notes section. That section is stripped out by Photoshop and such, so try it with an out-of-camera file. —Jeffrey

— comment by dyerpix on January 20th, 2010 at 11:58pm JST (4 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, wonderful info here but having a problem. I cannot find the total shutter count for my Canon XSi. I looked under Maker Notes section and shutter count was not there. It was a fresh untouched, straight out of the camera JPEG. I am looking to sell the camera and often asked about how many clicks it has had. Was able to get this info in the past for my Nikon d200. I tried with IE8 and Firefox. Please advise – Thanks

Some cameras store the number, most don’t. Sounds like the XSi doesn’t. —Jeffrey

— comment by Larry Isaacs on February 1st, 2010 at 1:31am JST (4 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Great tool.
When I store exif data in the standard format for GPSLatitude or Longitude (i.e. dd/1,mm/1,ss/1) you take the /1 as the value for minutes and the next as seconds so it doesn’t find the correct location.
If the exif is decimal (e.g. 32.132861) then it works fine.
Phil (UK)

I don’t think the Exif standard allows you to choose among formats… there’s one format it supports and that’s it. I doubt that ExifTool gets it wrong, so I’d look to whatever is writing the data on your side for errors… —Jeffrey

— comment by Phil on March 5th, 2010 at 11:38pm JST (4 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

As for me, I prefer Exif Everywhere (http://www.exifeverywhere.com). It has Safari and Firefox plugins, but I use Safari. It’s a Mac-only, but seems the best Exif viewer for Mac which I ever used.

— comment by Joseph on March 12th, 2010 at 1:57am JST (4 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

I just switched to Chrome and found your plugin, I have to say it’s awesome!

— comment by Louis Dallara on March 23rd, 2010 at 12:48am JST (4 years ago) comment permalink

Great tool but I’m having a problem checking my copyright info is there. When I run exif against the URL, copyright info doesn’t show up, yet if I download the jpg to my desktop and run exif against file location, copyright info does show. btw the url uses lightbox in case that is making a difference although when I check other photographers sites it seems ok. Any ideas what might be happening? thanks

I’m not sure what “lightbox” is in this context, but if there’s a specific example you can point me at, I’ll check it out. —Jeffrey

— comment by lottie on April 10th, 2010 at 1:05am JST (4 years ago) comment permalink

Wow this is a great tool, really like what you do, i thought i saw a pic on-line that was mine, and using your tool i found out it was. Somebody’s getting an e:mail tomorrow. Thanks again.

— comment by little_pic on April 16th, 2010 at 6:20am JST (4 years ago) comment permalink

Is it possible to display what keywords were used in the meta data? I think it’s interesting to see how folks keyword the photos.

Thanks. I love your stuff.

If there keywords are saved in the image, they’ll be shown. The viewer shows only metadata saved in the image itself. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jay Bransfield on May 26th, 2010 at 12:43pm JST (3 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Firstly great blog. My question is I am pretty sure one of the Grease Monkey EXIF plugins used to let you see what had been done to a photo in post production on flickr. ie. exposure/contrast/clartity/vibrancy boosts etc but then this suddenly stopped working. Can you advise on a different script that might facilitate this? I found it quite interesting knowing what folks had done to give a shot that ‘final look’ Thanks in advance, Kwame.

Sorry, I don’t know about the Grease Monkey script in question, nor about Flickr’s policies here, so I don’t have anything to suggest but using an Exif viewer (such as this) on the original photo. —Jeffrey

— comment by kwame on July 14th, 2010 at 2:08am JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink


Great tool and i really like the presentation of the data. As a non programmer but someone who can cobble together some scripts would it be possible to get a copy of the scripts that provide the exif.cgi functionality. I would like to use on a system that has no Internet connectivity.



Follow the link at the bottom to ExifTool… that’s a standalone program you can run locally. —Jeffrey

— comment by Simon Beachem on July 21st, 2010 at 2:17pm JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Mi ingles no es suficientemente bueno para escribirle, así que disculpe que lo haga en español, sólo quería dale las gracias por la aplicación. Es muy útil!!
thanks you for the aplication from Spain ;)

— comment by óscar on July 27th, 2010 at 6:05pm JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I’m writing from the city where “what happens here, stay here” :) I just uploaded one of the pictures from my camera onto your Exif Viewer and it kicked back a lot of information, but which one of these numbers is the serial number? I think I read another post on your blog stating that it would be in the maker notes, but I’m not an expert at this kind of stuff, so I’m still unsure of how to locate this specific information. There are about five different brackets containing numbers under MakerNotes-Canon Model ID and they are titled something like this “Canon 0×123″. I’m willing to email you a few pictures that were taken with this camera just to find out what the serial number is…I’m lost, please help!

The camera serial number may well not be recorded… depends on the camera. If it’s there, it’s likely a known tag, so would not appear as one of the “Canon 0×123″ tags, but rather “Serial Number” or “Camera Number” or the like. If you don’t see it, it’s likely not there. —Jeffrey

— comment by LEH on September 28th, 2010 at 12:29am JST (3 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for the great tool. Would it be possible to get the Lightroom-specific metadata (i.e. the develop module settings) in a separate table, organized similar to the LR UI (rather than alphabetically)? This would make it much easier to see what processing has been done to an image.

— comment by Jonathan on October 25th, 2010 at 1:29pm JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink


i have problems with you online viewer.
i have made a exif thump with a exif tool. pulished the picture in web and test it with your online viewer.
The image is show correct.

But i had to change exif thump again. relpulished the picture with the new exif thump in web and would to test it again with your online tool. The old image was shown.

Could it be that you don’t refresh the data if i once viewed a image?

Correct, it caches stuff for a short time because often a thousand people are hitting the same link for the same image. It eventually gets cleared out by the cleanup robot, but if you’re testing something interactively, you can force a reload by adding “&reload=1” to the end of the url. —Jeffrey

— comment by skittler on November 8th, 2010 at 4:49pm JST (3 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I think this is a great tool, but I have two questions:
I am not able to drag the Exif button to the button bar. I also don’t see the open book you mentioned earlier.
Under the thumbnals shown it says that one can see the histogram, but when I click I get the same photo, but in another size.
Am I doing something wrong?
I use Safari 5.0.3 on an I-mac

Click the “click for histogram” text itself for the histogram. Clicking the image shows just the image. I don’t understand you reference to “open book”. —Jeffrey

— comment by Martin on January 25th, 2011 at 2:37am JST (3 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I want to use the ExifViewer but I don’t know what you mean by “drag to the button bar”. I tried dragging it but it won’t attach anywhere. I am using Firefox 4.0 on Windows 7.

The button-bar thing is just a convenient shortcut. You should be able to drag the link to the button bar near the top of the browser. —Jeffrey

— comment by gary little on April 21st, 2011 at 3:34am JST (3 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery

Thanks for a really useful tool. I started to write this as it had stopped working in Google Chrome 11 but having updated Chrome find it is working again so I’ll just say thanks again!



— comment by Richard Parkin on April 24th, 2011 at 4:50pm JST (3 years ago) comment permalink

HI Jeffery!
When i use your tool, no map shows up on my image to show where i took it.
Everything else seems to work, but how do i find where my pic was taken?
Thanks! -Brody

The map will show if the coordinates are included in the image data (and they’re not lat/lon of 0/0, which I ignore). If you think they’re there and that the page is mistaken in not showing them, please email the link to a sample image. —Jeffrey

— comment by Brody on June 25th, 2011 at 9:45am JST (2 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

and yes i think there is a problem because i have tried finding the location on MANY pictures that were taken by different cameras.
i will email you a link of one

Very few cameras have GPS antennas built in. —Jeffrey

— comment by Brody on June 25th, 2011 at 10:04am JST (2 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Trying to get shutter actuation count from varied images, camera bodies – have been able to get this data a few months ago but now, cannot? What could I be doing wrong, diffeently?
Head me in the right direction, please.
BTW, thanks for the use of this fantastic utility.

It’s not a standard field, and is not even put there by most cameras, and is often stripped out by Photoshop or other post processing. If it doesn’t show up in the display, it’s not there. —Jeffrey

— comment by Capt Dave on July 12th, 2011 at 3:10am JST (2 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey!

Thank you for creating this useful online EXIF viewer tool.
I’m wondering if the photos we uploaded to the server gets deleted after usage or will it be stay there permanently? If so, how long does it stay there, and is there a way to delete them immediately?
After all, some photos are meant to be private..



A sweeper cleans them out after a day or so, though they can be removed by the sweeper much sooner in some cases, such as when I’m running low on disk space. —Jeffrey

— comment by Cheryl on August 22nd, 2011 at 2:55am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Your Exif tool no longer works for me. I’m not sure if it’s due to the fact that I just updated the software on my iMac (a routine thing with Apple computers). I haven’t used your tool in quite a while (a month). I use the Safari browser.
What happens is that the photo disappears, then reappears with no data, just the picture itself.
looking forward to your reply!

Sorry – I forgot to add that I use your tool to view photos on the Critique Form on iStockphoto.

It works for me on my Mac… I can’t quite envision anything that might account for what you’ve described… it seems very odd…. (???) —Jeffrey

— comment by Linda on August 27th, 2011 at 1:34am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

amazing!!!! is it possible to have a stand alone program?

ExifTool, which I use under the hood, has a standalone command-line version. Otherwise, various programs show some amount of metadata, but I don’t know of anything as detailed as the web tool, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mau on September 12th, 2011 at 7:12am JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery,

I was wondering, does your tool download the entire image in order to extract the EXIF data our of it using exiftool?

Or are you reading the first set of bytes of the file we provide to generate the EXIF data?

I’m asking because I was shocked to see how quickly it was able to extract the EXIF data from a relatively large file. I’m trying to do something similar, where I can extract EXIF data from large QucikTime movies on the internet without having to download all of them.

Any info on this would be greatly appreciated!


The entire file must be read, but note that my server’s ISP (Peak Web Hosting) has pretty good bandwidth, so then the server downloads the file you point it at, it’s pretty fast. Also, the file is cached for a while in case it’s requested again, so subsequent calls will be immediate. —Jeffrey

— comment by Conrad Chu on September 25th, 2011 at 6:04pm JST (2 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi there!

Love this tool, and I have a question. I accidentally cropped my original photo file (pressed “save” and not “save as”), and when I use your tool, it also shows the photo as it looked like before my edit but with low resolution. Is there any possibility for me to download the photo at it’s original state using your tool, or can you maybe advice me any other tool on the web?

Thank you

What’s shown is what’s in the image, so there’s no better version magically available, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Camilla on November 5th, 2011 at 9:23am JST (2 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey!

I was wondering if it is possible to extract the exif data from a .TGA file
Your exif viewer (which I am an avid fan of) covers almost every image type except for this one, is there any particular reason? Could it be included at all?

Or if not, could you point me in the right direction as far as extracting it myself ? I have been searching on and off for a few days now.

Much appreciated,

Sorry, I don’t know anything about TGA files. All the real work under the hood is done by ExifTool, so I don’t actually deal with the nitty-gritty details of data extraction. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jethro on November 9th, 2011 at 3:29pm JST (2 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I have been using your excellent EXIF Viewer for some time now & it has worked great. Lately when I add GPS coordinates or other data to a photo on my computer, and then upload it to different web sites, the coordinates and other data so not show up (when loaded from a web site). Yet when I upload the same photo on my computer directly to your site, they show up fine. What has changed & can it be corrected?

It sounds like the web sites you’re uploading to are stripping the metadata. You might ask them about it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jerry on November 18th, 2011 at 10:34am JST (2 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Dear Jeffrey,

I am an Italian/British photojournalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Thank you so much for your Exif Viewer site. It’s been really helpful.

Can you please help me with something? I have a Canon 5D. I’m trying to find out how many shots I have taken with it so far. I used your Exif Viewer tool, which gives me detailed EXIF data. I’m guessing that the shutter count must be the “Preview Image Start”?. I am only confused as the numbers don’t seem to be in sequence. One image reads 91,812, the next 96,812 and the next 94,391. Any comment or advice?

Thanks Jeffrey, really appreciated.

“Preview Image Start” is an internal byte count, so it’s not what you want. Your camera may not encode the shutter actuations, so it may not be there. Search for “shutter” or “actuations” among the data. —Jeffrey

— comment by Siegfried on November 20th, 2011 at 11:03pm JST (2 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I’ve written an Extension for Safari some time ago, that wraps around your great page. Clicking on „EXIF“ in the overlay forwards to your page.

Many thanks for this excellent and useful page.


— comment by phriedrich on January 20th, 2012 at 1:15am JST (2 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey,

I love your website, it is extremely detailed and helpful. I do have one question regarding ICC Profile Dates. What do these dates indicate? When the photograph was taken, when it was scanned, when it was uploaded, etc.? Thanks again for a very valuable resource!

The dates I’ve seen in profiles tend to be when they were designed, e.g. sRGB 1998, or when someone happened to build it for their company. Dates inside profiles unrelated to anything about the photo they’re in. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jake Phillips on February 28th, 2012 at 11:58pm JST (2 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey!

Great tool you got here. I have one question regarding date, modify date and create date.

Let´s say I take a picture with my iPhone the 10th of december 2012. My iphone have the correct set of date. I then transfer it to my computer 15th of december 2012 and mail it to a friend 17th of december.

Is it possible that the creation date changes to 15 of december or 17 of december just because of the transfer from the Iphone?

I live in sweden, Best regards Fredrik

If you’re just moving the image file, then you’re not changing any data inside. However, a “transfer” and “mail” may be more than just moving the raw bytes of the file… it depends on what’s doing it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Fredrik on March 15th, 2012 at 4:33pm JST (2 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Amazing woek Jeffrey! Thanks. where on the EXIF viewer does it show the number of “Shutter actuations” for my Canon 5D Mark II? Thanks.

I don’t know that the info is in there to being with, but if it is it’d be in the “Maker Notes” section, likely with a label that includes “Shutter”, “Actuations”, and/or “Count”. —Jeffrey

— comment by carlos on March 20th, 2012 at 2:41am JST (2 years ago) comment permalink


I’m trying to get some Google Places pictures to be geotagged. Google is having an issue that is preventing site owners from uploading photos from 3rd party sites like Flickr where you can geotag them.

So I used a software, I think it’s called, geosetter, and I’d like to see if it works, or if I did it right. I put the url in your field there and what i got back did not have address, coordinates or satellite images.

Can you tell me if this was geotagged?


Thanks so much!!!

That tiny thumbnail is not geoencoded, but I would never expect tiny thumbnails to be… generally, all metadata is stripped from thumbnails like that to make them load faster. Some sites (e.g. Facebook) strip metadata from every image they make available, while other places have their own policies. I dunno about Google, but if you can check the original or largest version available, check that. —Jeffrey

— comment by bosco on March 20th, 2012 at 3:09pm JST (2 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I have been using Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer for a while now. Very satisfied.
My question : I post my images on PBase and the exifs automatically appear under my images. I agree with the latter, but would like to know if there is a way of not showing the “Focus distance”. I realize that exifs from some other photographers do not include the Focus distance. I tried ExifTool but I dont’ know much about registry. Could this be done more easily with Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer ?

Montreal area

You should probably ask PBase how you can have their site exclude data, but you can also strip it before you send it to them. SubjetDistance is likely in the MakerNotes section (but may also be as SubjectDistanceRange in the Exif section0, so something along the lines of exiftool -MakerNotes= -SubjectDistanceRange= *.JPG should probably do the trick. —Jeffrey

— comment by Suzanne Lanthier on April 29th, 2012 at 10:37am JST (2 years ago) comment permalink

Hi :) Im recently new to your website and so far it’s been a great help. About 5 years ago I cropped a photo on my computer and now the person I cropped I’ll be marrying. So, im trying to retrieve that photo as the original one to have as a memory of when we were younger. I have no idea how to get the image back and luckely with your website I did, however it shows the original size one still cropped but a super tiny picture with less pixels of the actual photo of me in it. Is there a way to make the smaller original one bigger? Please help me, Im out of options. Thank yous o much.

You can make it bigger with a variety of image-editing software (and even “Preview” on Mac), but it will just be a big version of the blurry picture, as they can’t manufacture new image information from nothing. Unless you get lucky and find a backup of the image, you’re probably out of luck, though if it’s on a disk that hasn’t really been touched much in those five years, you might see whether you can extracted a previously-deleted version with PhotoRec or the like. On the bright side, you have the actual person at hand, so you can go ahead and make lots of new memories for your hopefully-long future together. :-) Congratulations. —Jeffrey

— comment by Christina Hernandez on May 13th, 2012 at 9:52am JST (1 year, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I am impressed with this Online Exif (Image Data) Viewer…is there a downloadable script that we could use for our non profit camera club website that can show the photo exif info and the googlemap for our member submitted photos..if so, please let me know the price;


You can feel free to link your photos to my online tool, but otherwise I’ve got nothing to offer, sorry, but if you’re into a little scripting, it’s trivial to make your own using the same underlying ExifTool engine I use. —Jeffrey

— comment by jim on May 19th, 2012 at 1:43am JST (1 year, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Well, I got a new camera (D800), For some reason I am unable to select and view an NEF from the SD Card or the HD. I’ve used both the Chrome Plugin and the Web Link. Thinking that it might be my NEF format, I looked at other RAW images stored locally on my HD, They are not selectable either. This includes DNGs and (Panasonic) RAW formats. JPGs are selectable.

Any clues? This is on a Mac.

For some reason OSX doesn’t consider raw files to be “image files”? There’s a selector at the bottom of the browse dialog that you can set to “All Files” and then you can select NEFs and such. —Jeffrey

— comment by Cletus Lee on June 21st, 2012 at 1:03am JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Are uploaded photos stored somewhere?

Temporarily, to serve the images in the response. A robot clears things out several times a day. —Jeffrey

— comment by jimmy on June 23rd, 2012 at 5:50am JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hallo, nice and helpful site, i have two problems regarding EXIF-files which i couldnt find an answer to ; I have 2-3 pictures taken with a Nokia 2330c-2 which i would like to find the GPS-coordinates to, to find out if they are from the same area,..

2. My daughters camera was stolen a while ago , a Canon EOS 2009, i have heard it is possible to track the pictures taken adn published on the web with it through the serial-number and EXIF-files, am i right and how do i to get further with that??

Hope to find an answer on my questions , thanks a lot in forward :-) Olof , Sweden

If this viewer doesn’t show a map, the coordinates are almost certainly not encoded in the photos. (There’s always the possibility that I’ve got a bug in the viewer, but in this area it’s unlikely at this point.). For item number two, do a web search on “camera serial number tracker” or the like. —Jeffrey

— comment by Olof on June 26th, 2012 at 3:28am JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Great tool. But sometimes the longitude identified is incorrect. Pictures taken in the midwest show up as being in the western part of US, although the latitude is correct. Any idea why?

It could be a bug in my display code, but more likely the image is just encoded with the wrong data. If you send a specific image, I can take a look. —Jeffrey

— comment by Rick on July 3rd, 2012 at 2:03am JST (1 year, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Dynamic Webpages Using EXIF Viewer?
Jeffrey –

Great work with the EXIF Viewer. I am lead author in the writing of Insects of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our preliminary work is collecting images and bio data onto a website. Phil Harvey’s exiftool has really been helpful. We are embedding regional, taxonomic, biological and authorship data using XMP. Exiftool allows us to produce webpages really quickly. What I’d like to do, though, is allow website visitors to view webpages dynamically. That is, I’d like viewers to be able to click on an image and have the webpage generated automatically. Phil let me know that exiftool would not do this. EXIF Viewer does do this. Is there a way to integrate this function into a website?

Eddie Dunbar, MBA
President & Foundeer
Insect Sciences Museum of California
isfba.bugpeple.org / bugpeople.org
eddie AT bugpeople DOT org

You can have your site construct a link on the fly to this exif viewer, so that you can have an “image data” link under each image in the same way I do on my blog. —Jeffrey

— comment by Eddie Dunbar on July 8th, 2012 at 3:01am JST (1 year, 9 months ago) comment permalink

How much does facebook strip exif data?

All of it, from what I’ve ever seen. —Jeffrey

— comment by Sean on August 7th, 2012 at 1:35pm JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Nice tool but does not work on JPEGs exported by Adobe Lightroom.

E.g.: http://data.mactechnews.de/440990.jpg

Exif-Viewer recognize it at PNG but it is a JPEG with Exif data.

It’s a beautiful picture, but it’s indeed a PNG with a “*.jpg” extension. It is not something Lightroom can produce natively. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mario on August 7th, 2012 at 5:20pm JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey
The age old question from a total beginner! I have bought a Canon 550d and am trying to find out the shutter count. I found a site that linked me through to you and uploaded my picture, it has given a long page of details about the picture and camera but I don’t see any mention anywhere on the list of the shutter count. Can you tell me if it is worded as something else that means shutter count?
I apprecaite your help
Many thanks

Use your browser search on the page for things like “Shutter”, “Actuations”, and “Count”, and if nothing seems appropriate, it’s likely not there. Not all cameras record the count. —Jeffrey

— comment by Marisa on August 24th, 2012 at 7:15pm JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I am writing from Spain and as I pasted a URL of a picture I could not see the coordinates from where the picture was taken from so I was kind of disappointed…

The data was (almost certainly) not in there. Most photos don’t have it. —Jeffrey

— comment by dany on September 2nd, 2012 at 12:32pm JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, wanted to find the shutter count on a Canon 1Ds MK111 and was pointed to your on-line Exif Reader via google.

Firstly, thanks for a great little tool, I was amazed how much information you have been able to extract from an image, but the main question is this?

When I looked for shutter count, it showed 8674 which nicely matched the image I had used, however, as the numbers re-set after every 10K, I know this to be incorrect, is it shown somewhere else or just not available from the EXIF data in an image?

I know it is incorrect as I have owned the camera from new, it was one of the first of this model sold in the UK.


I’m not familiar with that camera’s metadata or whether it even has the shutter count (often called “Shutter Actuations”), but this tool just shows the data it finds… how that data got there, and what it may mean, can depend on each camera and each photo’s history. (In other words, “I don’t know” :-) ) —Jeffrey

— comment by Demon Lee on September 15th, 2012 at 7:06pm JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Ha Ha, that is lovely thanks Jeffery, appreciate the honesty, looks like I will have to take it to a Canon Center then or find out from them… if they give me anything useful, I will let you know.


— comment by Demon Lee on September 18th, 2012 at 12:18am JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

This is a really useful site, thank you so much – Paul, southern UK.

— comment by Paul on September 24th, 2012 at 3:55pm JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I have been using this for the same reason you made it: to get a better technical understanding of my camera and photography in general. It has been very helpful; one feature I would suggest is being able to compare two photos, as I have been just saving the results as HTML and doing a diff. This would help beginning photographers who do not change many settings between different pictures but want to see what changes did effect the better picture.
-Arlo from New Mexico

— comment by Arlo James Barnes on October 3rd, 2012 at 7:03pm JST (1 year, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hey Jeffrey!

This is a great tool. Having all the metadata formats visible at a single location is a boon!

I am facing a problem in an PHP app I am developing that I could use some help with. I have some images which seem to have IPTC metadata. I can see the data when I use your tool. But not when I use the PHP iptcparse function. I was wondering what you have used to fetch the IPTC data and if that could be used with PHP somehow.


Sujay from Raleigh, NC.

I use exiftool under the hood. —Jeffrey

— comment by Sujay on October 5th, 2012 at 6:01am JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink

How do you copy and save the image results from Exif Viewer? In other words, how do you save the uncensored image?

If there’s a specific thumbnail you want to isolate, right click and “Save as…” (or whatever your browser calls it). —Jeffrey

— comment by David on October 30th, 2012 at 6:13am JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Fantastic app!!! trying to make report with GPS from pictures. Runned into a hick-up when verifyng through google map the coordinates are close (15-20ft) but not a cigar! Pictures taken with iphone4. Is that because satelite does not allow precision?
How could I combine the pictures exif, the GPS location on GOOGLE and capture that info to elaborate report?
Thank you in advance for any help and/or opinion.
Have a fun Thursday and “Enjoy the Sunshine!”

— comment by Philippe on November 8th, 2012 at 12:21pm JST (1 year, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Sorry Jeffrey, I checked with another picture and the location shown on google maps is at least 1000ft from the location where the picture was taken. this is bizarre?!
Is my iphone GPS out of wack? When i used for directions it seems to be working fine, time lapse as always! Is the google maps out of wack?
Any ideas?
Once again thank you in advance for your help!
Enjoy the wonderful Sunshine whenever he decides to be radiant!

The iPhone uses various things to figure your location, and not all of them are particularly accurate. When it uses the GPS or GLONOSS antennas it’s likely quite accurate, but when using other means it can be hundreds of km off. That’s just the way Apple has it work. —Jeffrey

— comment by Philippe on November 8th, 2012 at 12:46pm JST (1 year, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Great tool, great blog, no questions :-)

Just admire you for your patience in answering the same shutter count, geotag, … questions again an again and not pushing the questioners to read before asking :-)))

A hint: there is an old “comment” you have probably skiped accidentially in your approval procedure:

— comment by penis enlargement on July 30th, 2008 at 7:18pmJST (4 years, 3 months ago)

cheers, heinz (Austria)

Ah, thanks, deleted. That’s from the pre-moderation era…. what simpler times we lived way back then. :-) —Jeffrey

— comment by Heinz on November 10th, 2012 at 7:53am JST (1 year, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Thank you for your answer!!!
I learned something new!
Have a fun Thanksgiving surrounded by your loved ones and…Enjoy the Sunshine!

— comment by Philippe on November 15th, 2012 at 11:37am JST (1 year, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hi there
I was trying to find the EXIF of some pictures posted on facebook and twitter but when I put the url into the box I get no such information. I dont see a map from google or get any kind of coordinates. Not sure If i am doing something wrong or what? Some help please!

Both Facebook and Twitter strip almost all image metadata of the copies they present. —Jeffrey

— comment by Joe on December 7th, 2012 at 5:52pm JST (1 year, 4 months ago) comment permalink

In your description of your tool, it says that docx format is supported, however when i upload a docx document, it says it doesn’t recognize the image file.
What am i doing wrong?

Regards, Morten

The list of formats is what the underlying metadata library I’m using supports, but I needed to do some extra stuff to handle non-image formats. I’ve done that now, so you can at least get a bit of data about the various parts in a DOCX file, but unfortunately it’s pretty basic and not likely to be satisfying. (It’s a zip file, so change the extension to “zip” and you can unzip it on your local machine and inspect all the parts yourself.) —Jeffrey

— comment by Morten on December 11th, 2012 at 9:52pm JST (1 year, 4 months ago) comment permalink


Your online EXIF viewer goes back a few years, so perhaps questions about it aren’t appropriate now, but: I have been trying to work out if it is possible to use such a tool to display the GPS data (Lat., Long., and in my case bearing/compass heading) next to my images in Smugmug.

If I understood at all how JS works I could likely do it myself but as I do not, I thought I would see if you have suggestions or pointers. (And I’m not sure that SM would even aloow such JS customization).

I’m a signed up user of your Lightroom-To-Smugmug exporter.

Regards, and with thanks for all your great work.

I live in Switzerland half the year, and in Maine the other half.

Dan Hinckley

I’d think that if you include the data in the copy exported to SmugMug, that SmugMug would display it, but you can also consider putting that data into the caption (via the template tokens that my plugins support). —Jeffrey

— comment by Dan on December 29th, 2012 at 5:26am JST (1 year, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Brilliant, thank you.

In your tokens, might it be possible to add the Img Bearing field under the Location group? My GPS grabs that and for some images it’s a nice item to be able to display:

“This shot taken at (Lat-Long) looking (SE, or its magnetic equivalent)…” etc.

No, unfortunately, Lightroom gives plugins (and users) access only to a subset of image data, and bearing is not one. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dan on December 29th, 2012 at 8:02am JST (1 year, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I love your EXIF viewer but it keeps crashing Safari when I try to use it on certain pages. I’ve tried deleting the bookmark and re-adding it but it doesn’t help. Here’s the most recent scenario:

- Viewing this page http://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/sunrise-sunset/. Hitting the EXIF button provides the EXIF for just one of the pictures (the thirteenth one in the list).
- I click on the image I’m interested in and I’m taken to its WordPress page at http://stevemccurry.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/italy-10405.jpg.
- Click on EXIF now and Safari crashes

Grateful for any help you can offer!

Thanks again.

I can only imagine it’s a bug in whatever version of Safari you have…. a link shouldn’t crash your browser. It doesn’t crash mine, but it also doesn’t bring up the viewer when used on a raw image url… not sure what Safari’s problem is here. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tom McLaughlan on January 12th, 2013 at 8:58pm JST (1 year, 3 months ago) comment permalink

For other Chrome users who can’t seem to find the javascript bookmarklet / “button”: it’s in the pink “Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer” info box on the viewer page (exif.cgi), but it apparently only shows up if your browser is supported. I can’t see it in Chrome but opening the page in Firefox shows the button. I got it to work in Chrome by copying the javascript:… link text from Firefox and creating the bookmark manually in Chrome.

Jeffrey — thanks for making this! It seems to work fine for me in Chrome on a Mac; might want to enable this browser?

Thanks for the heads up… didn’t realize that it would now work in Chrome. The button should now appear for Chrome users as well. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jesse on January 22nd, 2013 at 5:45am JST (1 year, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks Jeffrey! Yes, it appears for me in Chrome now as well.

I do notice that it works only when the current page is a web page. If the current “page” is actually just an image by itself, with no HTML, the bookmarklet doesn’t work in Chrome; it crashes the current tab (“Aw, Snap” message). Trying the same thing in Safari crashes the whole browser. And in Firefox it works as expected.

— comment by Jesse on January 22nd, 2013 at 1:07pm JST (1 year, 3 months ago) comment permalink

How accurate is this software? Is it possible that the data encrypted on an image could have been changed?



This doesn’t know anything about encryption so I’m not sure what you’re asking, but any data in an image can be changed. Some things are easier/harder, but nothing is off limits. —Jeffrey

— comment by R Biggs on February 1st, 2013 at 6:49pm JST (1 year, 3 months ago) comment permalink


Your viewer is a great tool, thank you for providing it.

I am trying to determine the characteristics of embedded images in Raw files. For my DNG files [2624 x 3936] your viewer displays: 1). an “Extracted 640 x 480 …’Composite: PreviewImage’ JPG” 2). a “Main TIF image …”.

My questions are:

1) Is the 640 x 480 image an actual embedded image or does your viewer create it?
2) Does your viewer show ALL the embedded images?
3) Is the “Main TIF image” the actual DNG image or is it a full resolution preview of the DNG?

I used the Adobe DNG Converter to convert a raw PEF Pentax file to DNG using two different settings. In one the JPEG Preview was set to Full Size and the other had the preview set to Medium Size. However, in your viewer both DNG files had the same 640 x 480 “Composite: PreviewImage”.

The PEF files [2624 x3936] show four images in your Viewer: 1). “Extracted 3872 x 2592 … ‘Composite:JpgFromRAW’ JPG” 2). “Extracted 640 x 480 … ‘Composite: PreviewImage’ JPG” 3). “Extracted 160 x 120 … ‘Composite: ThumbnailImage’ JPG” 4). “Main TIF imgae…”. Are the first three embedded images with number four being the actual image? Why is it called a TIF image?

Thank you for any light you may be able to shine on this. I apologize if you have already addressed these questions earlier. I did try to review all the comments but certainly could have missed a few.

Best Regards,

Camillus, NY, USA

The tool does not do any kind of raw conversion, so it’s just plucking things that are marked as images and throwing them to the page… if your browser can display it, fine, but if not you should see a broken image. Many raw formats use the TIF file framework, so the image detection stuff I use identifies them as TIF even when they’re some proprietary raw. I haven’t really tested with DNGs, so I’m not 100% sure what to expect. If you could send me a PEF and its resulting DNG, I could take a look. —Jeffrey

— comment by Greg on February 12th, 2013 at 5:51am JST (1 year, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

First of all its a great tool that you have designed!
however I have some questions in my mind. I have tried to get GEO/GPS information by uploading a photo from my HDD captured from an ordinary Kodak camera.

I couldn’t find any GEO or GPS information for any of the picture I have tried uploading. Is it the case that this information can be visible if your camera supports that field or so?

I hope I make my self clear explaining my doubt.


It’ll show up if the data is in the image, so if it’s now showing up, it’s not there. —Jeffrey

— comment by Darshan Doshi on March 4th, 2013 at 4:29pm JST (1 year, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Says it works for ppm

Doesn’t actually work with ppm

It does, but there’s not much info to show because a PPM file contains no extra metadata. —Jeffrey

— comment by Grif on April 22nd, 2013 at 12:23am JST (11 months, 28 days ago) comment permalink

You site is fantastic! Is there a mobile version? I’m able to see the data but no GPS coordinates with map. (http://regex.info/exif.cgi)

— comment by Gabe on April 29th, 2013 at 7:48am JST (11 months, 20 days ago) comment permalink

i need to find out which phone number this picture was taken from. is there a way to do this? if so please help me
it says iphone but i need to know the phone number…
thank you

Sorry, but I’ve never heard of a phone number being encoded in a photo taken by a cell-phone camera. iPhones certainly don’t encode their phone number in their photos. —Jeffrey

— comment by help-me-please on May 15th, 2013 at 12:48am JST (11 months, 5 days ago) comment permalink

If the subject photo was taken with a digital camera, and the date/time was incorrect or never set on the camera, would then the data extracted also be incorrect?
I need to be able to confirm (without a doubt) when photos were taken.

The “Capture Time” in image metadata is either whatever the camera clock was set to, right or wrong, or whatever someone wanted to update it to. Unless you know the complete providence of the image and the camera clock at the time, you can’t be 100% sure of anything. —Jeffrey

— comment by James on June 14th, 2013 at 7:21am JST (10 months, 5 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Is it possible to see the serial number of the memory card in the EXIF data?
I have some corrupted files and would like to track back to which memory card it was saved.

No, not that I’ve ever heard. —Jeffrey

— comment by Erik on June 19th, 2013 at 8:47am JST (10 months ago) comment permalink


Using Exif viewer is it possible to know if a person edited an image?

1. a picture that has a dot and the person is saying it is a dead pixel.
2. A green picture or a purple one.
3. Very white picture, To much light in it.

Often there are tell-tale signs, but in the end, a skilled manipulator can make things look unmanipulated. That being said, bad pixels, bad white balance, and bad exposure are all pretty common naturally-occurring problems. —Jeffrey

— comment by Flavia on July 2nd, 2013 at 11:07pm JST (9 months, 17 days ago) comment permalink

Would you mind sharing the source code of your cgi script ?

No, sorry, but the heavy lifting is done by the ExifTool Perl library which is freely available. —Jeffrey

— comment by jvoisin on July 8th, 2013 at 1:29am JST (9 months, 12 days ago) comment permalink

I’ve tried twice to find the Shutter Count, or shutter clicks of my camera using your Exif Viewer. I’ve tried RAW files on both occasions but never did find it. Is there a “search feature” that would find it for me? I’m not a technical person, by no means, but I recently had my Canon EOS Rebel Xsi give me an Err 99 message code, and was referred to your site for help. Is there a way for me to up-load an image to you, for you to search? Forgive me if that was a dumb question.

Cameraless in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Once the page has loaded, use your browser’s search feature to look for “shutter” or “actuation” or the like. It’s very possible that your camera doesn’t write that info into the metadata, though, which could be why you can’t find it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Roger on July 14th, 2013 at 5:15am JST (9 months, 5 days ago) comment permalink

Within the last two days the Histograms have stopped rendering

Here is an example: http://regex.info/exif.cgi?b=3&referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2Fnicksiar%2F9282144928%2Fsizes%2Fo%2F&url=http%3A%2F%2Ffarm6.staticflickr.com%2F5519%2F9282144928_da741a4fa3_o_d.jpg

Oops, thanks, should be fixed now. —Jeffrey

— comment by Cletus Lee on July 16th, 2013 at 5:03am JST (9 months, 3 days ago) comment permalink

Helllo, I’m trying to recover Nikon Tranfer-corrupted NEF-files and gets a 42 MB TIFF-file to my hard drive. So far so god but I can’t open the downloaded file! Any trix and tips? Capture NX2, Windows and Picasa tested…
Hope for help!
A NEF is actually in the TIFF file format, but it still might be corrupt internally… hard to tell. Anyway, Phil Harvey has made a tool to decorrupt these files… see here. —Jeffrey

— comment by Peter on July 23rd, 2013 at 6:57pm JST (8 months, 27 days ago) comment permalink

I’m new to this tool and this type of information and hope I’m in the right place for my question:

We investigate certain people on different social media websites for various criminal reasons – so we’re trying to find a way to search a photo’s metadata info (not sure if the exif file provides the info) to obtain the date the photo was “taken” (not added to a social media site) and also the location.
Unfortunately the majority of the photos were taken with cell phones.

Is this possible?
Can your tool be used for this? If so, could you email me with directions?
If your tool cannot do this, do you know of any tool, software program, etc. can that perform this task and provide this information?
Any assistance you can offer is greatly appreciated in advance!

If there’s a date-taken (or “date time original”, “date digitized”, etc.), then you’ve got what metadata is there. You can’t absolutely trust it because the camera clock could have been wrong, or the metadata updated at whim after the fact, so you’ve got to take any data you find with a grain of salt. But anyway, Facebook strips all metadata from uploaded photos so you’ll never find anything there. YMMV with other sites. —Jeffrey

— comment by JHL on July 25th, 2013 at 12:41pm JST (8 months, 25 days ago) comment permalink


Sorry for my english:(
Could you tell me how do you compute the subject distance from EXIF data? Do you use the image distance? If yes, how do you compute the image distance for a given camera for example NikonD3000? For example if we use a Nikon D3000 and the focal length is 38mm, how many will be the image distance?
thank you

Subject Distance is put in by the camera. It’s not something that can be calculated later on, so if the camera doesn’t put it, you can’t get it. —Jeffrey

— comment by hakansukur on August 5th, 2013 at 10:13pm JST (8 months, 14 days ago) comment permalink

I am trying to get geotag information for standard video from smartphones (MOV and MPEG/MPG).

Do you know where I get source code for this or can I purchase a PHP compatible version for use with my application with a restrictive license to not resell or distribute it other than for my application?

I don’t know of such a thing, but it’s not something I’d have looked for, so it may well exist. What I use for the viewer is listed at the bottom of the viewer’s page. —Jeffrey

— comment by John Terhoeve on August 14th, 2013 at 6:22am JST (8 months, 5 days ago) comment permalink

Hello, how can i see the number of shoot that take a camera ! I make the analysis of not Jpeg but i don’t see where i can found this data !! Thx for help

Search for “shutter count” or something similar. Most cameras don’t have this information, though. —Jeffrey

— comment by Fischer on August 21st, 2013 at 4:03am JST (7 months, 30 days ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,

First off; great job and thanks for providing this handy tool for us. I noticed that if I save a jpeg as a bitmap and then convert it back then a lot of the exif info is gone. Is this correct?

Yes, because the bitmap format does not allow for any metadata. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bud on September 14th, 2013 at 12:07pm JST (7 months, 5 days ago) comment permalink

I’m getting more EXIF infromation from the Flickr metadata page than I get from your EXIF Viewer. Can you explain the discrepancy?
Here’s an example:

Like most photo-hosting sites, Flickr strips most metadata from the smaller versions it creates. View the “Original” size and you should have the metadata. —Jeffrey

— comment by Cletus Lee on September 27th, 2013 at 1:22am JST (6 months, 23 days ago) comment permalink

may i know what is button bar is? and where can be located in the firefox browser?

I think you can position it in various locations, but on my system it’s between the address bar and the tab headers. —Jeffrey

— comment by Louie on November 27th, 2013 at 8:35am JST (4 months, 22 days ago) comment permalink


I’ve really enjoyed and learned so much by using your viewer. I did create a button on my tool bar and was able to just click to get info on photos. Then, some time ago it stopped working. Do I need to change the link? Please don’t tell me the viewer is gone! I just found this site and am hoping you’ll respond!


Nothing has changed on my side with respect to this in years, so perhaps it’s just a hiccup with your system (try reinstalling the button?), or perhaps a new level of javascript security is blocking it with your browser? I could never get it to work with IE’s javascript, but it’s been fine with other browsers… —Jeffrey

— comment by Mallory on December 13th, 2013 at 1:42pm JST (4 months, 6 days ago) comment permalink

This is perhaps an excellent online application for checking number of shutter clicks. However, it doesn’t seem to be working perfectly for Canon DSLRs. I failed to get the shutter actuation info for my Canon EOS 50D.

May I know your views on this?

Thanks and regards.

I think that a lot of Canon SLRs don’t encode the number of shutter clicks anywhere. —Jeffrey

— comment by Quazi Ahmed Hussain on January 5th, 2014 at 1:03am JST (3 months, 15 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey
Great tool –
I have a question to the Exif viewer. Recently I have noted a green or a red square centered in the displayed image for two different images.
I wonder, what is the logic behind these squares? – I haven’t been able to find any description.

It’s an attempt to mark the face(s) detected by the camera. I thought there was a description of it in the Basic section, but it’s been a while since I added that so maybe I’m mistaken. IIRC, it sometimes goofs up the location, depending on whether the image has been cropped, and on the details of the make/model/mode… there’s no standard for how this stuff is encoded, so I went to a big electronics store and took sample shots with dozens of cameras, and did the best I could. —Jeffrey

— comment by seh on January 15th, 2014 at 7:47pm JST (3 months, 4 days ago) comment permalink

Just wondering if the photos that are checked with your viewer are retained in a database or on hard drive somewhere. If I check the exit data of a photo is anyone else able to see it?

Not unless they already have the image or the link. The site backend caches the images for a short time in order to serve the data and to avoid reloading often-requested images, but otherwise they automatically get swept clean after a while. —Jeffrey

— comment by Mark on February 6th, 2014 at 3:39am JST (2 months, 14 days ago) comment permalink

Thank you for making this wonderfully useful tool available. I have a few thoughts about it. For those of us who live in backward countries, could you please provide an optional conversion to feet? Can you report the camera-to-subject distance? I presume this is available because you do calculate depth of field. And that leads me to my last comment. When consulting another dof calculator, http://www.tawbaware.com/maxlyons/calc.htm, I get a much different result. How do I reconcile the two?

I can’t really speak to what another tool might do with respect to the DOF calculation, especially because I can’t speak to how my tool does it :-) because it merely passes along what ExifTool computes behind the scenes. I can tel you, though, that the “camera-to-subject distance” data encoded in image files is notoriously inaccurate to the extent that camera companies went so far as to ask Adobe to stop displaying it in their image-handling software. I don’t know why they even bother trying to encode such inaccurate data in the first place. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bob Silverstein on February 9th, 2014 at 11:13pm JST (2 months, 10 days ago) comment permalink

hey Jeff

Been using your exif viewer to learn more about mobile photography and its been very helpful. Have a query about the postimg image hosting site. It seems that URL’s of smaller versions of images work in your exif viewer. eg


But then i try the full resolution version of this same image ie the one with the exif data then i get the error message x “is a web page, not an image”.


If you click the above url you will find it does resolve to the correct image but your tool for some reason cannot download it and analyse the exif.

Could you help to explain why this happens ? and what workaround if any should be used. Presently, i have to download the image and then upload it to your site which is more tedious than just feeding in the URL of the full resolution image itself.


They’re probably looking at referrers or cookies or something else and deciding that the access is a hotlink, which they apparently don’t like, so they try to flip what they think is a human user to the html container for the image. There’s not much that can be done except he workaround you’ve been doing… —Jeffrey

— comment by Dan on February 14th, 2014 at 5:36pm JST (2 months, 5 days ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, have you ever look at doing something similar to this for IOS Safari?

I’m not sure what you mean… you can view this web page in Safari on IOS. —Jeffrey

— comment by John on February 19th, 2014 at 12:23pm JST (2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, this might seem like a simple or stupid question but I’m somewhat a novice when it comes to computers! Trying to find out the shutter count on my d7000 before putting it up for sale and was pointed towards your site, but I can’t see anything that fits the subject. I am probably just missing the obvious but please bare with me if so. Thank you.

If a search on the results page for “accusations” or “shutter” doesn’t show anything, then the information is likely not there. Not all cameras record that info. —Jeffrey

— comment by Andy on February 21st, 2014 at 8:57pm JST (1 month, 26 days ago) comment permalink

is any data from the uploaded images stored on your end? Can you see all the photos that people upload for the EXIF information?

Data is saved temporarily, to serve the images in the response. A robot clears things out several times a day. —Jeffrey

— comment by Joseph on March 8th, 2014 at 2:06am JST (1 month, 12 days ago) comment permalink

You are the man, I have already bought a bunch of stuff from you but I just searched on the web to see if there was something out there to show GPS coordinates from images online, and there you are again ! I tested with some images on my own website that I know have EXIF info and it works like a charm. Thank you.

— comment by Celso Diniz on April 14th, 2014 at 10:51am JST (5 days, 5 hours ago) comment permalink
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