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!

All 245 comments so far, oldest first...

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 (16 years, 6 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 (16 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Indeed, Eric. I’ve seen pleasant headshots whose thumbnail revealed that the headshot was just a crop from a larger, more, 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.

— comment by Jeffrey Friedl on January 3rd, 2007 at 9:28am JST (16 years, 5 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 (16 years, 4 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 (16 years, 4 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 (15 years, 11 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 (15 years, 6 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 (15 years, 6 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 (15 years, 5 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 (15 years, 5 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 (15 years, 4 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 (15 years, 4 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 (15 years, 4 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 (15 years, 4 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 (15 years, 4 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 (15 years, 4 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 (15 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Okay, that works, thank you!

— comment by Tori on April 5th, 2008 at 4:12pm JST (15 years, 2 months 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 (15 years 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 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 (15 years 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 (15 years 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 (15 years 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 (15 years 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 (15 years 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: 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 (15 years 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 (14 years, 11 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 (14 years, 11 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 (14 years, 9 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 (14 years, 9 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 (14 years, 8 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 (14 years, 4 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 (14 years 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 (14 years 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 (13 years, 11 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 (13 years, 11 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 (13 years, 10 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 (13 years, 10 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 (13 years, 8 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 (13 years, 8 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 (13 years, 7 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 (13 years, 6 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 (13 years, 6 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 (13 years, 5 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 (13 years, 5 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 (13 years, 5 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 (13 years, 5 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 (13 years, 5 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 (13 years, 5 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 (13 years, 4 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 (13 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

As for me, I prefer Exif Everywhere ( 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 (13 years, 3 months 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 (13 years, 2 months 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 (13 years, 2 months 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 (13 years, 2 months 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 (13 years 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 (12 years, 11 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 (12 years, 11 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 (12 years, 10 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 0x123”. 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 0x123” 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 (12 years, 8 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 (12 years, 7 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 (12 years, 7 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 (12 years, 4 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 (12 years, 1 month 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 (12 years, 1 month 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 (11 years, 11 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 (11 years, 11 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 (11 years, 11 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 (11 years, 9 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 (11 years, 9 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 (11 years, 9 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 (11 years, 8 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 (11 years, 7 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 (11 years, 7 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 (11 years, 7 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 (11 years, 6 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 (11 years, 5 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 (11 years, 3 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 (11 years, 3 months 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 (11 years, 3 months 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 (11 years, 3 months 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 (11 years, 1 month 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 (11 years 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 (11 years 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 (10 years, 11 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 (10 years, 11 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 (10 years, 11 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 (10 years, 11 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 /
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 (10 years, 11 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 (10 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

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


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 (10 years, 10 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 (10 years, 9 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 (10 years, 9 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 (10 years, 9 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 (10 years, 9 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 (10 years, 8 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 (10 years, 8 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 (10 years, 8 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 (10 years, 7 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 (10 years, 7 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 (10 years, 7 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 (10 years, 7 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 (10 years, 7 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 (10 years, 6 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 (10 years, 6 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 (10 years, 5 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 (10 years, 5 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 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
– 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 (10 years, 5 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 (10 years, 4 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 (10 years, 4 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 (10 years, 4 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 (10 years, 4 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 (10 years, 3 months 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 (10 years, 1 month 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. (

— comment by Gabe on April 29th, 2013 at 7:48am JST (10 years, 1 month 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 (10 years 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 years 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 years 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 years, 11 months 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 years, 11 months 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 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Within the last two days the Histograms have stopped rendering

Here is an example:

Oops, thanks, should be fixed now. —Jeffrey

— comment by Cletus Lee on July 16th, 2013 at 5:03am JST (9 years, 11 months 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 (9 years, 10 months 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 (9 years, 10 months 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 (9 years, 10 months 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 (9 years, 10 months 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 (9 years, 10 months 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 (9 years, 9 months 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 (9 years, 8 months 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 (9 years, 6 months 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 (9 years, 6 months 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 (9 years, 5 months 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 (9 years, 5 months 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 (9 years, 4 months 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,, 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 (9 years, 4 months 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 (9 years, 4 months 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 (9 years, 3 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 (9 years, 3 months 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 (9 years, 3 months 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 (9 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I am no longer able to select NEFs for upload. They are greyed out in the finder window. Another person has reported the sames thing for CR2s. Since there is not OSX app that does the job like two GUI apps available on Windows, I have come to rely on this website for an EXIF viewer for the Mac.

Can you help?

It seems OSX no longer considers raw files to be of an image MIME type. Very strange. I’ve removed the “image” guidance from the web page, so it’ll let you try to upload anything now, though the tool still works only with images. —Jeffrey

— comment by Cletus Lee on April 26th, 2014 at 9:15pm JST (9 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

How do you get the location map to come up when you view a picture ?

Eddie from Texas

If a latitude/longitude is encoded within the photo’s data, a map appears. If not, it doesn’t. —Jeffrey

— comment by Eddie on May 28th, 2014 at 12:27am JST (9 years ago) comment permalink

This is similar to what I had to do for my school’s project. You uses Javascript for this site right?

No, it’s Perl on the back end. —Jeffrey

— comment by Rayyy on June 15th, 2014 at 10:43pm JST (9 years ago) comment permalink

how come some pics show a date and others don’t? I can only get a date if it gives me the option at the bottom to “click for full details” — but some pages don’t have that — am I missing something? I’ve tried for hours now to pull up a date for a few pics…

Some photos have no date-metadata encoded in them. The amount of metadata varies wildly depending on the file. Photos on my blog have tons of metadata; photos on Facebook have almost none, because Facebook explicitly strips it out. There are many gradients in between. —Jeffrey

— comment by Anonymous on June 16th, 2014 at 2:32am JST (9 years ago) comment permalink

Brilliant! I have been trying, with great difficulty, to find a way to extract geo-reference data from the exif but your gadget does it effortlessly. It doesn’t quite do what I need, which is to extract the geo-references into a database and associate them with a photo but this has given me the incentive to keep on trying to do that.

Follow the link at the bottom to the ExifTool page, and check out its command-line version. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jeremy Peter Watson on June 23rd, 2014 at 9:17pm JST (8 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Further to my last above, I see you have a map of your photos. I want to do that using the geo-referenced map of my choice. What did you use? The GPS data comes from an Olympus TG2, which has its own map system but Olympus doesn’t tell us how to extract the data to use with a map that might actually be useful.

— comment by Jeremy Peter Watson on June 23rd, 2014 at 9:21pm JST (8 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery,
Thanks for the great online tool. I’m a VERY non-technical person who uses her GPS-enabled camera-phone (Samsung Galaxy S4) to take before and after photos of completed on-farm works for government funding. After taking the photos, I need to find an easy way of extracting just the latitude and longitude from the camera so I can export to a CSV and then import into the GIS software we use for work.
This is all very new to me, and I have downloaded a LOT of EXIF metadata viewers to try to export BULK data (all the gps data from every photo) to a single CSV file, but so far, nothing seems to be able to do it. So I use your page to extract one at a time.
Also, yours is the only one that seems to provide the simple decimal +/- lat/long for easy import into our software.
I was wondering if you could point me to a suitable software package, or if you might consider making a multi-file export script?! 🙂
Thanks so much for the great online resources!

The command-line too ExifTool can do it, with a command along the lines of exiftool -csv -c “%+.6f” -gpslatitude -gpslongitude *.jpg > data.csv —Jeffrey

— comment by Andrea S on June 30th, 2014 at 3:30pm JST (8 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

OMG!! You are a GENIOUS!! 🙂
Thank you so much!

— comment by Andrea S on July 1st, 2014 at 9:55am JST (8 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

HI Jeffery
I want to save Google Maps satellite view images from a specific latitude and longitude. I also want particular date when the image has been taken. What are the possible ways to know the date of the image taken by the satellite.
Please help

To the best of my knowledge, Google doesn’t export that information via Google Maps (and it’s certainly not included in the raw image metadata). However, the same image via Google Earth do show at the bottom the imagery date. —Jeffrey

— comment by greyhats on July 12th, 2014 at 5:13am JST (8 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, thank you so much for this, it’s amazing. One question, how do I get the location of the pictures taken ?


If the data’s there, it’s shown and pretty obvious. If you don’t see it, it’s not there. —Jeffrey

— comment by boogie on August 22nd, 2014 at 10:19pm JST (8 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, i used the online exif viewer linked at the top of the page, didn’t seem to give much info, i uploaded from my laptop, is that for online photos only or something? is that why i’m not getting anything?
I’m trying to get geolocations from some photos and also read something about viewing the original image from cropped images? how do i do this? any help would be great


The viewer shows the data in the file; if it’s not showing much, there’s not much data in that copy of the file. Some image editors don’t update all the thumbnails when cropping an image, so you might see a small version of the uncropped version with these files. All thumbnails are shown, so if it’s there it’s there, if not it’s not. —Jeffrey

— comment by smile on September 10th, 2014 at 8:26am JST (8 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Thank you for making my life a little easier, excellent and simple to use, and the only one I need to simply see exactly where a picture was taken .

— comment by Kev Behr on October 21st, 2014 at 9:25pm JST (8 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey. Thank you so much for making this useful tool accesible for everyone ( we are writing from Spain ). We have just used it to get information about the date and place of the picture. Unfortunately it does not appear. But the rest of the information does. Can you please assist? Kind regards

If the date doesn’t appear, it’s not in the picture. Sorry. Perhaps the camera clock wasn’t set, or perhaps someone stripped it out along the way. —jeffrey

— comment by Cristina on December 15th, 2014 at 11:08pm JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi There,

Happy New Year !
I have a Nikon 3000 DSLR and the date setting was incorrect when I recently took some holiday pictures (about 100 or so). This has become annoying because when I try to index the pictures by date in the folder they are misplaced and out of order. Is there a way to change the date on the current pictures to work around this problem ? I’ve since set the date correct on the camera and I’ve tried to use the iPhoto tool to adjust the date/time – but that didn’t really make a change that stuck or was useful when sorting. Do you have any thoughts as to how I could fix this problem with the original 100 pictures that are misdated ? Thanks in advance.

The command-line version of exiftool lets you do this easily. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bob on January 1st, 2015 at 9:36pm JST (8 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

can you post the command line args you use please, I am trying to replicate it in a for loop but it keeps just copying, thank

Do you mean with respect to the previous comment, about fixing dates? It depends on the details of what you want to change, but (for example), if you the camera was off by a day and you want the dates to be the next day, run something like “exiftool -AllDates+=24 *.jpg“. —Jeffrey

— comment by jimmy on February 8th, 2015 at 1:39am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Sorry I meant when your exif tool viewer extracts/composes images from Composite:ThumbnailImage, thanks for the quick reply

My viewer doesn’t use the command-line tool… it works with the library directly. For command-line examples, search for “thumbnail” on Phil’s docs. —Jeffrey

— comment by jimmy on February 9th, 2015 at 4:12am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff

Would like to know how the “Light Value” in the composite data section is calculated.


According to the Exiftool docs it’s “similar to exposure value but normalized to ISO 100“. The source code says (2*log(Aperture) - log(ShutterSpeed) - log(ISO/100)) / log(2)“. —Jeffrey

— comment by John on April 5th, 2015 at 8:22pm JST (8 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

If the original thumbnail is not showing when using your webprogram, is there a way to retrive it? I mean the maker notes preview image. I hope you understand me haha 🙂

The page shows everything I know how to extract; if you know there’s a thumbnail of some sort in there that I’m not showing, please mail the image to me along with details. Thansk. —Jeffrey

— comment by James on May 4th, 2015 at 7:21am JST (8 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

This is an amazing and helpful tool. I tried it for the first time today and it exceeded my expectations. The problem I have is that before I could record the metadata of an image I uploaded, I hit the wrong key (new OS X user here) and shut the page down.

The question is: Can I recover the image and or meta data, is it stored somewhere or does it get deleted.?


It’s not stored on my server, but you can just check the image again to see the metadata again. —Jeffrey

— comment by Roy on June 5th, 2015 at 11:04am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

I have been led to your blog by something very disturbing. The website [redacted] posts nude pictures of innocent young high school girls who have given no consent for this and some of the pictures even have their faces photoshopped onto naked bodies. It even provides their names and where they go to school! I was led there because I know some of them very well and know for a fact the photos are not real, not to mention they are minors. I didn’t have to do very much digging to be led to your blog. The website makes it look like you posted some of these pictures. I will not wrongfully accuse you, it seems like your blog is legit, but either you are involved or someone is using your website to post these pictures. I really don’t know how that would work, but this is so very wrong and if you have a way to find out who posted the pictures or take them down that needs to happen asap. We have already involved the police. This whole website is awful and disgusting and these young girls lives could be ruined by what is being posted on their and said about them.

My web tool merely displays information about images hosted elsewhere; it has no control over the images or their administration. I’ve added a message to the display to highlight this. I’ve also added the web site you mentioned to the block list; mean people suck. —Jeffrey

— comment by Anonymous on September 6th, 2015 at 1:13am JST (7 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

What an excellent facility, thanks Jeffrey for making it SOOOOOOO easy to use.

Leeds, United Kingdom.

— comment by Kev on September 6th, 2015 at 4:31pm JST (7 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hello there!

Do you have a private email address? I need to ask private questions.
Thanks in advance

I’m at —Jeffrey

— comment by Janou on November 11th, 2015 at 2:07am JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I’m from Philippines is the exif viewer will work on android phone? Any suggestion that may help me to get the info of the picture from facebook account?thanks in advance

Facebook strips all metadata from copies presented on its site, so there’s always no data on Facebook photos. —Jeffrey

— comment by Owie on November 24th, 2015 at 2:11am JST (7 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I am in NC and am excited to come acroos your EXIF Tool. As part of my work we take a significant number of photos that may become evidence at a latter date. We currnetly paste the image into a word document and then add the EXIF date needed to the file. What we end up with is an 81/2 x 11 printout to pdf that has the photo on the top and the fields listed underneath. I would like to find out if your EXIF Tool is available in a format that can be utilized offline to create the photopages we need, or in a manner that can export the data to a csv file in order to then import to access to create the report we need. Again, thank you for all the great information you provide and I look forward to hearing from you.

If the data you need is basic (time, location, camera info, etc.) then you might consider the Print Module in Lightroom; it lets you overlay some basic metadata. —Jeffrey

— comment by George on December 8th, 2015 at 8:59am JST (7 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
I found your exif viewer while researching how to build, well, pretty close to what you built 😉 – a website that groups photos and videos by date and location taken. Between your exif viewer, your “blog photos nearby” and your WordPress posts, you have the big pieces I’m trying to learn how to do, so I’m curious if you’d be willing to share in broad strokes how you put the pieces together. I can learn the coding details once I’ve figured out what keywords to search for, which is the part I’m missing :-). I’m running WordPress on a GoDaddy Apache server and wondering what all goes between the WordPress page (well, php scripts) and the exiftool library and how you did the “blog photos near this location” part. I’ve never tried to talk to a perl script before, among other things. Any nudges in the right direction and/or wp plugin suggestions would be MOST appreciated!

South Lyon, Michigan, about 50 km from your closest blog photos of Detroit Metro Airport. Love that fountain, and the tram, which actually only runs back and forth inside the terminal, which is how it stays so clean, compared to, well, anything outside in winter 😉

I have an underlying database (I use the MySQL server that my WordPress blog uses) that maps each photo to its location (latitude/longitude) and blog post. Whenever I publish a new article, a script running locally on the server inspects the photos and adds them to the database. There’s another local script running as a CGI that can query the database for nearby images, creating the “blog photos nearby” result page. It’s all fairly simple, but requires the ability for local processing. —Jeffrey

— comment by Rick on January 24th, 2016 at 2:01pm JST (7 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Dear Jeffrey,

first of all, thanks a lot for poviding this excellent online tool! I like it very much and don’t know any other tool with such a good functional range. Of course, my thanks go to Phil Harvey too!

I like it to be an “Image Metadata Viewer”, not only an “Exif Viewer”.

Therefore I can’t understand, why you write “Jeffrey Friedl’s Image Metadata Viewer” at the top right corner and “Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer” at the top left corner.

My suggestion is, to write “Jeffrey Friedl’s Image Metadata Viewer” at the top left corner too.



Good catch, thanks; updated. —Jeffrey

— comment by Eckhard Henkel on January 26th, 2016 at 3:06am JST (7 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I’ve been viewing on how your Photo inspection system works. So, When this message pops up after submitting a photo: “WARNING: No color-space metadata and no embedded color profile: Windows and Mac web browsers treat colors randomly Inspection system” so What I’ve learned is that the photo is “FAKE”?

Not at all, it’s a technical consideration completely unrelated to the content of the image. If you’re interested in whether the content has been faked, the color-space information can be ignored. —Jeffrey

— comment by Christian Santana on January 26th, 2016 at 9:28am JST (7 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

First off: thanks for providing the excellent online exif tool! One feature request though, the site I use it for the most uses some kind of CDN and thus responds with a 301 redirect to the actual url.

It would be great if the tool followed the redirect to the actual image instead of giving up, so that I don’t first have to paste in the url in another tab and get redirected and then copy paste that url into the tool.

my 0.02€

Sorry, but that would open up the system to even more abuse than it’s already getting. —Jeffrey

— comment by Simon on February 6th, 2016 at 4:24am JST (7 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Is it possible for the URL of the currently fetched image be autoloaded in the URL box? It would be more efficient when you want to look at a batch of URL’s that are similar to each other.

Makes sense. Good idea. Done. —Jeffrey

— comment by Anon on February 10th, 2016 at 5:03am JST (7 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I have a question about interpreting the metadata from a photo. I used your Exif tool to extract the metadata from a photo. When I view the ICC-profile info, there is a line in that table labeled “Profile Date Time”. Is that the date and time the picture was taken, or the date and time associated with the ICC profile used? Thank you! By the way, this question comes from Fresno, CA.

I believe that’s when the profile was created. If the photo is directly from the camera, it implies that the photo was after that time (that time would be no later than the last firmware upgrade, one would imagine). It’s probably not very useful information. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jon W on March 13th, 2016 at 4:58pm JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, when I get the pictures from the cloud of google do the information changes?

If you upload a photo to an online site (Google Photos, Facebook, Flickr, etc.), most sites do not maintain the full metadata in copies of the image then presented to users. Facebook strips all metadata, for example. Other services remove all/most metadata for smaller copies, at least. —Jeffrey

— comment by Marla on April 17th, 2016 at 2:36am JST (7 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Is there a way to open a picture locations directly in Google Earth? Like adding a “Open in Google Earth” button? Thanks!

Not that I know of, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by mslang on April 24th, 2016 at 5:11am JST (7 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
Thanks a lot for your free wonderful metadata reader.
You mention in your presentation on top of page that it is possible to add a button in the button-bar tool bar. Do you mean a favorite tab in the browse ? If not, how do you proceed ? I use Safari.

I couldn’t get it to work on Safari, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Robert on April 25th, 2016 at 5:45pm JST (7 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I’m writing from Auckland, NZ.

What does “Profile Date Time” tell? Does it tell us the date and time the picture was taken or the date and time the camera was first set up?

And what about “Date Acquired” under XMP? Is that the date when picture was captured / taken?

Please advise.


“Profile Date Time” tells when the embedded color profile was created, which is entirely unrelated to the photo time. For most practical purposes, it’s meaningless information. “Date Acquired” is likely the photo-taken date, though this can be easily wrong for accidental or malicious reasons. —Jeffrey

— comment by Teresa on May 3rd, 2016 at 7:55am JST (7 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

This is an amazing and very helpful tool. Thank you so so much!

— comment by Quan Nguyen on May 24th, 2016 at 2:59am JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Hi, I’m from the UK, and have been frantically trying to find the copyright situation of a photograph. I’ve uploaded it onto your EXIF tool and it says ‘copyright profile FB’. Is this Facebook?? It is a really old image. Any help GREATLY appreciated.

I’m guessing it says “Color profile” is Facebook’s. Facebook strips all metadata from uploaded images, and they add their own tiny color profile. If the photo is from Facebook, metadata is a dead end. Perhaps try uploading it to Google Image Search. —Jeffrey

— comment by Angela on May 31st, 2016 at 9:50pm JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

hey thank you for making life a lot easier. but i dont speak english well, so i want your help. i have a photo and i want to know who send it first on internet. and who are they. its really a personal thing and i need to mail you but i couldnt find your mail. can you give me?

My mail address is on my blog’s “Contact Me” page, but I’m sure I won’t be able to tell you anything about who first put up a photo on the web, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by carmen sky on June 15th, 2016 at 10:33am JST (7 years ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I have successfully used your fine tool to review the metadata for MOV files. I am primarily interested in dates (created, modified, etc.). It would be great if you could point me to a legion that provides some additional meaning to the labels associated with each date. Today I tried to look at the metadata for a 50MB MP4 file and I got a message that the file was too large. What are the file size limitations? Is there a difference if I put the file on the internet and provide a URL vs. browsing for the file on my local hard drive in terms of size limitation?


I have some size limits to stop some kinds of abuse… I don’t recall exactly what they are, but 50MB sounds about right. If you’ve got big files to check, it makes sense to use ExifTool locally. (My web interface is just a pretty front end on ExifTool.) Video/Image metadata is a horribly confusing mishmash of standards and mistakes… The ExifTool Tag Names page is perhaps a good place to start trying to understand things. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ron on August 25th, 2016 at 4:51am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hello. I am trying to get the metadata from a video file that I have. It is an MOV file that is 48,797KB, which is too large to upload in your tool. Is there a way to compress it so that I can upload it, without losing the integrity of the original video? Thank you so much for your help.

I’d recommend using an app locally, such as the ExifTool app that my site uses behind the scenes. —Jeffrey

— comment by Melissa on September 9th, 2016 at 4:02am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I use Firefox 48 and I have not been able to drag the button into place on my toolbar. Have you go any advice on how to do that? Thanks!

Can’t think of any advice, sorry; it’s working fine for me with FF48. —Jeffrey

— comment by Sam on September 13th, 2016 at 12:09am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I’m trying to find the shutter count for my Canon Mark III

Not all cameras put this info. If you don’t see something with “Actuations” or “Shutter” in the name that seems to be it, it’s likely just not there. —Jeffrey

— comment by Val on September 22nd, 2016 at 3:41am JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Really like your exif tool. Which makes it more exasperating when the browser tab keeps crashing. Any suggestions? Mark from Pennsylvania

I’ve not had reports of browsers crashing. Perhaps report it to whomever makes the browser… —Jeffrey

— comment by Mark on October 2nd, 2016 at 2:38am JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink


Unfortunately the tool doesn’t give the shutter count on my Nikon D700.

The D700 encodes the shutter count in the MakerNotes section. This tool will display it if it that section hasn’t been stripped out. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jürgen on December 8th, 2016 at 10:23pm JST (6 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Well, the tool did not work 🙁 I wanted to remove censor of some pictures I found at twitter and Instagram, what could have gone wrong?

This is a tool for showing image metadata. It doesn’t do image manipulation, and certainly can’t create lost pixles out of thin air. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jason on December 13th, 2016 at 8:07am JST (6 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hey, I saw that you had to take down the site for a while. Is there any chance you could make your site into a downloadable program? There is not a single program/site that works nearly as good as yours.

My site is mostly a front end for I’ll put back the button once I decide whether I’ll keep the tool, but it’ll looking like it’ll cost a lot in bandwidth, so it’s doubtful. We’ll see. —Jeffrey

Hi Jeffrey,

I have found a flaw in your online EXIF viewer since you implemented the captcha.

I am trying to upload a file but my internet connection is slow, so it’ll take around 3 minutes to complete.

So, I select, my file, complete the Not a Robot captcha. However, the verification expires and so I complete it again while the image is still uploading.

So after I do that and the upload completes, I get a “No robots, please” message.

You might want to install the command-line version of ExifTool on your system so that you can inspect things locally. —Jeffrey

— comment by Anonymous on January 10th, 2017 at 1:49pm JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Hello from Miami!

I noticed you moved the online exif viewer site but unfortunately have had no luck trying to install an exif viewer button on my toolbar. I use both chrome and safari, neither work. Perhaps I am doing something wrong? Any help with this will be much appreciated!

I’ll revisit the toolbar button once I decide whether to keep this tool or abandon it. The bandwidth is expensive. I’m all for giving back to society for all the good I receive, but only up to a point. 😉 We’ll see. —Jeffrey

— comment by Erick on January 12th, 2017 at 12:22pm JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

US. Hello Jeffrey. Read the entire comment section and didn’t find an answer to this inquiry.
I keep getting ‘no robots thanks’ numerous times. could you please explain what I may be doing wrong.
I’ve been trying to look at online websites product shots to see when they may have been shot, or at least added to the advertisement. I’ve used ‘copy image location’ and ‘copy link location’ in side menus.

Thanks for a great tool.

Maybe email a screenshot of the screen just before you submit the request (after the Captcha thing has been completed), including the URL of the image you’re trying to view… —Jeffrey

— comment by kap on January 13th, 2017 at 8:21am JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

I’m a happy user of your service from Norway. I have some questions I hope you can answer:

– Do you save photos uploaded to your service for metadata-check?
– Do you save any records of the metadata in search users do?


No to both. For the 2nd question, I have no way to know what metadata people are looking for on the page… that’s entirely within their browser. —Jeffrey

— comment by aSurfer on January 24th, 2017 at 6:20pm JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

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

I’m not sure what the problem is, but I know it’s not your fault. Either I have something misconfigured with my Google API account, or they have a bug. I’m looking into it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Sue on January 30th, 2017 at 7:54am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Thank you for Your quick answer. I’ve just donated $10 for Your great service in Exif Viewer. Keep up!

— comment by aSurfer on January 30th, 2017 at 6:20pm JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hello from Colorado, USA

Mirror lock-up in metadata: Is there a way of identifying pictures taken with this function?

I am shooting Nikon equipment.


It wouldn’t surprise me if this is recorded in the MakerNotes, but I’ve not heard that anyone’s decoded it yet. Perhaps take two identical-as-possible-shots (identical metadata-wise), one with lockup and one without, and mail them both to the ExifTool author to see whether he can figure it out. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ronald McElvain on February 13th, 2017 at 5:26am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, first of all i want to say that i love your work with this free platform. I will donate you something.

Second, i wan’t to know if an image is copyrighted or not. My question is: What information (of your platform) i must look to know that?

Thank you so much for your work, and take a look of my webpage!

You must assume that you do not have permission to use a photo unless you explicitly know that you do. If you know that the photo has been explicitly released into the public domain, you can use it freely. If it has a Creative Commons license, you can use it based on the terms of the license. If you have explicit permission from the copyright holder (usually the photographer) you can use it. Otherwise, it’s almost certain that you can’t legally use it. Searching on this web page for “Creative” and “Domain” will bring you to relevant info if it’s there, but most images you find on the web have absolutely no info, and in these cases you must assume that you have no legal permission to use them. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ruben on February 17th, 2017 at 1:46am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

I would like to save or print a copy of the meta data report. Can you help me with this? When I save it the picture images do not save. When I try to print nothing happens.


Tee from NJ

Just chooses the “File > Print” option in your browser, as with any web page. If it’s not working for you, whatever problem might be causing it is not specific to my site… —Jeffrey

— comment by T from NJ on April 20th, 2017 at 4:13am JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for this tool

I’m having trouble with finding the location from photos that are sent from others phones to me by imessage. Is this possible


If the location had been there originally, it’s probably getting stripped out by iMessage. —Jeffrey

— comment by Lynda on April 21st, 2017 at 11:16am JST (6 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey. Thanks for the nice programm to discover the exifs. But I have a question.

In the exifs we can see a lot of different dates.

Date in the basic image informations.

In XMP :
Date/Time Original
Date/Time Digitized
Create Date
Metadata date
Date Created.

Which of them is the date that the picture was taken ?

I did put an example on

Thanks in advance.
Kind regards

The answer is “maybe one of them, maybe something else completely”. Software can write any dates they want
into these fields, and can write the wrong date by accident or on purpose. In most cases I’d think that all but Metadata Date would be the same (the time on the camera when the image was taken), but things can get out of sync with some software, after which it’s anyone’s guess. —Jeffrey

— comment by Lombaerts on April 26th, 2017 at 11:52pm JST (6 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

I’m trying to find out the location of some photos I have. But I can’t seem to see the full data such as the GPS location. Any idea why, pls? The person sent to me the photos via the Line application (similar to whatsapp). They are also on facebook. Many thanks for your help.

Not all photos have location information. Most don’t. Even those that do can have it stripped by various software that might not preserve all metadata. Facebook, for example, strips all metadata in the copies it holds. Sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by WEN on July 7th, 2017 at 10:00pm JST (5 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I live north of Chicago in Illinois. Have just started using your tool in my workflow to derive sublocations. Tool is great, really appreciate using it and I know I am only scratching the surface. Many thanks.

— comment by Tony da Camara on August 28th, 2017 at 12:24am JST (5 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I really like your tool. I was wondering, what are the file formats that does’nt support EXIF ? In Wikepedia, it says that PNG, GIF and JPEG 2000 doesn’t use it, but I found EXIF metadata in a PNG, so I have doubts. Thank you in advance


The term “Exif” has grown to have two meanings. In a sloppy/incorrect/generic sense, people use it to mean “any metadata in an image file”, in a similar way people use “Google” as a verb to mean “perform an internet search”. In reality, JPEGs can contain many different blocks of data, of which only one block conforms to Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF) standard. PNGs don’t officially support that standard. —Jeffrey

— comment by Marie-Eve on September 9th, 2017 at 6:01am JST (5 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Hello from Ireland. I am trying to get an exact date a photo was taken as opposed to the date it was uploaded to a popular social networking site if you can assist please?

This site shows the data in the image… if a photo-capture time is shown, it’s there, and if not, it’s not. Not much I can do beyond that. —Jeffrey

— comment by Oonagh on September 15th, 2017 at 12:56am JST (5 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

I need help identifying where this picture was taken that someone posted on fb.

Perhaps ask the person that took it. Facebook removes all location data (all metadata, in fact) from its images. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jenny on October 5th, 2017 at 12:11am JST (5 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink


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 (5 years, 6 months 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 (5 years, 5 months 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 (5 years, 4 months 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 (5 years, 4 months 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 (5 years, 4 months 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 (5 years, 3 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 (5 years, 1 month 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 (5 years 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 (4 years, 10 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 (4 years, 9 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 (4 years, 8 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 (4 years, 8 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 (4 years, 7 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 (4 years, 6 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 (4 years, 4 months 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 (4 years, 4 months 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 (4 years, 1 month 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 (4 years 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 (4 years 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 (3 years, 11 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 (3 years, 9 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 (3 years, 8 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 (3 years, 6 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 (3 years, 2 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 (2 years, 10 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 (2 years, 10 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 (2 years, 7 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 (2 years, 6 months 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 (2 years, 5 months 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 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I have a picture that I have tried to upload to your program but I can not get any information from it. Could I send it to you and see if you can extract any information? I could find a donation for your trouble!! Let me know please and thank you.

You can mail it to me, but the online Exif Viewer should show everything that I would be able to find, so I doubt I can shed any further light. —Jeffrey

— comment by Larry on March 22nd, 2022 at 8:17am JST (1 year, 2 months ago) comment permalink

hate to be that guy but have you ever thought of the consequences/negative side effect of giving ANYONE access to your exact location by simply inserting an image which requires no effort or computer knowledge whatsoever?

Hah, yes, just John McAfee about those perils. But this is not relevant for most photos. —Jeffrey

— comment by chris on May 4th, 2022 at 6:50pm JST (1 year, 1 month ago) comment permalink

hey , i am from india

and i just wanna know whenever i am trying to visit your website ‘’ – its giving me an error “Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer is unavailable at the moment” can you please tell me why it’s happening

— comment by shadab on May 5th, 2022 at 6:12pm JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

Hi jeffrey. The tool is not working it says this tool isnt available in the momment
What seems to be the problem ?

— comment by Tony on May 8th, 2022 at 5:37am JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

Hope this comment finds you well!

Was just hoping we could get some insight into what it would take to get the exif viewer back online. If it’s a monetary contribution you need, I’m from a community that could probably crowdsource some donations if that would speed things along.

Thanks for all the years of usefulness!

— comment by GhostsTheElder on May 9th, 2022 at 5:29am JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

“Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer is unavailable at the moment.” – NOOOOOO! We LOVE your reader and recommend its use all of the time. Maybe too much. It seems to have been down since late last week. It looks like you are actively replying here. I know there was a note about big bandwidth costs lately. Is it coming back?

Yeah, sorry about that. It seems that some TicTok users with wide followings posted about it, and my bandwidth costs started shooting up. But worse than that, it was crashing my server and bringing the machine to its knees. I can deal with costs, but have to figure out what kind of accesses were causing the machine to die. I’ve no energy for it at the moment, so it’ll be offline for a while, sorry. —Jeffrey

— comment by Zane on May 10th, 2022 at 7:40am JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

When would the site be back up?. And when would you publish new tools? And how does one get ur tools?

— comment by Kenny on May 13th, 2022 at 9:37am JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I read your explanation dated 5/10/2022, why not charge a fee or subscription? Most users may not want to pay the fee. That could cut the traffic down substanitally. Or create an .exe file and users can download it, even if it’s for a fee. Just some ideas which I am sure you already thought about. I would pay a subscription fee for access.

— comment by Valerie A Newton on May 15th, 2022 at 4:37am JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

Jeff, I will gladly pay a subscription fee to use the service. I use it regularly for business purposes. I’m sure other do as well. It is the best one out there.

I’ll try to come up with something, but it’s not a minor thing to build a payment service into something that had been free for more than a decade…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Nick on May 18th, 2022 at 10:18pm JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

I am like the other users of your site: it is by far the best and I have always been satisfied.
I also hope that you will be able to solve the problems encountered. I would also be ready to pay a contribution (if it is not excessive) for its use.
I live in France, near Paris.

— comment by Micaz on May 18th, 2022 at 11:11pm JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

My friend how long until the exif viewer is back up! Venmo address and tell us what we need to do!

— comment by Jack Kochen on May 18th, 2022 at 11:15pm JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

When can we expect the site to be available again?

— comment by Avinaba Dutta on May 28th, 2022 at 3:22am JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

A wonderful website – I know no other like it – and so sad that it is temporarily disabled. Its a sad loss to the geocaching world. The sooner you find the energy and drive to research the issues the better it will be.

Keep up the good work

— comment by Kashmir on May 28th, 2022 at 8:45pm JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

what happen to the download for your viewer it says its not available , do you have another link to download it?

It got too popular, I think because it got noticed by the TicTok crowd. It was crashing my server and costing a fortune in bandwidth. —Jeffrey

— comment by ARYISK on August 5th, 2022 at 4:58pm JST (10 months ago) comment permalink
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