ExifTool

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 5 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.35
  • Total Downloads:
    24,891
  • Date Added:
    August 24, 2013
  • File Size:
    3.53MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    116
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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You have plenty of choices when it comes to tools for editing the EXIF metadata contained in your digital images and other files, everything from dead-simple freeware to pro-level applications running into three figures. ExifTool definitely belongs among the freeware, but whether it's a simple tool depends on how you feel about the Windows command line. If you have no idea what that is, ExifTool is not for you; much friendlier metadata tools aren't scarce. But if you can handle Perl or have no problem with the Command Prompt (or typing characters and spaces) then ExifTool offers a super-fast way to view and edit a file's metadata without having to open a substantial program. Simply place this portable tool's executable file on your desktop and drag an image file into it to produce a Command Prompt window displaying all of the file's available metadata. To edit data, you'll need to rename the executable file and open it via a command line, which enables all of the Perl distribution's features.

We extracted ExifTool's executable and double-clicked it to open the program's documentation, which includes an extensive list of file types and meta information formats that ExifTools supports. Right away we knew we were in unfamiliar territory. Following the instructions, we closed the prompt and dragged an image file into ExifTool's executable. ExifTool popped back up with all of the image's available metadata displayed (many spaces were blank). Simple enough. The program's executable file downloads with the (-k) suffix, which tells the Command Prompt to stay open. We renamed it, as the instructions recommend, but, as we noted before, we were already well outside the lines of the sort of software we were looking for -- or that most users would look for, for that matter.

So who should look at ExifTool's Windows distribution? Windows users with Perl installed on their machines (and some basic skills using the language) will be well-equipped, but the average user will do better with a more familiar tool. Adventurous types who like the idea of a super-basic, super-flexible command line tool will find ExifTool easy to learn and educational, too.

 
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User Reviews
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  • 5 stars

    "The best cross-platform Metadata handling tool"

    June 30, 2014   |   By daminion

    Version: ExifTool 9.35

    Pros

    - Handle NUMEROUS or metadata fields in NUMEROUS of file formats.
    - Cross-platform
    - Very well written code
    - Stable
    - Is used in some Linux versions
    - Free

    Cons

    Working via command line is slow

    Summary

    SuperB metadata handling tool!

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  • 1 stars

    "CNET SPREADS MALWARE!!!!"

    December 03, 2013   |   By Jill444

    Version: ExifTool 9.35

    Pros

    I got free malware with it

    Cons

    IT comes with MALWARE .....********!!!!

    Summary

    CNET is a division of CBS and they are spreading MALWARE. They should be sued under the computer crimes laws.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 9.35
    Version 9.35 has added a new Canon LensType and improved decoding of Pentax LensData.
    General
    Publisher Phil Harvey
    Publisher web site http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/
    Release Date August 17, 2013
    Date Added August 24, 2013
    Version 9.35
    Category
    Category Digital Photo Software
    Subcategory Media Management
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2000
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 3.53MB
    File Name exiftool-9.35.zip
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 24,891
    Downloads Last Week 116
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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