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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 1, 2013

If you can handle the Perl programming language or have no problem with the Command Prompt (or typing characters and spaces) then ExifTool offers a super-fast way to view and edit an image 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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 11.64

  • Added a new Canon LensType (thanks LibRaw)
  • Added a new Nikon LensID (thanks Bruno)
  • Added config file for converting streaming GPS from BlueSkySea dashcam
  • Decode FocusDistance for Nikon Z6/Z7
  • Documented groups in families 5 and 6 (available but undocumented since Exiftool version 8.22 and 11.50 respectively)
  • Fixed some ordering problems when writing/copying nested XMP lang-alt lists
  • Fixed some minor quirks with QuickTime language codes (thanks Hayo Baan)
  • Fixed a CanonModelID value (thanks Dmitry)
  • API Changes: Documented SavePath and SaveFormat options

General

Release August 28, 2019
Date Added August 28, 2019
Version 11.64

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 41,893
Downloads Last Week 5
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Developer's Description

ExifTool is a platform-independent command-line application for reading, writing, and editing Meta information that is contained by image, audio and video files. It extracts thumbnail images, preview images, and large JPEG images from RAW files, copies meta information between files, reads or writes structured XMP information, deletes meta information individually, in groups, or altogether, and sets the file modification date from EXIF information.