How to Read Write Edit File Meta Data Using ExifTool

ExifTool is a free and open source command line Meta data tool and platform-independent Perl library for Linux, Windows and MacOS. Using ExifTool, you can read, edit and write your file meta data easily in your system. It comes with HTML, XML and JSON output formatting options, extracts thumbnail images, sets the file modification date, backs up original image when writing, add custom user-defined tags and more than 100 file format support.


How to Install ExifTool on Ubuntu

To install ExifTool on your Ubuntu Linux system, run below ExifTool installation command on your terminal (ctrl+alt+t) application.

sudo apt install libimage-exiftool-perl

After the installation of ExifTool, you can use ExifTool like below command.

exiftool rose.jpg

Just replace rose.jpg with your file name. Here rose.jpg is in my Home directory. For the complete ExifTool manual and details run below command

man exiftool

You can also uninstall ExifTool via below command.

sudo apt remove libimage-exiftool-perl
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