exif: image exif data on Ubuntu

image_editor_compWe explored exiftool, a perl utility to view and edit image metadata, in an earlier article. However, it’s bulky and a lighter alternative sounds good. So we looked up exif, a very tiny utility that can read exif metadata and has limited editing capabilities.


  • list exif tags in image
  • show exif as tagname-value pairs
  • extract, remove, insert thumbnail
  • create exif data
  • output in XML or machine-readable format

It hides the MarkerNote tag by default and there is an option to show it.


To install on Ubuntu, run:

$ sudo apt-get install exif


To view the exif data of an image, run:

$ exif image.jpg

For other options and more details:

$ exif --help
$ man exif


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