Read image EXIF data on Ubuntu

ubuntu_logo_81x81While many image viewers can show much of the EXIF data of an image, the one of my choice – fast and light GPicView can’t. Searching for an alternative, I found useful services which need you to upload your images. However, exiftool is already available in the repos and does the job well. As I found from synaptic, it is installed as part of the package libimage-exiftool-perl. It’s worth noting here that you can use the libimage-exiftool-perl utility to write exif data to images as well. exiftool shows all the EXIF information of an image in the terminal.

To install on Ubuntu, run:

$ sudo apt-get install libimage-exiftool-perl

Usage is very easy. A sample run on an image:

$ exiftool Android_logo.png

ExifTool Version Number 8.60
File Name Android_logo.png
Directory .
File Size 14 kB
File Modification Date/Time 2012:02:12 12:19:33+05:30
File Permissions rw——-
File Type PNG
MIME Type image/png
Image Width 128
Image Height 128
Bit Depth 8
Color Type RGB with Alpha
Compression Deflate/Inflate
Filter Adaptive
Interlace Noninterlaced
Pixels Per Unit X 2835
Pixels Per Unit Y 2835
Pixel Units Meters
Profile CMM Type Lino
Profile Version 2.1.0
Profile Class Display Device Profile
Color Space Data RGB
Profile Connection Space XYZ
Profile Date Time 1998:02:09 06:49:00
Profile File Signature acsp
Primary Platform Microsoft Corporation
CMM Flags Not Embedded, Independent
Device Manufacturer IEC
Device Model sRGB
Device Attributes Reflective, Glossy, Positive, Color
Rendering Intent Media-Relative Colorimetric
Connection Space Illuminant 0.9642 1 0.82491
Profile Creator HP
Profile ID 0
Profile Copyright Copyright (c) 1998 Hewlett-Packard Company
Profile Description sRGB IEC61966-2.1
Media White Point 0.95045 1 1.08905
Media Black Point 0 0 0
Red Matrix Column 0.43607 0.22249 0.01392
Green Matrix Column 0.38515 0.71687 0.09708
Blue Matrix Column 0.14307 0.06061 0.7141
Device Mfg Desc IEC
Device Model Desc IEC 61966-2.1 Default RGB colour space – sRGB
Viewing Cond Desc Reference Viewing Condition in IEC61966-2.1
Viewing Cond Illuminant 19.6445 20.3718 16.8089
Viewing Cond Surround 3.92889 4.07439 3.36179
Viewing Cond Illuminant Type D50
Luminance 76.03647 80 87.12462
Measurement Observer CIE 1931
Measurement Backing 0 0 0
Measurement Geometry Unknown (0)
Measurement Flare 0.999%
Measurement Illuminant D65
Technology Cathode Ray Tube Display
Red Tone Reproduction Curve (Binary data 2060 bytes, use -b option to extract)
Green Tone Reproduction Curve (Binary data 2060 bytes, use -b option to extract)
Blue Tone Reproduction Curve (Binary data 2060 bytes, use -b option to extract)
White Point X 0.31269
White Point Y 0.32899
Red X 0.63999
Red Y 0.33001
Green X 0.3
Green Y 0.6
Blue X 0.15
Blue Y 0.05999
Image Size 128×128