How to get exif information out of a photo with a simple utility.

Posted: March 29, 2017. At: 10:39 AM. This was 7 months ago. Post ID: 10411

The exif command for Linux allows a user to get exif information from a camera image. This example below shows the sample output from this command.

└──╼ $exif waterfall.jpg 
EXIF tags in 'waterfall.jpg' ('Intel' byte order):
Tag                 |Value
Manufacturer        |SAMSUNG
Model               |SM-N9005
Orientation         |Top-left
X-Resolution        |72
Y-Resolution        |72
Resolution Unit     |Inch
Software            |GIMP 2.8.14
Date and Time       |2015:08:07 16:21:51
YCbCr Positioning   |Centered
Image Width         |512
Image Length        |384
Compression         |JPEG compression
Orientation         |Top-left
X-Resolution        |72
Y-Resolution        |72
Resolution Unit     |Inch
Exposure Time       |1/558 sec.
F-Number            |f/2.2
Exposure Program    |Normal program
ISO Speed Ratings   |50
Exif Version        |Exif Version 2.2
Date and Time (Origi|2015:07:26 14:16:22
Date and Time (Digit|2015:07:26 14:16:22
Components Configura|Y Cb Cr -
Shutter Speed       |9.12 EV (1/556 sec.)
Aperture            |2.27 EV (f/2.2)
Brightness          |7.43 EV (590.84 cd/m^2)
Exposure Bias       |0.00 EV
Maximum Aperture Val|2.28 EV (f/2.2)
Metering Mode       |Center-weighted average
Light Source        |Unknown
Flash               |Flash did not fire
Focal Length        |4.1 mm
Maker Note          |98 bytes undefined data
User Comment        |
FlashPixVersion     |FlashPix Version 1.0
Color Space         |sRGB
Pixel X Dimension   |1366
Pixel Y Dimension   |1025
Sensing Method      |One-chip color area sensor
Scene Type          |Directly photographed
Exposure Mode       |Auto exposure
White Balance       |Auto white balance
Focal Length in 35mm|31
Scene Capture Type  |Standard
Image Unique ID     |D13QSGI01OA
GPS Tag Version     |
Interoperability Ind|R98
Interoperability Ver|0100
EXIF data contains a thumbnail (8551 bytes).

Since, this file contains a thumbnail, we can extract it like this.

└──╼ $exif waterfall.jpg -e
Wrote file 'waterfall.jpg.modified.jpeg'.

And I can grep for the camera model like this.

localhost% exif lake-albert.jpg | grep Model
Model               |DMC-FT2

This is very useful when downloading a photo from the Internet and it could contain useful information.

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