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PhotoPrism uses the dsoprea/go-exif package to natively extract EXIF information from images. Exiftool support can be optionally enabled to support a wider range of metadata formats and extraction from video files.

Using Exiftool

Assuming you have Docker installed and want to run exiftool with Debian 12 "Bookworm", you can simply run this command to open a terminal:

docker run --rm -v ${PWD}:/test -w /test -ti debian:bookworm bash

This will mount the current working directory as /test. Of course, you can also specify a full path instead of ${PWD}.

The available Ubuntu, Debian and PhotoPrism images can be found on Docker Hub:

Now install exiftool and any other packages you need, e.g. libheif-examples to convert HEIF images to JPEG, via apt:

apt update
apt install -y exiftool libheif-examples

To view the image metadata, run exiftool -n <filename>:

[email protected]:/test# exiftool -n IMG_8437.HEIC.jpg | grep ation
File Modification Date/Time     : 2022:09:18 08:16:28+00:00
Orientation                     : 6
Exposure Compensation           : 0
[email protected]:/test# exiftool -n IMG_8437.HEIC | grep ation
File Modification Date/Time     : 2022:09:17 16:57:40+00:00
Orientation                     : 6
Exposure Compensation           : 0
HEVC Configuration Version      : 1
Min Spatial Segmentation IDC    : 0
Rotation                        : 270

Exiftool Parameters

  • -n displays the raw values without changes
  • -j will format the output as JSON
  • -g groups the output by metadata source


This is how other apps show metadata: