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  • Export Metadata to HTML
  • Preferences Dialog
  • Delete Metadata
  • EXIF Information
  • Main Interface - Thumbnail View

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Francisco Martínez Senior editor

This review applies to version 3.3. The latest version of this software will soon be reviewed by our informers.

ExifTool GUI, as it name implies, is a (free) Graphical User Interface for an already existing EXIF editor called ExifTool, developed by Phil Harvey, a full-featured - command-line - utility.
ExifTool GUI was devised to help you make the most of that tool without the hassle of having to type instructions and their corresponding parameters.

Both tools complement each other perfectly. This GUI is just a different way of using most of the features already implemented in ExifTool. In fact, it adds no new functionality to the viewing and editing facilities already available in Mr. Harvey's program - it just makes it easier for those not too familiar with the DOS environment. And the results are stunning.

The interface shows you not only the longest list of EXIF tags I have come across so far, but also those IPTC (copyright-related information) and XMP tags (adjustments made with your camera to your RAW photographs) that are most commonly used. To make things even easier, your photographs are shown as thumbnails, helping you to easily match each set of tags with the image they belong. All editable tags will appear in blue in the tags panel, allowing you to edit them individually or to apply specific changes to a batch of selected images. Different types of tags will open different editing windows, though you will be allowed to transfer some XMP metadata to the IPTC tag set. Once edited and corrected, all metadata can be sent to an HTML file.

Finally, you are also provided with a useful "Remove Metadata" utility, which you are advised to use carefully. Here you can delete ALL metadata or groups of them belonging to each category (EXIF, IPTC, and XMP). Thankfully, this powerful feature comes with a "back up" box that, when checked, will let you undo any accidental deletion.


  • Support for EXIF, IPTC, and XMP metadata.
  • Extensive list of tags available.
  • Batch tag editing available.


  • None.
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What's new in version 3.3

v3.38 [27.Dec.2009]
* Message List index out of bounds(0) handling changed
Till now, sometimes users got above error message without further explanation. Without going into why/when this happened, now GUI catch all messages from Exiftool after processing image files and shows them -this should help user, in case of "unexpected" results, to find the reasons.
* Select all (Ctrl+A) handling improved.
* Update [29.Dec.2009]:
Option to set file filter On when GUI starts added into "Program>Preferences" menu (see tab "Default values").

Publisher's description

There are many tools for viewing/editing metadata inside image files. In my opinion, ExifTool by Phil Harvey, is the best I've found so far. Here's why:
# -it shows more metadata tags than any other tool,
# -it allows to edit almost any metadata tag,
# -it is very secure to use,
# -it is regulary updated and free, etc. ...

The only downside for many potential users is the fact, that ExifTool is "Command-Line" utility. That means, there's no Graphic User Interface (GUI), so all work must be done by typing commands inside "Command Prompt" window. Such approach gives ExifTool great flexibility, but is somehow difficult to use -especially for those who aren't familiar with old DOS workflow.

So, I've decided do make some simple ExifTool GUI for my private use. There are allready some GUI's that make use of ExifTool, but some of them are not flexible enough (for my needs) and/or have quite limited use. Making ExifToolGUI, the main goal was:
# -view all metadata that ExifTool recognizes,
# -ability to edit most frequently used Exif, IPTC and XMP metadata tags,
# -batch capability (where appropriate), means: you can select multiple files and modify them at once.

It was not my goal to implement all ExifTool options into GUI, but only those which I need most often. ExifToolGUI isn't (and can't be) DAM replacement. Even I use GUI as my main tagging tool, it's purpose is: examine, rescue and change image metadata.

Latest comments

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    Guest 7 months ago

    When I execute the exiftoolgui for the first time, no ini file is created!
    How can I fix this?
    Otherwise the exiftoolgui is superb! Great and very easy to use.

  • 0
    Guest Last year

    How do I import all the photos in a folder which has many subfolders?