Anyone knows a good exif editor for ubuntu? I need some simple functions like importing and exporting exif infos from a picture, copying exif info from one picture to another.

I'd prefer a gtk+ application, better if stand alone and not a function integrated in photo manager.

  • @skalka: i use GIMP and never lose EXIF info in saved files. Do you save your files via «Save for Web»? – user4934 Oct 28 '10 at 19:00

exiftool is also very powerful.



I use jhead for simple EXIF extractions but I believe it is capable of transferring EXIF information from one image file to another. I am not aware of an appropriate GUI.

Some people prefer ExifTool.

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    I use exiv2, it's similar to exiftool and it's without a gui. – skalka Oct 25 '10 at 12:33
  • Excellent! Running jhead -te PANO_date_time.jpg PANO_date_time_edited.jpg on a photosphere I wanted to edit transfered all necessary information to the edited file so that it can be viewed in the photosphere viewer. (photo-sphere.appspot.com? can add the metadata too, but adds a default sphere shape when your image may just be a cylinder.) – LiveWireBT Jul 25 '15 at 23:10


I mostly use Phatch. It does handle metadata but it's aimed at batch processing so it's particularly good for workflow.

sudo apt install phatch
  • It's not what I'm looking for, I need something similar to Exifer, exif editor for windows now dead. I can use it with Wine, but I was wondering if there was something written for linux. – skalka Oct 25 '10 at 11:21

I use exiv2 to extract and fix EXIF data via the CLI, and Digikam to edit exif data in single images visually.


Being ExifTool the most powerful tool around (unfortunately no-gui), this could be a solution: pyExifToolGUI: https://hvdwolf.github.io/pyExifToolGUI/

You could find a convenient package for Ubuntu in this PPA:


Hope this helps,


Perhaps you could use jBrout for some aspects of Exif manipulation. I've written about this here : http://www.scaine.net/site/2010/01/jbrout/

I'm not convinced that it can copy Exif from one photo to another - you're better off with Phatch for that, as mentioend by outofstep. Can you clarify why Phatch "isn't what you're looking for"?

  • Typically I need an exif manipulation software to do this: I have a picture, with gimp I adjust some settings and apply a frame; on the new file I lose exif information, so I need to import them from original picture before I can upload on a photo sharing site. For me it's important to have original exif info with the uploaded pictures 'cos I need to share data about camera settings,like exposition, aperture size, iso... If Phatch can do this it's ok, but I've tried without results, maybe it's my fault. – skalka Oct 25 '10 at 12:44
  • The fundamental problem seems to be the destruction of metadata by Gimp. Perhaps you could forsake Gimp and simply use Phatch? It will certainly add a simple border... – outofstep Oct 26 '10 at 11:18

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