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How to Remove EXIF, IPTC and XMP (Metadata) Data from Image Files

by Shivaranjan on August 31, 2008


With broadband Internet penetration, easy access to Internet and damn cheap digital cameras, we now publish and share lot of images / photos online. Most of the Digital Cameras store their image file in JPEG file format. A JPEG file format can contain metadata such as Exif, IPTC and XMP. The following information can be found out from the metadata that an image contains:

  • Model of Digital camera used.
  • Date when the picture was shot
  • Serial number of camera.
  • If the image was manipulated using a software then the details like version number of the software can be found
  • Thumbnail of the images can be found

So it is advisable to remove all these metadata from photos and images before publishing it online to protect your privacy. Exif Tag Remover is a free software tool that can remove these metadata from photos / image. If metadata is removed the file size also reduces which may save you some bandwidth if you are in bandwidth restricted connection.

Exif Tag Remover is primarily aimed at using on JPEG images but also supports jpeg 2000, tiff, png, miff, hdp, pdf, ps, psd, dng, svg, cr2, crw, ciff, cs1, erf, hdp, wdp, mef, mie, mos, mrw, nef, orf, pef, raf & raw. Once the program is launched add the images that you would like to be cleaned and the software will do the rest for you. It keeps the original image file untouched and creates a new image file after cleaning the metadata tags. There are options available which you can use to overwrite the original file as well. One of the features that I liked was that the files can be processed in a batch.




The following metadata can be removed: Exif, GPS, XMP, IPTC, MakerNotes, Jpeg Comments, PhotoShop IRB, ICC Profiles, Ducky APP12, CIFF & AFCP. Exif Tag remover runs on Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP and Vista.

Download Exif Tag Remover

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