How can I edit EXIF properties of JPEG files on a Windows machine?

Some image editing utilities handle the Rotation property wrong, which leaves me needing to make manual edits after rotating images in those utilities. A utility which can perform rotation based on the Rotation property, and then remove the property and save the image, would be handy.

Alternatively, I could rotate images in an image editor and remove the properties manually with some utility.

Rotation is, however, not my only issue; I would like to edit/add other properties as well. What methods/tools will let me do this?


A freebie that looks good is PhotoME :


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    Great and extensive metadata editing in an easy to use GUI. Works best for me from all utils suggested in this topic. – Suma Oct 19 '09 at 16:58

Years ago, I always used Exifer for Windows. I guess it's too old for nowadays' standards, but it had some big advantages you might also require for whatever you choose:

  • When rotating JPG images it will not mess with the actual image, and will not destroy the EXIF data. (In those days rotating using, for example, Windows Explorer or Microsoft Office's Photo Editor would result in reduced image quality or increased file size, and would destroy the EXIF data. But I assume that has meanwhile been fixed.)

  • It can rotate the preview EXIF image. (But I am not sure if it did so automatically.)

  • Nice to have: it can adjust all timestamps of selected images with some delta. (A time saver when forgetting to adjust a camera to another time zone, or when handling images from multiple cameras that are seconds apart.) It can also rename files given the EXIF timestamp.

(For changing EXIF data through command line tools see the "APP1" profile in, for example, ImageMagick. ImageMagick also supports auto-orient.)


Faststone Image viewer can view exif information.


its a lightweight photoviewer and resembles early ACDSEE in functionality, continually updated.

has autorotate on exif orientation tag..

here's a summary from their website:

An image browser, converter and editor that supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA. It has a nice array of features such as image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, color adjustments, musical slideshow and much more.


Xnview shows EXIF and edits IPTC and XMP.

  • I am trying it now and it looks promissing, however I am unsure if it really works. I have edited the property "EXIF/Orientation" from "Right-Top (6)" to "Top-Left (1)", but I still see the image rotated in both XnView and Picasa (I do not see it rotated in Paint.Net, Paint or windows desktop) – Suma Oct 19 '09 at 14:23
  • Are you sure XnView edits EXIF properties? I can't find how. It does for IPTC for sure. – Snark Oct 19 '09 at 14:28
  • Re picasa - if you used picasa to rotate the image, AND THEN edited its properties with XNView, picasa will show it rotated. The picasa rotation is independent of the EXIF properties. – Kije Oct 19 '09 at 14:41
  • XnView shows EXIF as part of the Properties, but doesn't allow its editing. In fact, now that I think about it, EXIF data is stored by the camera, and most programs disallow its editing. – harrymc Oct 19 '09 at 15:27
  • Oh, I see - Picasa does not rotate the image, it even does not change any EXIF properties, it stores the rotation in picasa.ini instead. Not great. :( – Suma Oct 19 '09 at 15:29

I always recommend Microsoft Pro Photo Tools (as it's free, and also allows geotagging)

  • Nice, and nice link ;-) – Arjan Oct 19 '09 at 15:17
  • Nice, but it seems to allow editing only very limited set of properties. Editing image orientation seems impossible. – Suma Oct 19 '09 at 15:22
  • Is the "seems impossible" the reason for the downvote? – Arjan Oct 19 '09 at 15:38
  • Yes. Very little EXIF editing offered by this tools, hence not suitable for the purpose of this question, in spite of being interesting otherwise. – Suma Oct 19 '09 at 16:57
  • The tool is entirely about editing EXIF, and I was trying to address the "edit/add properties as well" portion -- It's the only tool I use for managing the EXIF data in my files, and is also the only product that I'm aware of that can write back to RAW files... – Rowland Shaw Oct 19 '09 at 20:43

I have always Used EXIFER for this. I checked the developer's web page for a link for this and see that EXIFER is not being developed ANY FURTHER. The author recommends several more up to Date utilities including:

  • XnView
  • IrfanView
  • KUSO EXIF Viewer
  • ACDSee (commercial)

The exifer page is here http://www.friedemann-schmidt.com/software/exifer/

  • +1 me too. Now when I (rarely) need to mess with this I use Imagemagicks autoorient. Usually it's all I need. – DaveParillo Oct 19 '09 at 22:45

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