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Metadata Removal Tools

When sharing files, be sure to remove associated metadata. Image files commonly include Exif data. Photos sometimes even include GPS coordinates in the file metadata.

Desktop

MAT2

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MAT2 is free software, which allows the metadata to be removed from image, audio, torrent, and document file types. It provides both a command line tool and a graphical user interface via an extension for Nautilus, the default file manager of GNOME, and Dolphin, the default file manager of KDE.

On Linux, a third party graphical tool Metadata Cleaner powered by MAT2 exists and is available on Flathub.

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ExifCleaner

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ExifCleaner is a freeware, open source graphical app that uses ExifTool to remove Exif metadata from images, videos, and PDF documents using a simple drag and drop interface. It supports multi-core batch processing and dark mode.

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Mobile

Scrambled Exif

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Scrambled Exif is a metadata removal tool for Android. It can remove Exif data for many file formats and has been translated into many languages.

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Imagepipe

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Imagepipe is a a paint app for Android that can be used to redact photos and also delete Exif metadata. It has been translated into many languages.

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Imagepipe is only available from F-Droid and not in Google Play. If you're looking for a paint app in Google Play we suggest Pocket Paint.

Metapho

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Metapho is closed source. We recommend it, due to the few choices there are for iOS devices.

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Metapho is a simple and clean viewer for photo metadata such as date, file name, size, camera model, shutter speed, and location.

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Command-line

ExifTool

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ExifTool is the original perl library and command-line application for reading, writing, and editing meta information (Exif, IPTC, XMP, and more) in a wide variety of file formats (JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PDF, RAW, and more).

It's often a component of other Exif removal applications and is in most Linux distribution repositories.

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Deleting data from a directory of files

exiftool -all= *.file_extension

Last update: May 15, 2022