Exif Copier is a small freeware application for copying Exif
between sets of multiple images. Exif Copier is a GUI for ExifTool
by Phil Harvey, a
very good command line application for managing Exif data, Exif Copier
only makes copying Exif easy in a Windows environment without the need
write command line
instructions. Exif Copier works in batch mode for all files of chosen
extension in a given folder.
- copy Exif from all images in one folder to all images in
another having the same filename (but can have different extensions)
- backup Exif of all images in a folder to MIE files (MIE
is a file format for storing image metadata information)
- restore Exif in all images in a folder from MIE files
- extract JPEG from RAW files while preserving full Exif
- slower than other existing solutions but still a lot faster
than processing RAW files - at least you have full Exif!
- ability to choose whether XMP information (e.g. including
tags and ratings in ViewNX) should be copied as well
- reads Exif from JPEG, TIFF and camera RAW files
- copies ICC profile information automatically with Exif
- drag and drop folders from Windows Explorer to folder input
boxes for fast copying folder paths to Exif Copier. Folders can be
dragged also from many other image viewers like XnView or ViewNX.
- works in batch mode on all images with specified extensions
in specified folders
Why Exif Copier?
The origin of Exif Copier was my disappointment with the fact
that my Nikon image files edited in various photo applications,
including Adobe Photoshop (Elements), lost some or all of the camera
after being saved and didn't show up in Nikon's viewer ViewNX. I wanted
an easy to use application that would allow me to backup Exif and after
editing restore to all of my images. ExifTool was the perfect tool
except it is command line so not very quick and easy to use.
What file formats are supported?
All formats supported by ExifTool are supported by Exif Copier
so go to ExifTool web site for exact information. I have
tested it to work
with JPG, TIF and Nikon NEF files but ExifTool supports RAW files from
many other camera makers so there should be no problems with them -
just check it out!
Tested on Windows XP and Vista. Possibly should run well on later
Windows systems, too. Other operating systems not supported.
Download and Installation
- download Exif Copier here (bundled with ExifTool 8.29):
- unzip all files to an empty directory (for example C:\Program
- run ExifCopier.exe to start the program; create a shortcut
to ExifCopier.exe by dragging and dropping it to the desktop (with Alt
pressed) or to your Windows start menu (without Alt)
- if you ever want to use Exif Copier with a newer verstion of
ExifTool, then download ExifTool Windows Executable here
and replace exiftool.exe with the new file in your Exif Copier directory
- for advanced users: download ExifCopier 0.9 beta standalone (1.91 MB) - without ExifTool. Make sure you have downloaded exiftool.exe manually and placed it in ExifCopier directory or Windows system directory.
Copying exif from one batch of files to another
Choose the Copy Exif option at the top of the application
window. Choose source and destination folders. Choose file extensions
to which the action will be applied. Press the Copy Exif
button and wait until the operation completes. One sensible usage of
this would be to copy all camera information from original RAW files to
the same images in JPEG files. In order for this to work the source and
destination file names must be the same (the extensions can differ).
Backing up exif
If you want to back up exif information from your images files choose
the Backup Exif option
at the top of the application window.
Choose source and destination folders. Choose file extension of source
files. Press the Backup
Exif button and wait until the operation completes. This will
result in separate MIE files for each image. Every MIE file contains
full exif from your images and you can you them later on to restore
exif information if you lost it for some reason.
Restoring up exif from backup
If you want to restore exif information to your images from MIE files
choose the Restore Exif option
at the top of the application window.
Choose source and destination folders. Choose file extension of
destination files. Press the Restore
button and wait until the operation completes. This will embed exif in
your images from the MIE files. In order for this to work the source
and destination file names must be the same (the extensions will
differ, of course).
Extracting JPEG from RAW
If you want to extract embedded JPEG images from your camera RAW files
choose the Extract JPEG from RAW
option at the top of the application window.
Choose source and destination folders. Press the Extract JPEG from RAW button
and wait until the operation completes. Exif Copier will first extract
embedded JPEGs and then copy exif from the RAW files to the JPEG files.
- When selecting the source or destination folder you can do it
quickly by drag&dropping the folder from Windows Explorer or from
any other application supporting drag&drop (e.g. ViewNX, XnView).
- When you enter a destination folder that does not exist it will
be created automatically
- The back up destination files option will make Exif
Copier rename old destination files to filenames ending with _backup
before overwriting them
- If the number of files in source and destination folders is
different it creates no problem - files that do not have their match
will be skipped
- When Exif Copier applies exif to images it omits the exif width
and height information. This was causing problems in some applications
when the destination files had been resized before writing exif to them.
- When Exif Copier applies exif to images it omits the exif
orientation information. Sometimes this resulted in a complete mess
whereby different viewers and applications opened the images with
- This program is freeware and is given to you without any
warranty. Please back up your photos and test it thoroughly if you do
not want to lose any data!
- Extract JPEG from RAW doesn't work with Nikon NEF files
edited in ViewNX (and possibly Capture NX), it looks like a bug in
ExifTool. Most often it's not a problem because you usually want to
extract JPEGs from fresh RAW files from camera. This problem may or may
gone with a future release of ExifTool.
- Extract JPEG from RAW doesn't copy Nikon ICC profiles from
fresh NEF files. It does copy them from NEF files edited in ViewNX but
ironically it doesn't copy the proper image itself. This
problem may be gone with a future release of ExifTool.
Contact and feedback
Please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org