Remove EXIF Data From Images

Images may contain extra textual information such as date taken, camera model, shutter speed, and even geolocation. These can be beneficial in most cases but if you want to get rid of them then you will learn that it is not that easy. Fortunately IrfanView can do this with a little command-line  so DropIt can be  used  to remove EXIF  in batch.

I got the idea from herewhere Kaushik explains the process as follows:

  1. First open the image from which you want to remove Exif data.
  2. Now click on Options>JPG Lossless Operations
  3. Uncheck Apply original Exif date/time to new file
  4. Click Start

The equivalent of this using the command line is:

“..\IrfanView\i_view32.exe” “%File%” /jpg_rotate=(0,1,0,1,0,0,1,0) /cmdexit

The EXIF_Remover Profile 

Here is the DropIt associations setup for my EXIF_Remover profile:

  • Name: Remove EXIF data
  • Rules: *.bmp;*.cur;*.emf;*.gif;*.hdr;*.hdri;*.icl;*.ico;*.jp2;*.jpe;*.jpeg;*.jpg;*.pcd;*.pcx;*.png;*.psd;*.tga;*.tif;*.tiff;*.wbmp;*.wmf;;*01;*01;*01
  • Action: Open With
  • Destination Program (modify IrfanView path):  “..\IrfanView\i_view32.exe” “%File%” /jpg_rotate=(0,1,0,1,0,0,1,0) /cmdexit

That’s all. Activate the profile and drag-and-drop images with EXIF data to DropIt, and they will be cleaned. As a side-effect, images will take less space too.

Note that IrfanView overwrites original images with the clean ones, so it is recommended to make backup first.


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