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A JavaScript Exif info parser.
CoffeeScript JavaScript
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Make parsing of types and GPS tags more robust

Don't assume that we cannot encounter type IDs other than the specification
says. It does happen. Also, don't assume that the string values for
GPSProcessingMethod and GPSAreaInformation will always be correctly formatted
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ExifReader is a JavaScript library (written in CoffeeScript) that parses image files and extracts the Exif data.


var exif = new ExifReader();
var imageDate = exif.getTagDescription('DateTimeOriginal');
var allTags = exif.getAllTags();


The easiest way is to use Bower:

bower install exifreader


The library makes use of the DataView API which is supported in Chrome 9+, Firefox 15+ and Internet Explorer 10+. If you want to support a browser or Node.js that doesn't have DataView support, you should probably use a wrapper like jDataView by Christopher Chedeau.


A full HTML example page is located in the examples/html/ directory. The example uses the FileReader API which is supported by the latest versions of all the major browsers.

Also, there is a Node.js example in the example/node/ directory that uses a simple wrapper for the DataView API.


  • Only load part of the image file since the Exif info segment has a max size. I suggest 128 kB. See the examples folder for a way to do this.
  • After parsing the tags, consider deleting the MakerNote tag if you know you will have a lot of ExifReader instances. It can be really large for some manufacturers. See the examples folder to see how you can do that.


Testing is done with jasmine-node. Use either the Cakefile or jasmine-node directly:

jasmine-node --coffee spec/


  • The descriptions for UserComment, GPSProcessingMethod and GPSAreaInformation are missing for other encodings than ASCII.


  • September 17, 2014:
    • Lower memory usage by unsetting the file data object after parsing.
    • Add deleteTag method to be able to delete tags that use a lot of memory, e.g. MakerNote.
  • September 9, 2013:
    • Make parsing of APP markers more robust. Fixes problems with some pictures.
  • July 13, 2013:
    • Throw Error instead of just strings.
  • April 23, 2013:
    • Support hybrid JFIF-EXIF image files.
  • April 22, 2013:
  • January 8, 2013:
    • Updated text about browser support.
  • January 19, 2012:
    • Added text descriptions for the tags.
  • January 1, 2012:
    • First release.
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