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P3M Python Metadata Media Manager

I have dumped all my photos in one folder for years and want to sort them by date!?!
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P3M is a script that allows you to sort and rename huge ammounts of files like images or videos by date. It is able to sort images (jpg/jpeg) depeding on their exif information and videos (mp4, mov) depending on their metadata. If a file has no metadata information it is also able to sort it by it's creation date which enables it to basically sort every type of file.

To ensure nothing will happen to your precious memories P3M supports not only moving your images but also copying them or even backing them up before handling them.


First of all install Python3!

The script uses two libraries pyexif and pymediainfo if you are on Arch Linux install them from AUR (python-piexif, python-pymediainfo). On any other platform just install them via pip:

pip install pymediainfo

pip install pyexif

Now you just need to download the script and you are good to go:

git clone


python3 -src <UNSORTED IMAGES> -dst <PATH TO SORT IMAGES TO> [options]
-h      --help                      Shows this help message and exits.
-src    --source                    Source folder with images to sort. Usage: -src [SOURCE]
-dst    --destination               Destination folder for the sorted images. Usage: -dst [DESTINATION]
-r      --recursive                 Also scan subfolders for images to sort.
-m      --move                      Moves the images instead of copying them (Think abouth backing up your images before with -b [DESTINATION]).
-b      --backup                    Backs your images up your images before moving them. Usage: -b [DESTINATION].
-n      --naming                    Set the naming of the images. Usage: -n [NAMING SCHEME]. Use -n -h for furhter information.
-s      --sorting                   Set a folder sorting scheme. Usage: -s [SORTING SCHEME]. Use -s -h for further information.
-a      --handleNodate              Moves or copies pictures that could not be sorted to a seperate folder named /NoDate/
-c      --useCreationDate           Uses the creation date and time of a file as fallback if metainfo won't provide any information
-v      --verbose                   Tells you everything that happens
-xC                                 Don't ask for confirmation befor starting.
-xB                                 Overrite old backup if there is one.
-xO                                 Overrite files with duplicate names.


Copy all files from ImageDump/ to NicelySortedImages/ rename them that they have the creation date and time as filename and sort them into folders by year and month. If a file has no creation date in it's metadata use the creation time of the file.

python3 -src ImageDump/ -dst NicelySortedImages/ -n "YEAR-MONTH-DAY_HOUR-MINUTE-SECOND" -s "YEAR/MONTH" --useCreationDate

Move all files from ImageDump/ including subfolders to NicelySortedImages/ and sort them in folders based on their creation year. If a file has no creation date move it to a special folder. Backup all files to a specific folder before moving them.

python3 -src ImageDump/ -r -dst NicelySortedImages/ -s "YEAR" --handleNodate --backup /Backup


The script was never tested on Windows or Mac. Allthough it should run fine on these plattforms there is no guarantee. The "useCreationDate" feature may be a problem on non Linux platforms. Please report if you have tested this on a Windows or Mac machine.

Allthough this script is carefully tested and used by me quiet a lot, I can not assure you that this won't mess with your images. Eighter caused by wrong usage of the script or a bug. As you may intend to use this script to sort your precious images of that one special holliday in hawaii please be sure backup your images manually before you move them. You can allways delete them afterwards.


[Python Metadata Media Manager] A Python script to sort and rename images and videos beased on metadata.






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