How to get Exif data from a jpeg file

Discussion in 'Python' started by Arnaud Delobelle, May 16, 2009.

  1. Hi all,

    I need to get the creation date from a jpeg file in Python. Googling
    brought up a several references to apparently defunct modules. The best
    way I have been able to find so far is something like this:

    from PIL import Image
    img ='img.jpg')
    exif_data = img._getexif()
    creation_date = exif_data[36867]

    Where 36867 is the exif tag for the creation date data (which I found by
    ooking at PIL.ExifTags.TAGS). But this doesn't even seem to be
    documented in the PIL docs. Is there a more natural way to do this?

    Arnaud Delobelle, May 16, 2009
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  2. I need to get the creation date from a jpeg file in Python. Googling

    Have you tried ?

    Daniel Fetchinson, May 16, 2009
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  3. I will have a look - thank you.
    Arnaud Delobelle, May 17, 2009
  4. Arnaud Delobelle

    BJ Swope Guest

    I use the EXIF module to do bulk renames of all the pictures in a directory..

    Here's my hackeration...

    import sys
    import os
    import re
    import time
    import win32file
    import datetime
    import EXIF

    DATE_FORMAT   = '%Y%m%d_%H%M%S'
    allowed_files = ['.asf', '.jpg', '.mod', '.mov', '.mpeg', '.mpg',
    '.jpeg', '.png', '.tiff', '.tif']
    named_files = []

    r = re.compile('.mod',)

    def is_a_file(path, file, xtn):
        We only want to rename the files right?
        Return True or False depending on whether object is a file or a directory

        if os.path.isdir(os.path.join(path,file)):
            print "This is a directory not a file.  Will not rename!"
            return False
        if allowed_files.count(xtn):
            return True
            print file, "is not a in the list of allowed extensions. Will
    not rename!"
            return False

    def renameFile(path, file):
        """ Rename <old_filename> with the using the date/time created or
    modified for the new file name"""

        old_filename = os.path.join(path,file)

        (name,xtn) = os.path.splitext(file)
        xtn = xtn.lower()

        if, xtn):
            xtn_old = xtn
            xtn = '.mpg'
            print xtn_old, 'changed to', xtn

        if is_a_file(path, file, xtn):
            created_time = os.path.getctime(old_filename)
            modify_time = os.path.getmtime(old_filename)

            f = open(old_filename, 'rb')
            except UnboundLocalError:
                print "No EXIF data available for ", file
                tags = {}
                exif_time = 0
                tags['EXIF DateTimeOriginal']
                exif_time = str(tags['EXIF DateTimeOriginal'])
                exif_time = int(time.mktime(time.strptime(exif_time,
    "%Y:%m:%d %H:%M:%S")))
            except (KeyError,ValueError):
                print 'No EXIF DateTimeOriginal for ', file
                exif_time = 0

            if created_time < modify_time:
                local_time = time.localtime(created_time)
                local_time = time.localtime(modify_time)

            if exif_time:
                if exif_time < local_time:
                    local_time = time.localtime(exif_time)

            date_time_name = time.strftime(DATE_FORMAT, local_time)

            copy_number = named_files.count(date_time_name)

            new_name = date_time_name + "_" + str(copy_number) + xtn

            new_filename = os.path.join(path, new_name)

            print 'Renaming:', old_filename, 'to', new_filename
            #print 'Created Time  = ', created_time
            #print 'Modified Time = ', modify_time
            #print 'EXIF Time     = ', exif_time
            #print 'Time Used     = ', local_time
            os.rename(old_filename, new_filename)

    if __name__ == '__main__':
        if os.path.isdir(sys.argv[1]):
            """Recursively walk the directory listed as Arg 1 and work each file."""
            for path,dirs,files in os.walk(sys.argv[1]):
                for file in files:
                    renameFile(path, file)
            print "\nNo path to rename specified.\n"
            print "Usage:\n\tpython", sys.argv[0], "<path to directory of
    source files>"

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