5 Free Utilities to Remove EXIF/IPTC/XMP MetaData From Images

If you have taken some amount of photos of yourself with your own digital cameras( for instance, Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Nikon D5100 ) or cell phones and want to post them to your FaceBook or Flickr account, it’s a good idea to remove the metadata which will expose your privacy from these images before uploading them to the Internet.

To prevent others from acquiring your personal information from your photos, check out the 5 free programs below:

1, MetaStripper

Free Software to Remove MetaData From Pictures

MetaStripper is a light and simple application developed to remove meta information such as EXIF, COM and IPTC tags from all jpeg files in a folder. It does not decompress the original image, so there is no quality loss.

MetaStripper works on most major Windows platforms. Head over to Jarle Aasland’s website and grab the compressed package of the utility.

2, JPEG & PNG Stripper

Free Tool to Remove EXIF/IPTC/XMP MetaData From Photos

This small and portable program enables you to delete redundant metadata from your photos in the following formats: JPG, JPEG, PNG and JFIF. It does not change the image quality of your pictures.


  • Supports drag and drop.
  • Allows to preserve file date and times.
  • Batch processing all files in a directory.
  • Command line mode available.

JPEG & PNG Stripper works on a wide variety of Windows versions, including Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 9X, etc. You could download it from Steelbytes.com or Softpedia.

3, FileMind QuickFix

5 Free Utilities to Remove EXIF/IPTC/XMP MetaData From Images

FileMind QuickFix is a freeware created to strip Exif, Iptc and XMP data blocks which might involve your personal information and GPS location data from your photos. It supports drag n drop and batch conversion.

FileMind QuickFix supports Windows 7, Windows XP, etc. Both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported.

Download it now from http://www.metabilitysoftware.com/.

4, EXIF Eraser

Delete EXIF/IPTC/XMP MetaData From Images

EXIF Eraser is a portable and compact tool that allows users to delete the EXIF, XMP and IPTC information from images in any directory. It will not alter the content of your image data, only the metadata is affected.

EXIF Eraser is compatible with all Windows OSes.

Download it from Softpedia now.

5, IrfanView


IrfanView is a popular image viewer for Windows, you can remove the metadata from an individual image file or multiple image files by clicking the “Save as” item or “Batch conversion/Rename” item under the “File” menu. It allows you to keep or remove original EXIF data, IPTC data, JPG-Comment, XMP data and EXIF orientation tag. The image quality of the output file will be changed.

IrfanView supports the following image formats: ani, b3d, bmp, dib, cam, clp, crw, cr2, cur, dcm, acr, ima, dcx, dds, djvu, iw44, ecw, emf, eps, gif, jpg, jpeg, jpe, pcd, png, psd, tif, tiff, … etc.

IrfanView can be downloaded from CNET and Filehippo.

One Response to 5 Free Utilities to Remove EXIF/IPTC/XMP MetaData From Images

  1. Silver Streaker says:



    There are many tools for viewing/editing metadata inside image files. In my opinion, ExifTool by Phil Harvey, is the best I’ve found so far. Here’s why:
    -it shows more metadata tags than any other tool,
    -it allows to edit almost any metadata tag,
    -it is very secure to use,
    -it is regulary updated and free, etc. …

    The only downside for many potential users is the fact, that ExifTool is “Command-Line” utility. That means, there’s no Graphic User Interface (GUI), so all work must be done by typing commands inside “Command Prompt” window. Such approach gives ExifTool great flexibility, but is somehow difficult to use -especially for those who aren’t familiar with old DOS workflow.

    So, I’ve decided do make some simple ExifTool GUI for my private use. There are allready some GUI’s that make use of ExifTool, but some of them are not flexible enough (for my needs) and/or have quite limited use. Making ExifToolGUI, the main goal was:
    -view all metadata that ExifTool recognizes,
    -ability to edit most frequently used Exif, IPTC and XMP metadata tags,
    -batch capability (where appropriate), means: you can select multiple files and modify them at once.

    It was not my goal to implement all ExifTool options into GUI, but only those which I need most often. ExifToolGUI isn’t (and can’t be) DAM replacement. Even I use GUI as my main tagging tool, it’s purpose is: examine, rescue and change image metadata.

    As ExifTool is free, ExifToolGUI is freeware too. ExifToolGUI is not “open source” software and you use it at your own risk.