Strip geotag location from photos

Strip most EXIF and IPTC headers from image

exiftool -all= -photoshop:all= myphoto.jpg

A copy of the image _original is kept. The image is not recompressed so image quality is not affected.

Strip all files in directory

exiftool -all= -photoshop:all= *

Check

Compare the metadata present on old and cleaned images using ImageMagick:

identify -verbose myphoto.jpg

identify -verbose myphoto.jpg_original

Caveats

Not all headers can be removed, but it usually works.

Install Exiftool

  • Linux: apt install libimage-exiftool-perl
  • MacOS: brew install exiftool
  • Windows installer
  • BSD: pkg install exiftool

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Written by Michael Hirsch, Ph.D. //

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