Questions tagged [metadata]

Information stored in or out of band about a file describing secondary characteristics.

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Terminal / Shell / Bash: Rename font-otf accordingly to a meta tag?

I have a lot of otf-files that got accidentally renamed to unusable names. Fortunately, if I click cmd+i on Mac, they still have their original name saved as "full name" in some font-meta-...
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Where does the iOS Photos app store user-entered captions?

I understand that the ability to add captions to photos was added in iOS 14. Where are these captions stored? For example, are they embedded into the .HEIC file as EXIF or XMP or IPTC metadata? Or a ...
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mdls does not work on mounted sparse bundles

mdls does not return anything when I run it on a mounted (originally encrypted) sparse bundle: ❯ ll ./test .rw-r--r--@ 0 evar 14 Sep 18:34 ./test ❯ mdls ./test ...
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Cannot mount UDIF read-only disk image: readDataFork returned error 29

# hdiutil attach -nomount -noverify -verbose /private/var/root/Desktop/Adobe_Zii_2019_4.1.3__TNT_.dmg 正在初始化… DIBackingStoreInstantiatorProbe: interface 0, score 100, CBSDBackingStore ...
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What exactly is chflags opaque, nodump?

I've gotten to grips with the chflags man page so far, even if it's rather uncommon for man pages. Nevertheless, I find 2 parameters very peculiar. What exactly does chflags opaque and nodump do? ...
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Any way to edit metadata of MKV files (without re-encoding)?

When watching a MKV file from the web in VLC, the title bar (see "#1" in image below) seems to be pulled from metadata, not the filename. If you open the “Get Info” panel in VLC, you can change the ...
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How can I find the metadata of a file in Scanner app?

I am a teacher, and I am trying to verify the date and time when a student took a particular photo. The student has an iPhone (unknown model and OS version) and used the Scanner app by Luni to take ...
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Excluding location data from shared video not working?

On iOS 14.4 I use the share sheet on a video in the photos app, and deselect location data under Options at the top. I then choose the duplicate action. When inspecting the duplicate it appears that ...
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Sort by comment?

I have started setting deadlines on a document by putting the date in the comments, using the YYYY-MM-DD format and then what type of deadline it is (I have to submit initial, interim, and discharge ...
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How to edit m4b audiobook metadata in Catalina?

In Catalina it is not possible to edit audiobook metadata anymore as it was possible using iTunes in previous macOS versions. I tried a third-party tag editor (kid3), successfully edited the audiobook ...
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Set file metadata attribute values

I'm trying to set the values of some file metadata attributes in OS X Yosemite - kMDItemDateAdded and kMDItemLastUsedDate - the values of which can be shown using mdls <filename>. I'm trying to ...
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How to download and upload app metadata from/to App Store Connect?

I have a game in App Store which has several leaderboards and achievements in multiple languages. I am now creating a sequel to the game and I would like to create leaderboards and achievements with ...
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Importing album art from ripped music

I have over 130+ artists with 1000s of tracks all sorted and with valid metadata externally to the Music / iTune app on my Mac (Catalina). The folder layout is Artist / Album / CD in Album (ranges 1-...
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What happens to metadata of deleted photo iOS?

Suppose I delete a photo from the iOS Photos app, and then delete it from recently deleted. I understand that this "throws away" the key for decrypting the photo's data. But what about the ...
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How to assign latitude & longitude to a photo “Location” in Photos 6?

I have a specific latitude and longitude that I would like to assign to a photo that does not otherwise have any location information. eg. (18.352185, -64.792505) aka 18 deg 22' 26.46" N, 64 deg ...
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Delete metadata

There is a program provided by Apple to see most of the metadata in a file. It is nice to have the met data clearly arranged, but the catch is that you cannot delete it or I don't know how to delete ...
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Where is Metadata of Encoding in Plain Text Saved from TextEdit

TextEdit allows for plain text .txt files to be saved with a particular character encoding: Is there any meaningful change to the file's metadata and if so, how do you see it?
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How can I get the Finder to show metadata?

I am running MacOS Mojave 10.14.6 on an iMac. Sometime last July, the Finder started hiding the metadata of downloaded photos. Its behavior varied for a while, but now it seems to have settled down to ...
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How to restore a person in Photos

We accidentally deleted a person from Photos on the Mac. Now all appearances that person's face in photos are still tagged with that person's name, but there is no bucket for that person in the ...
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How to edit “kMDItemXxx” file metadata on macOS?

Today I tried to edit the metadata of a picture file. I used mdls to display them, then looked for a command to edit one. But I couldn't find any. For vanilla metadata, like basic timestamps, touch is ...
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How do you see more than the Last Opened date when an application was launched on Mac?

I'd like to find more dates that I've opened an application besides the latest date shown under the Last Opened field. I was going through my list of apps and found some old ones which I had forgotten ...
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Where is file metadata stored in Mac OS X?

It used to be stored in a resource fork, but I've tried listing the resource forks for files on my computer, and they don't seem to have resource forks. Where is the metadata stored now? Like where ...
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Command line argument to “find” and “grep” data inside “xattr -l” atrributes?

I have a file that an application has set extended attributes for. $ xattr -l /Volumes/Educating\ Rita\ \(1983\)/Educating\ Rita\ \(1983\).1.eng.srt net.filebot.filename: 3_English.srt net.filebot....
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Is there a way to filter photos on iPhone by “camera type” or camera model?

I often "AirDrop" photos to my iPhone (SE) from my Nikon camera which produce large photo file formats. I now have an unreasonable amount of photos that I want to delete. I was thinking 2 ...
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Script to export all photos and album from Photos on Mac while keeping metadatas

My initial goal was to import "From my Mac" albums to my iPhone and keep them synced. It seems that an album created outside iOS is read only. And if I make a copy of it on my iPhone, it won'...
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'mdls' does not display all metadata for hidden files

The short man page of 'mdls' gives every indication that it should list all metadata by default. For some reason, I'm only getting a small portion: vima@artemis[~]: mdls .bash_history ...
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export from photos (mac) including edited metadata

I received a bunch of photos that didn't have any correct metadata. I have then manually corrected the time and gps information within the photos app. When I export this files, those information are ...
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How to stop TextEdit.app from adding extended attributes

I only recently discovered (yes, I'm late to the game) that TextEdit.app is adding extended attributes to any files I open in it. I had discovered this when I randomly had opened a shell script in it ...
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Unable to Add “Where from” Metadata with Special Characters Using Applescript

Trying to add the "Where from" metadata in the Finder's "Get info" section of a picture on the Desktop and I am not able to since the text has special characters. In this case, it is "?" and "=" ...
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Get script/language for fonts via terminal

I would like to get the language support / script of any fonts I have in my computer with terminal command. There is a way to see it through Font Book...
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How can I clear metadata (personal data) from an Excel file in Microsoft 365 for macOS?

I want to make sure that an Excel file I created is purged of all personal and user metadata before passing it on, for confidentiality reasons. For Windows, there are many guides for removing ...
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Is there a command line utility that can copy Apple TV metadata and embed it into MP4 video files?

Is there a way (preferably an open-source command line tool) to copy Apple TV (the desktop application that replaced part of iTunes in Catalina) metadata into the MP4 files so that when transferred to ...
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Manually enter “Where From” text for screenshot Metadata?

What I would love to be able to do, is the opposite of what this person asked about; I want to ADD the "where from" text (in my case, a URL I could copy-paste from a browser tab) for screenshots I ...
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How can you tell what time a photo sent via iMessage was taken?

If a picture is iMessaged to me, how can I tell what time that photo was taken? When I save it, it changes the EXIF info to the time I save it (which isn't helpful). I am trying to see if a stranger ...
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Get page number from Metadata instead of Index

In Applescript, we can get the index number of the current page we are viewing in Skim with the following code: tell application "Skim" activate set theDoc to front document get index ...
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How to add metadata to log archive, so that `log show --last` works?

Whenever I run the log show command from the command line, I get a warning message, log: warning: The log archive contains partial or missing metadata. This appears to prevent me from using the --...
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What all file metadata is available in macOS?

I have gone through Windows versioning information: Please Check out Windows file versioning information Now Windows provide quite an ample amount of information like productname, productversion, ...
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Batch Removal of “Where from” Metadata Without a Handler

I have many images that contain the "Where from" metadata in the "get info" section that shows the URL where they were downloaded from. I want to remove this information from all of them at the same ...
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Batch exporting metadata from Finder

I have a folder containing over 2,000 web pages I've downloaded. Most of the file extensions are .html, though some are .pdf or .webarchive. My OS is Mojave. When I highlight an icon in Finder, it ...
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Can the finder edit mp3 sound file tags like artist?

How can I change artist of multiple selected mp3 files in finder? Like in windows we can select multiple mp3 files and can change the artist of all selected file in properties.
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Date, time, and GPS metadata tagging video for iOS

On 2019/10/16 (last Wednesday), I went skydiving in Las Vegas which they recorded but the provided video was in 10 seperate clips and none had time or GPS metadata tagged. I want these as 1 video on ...
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How can I remove “Where from” information from downloaded .mkv file?

I have downloaded an .mkv files from Safari. When I open "Info" in Finder on the file, I see the following link to where it was downloaded from: How can I remove that metadata from the file?
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How to remove “where from” xattr data from image files downloaded in Mac?

Hi so I'm at my wits end coz I am trying to remove xattr data in an image file that is a "Where from" xattr data. This is on a Mojave mac. This data is written via chrome browser for mac whenever an ...
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Unable to change author name in an ebook on iPad

I have a Mac computer where I downloaded an ePub and then changed the author on the Mac in the list view of iBooks. MacOS 10.12.6 Sierra iOS 12.3.1 for the iPad Then I dragged and dropped the ePub ...
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How do currently downloading files show a circular progress indicator besides them in Finder?

When downloading a file using Google Chrome, Mac App Store, or some other app, Finder usually displays a circular progress indicator besides the file name. Out of curiosity, is there any technical ...
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macOS app review process: Touch Bar functionality in metadata

I have a macOS app that get bug fixed. But the latest Apple review process drives me a bit insane. They always tell me that my app's metadata indicates Touch Bar functionality which my app do not have....
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Is there any way to create an iTunes smart playlist with a user defined text field as the condition?

I'm using iTunes 12.8 with Yate by 2manyrobots (https://2manyrobots.com/yate/) to manage metadata for a library of approx 50k AIFF tracks. Yate has the ability to retrieve data from Discogs and ...
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View EXIF/metadata found in photo?

Is it possible to view/dump metadata found in images using Terminal with built-in command line tools? I'm looking for something like exiftool, but native to macOS Mojave. Does such a command/tool ...
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Can iTunes change metadata on the actual CD?

I used iTunes to rip a CD of a homemade audio recording of a friend. iTunes thought it recognized the CD but was way off (it guessed a lecture series about ancient history). However, when I looked at ...
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Metadata in photos - not showing when sent from other people

I'm not having ANY photos showing metadata with geolocation unless it's photos taken from my own phone. I have tested if sent on messenger (where I know FB removes it) But also is sent on iMessage as ...