Questions tagged [metadata]

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

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Terminal command to get all of a file's metadata?

Is there any way to get all of the metadata associated with a file in Terminal? By "metadata" I mean things metadata and properties that are not stored in nor derived from the file's contents (i.e., ...
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How to set “date added” metadata in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

The Finder in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion shows a new piece of file metadata, "Date Added," which tracks the date an item was added to a folder. After upgrading to 10.7, none of the items in my ~/Downloads ...
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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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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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Is it possible to use iTunes Match to replace my existing metadata with metadata from the iTunes Store?

My music in my iTunes library has come from many sources over the years, and it's filled with incomplete or inaccurate or simply missing data, not to mention the fact that most of my stuff doesn't ...
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iBooks series metadata

In iBooks on 10.10, books can have series metadata as shown in the image. What metadata do I need to add to an external epub (i.e. not from ibook store) so that it can be displayed as a series?
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Export iTunes music library information (album, artist, track names) to CSV or spreadsheet format?

Is there a way to export album/track information from an iTunes music library into, say, a comma-separated values (CSV) file, or another spreadsheet-friendly format? I'd like to be able to grab a ...
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Where is the 'Where from' meta data stored when downloaded via Chrome?

I'm running Mavericks with Chrome, and when I download an image/file it saves the 'Where from' when viewing via Get Info. This also happens in Safari. Now, I understand there is a separate download ...
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Can I list files ordered by date added to a folder from a command-line tool like ls?

I need to build a script that shows files in the same order as the default Downloads folder in the dock, ordered by Date Added, newest first. I can't seem to find the option in ls. Any other way to ...
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Songs show up as individual albums in iOS Music app

I manually manage my iPhone's music (iOS 11.1). I use music from my hard drive, not from my iTunes account. When I drag music to my iPhone, all metadata of my music shows up in iTunes (iTunes 12.7.1....
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How do I mark songs as Explicit in iTunes to make them match correctly in iTunes Match

I have a few CD's that I ripped a while ago that are in my iTunes library, that have an explicit label. They play fine on my local computer. The problem is, these ripped CDs are not marked as ...
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Confusion on Metadata | Named Forks | Extended Attributes | Resource Fork — HFS+

I think there is some general confusion on the relation between all four of these items scattered throughout the web. I wanted to get this straightened out. Are named forks the same as extended ...
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How do I correct wrong iTunes play counts?

The play count in my iTunes library has somehow become incorrect. It shows some songs as never been played while I know that I have played them many times before. These songs do still have a "last ...
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What is the recommended way to flag a contact as being deceased in the Contacts app on Lion or Mountain Lion?

Death is a sad fact of life and over the years some of my old contacts have died. I still wish to keep a record of their details, birthday, day they died, notes, spouse, kids etc in my Contacts and ...
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How can I modify the Date Added field in iTunes 10

I haven't tried doing this in quite some time (iTunes 7 era), but I seem to remember simply editing the XML file iTunes creates was NOT sufficient in updating the Date Added field in iTunes. In case ...
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Application for managing a pdf document library

I'm looking for an application that can help manage a library of pdf documents. I prefer open source (or just free beer), but that's not absolutely essential. I am aware of calibre and use it often ...
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iTunes incorrently splitting the songs in an album. Metadata problem?

I have these albums and songs in my iTunes Library. They should appear grouped, but for some reason, iTunes splits them up and shows them as separate albums with the same name and details: I check ...
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How do I get the path to a DMG (disk image) file given the mounted volume path?

I tried hdiutil info -plist, but if I shift the DMG file elsewhere after mounting it, it doesn't update the DMG path. If I right click and select 'Get info' on the volume, I'm able to view the correct ...
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View metadata for song currently playing on iPhone

Is there any way to view metadata (such as composer, genre, year etc) for a song that is currently playing on an iPhone? If there is no way to do so, and no apps which can do this, does the iOS API ...
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iTunes Home Sharing never updates Play Counts or Ratings from iPhone

Ever since iTunes introduced Home Sharing, the Preferences dialog has had a checkbox titled "Home Sharing computers and devices update play counts". But this option has never had any effect ...
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Disable thumbnail generation in finder

Is there a way to tell Finder to not peek inside or generate thumbnails for files based on a particular network share or folder? I've got a tape archival system which presents an SMB (Windows) ...
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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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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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Properly sort multiple albums from one artist in a year in iTunes

I am trying to clean up as much of the metadata as I can in my iTunes Library. One issue I came across is albums from a band, where the band releases multiple albums in a year. While this doesn't ...
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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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Alternatives to MetaX?

I'm trying to rip some DVDs on my Mac, the boxset for a TV show, using Handbrake. I'd also like to automatically fetch metadata - show name, episode name, etc. But MetaX isn't getting any metadata for ...
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Ask for text, pass to terminal, in Automator

I am trying to create a simple Automator service to quickly change metadata on photos. I would like to be able to select x amount of files, run the service, and get a popup that asks for the f-number ...
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PDF metadata editor for iOS

I have several PDF ebooks in my iBooks. Some of them have their titles & authors visible. Some only displayed as "untitled". Is there any PDF metadata editor for iPad?
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Change EXIF meta-data of multiple images in single click

I ran into big problem yesterday night. I took out my old digital camera, and started using it without setting current date and time. All photos clicked now have date as Jan 01, 2009 I want to ...
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Photo Metadata Editing / Editor

Are there any apps for OS X that can edit photos metadata (such as keywords, etc.) without all the bells and whistles of full stack photo management apps (such as Lightroom, iPhoto, etc.) with the ...
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Is there a maximum length of metadata that can be written in one xattr command?

Is there any text length limitations for how long text can be put to xattr? I plan to put my AppleScripts source code to script files so Spotlight can find it. Using Finder Comments isn't an option ...
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Changing file metadata from CLI that will show in Finder

Finder has columns you can sort files by: Name, Size, Kind, Date, Comment, etc. These are shown as headers when Finder is in "List" mode, with respective file properties shown below. If I Cmd+I a ...
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How to edit the metadata information displayed by mdls from CLI?

How to edit the metadata information displayed by mdls from CLI? [-zsh] sarbbo@rushpress-lm:~ 吽 mdls ~/Music/BANGLA\ BAND/MOHINER\ GHORAGULI/MAYA/BHALOBASI.mp3 kMDItemAlbum = "Maya"...
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Is there are place to report missing/incorrect album art to the iTunes team?

I know there are various ways to get/replace album art in iTunes and other questions about that. Some of them don't provide as good quality art as from iTunes (Store). Some of them also inflate file ...
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Why are my Photos library database/metadata files being modified even when I'm not using the Photos app?

OS: MacOS 10.12.3 (16D32) Hardware: MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) I currently use Dropbox to sync, among other things, my Photos library on my laptop*. The Dropbox widget notifies me when ...
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Copy extended attributes to new file (ffmpeg)

I'm currently trying to decode some video files with ffmpeg on my computer but am not able to make ffmpeg copy the tags from the source file to the destination file. I read through the man page but ...
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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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What is the purpose of an AAE file?

First, some background: For those of you who edit photos using Apple software, you may have encountered AAE sidecar files, which are generated automatically by the Photos app (for iOS or macOS) when ...
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Mac OS X file system and tagging question

I recently (w/in the last year) have began integrating file tagging and use of meta-data heavily into my digital organizational system, on my MacBook Pro (running OS X Lion 10.7.2). To facilitate this,...
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Is there a way to display more metadata fields in the Finder list view?

If I view and sort files in a directory using Finder's list view I seem to be limited to a rather anaemic: Name Date Modified Size Kind Now, take an .mp3 file for example. There is potentially a lot ...
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EXIF-Metadata not managed correctly in iCloud Photos => Wrong Date & GPS Groupings

I have uploaded ca. 2500 pictures from my PC to the iCloud using icloud.com interface. However, iCloud doesn't seem to be using the EXIF-Metadata in the picture files. I have confirmed the EXIF-...
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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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In iTunes 12 on macOS, how can I reset the skip count of a song?

Everything I can find on the internet seems to refer to a different version of macOS/iTunes than the ones I'm running. I want to reset the skip count of tracks without resetting their play counts, as ...
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Display PDF version metadata of a PDF file

I am looking for a way to display a PDF file version metadata without having to open the file AcrobatPro. Example: PDF Version 1.4 : I can easily do this on PC: right click on file, properties, select ...
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Shutter count from NEF photo

I know Nikon embeds the shutter count in the EXIF of their NEF raw files. What's the easiest way to find it?
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How can I change the metadata of my songs all at once?

I have a bunch of songs for which I'd like to change the metadata (really just want to change capitalization for all of them). I'm not changing a field in all songs to one value, so selecting them all ...
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How to make your email signature work well with iOS 8 data detectors in mail?

I have noticed that with iOS 8, that some mails come up with the 'contact information' at the top of the mail. This is super handy when you want to quickly add a new contact from the e-mail. The ...
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Why does macOS set xattr com.apple.quarantine, when saving a shell script on a usb stick

Problem macOS sets xattr com.apple.quarantine, when I edit and save the file myscript.sh on a usb stick We're on the USB stick [stick128] pwd /Volumes/stick128 The textfiles xattributes before ...
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exiftool doesn't remove meta data of MP4 (stuff like “Promotion URL” and “Author URL”)

I have a MP4 file with ad URI in meta data. I wish to remove those: exiftool example.mp4 ExifTool Version Number : 10.40 File Name : example.mp4 Directory ...
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Git vs rsync when resource fork must be preserved

I have some ancient files that I need to share between Macs. There are over 100,000 of them. I need to keep the directory containing these files in sync. I thought Git would be a good solution, and it ...