Questions tagged [metadata]

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

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How to get the Disk Image property using terminal?

Let's say I have the volume path. Normally I can right-click and 'Get info' to get its Disk image. I want to replicate the same on terminal (basically need to code it in objective C) mdls doesn't seem ...
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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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How to add title metadata to videos with AppleScript?

Moving to a Plex Media Server I realized a majority of my video archive doesn't have metadata and when I render the videos through Plex's UI I see Episode # when I want it to render as Episode Foobar. ...
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Why is “tomorrow” displayed as the “Date Modified”?

This is a bizarre situation-on my MacBook Pro (2017, High Sierra 10.13.5), when I opened a folder on the Finder, the Date Modified column for the files in a folder displays "Tomorrow at 2:34AM" and ...
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macOS Sierra, Multiple problems with iBooks syncing to iTunes 12

I'm having a whole heap of problems trying to organize my small collection of ebooks. Mostly PDF but a couple of epubs as well none of which came from the iBook store. I'm running Sierra 10.12.6 ...
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How can I find all selfies taken on my iPhone when on my computer?

Since iOS 9, the iPhone has had a default album called Selfies that gathers all the selfies you've taken on the device (i.e. all the photos taken with the front-facing camera) in one place. This makes ...
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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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Compression / archival utility which stores the most metadata?

I recently did a backup of a FAT32 disk which contained a lot of diverse data. It contains many media files, many big binary files, and as usual with FAT32, it has all kinds of odd (but potentially ...
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When is the metadata store updated?

I'm trying to understand how Spotlight indexing works - in the documentation here, Apple says that the kernel notifies the Spotlight engine which then attempts to update the metadata store. If this is ...
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Can you remove metadata from already sent photos

Is there any way to remove the location from photos already texted to someone via iMessage?
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How should I migrate my iTunes library to a larger external disk while preserving metadata?

I currently have a set up where my default iTunes Library (of ~550 HD movies) resides on a 2TB external HD. I share this library and use it to serve my Apple TV/other LAN devices. The drive is close ...
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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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AppleScript: How to add m4a meta-data using Sound Studio?

I'd like to automate the adding of metadata to various .m4a files using Sound Studio. I have a Python script that will run thru all the files I care about and pass along useful data to an AppleScript ...
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Automator “Set PDF metadata” window size?

I have a workflow in automator that "receives a selected PDF file in Finder", then "Open finder items", follow by "Set PDF Metadata" When running the workflow, "Set PDF Metadata" opens a window that ...
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Metadata Rejection; Guideline 2.1 - Information Needed

My iOS App received a metadata rejection because I made a mistake in the review information for In App Purchases. Made the necessary correction and submitted an appeal to the App Review board. Has ...
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How can I copy RAW photos with metadata from Mac Photos app to an external hard drive?

When I travel I want to be able to back up my RAW photos with metadata to an external hard drive, and then later import them on to my iMac. (For whatever reason, photos on my MacBook don't always ...
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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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Using the command line to show the physical and logical size of a folder contents?

Background I can use Finder to view the physical size (bytes) and logical size (on disk). This works for files, folders (contents), but not volumes: Alternatively I can use mdls to get the same ...
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._ .DS_store files and so on when syncronizing cloud drive services

Is there a way to prevent Dropbox, or any other cloud service, from synchronizing those ._ and .DS_store files, although they exist in the Dropbox folder?
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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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Cannot change movement number or name of a classical piece in iTunes

I just imported a classical CD into iTunes, and am trying to correct the information from Gracenote. But when I select "use work and movement" it will only let me enter the work name. "Movement _ of ...
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AppleScript: Bulk iTunes work-and-movement

Here I am yet again with another iTunes AppleScript question. I have a working script in which you select a work (several iTunes "songs"), and tell it what to set the work metadata as for that ...
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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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List of Metadata Attribute Aliases That I can Search for in Spotlight

If I open up Spotlight, I can use metadata attributes such as kind:pdf and date:today to refine my search. I'm curious if there's a way to list all of these attributes that I can use with this ...
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How to disable finder folder metadata persistence?

Is there a way to tell finder not to save any metadata about folders? I would love to get Finder to forget how it displayed any folder the last time I viewed it. So when expanding a folder it does ...
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I can no longer see the url from where I have downloaded a file in Get Info, can I get that back?

I always used to use Get Info to see the URL where I've downloaded a file. Image, PDF, data. Now I can't see this field anymore in any of my recent downloads. I don't see it for old files or new. ...
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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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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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itunes - mp4 files randomly divided between “Movies” and “Home Videos” in library

I'm using the most current version of iTunes on a PC, and streaming movies to an Apple TV (Gen4). I've noticed that though all movies come from the same Windows folder, iTunes divides them up, ...
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Is there any metadata stored in Contacts.app contacts that would store when a contact was created or last edited?

I'd like to view my contacts in order of last added in order to remember a few people who's names I now forget but meet this year when busy. The standard Select All… Copy… Paste into numbers as ...
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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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Apple mdls (MetaData List) command on Networked Drive

I have discovered mdls as a way of extracting information from a (photo) file. However, I have found that it doesn’t seem to work properly if I am accessing the file over the network. Some of the meta ...
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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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Date format for file's “Modified” and “Last opened” is different than other files

I have a few files in the same folder and I noticed that the format for the Modified and Last opened metadata fields are the "short" format for most files and the "medium" format for just a few. Why ...
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Simplest way to edit EXIF ImageDescription or IPTC Caption-Abstract?

On Windows 10 (don't know about earlier versions), all you have to do is click on the image file in Windows Explorer and then edit the file details. The updated caption is written directly to the file....
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How Can I Create A Service To Alphabetize A Comma Separated Text String?

My understanding is that RegEx will not do this. What will? My issue, specifically, is extremely messy iTunes genre tags. I would like to merge genre tags that have the same or similar comma ...
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Does the `mdls` terminal command access metadata in resource forks?

I always knew that Mac operating systems had a concept of "resource forks" but have just learned that this feature has in fact been deprecated since the arrival of OS X. I also just discovered the ...
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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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Batch modifying file metadata

I'm looking for an application or command line tool that can batch edit file metadata. I have some audio files recorded using a recorder that was off by 1 hour, and I want to modify the creation date ...
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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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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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Retrieving the “Version” attribute of an OSX Application file via Bash

I was initially attempting to do this in Java using the UserDefinedFileAttributeView class but it turns out that is only available on Windows computers (This is being run on OSX) So I switched gears ...
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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 get Safari to set kMDItemWhereFroms when using “Save Image to Downloads”?

Specifically in Safari 9.0: when I save an image via right clicking and selecting Save image as... I can specify the downloads folder and the kMDItemWhereFrom data is saved just fine, as revealed both ...
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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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iTunes reload ID3 metadata

I used an external program to mark the ID3 "BPM" metadata of 8,000 music files. How can I get iTunes to reload metadata from those files? Right now if I just begin playing a file it will recognize ...
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CLI Solution - Stripping File Attributes - LSOpenURLsWithRole()

I am getting this error when trying to execute an unsigned application that was downloaded via the native web-browser; Safari.app. LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed with error -10810.. There used to be a ...
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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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How to get and set metadata of a m4a file?

I am trying to automate some changes in m4a metadata and would prefer doing it through AppleScript other than popular solutions like mutagen. How can I address m4a files metadata? I need not only ...
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Import selected items from one iTunes library to another, with metadata

Is it possible to import a few selected items from one iTunes library to another, including their iTunes-specific metadata — ratings, play counts, etc? My specific circumstances: yesterday, I was ...