How can I sort image files by Exif meta data?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by weary, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. weary

    weary Guest

    After travelling in Thailand I called into a Internet cafe and they
    burned a CD from the data on my 512 Mb CF card. The problem is that
    when doing so they took all the files and have apparently randomly
    renumbered them all and they are hoplessly out of order.

    I would like to be able to sort them by there creation time and date
    as disclosed by the EXIF meta data which is intact but don't know how
    to do it. All the files on the CD bear the same date [the date of
    creation of the Cd] and only the time of the actual burn of each file
    varies. They appear t o have been shot on the same date whereas they
    were shot over a few days.

    Is there any programme that can sort by the meta data date and time so
    I can get them back in order? I have looked at Irfanview and Thumbs
    plus but they seem to sort by file crteation data rather than image
    creation date and time.

    I would appreciate some help on this one.


    weary, Nov 11, 2003
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  2. There are a number of freeware programs that can rename files using
    EXIF information. Try these:

    The rename:

    Rename master: (can also rename
    based on MP3 ID tags)

    Flexible renamer:


    There are also shareware tools, but if all you want to do is rename,
    the above should be sufficient.

    Terry Orchard, Nov 11, 2003
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  3. weary

    user Guest

    I use open-source "PicL" from, very easy and straightforward
    to rename files to the exif date-time. Also tried therename, but it
    had too many options, too much time-consuming.

    user, Nov 11, 2003
  4. weary

    Hugh Thomas Guest

    There are a number of freeware programs that can rename files using
    If you don't want to rename the files, you can use EXIFutils (command line
    utilities) to set the "Last Modified" date of each JPG to the date/time the
    image was taken. Then, you can sort by "Last Modified" date.

    Available from

    Hugh Thomas, Nov 24, 2003
  5. weary

    user Guest

    user, Nov 24, 2003
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