10 thoughts on “Extracting EXIF metadata from SharePoint – Part 2”

  1. Hi Brian, thanks for sharing this.

    I watched the video and followed the instructions but the EXIF Meta data doesn’t show in the columns on my end as it shows in your video or blog.

    I’ve followed these steps.

    1. Create new site
    2. Activate Video & Rich Media under Site Settings -> Site Collection features
    3. Add Asset Library: Home -> New -> App -> Asset Library (unsure how this is used)
    4. Create new Document library
    5. Add from existing site columns “Date Picture taken”, author, copyright
    6. Upload image (where EXIM properties show in Win10)
    7. Columns not populated as shown in your blog :-(.

    Am I missing something here?

    1. Hi John,

      Apologies for the very much delayed response.

      With regards to your comments:

      Per you 3rd point – you do not need to add an Asset Library to your site. Accordingly your observation insofar as how it’s used is valid as it isn’t used or required.

      Equally the steps you followed are by all accounts 100% correct as I documented in the blog.

      Given your findings shared I decided to retest this process in my SharePoint environment exactly as you described such that I created a new site, activated the site collection Video & Rich Media feature, created a new Document Library, and finally added the 3 existing site columns noted in addition to a few others (Subject, Keywords & Enterprise Keywords).

      I then uploaded a few files containing those metadata fields to the Library and for me at least the metadata in the addtional columns added to the library were again populated in this new site, inline with the outcomes shared in the blog. As such I don’t believe any fuctionality originally enabling this in SharePoint has since changed nor been deprecated.

      To perhaps troubleshoot, I would suggest downloading the files you have uploaded to the new SharePoint library, such that you can check EXIF properties on those files are still present and viewable in Windows 10. I am using a MacBook and the behavioural uploaded files to SharePoint may possibly be different albeit highly improbable (in my opinion).


  2. Would it be possible to get it as a solution that can be imported on the power platform? I get an error stating the it is an old format. It would be much appreciated.

  3. Hi there

    Unfortunately this has not worked for me.
    I followed exact same steps as described above and I’m using sharepoint online.

    Have you tested this recently?

    Please advise?

    i look forward to your reply



  4. Brian,
    Thanks a lot for these explanations.
    I run the IT for a non profit organisation and needed a good way to add photo’s to the SharePoint site.
    I first looked at your Powerapp and Flow Demo’s but did not fully understand these and also these do a lot more than I needed.
    Then I saw your demo on just doing it with SharePoint sites columns and that was exactly what I was looking for.
    So again great work work and thanks for sharing.

    1. Awesome!

      That was the intent with this blog after I realised most EXIF metadata can be surfaced natively within SharePoint by adding several existing site columns to a library, and equally calling out that the metadata will only be extracted for new files uploaded to the library after adding the additional site columns.

      I also wanted to highlight that some of these site columns can equally be useful for documents (i.e. not only photos), such as Author, Subject, Keywords and Enterprise Keywords (and possibly others).

      Thanks for letting me know it was of use to you.

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