Removing EXIF Data With ImageMagick

Recently I needed to find a way to mass-remove EXIF data from multiple images. EXIF – if you didn’t know – is essentially metadata included within images. This metadata can include the name of the camera, the GPS coordinates where the picture was taken, comments, etc.

The easiest way is to remove EXIF data is to download ImageMagick and use the mogrify command line tool:

mogrify -strip /example/directory/*

ImageMagick can be run within a Compute Engine VM to make it available to a web application. Here’s the command to install ImageMagick:

sudo aptitude install imagemagick