Document Metadata Extraction

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Here are tools that will extract metadata from document files.

Contents

Office Files

antiword
http://www.winfield.demon.nl/
catdoc
http://www.45.free.net/~vitus/software/catdoc/
laola
http://user.cs.tu-berlin.de/~schwartz/pmh/index.html
word2x
http://word2x.sourceforge.net/
wvWare
http://wvware.sourceforge.net/
Extracts metadata from various Microsoft Word files (doc). Can also convert doc files to other formats such as HTML or plain text.

PDF Files

xpdf
http://www.foolabs.com/xpdf/
pdfinfo (part of the xpdf package) displays some metadata of PDF files.


(See PDF)

Images

jhead
http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/jhead/
Displays or modifies Exif data in JPEG files.
vinetto
http://vinetto.sourceforge.net/
Examines Thumbs.db files.
libexif
http://sourceforge.net/projects/libexif EXIF tag Parsing Library

General

These general-purpose programs frequently work when the special-purpose programs fail, but they generally provide less detailed information.

Metadata Assistant
http://www.payneconsulting.com/products/metadataent/
hachoir-metadata
Extraction tool, part of Hachoir project
file
The UNIX file program can extract some metadata
GNU libextractor
http://gnunet.org/libextractor/ The libextractor library is a plugable system for extracting metadata