Introduction to Exiv2

Exiv2 is a C++ library and a command line utility for managing image and video metadata.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.4 platform.

Package Information

Exiv2 dependencies




Optional for documentation

Doxygen-1.8.15, Graphviz-2.40.1, and libxslt-1.1.33

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/exiv2

Installation of Exiv2

First, disable building a sample program that fails:

sed -i '/conntest/s/^/#/' samples/CMakeLists.txt

Install Exiv2 by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

      -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release   \
      -DEXIV2_ENABLE_VIDEO=yes     \
      -DEXIV2_ENABLE_CURL=yes      \
      -DEXIV2_BUILD_SAMPLES=no     \
      -G "Unix Makefiles" .. &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

-DEXIV2_ENABLE_VIDEO=yes: This switch enables managing video metadata.

-DEXIV2_ENABLE_WEBREADY=yes: This switch enables managing web image metadata.

-DEXIV2_BUILD_SAMPLES=no: This switch is necessary to suppress building and installing sample programs. If the sample programs are built, 34 additional programs are installed in /usr/bin.

-DEXIV2_ENABLE_CURL=yes: This switch is necessary to enable network/http capabilities.


Installed Program: exiv2
Installed Library: libexiv2.so and libxmp.a
Installed Directories: /usr/include/exiv2 and /usr/share/exiv2

Short Descriptions


is a utility used to dump Exif data.

Last updated on 2019-02-17 15:47:43 -0800