Display EXIF metadata in media library admin column

For anyone that uses wordpress for photography you should find this snippet useful. Adding this snippet to the functions.php of your wordpress theme will create a new column within the media library that will display EXIF metadata. Including, (credit, camera, focal length, aperture, iso, shutter speed, timestamp, copyright).

( example screenshot )

Code Snippet:

add_filter('manage_media_columns', 'posts_columns_attachment_exif', 1);
add_action('manage_media_custom_column', 'posts_custom_columns_attachment_exif', 1, 2);

function posts_columns_attachment_exif($defaults){
$defaults['wps_post_attachments_exif'] = __('EXIF');
return $defaults;
function posts_custom_columns_attachment_exif($column_name, $id){
if($column_name === 'wps_post_attachments_exif'){
$meta = wp_get_attachment_metadata($id);

if($meta[image_meta][camera] != ''){
echo "CR: ".$meta[image_meta][credit]."<hr />";
echo "CAM: ".$meta[image_meta][camera]."<hr />";
echo "FL: ".$meta[image_meta][focal_length]."<hr />";
echo "AP: ".$meta[image_meta][aperture]."<hr />";
echo "ISO: ".$meta[image_meta][iso]."<hr />";
echo "SS: ".$meta[image_meta][shutter_speed]."<hr />";
echo "TS: ".$meta[image_meta][created_timestamp]."<hr />";
echo "C: ".$meta[image_meta][copyright];

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  1. Made a few minor changes to prevent notices, and changed the HR to |

    function posts_custom_columns_attachment_exif($column_name, $id){

    if($column_name === ‘wps_post_attachments_exif’){

    $meta = wp_get_attachment_metadata($id);


    echo “CR: ” . $meta[‘image_meta’][‘credit’] .’ | ‘;

    echo “CAM: ” . $meta[‘image_meta’][‘camera’] .’ | ‘;

    echo “FL: ” . $meta[‘image_meta’][‘focal_length’] . ‘ | ‘;

    echo “AP: ” . $meta[‘image_meta’][‘aperture’] .’ | ‘;

    echo “ISO: ” . $meta[‘image_meta’][‘iso’] . ‘ | ‘;

    echo “SS: ” . $meta[‘image_meta’][‘shutter_speed’] . ‘ | ‘;

    echo “TS: ” . $meta[‘image_meta’][‘created_timestamp’] . ‘ | ‘;

    echo “C: ” . $meta[‘image_meta’][‘copyright’] : ‘N/A’ );




  2. Any way to get this to show up every time with an image? Maybe make this automatically inserted into the description field?

  3. great snippets, a little big for admin, but can we use it in our blog when we are over the picture?

    1. It is a little big but could be adjusted with css. In regards to this snippet you can display things within your page using a similar method as $meta = wp_get_attachment_metadata($id); will get the meta data you just need to pass the attachment id. Ill make a post in the near future to display these details with your pictures.

      1. Ok, thanks for your reply.
        And thanks for the next posts

      2. Denny - initial-blog.fr January 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm

        Hi, did you delete the snippset for the post?

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