Where is exiftool?

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Alan Browne, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    I deleted prior versions of exiftool from my system (in the Apps
    folder), all the DMG's and so on.

    DL'd the latest version (DMG, v. 8.46) and installed it. Package runs
    fine from the terminal window ...

    But, /where/ is it? It does not appear in the Applications folder, nor
    can I find it with search (Finder).
    Alan Browne, Jan 27, 2011
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  2. /usr/local/somewhere...
    Claude V. Lucas, Jan 27, 2011
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  3. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Why wouldn't it be in Applications?

    (I'm not a *nix expert at all...)
    Alan Browne, Jan 27, 2011
  4. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest


    Found it in usr/bin

    Previously it was installed in Applications - but could be I screwed up
    when I installed it back then. Today's DL unpacked and stored itself
    properly - I guess.
    Alan Browne, Jan 27, 2011
  5. Alan Browne

    Tim McNamara Guest

    Applications without a GUI are not installed in Applications. They are
    installed in the BSD subsystem in one of the usual directories specified
    by Unix convention (usually /usr/bin, /usr/sbin, /usr/local/*, etc).

    To find any file in Terminal try using "which" as in:

    which exiftool

    (that's for binaries and will tell you which one the system is
    configured to use) or "find"

    find exiftool

    or "locate"

    locate exiftool

    According to http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/
    you will find it located here:

    "The OS X package installs the ExifTool command-line application and
    libraries in /usr/bin. After installing, type "exiftool" in a Terminal
    window to run exiftool and read the application documentation."
    Tim McNamara, Jan 27, 2011
  6. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Thanks - the arcana of commands is a real obstacle to learning what goes
    where. I was trying to find a switch in ls that would 'dig' down...

    I did find it where you said - but by manually traversing.

    As to locate I get:

    WARNING: The locate database (/var/db/locate.database) does not
    To create the database, run the following command:

    sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons

    I assume that's safe?
    Alan Browne, Jan 27, 2011
  7. Alan Browne

    Lewis Guest

    In message <>
    In the find where it says [Kind] is [Any] click on Kind and choose

    In that list, find "System Files" and select it
    Change [don't include] to include.

    It's probably installed in /usr/local/bin/
    Lewis, Jan 28, 2011
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