Metadata Cleaner Description
Metadata within a file can tell a lot about you. Cameras record data about when and where a picture was taken and which camera was used. Office applications automatically add author and company information to documents and spreadsheets. This is sensitive information and you may not want to disclose it.
This tool allows you to view metadata in your files and to get rid of it, as much as possible.
Under the hood, it relies on mat2 to parse and remove the metadata.
Author: Romain Vigier
Metadata Cleaner Help
Help Options: -h, --help Show help options --help-all Show all help options --help-gapplication Show GApplication options GApplication options --gapplication-service Enter GApplication service mode (use from D-Bus service files)
Metadata Cleaner Usage Example
Once installed, you can find the program in the menu called “Metadata Cleaner”.
Or run it on the command line:
To check and clear the metadata, click the “Add files” button in the upper left corner.
Next to the file name, in a red background, you will see the number of metadata found.
Click the arrow next to the file name to view the found metadata.
Click the “Clean” button to clear the metadata.
Please note that unlike mat2, Metadata Cleaner overwrites original files and does not leave backups. For this reason, the program displays a warning that reminds you to make a backup. If you want to continue, then click the “Clean” button again.
Please note that all files in the list are cleared at once!
How to install Metadata Cleaner
Installation on Kali Linux
sudo apt install metadata-cleaner
Installation on Debian, Linux Mint, Ubuntu
sudo apt update sudo apt install metadata-cleaner
Installation on BlackArch
Start by installing pikaur: Automatic installation and update of AUR packages.
Then run the command:
pikaur -S metadata-cleaner