RawTherapee 5.4 strips Metadata like GPS, IPTC

Confirmed that the IPTC and GPS info is missing from TIFF files (both compressed and uncompressed), but it’s there in JPG and PNG files. https://github.com/Beep6581/RawTherapee/issues/4464

Ok, so it’s now on the bug list. :smile:

Just a simple question: is this issue going to be fixed any time soon, or do I have to wait for another 5.5 release?
Although I like the capabilities of RT 5.4 (as compared to Nikon’s ViewNX-i where in some cases noise reduction works better with RT), the presence of all metadata in my output files (TIFF) is essential in my personal workflow.
And coping & pasting the missing metadata every time by hand is very cumbersome. :worried:

Thank you!
ps: keep up the good work with RT!

if you are in a rush you can download a nightly build as soon as this gets fixed.

Ok, thanks. But :confused: how/where/when can I check if this issue is fixed?

In the github bug report, right below the title there is a green label that says Open. Once this label is red and says Closed the bug is fixed.

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Just asking…

The status of this bug is still ‘Open’. And I can see it’s set for Milestone V5.5.
So I still have to wait until, some day, RT 5.5 is released?

Or (I hope!) is there already a development build where this bug is corrected?
E.g. implemented in the LocalLab version. (?)

Because I’m eager to use RT, but especially this bug is a big no-go for me.

until this is fixed you might want to use EXIFtool and copy the tags that are missing.


I see RT 5.5 is near. I can’t wait… :smiley:
But as regarding to the issue of not copying GPS and other IPTC metadata into the output file; is this issue now solved?
As in: does RT 5.5 commits all original metadata from a RAW file into an output file?
I’ve checked this:

and it’s status is still “Open”. :question:

So you know the answer.

But seriously; will it be fixed in the RT 5.5 release?

It’s destined for 5.6 ATM. See here:


Hmmm. Too bad. :cry:
I find this rather essential. It’s a pity, I think no RT 5.5 for me then.

@programmers: is this so difficult and/or cumbersome to implement? Just curious…


I think you might have misunderstood the nature of the project and/or its goals.

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I’m not a programmer, so I don’t know if it is difficult or cumbersome, but I can guarantee you fixing it is boring :wink:

I was just asking a question. Why so defensive?
Ok, so please enlighten me; what is the nature/goals of RT then, that is apparently forbidden to ask why metadata of a RAW file which is being converted, is partly stripped from its original parameters?

I’ve read " RawTherapee is a powerful, cross-platform program for developing digital photos in raw formats" and think it has already evolved into a powerful piece of software.
But… with still some bugs. (like this one). And I have reported this about 8 months ago.

Not defensive, just a little oblique. Basically, people do things on their free time. It isn’t good to nag. It will get looked at when it gets looked at. It is already an issue on Github with comments and a milestone. What more can you ask? Be patient.



if my answer sounds defensive, that might be because your post was quite aggressive, and maybe you didn’t realize that.
you are certainly free to ask questions. in fact, you did ask, and got an answer. twice. but apparently you didn’t like it, so you asked again with the tone of an annoyed customer (“deal breaker”, “no 5.5 for me” etc). so, I was reminding you that we have no customer, that we signed no deal, and that we will still sleep tonight even if 5.5 is not for you.
as @afre wrote, we are doing this in our free time,
mostly for fun. we try to take care of issues, and we appreciate users’ feedback, but there is no guarantee that things will be done.
or better: one key advantage of free software is that you can do something about it. if the issue is so critical for you that waiting is not an option, you can hire someone to do the work, for example. you don’t even have to contribute the code back, if you keep it for yourself.

so, I hope this clarifies my point. and one more thing:

again, thanks a lot for the report, but this also sounds like “annoyed customer”, just FYI.


Thanks for the clarification.

But I was just asking something. And yes I know, it’s a ‘free’ software product. I’m not a programmer, but I can contribute to this kind of projects by inputting things like bugs, enhancements, etc.
In fact, I was even asked to input those things. Like RAW files for WB adjustments for a Nikon D800E, and in this case, some metadata issues with RAW --> TIFF processing.

If you perceived my comments as an ‘annoyed customer’; sorry for that, but it wasn’t/isn’t.
Because I’m not a s/w guy I can only contribute by sharing experiences during my quest of RAW file processing…:wink:
And yes, a step like manual adding GPS/IPTC metadata with another free tool like ExifTool (+ GUI) is also possible. But adds another imho unnecessary hurdle.
So a piece of software, like RT, which incorporates this, or in my opinion should not omit it, would benefit from this kind of features.
And although not crucial; all small enhancements contribute to overall user satisfaction.

But, maybe I’m wrong…:thinking: I don’t hope even this reply would be considered ‘aggressive’?

You put a smile on my face! Thanks.
Even with paid software (like Adobe products I pay for each month), they don’t solve many bug reports…

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We are all good! Thanks for the clarification. No hard feelings on this side.
You are in fact not wrong. Just be patient and someone will take care of it… eventually. Maybe I overreacted, sometimes it happens… then you sleep over it and things get back to normal :slight_smile:

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Sorry to butt in, but…

  1. I have been using RT for almost a year
  2. For the last month, I’ve been using RT5.4-dev, aka 5.5 and it’s even better.
  3. Originally I was a Lightroom user
  4. Then I switched to Darktable
  5. and now to Rawtherapee

I’m getting better images with RT (yes I miss a good DAM, so I’m using Digikam). Now an integrated Digikam/Rawtherapee would be even more fantastic!

But meanwhile. Thanks, THANKS, THANKS to all the people doing the hard work, including the rawpedia documentation.

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year


Syv (a very happy and grateful user)