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Move all images in a directory into a directory hierarchy based on year, month and day based on exif information

Terminal - Move all images in a directory into a directory hierarchy based on year, month and day based on exif information
exiftool '-Directory<DateTimeOriginal' -d %Y/%m/%d dir
2009-08-04 11:47:34
User: karel1980
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Move all images in a directory into a directory hierarchy based on year, month and day based on exif information

This command would move the file "dir/image.jpg" with a "DateTimeOriginal" of "2005:10:12 16:05:56" to "2005/10/12/image.jpg".

This is a literal example from the exiftool man page, very useful for classifying photo's. The possibilities are endless.

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Terminal - Alternatives
exiftool -d %Y-%m-%d_%H.%M.%S%%-c.%%e "-filename<CreateDate" .

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Anything like this for Music?

Comment by matthewbauer 259 weeks and 5 days ago

I recall id3v2 can print id3v2 tags so maybe that can be used to do something similar? More logic would be required to do the same with other (free ;) music formats. Python may be a better choice as it comes with batteries :)

Comment by spaceyjase 259 weeks and 5 days ago

mp3info does what I want:

for file in *.mp3;do mv "${file}" $(mp3info -p "%a/%l/%t.mp3" "${file}");done

The problem is mv won't create directories.

Comment by matthewbauer 259 weeks and 5 days ago

then how about a

mkdir -p $(mp3info -p "%a/%l")

before the mv?

Comment by dstahlke 259 weeks and 4 days ago

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