Feature #465

Support standalone JPEG APP1 segments as an Image format

Added by Andreas Huggel over 15 years ago. Updated about 6 years ago.

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JPEG parser should be able to read/write standalone JPEG APP1 segments, leave the code common in JpegImage.
An App1Image class derived from JpegBase will deal with the format recognition.

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From an email exchange with Gilles Caulier:

This seems to be a complete JPEG APP1 Exif segment. To support this in Exiv2,
I'll need to tweak the JPEG parser a bit to also accept such a segment alone,
but will have to be very careful to avoid side effects.
A quick hack is faster: The TIFF header starts 10 bytes into the file, so just
add 10 from the beginning of the data buffer and use ExifData::load...

// Read the file into a memory buffer
long len = io.size();
DataBuf buf(len);, buf.size_);
if (io.error() || io.eof()) throw Error(14);
ExifData exifData;
int rc = exifData.load(buf.pData_ + 10, buf.size_ - 10);


On Tuesday 11 April 2006 04:44, you wrote:


Here we are a bin raw exif file extrcated from my Minolta Dynax 5D camera
using gphoto2 interface (via digikam camera gui)

This file cannot be parsed by Exiv2. I don't know why...

But, this file can be parsed using libexif (via old implementation of

Can you give me your viewpoint ? This problem can be fixed easily into
Exiv2 core ?

Thanks in advance

Gilles Caulier


exif_from_gphoto_camera.dat (52.4 KB) exif_from_gphoto_camera.dat Redmine Admin, 10 Apr 2006 19:53

Related issues

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Updated by Jim Nelson over 11 years ago

Just a note: the fix listed above is out-of-date. I had to use this to work around the problem:

Exiv2::Image::AutoPtr image = Exiv2::ImageFactory::create(Exiv2::ImageType::jpeg);
Exiv2::ExifParser::decode(image->exifData(), data + 10, n_data - 10);


Updated by Robin Mills about 6 years ago

  • Description updated (diff)
  • Category changed from metadata to not-a-bug
  • Status changed from New to Closed
  • Assignee set to Robin Mills
  • Target version set to 0.26

I don't believe there is such a file format. It is not listed here:

It would be possible to write a little filter app1tojpeg to wrap such the file into a genuine JPEG which can be handled by Exiv2.


Updated by Robin Mills about 6 years ago

  • % Done changed from 0 to 100

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