Info Sidebar

The Info Sidebar shows various information about the image and can also be used for metadata editing.

To toggle display of the Sort Manager select View ▸ Info Sidebar ( Ctrl+K ) .

It consists of several panes. Left-clicking on the pane title expands or collapses the pane. Right-clicking on the pane title or on empty space opens a context menu allowing you to add and remove panes, or move them up and down.


This histogram is identical to that shown in the Image Overlay . It can be configured by right-click to modify the display of color or linear/logarithmic scale.


Title text is stored in the Xmp.dc.title tag.


Comment text is stored in the Xmp.dc.description tag.


Keywords, together with a flexible search tool, are essential for handling large image collections.

Geeqie has free-form keywords and a hierarchical method of adding new keywords to an image.

Keywords are stored in the Xmp.dc.subject tag.

Keywords are not case-sensitive unless selected as so in Preferences

The Keyword pane in the sidebar consists of two sections:

  • The left hand section which is for free-form keywords
  • The right hand section which is a hierarchical structure, allowing sets of keywords to be added.

The contents of the left-hand box is the data written to file.

The right-hand section has two types of entries :

  • Keywords
  • Helpers

An example of keyword hierarchy is:

        [ ] animal
        [ ]   mammal
        [ ]     dog
        [ ]     cat
        [ ]   insect
        [ ]     fly
        [ ]     dragonfly
        [ ]   morning
        [ ]   afternoon

In this example daytime is a Helper, and all the others are keywords. Helpers are not stored in metadata - their purpose is only as an organisational aide.

In the above example if cat is clicked, both mammal and animal will also automatically be checked, and all three transferred to the left hand box, ready for writing as metadata.

If a hierarchy of keywords are checked, and the top-level item then un-checked, all lower level keywords will also be unchecked and will be removed from the left-hand pane.

This action cannot be undone.

Irrespective of their position in a hierarchy in the right-hand box, all keywords are written as individual entries into metadata. When metadata for an image is read in, Geeqie will attempt to recreate any hierarchies within the data, and display it accordingly in the right-hand box.

Right-click on the left-hand box allows the selected keywords to be written to the currently selected files - the keywords may be either added to the existing contents, or entirely replace the existing content.

Keyword completion is used when selecting keywords. If the selected area includes part of a keyword, the selection will automatically be expanded to cover the whole keyword. If no text is selected, all keywords will be used.

Right-click on the right-hand box allows a connection to be made between a keyword and a mark. The Marking Images section shows how marks and keywords inter-operate.

The ordering of keywords in the right-hand box may be changed by drag-and-drop.

The meta-data write operation for a file is triggered either manually or as defined in Metadata .

If the right-click menu item Revert is executed at any time after a Show all or Collapse all , the keyword layout will be restored to the state prior to the Show all or Collapse all .

If the right-click menu item Revert is executed at any time before a Show all or Collapse all , the keyword layout will be restored to the state existing at start-up.

The selections in the sub-menu On any change will affect the operation of the Revert option.

Keyword Autocompletion

The text box at the bottom of the keywords pane is used for autocompletion. Any keywords typed into the standard keyword box or the autocompletion box will be remembered as candidates for future autocompletion.

Frequently used sets of keywords can be entered as comma-delimited lists.

The list of keywords used for autocompletion can be edited on the Keywords tab of the Preferences dialog.

The menu action "Keyword autocomplete", set to Alt + K by default, will shift the keyboard focus to the autocomplete box. Pressing Alt + K a second time will shift the keyboard focus back to the previous object.

List panes

There are five list panes, whose contents can be configured to display Exif, XMP or IPTC metadata tags. The five panes are:

  • Title
  • Exif
  • File Info
  • Location and GPS
  • Copyright

Any metadata tag can be displayed in any pane - the pane titles merely exist as an organisational aide.

It is possible to reorganise the data displayed by drag-and-dropping any item within a pane, or from one pane to another (although in some cases it makes little sense to do so).

It is not possible to undo these actions, nor is there a way to reset the display to its original settings.

It is also possible to drag new items from the Exif Window onto any pane.

As an aide, in addition to standard metadata tags, Geeqie can call lua scripts and also provides certain pre-formatted tags. These tags are:

Tag Replaced by Meta data
formatted.Camera Camera and software name
formatted.DateTime Image Date
formatted.ShutterSpeed Shutter speed in seconds (e.g. 1/60s)
formatted.Aperture Aperture (e.g. f5.6)
formatted.ExposureBias Exposure bias (e.g. +0.3)
formatted.ISOSpeedRating ISO sensitivity (e.g. 100)
formatted.FocalLength Focal length
formatted.FocalLength35mmFilm Focal length 35mm
formatted.SubjectDistance Subject distance
formatted.Flash Flash
formatted.Resolution Resolution
formatted.ColorProfile Color profile
formatted.GPSAltitude Altitude above sea level
formatted.GPSPosition Latitude, Longitude
formatted.localtime Local time corrected for UTC offset, DST correction 4
formatted.timezone Timezone indicated by GPS lat/long values 5
formatted.countryname ISO 3166 country name indicated by GPS lat/long values
formatted.countrycode ISO 3166 two-letter abbreviated country name indicated by GPS lat/long values
file.size file size in bytes file date and time in human readable form
file.mode file mode flags
file.ctime refer to operating system documentation for the meaning of ctime
file.owner the file's owner. Refer to operating system documentation for the meaning of file permissions the file's group. Refer to operating system documentation for the meaning of file permissions
file.class the file's class e.g. Image, RAW image etc. if the file is a symbolic link, shows the path of the source file
file.page_no if the file is a multi-page file, e.g. .tiff, the current page number and page total is displayed (e.g. [2/10])
lua.lensID lens identification data 6
lua.<lua script> Call a lua script 7

Right-clicking on an item opens the context menu:

Add entry

Exif, IPTC, XMP or Geeqie formatted exif tags.


Displayed title text.

Show only if set

Inhibit display if the tag is empty.


Displays the value as editable.

Geeqie internally converts Exif and IPTC metadata to XMP on read and back on write, thus any changes made to Exif and IPTC here will be lost on write. You must edit the corresponding XMP instead.

An exception is Makernote tags which don't have an equivalent in XMP. However Makernotes cannot be written to an external file (a sidecar or Geeqie metadata file).

Show hidden
Shows all entries regardless of Show only if set .

Map Display

Geeqie can display maps created by the . To use this facility, Geeqie must have been compiled with the --enable-map option.

  • Image location display

    All geocoded images in the currently displayed folder will show as small icons on the map. Clicking the icon will expand the icon to show an image thumbnail, plus other pre-defined image data.

    Right-click on the map will show other map options.

    Middle-click controls the map-centering function.

  • Geo-coded search

    Left-click stores the latitude/longitude under the cursor into the clipboard. This may be used to define the origin of a geocode search .

  • Geo-coding Images

    If an image is not geocoded, the filename or icon on the file pane can be dragged-and-dropped onto the map. The image latitude and longitude xmp meta-data will be updated to the drop position on the map.

  • Map Centering

    If an internet URL containing a valid latitude and longitude is dropped on the map, the map will be re-centered on that location. The zoom level will not change. Refer to Decoding Latitude and Longitude .


Refer to UTC and DST section.


Refer to UTC and DST section.

6 Requires lua and exiftool.
This function may be slow.
7The output is expected to be text.