Is There Any Way to Find Out the Date a JPG Was Created?

By Kristen Waters

The date a JPG image file was created is embedded in the header of the file. Digital cameras place information such as the creation date, ISO used, make and model of the camera and the focus distance in this header. This information is called the "metadata." When the image is placed on your computer, the metadata is part of the image's properties and can be viewed in the file manager of the operating system you are using.

Windows

Step 1

Open the folder that contains your image.

Step 2

Open the "View" menu at the top of the screen and choose the "Thumbnails" option.

Step 3

Right-click on the image in which you are interested.

Step 4

Choose "Properties" from the menu that appears.

Step 5

Click on the "Summary" tab.

Step 6

Click on the "Advanced" tab. The date the image was created is at the bottom of the "Image" section.

Linux

Step 1

Open the directory that contains your image. Use the graphical desktop, not the command line.

Step 2

Click on the "View" drop-down menu on the top right side of the screen.

Step 3

Choose "Icon View" from the list.

Step 4

Right-click on the image in which you are interested.

Step 5

Choose "Properties" from the menu that appears.

Step 6

Click on the "Image" tab. The date the image was created will be found half the way down the list that appears.