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Script to fix timestamps of files based on filenames. Default filename regular expression looks for filenames named by CameraSync. I developed this to fix an annoying issue where timestamps were wrong for files uploaded from my iPhone, which made Aperture/iPhoto sort them incorrectly (because videos don't have EXIF data).
#!/usr/bin/env python
Little script to set timestamps based on filenames for files uploaded to
Dropbox by CameraSync.
:author: Dan Blanchard
:date: September, 2013
from __future__ import print_function, unicode_literals
import argparse
import logging
import os
import re
from datetime import datetime
from time import mktime, strftime
from stat import ST_ATIME
def main():
Handles command line arguments and gets things started.
# Get command line arguments
parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(
description="Fixes timestamps for files that are named in the format\
'YYYY-MM-DD at*'. If given a file that does\
not fit the format, it is just skipped.",
parser.add_argument('target_file', help='File to fix timestamp for.',
parser.add_argument('-t', '--timestamp_re',
help='Regular expression to use to find timestamp in \
filename. Must define year, month, day, hour, \
minute, and second capture groups.',
default=(r'^(?P<year>[0-9]{4})-(?P<month>[0-9]{2})-' +
r'(?P<day>[0-9]{2}) at (?P<hour>[0-9]{2}).' +
args = parser.parse_args()
# initialize the logger
logging.basicConfig(format='%(asctime)s - %(levelname)s - %(message)s',
timestamp_re = re.compile(args.timestamp_re)
# Loop through given files
for f in args.target_file:
# Check if the filename starts with a CameraSync-formatted timestamp
match =
if match:
# Get current access time
st = os.stat(f)
atime = st[ST_ATIME]
# Create new struct_time out of regex match
new_mtime = datetime(int('year')),
# Modify the file timestamp
os.utime(f, (atime, mktime(new_mtime)))'Set timestamp for {0} to '.format(f) +
strftime("%a, %d %b %Y %H:%M:%S", new_mtime))
logging.warn(('Skipping {0} because it did not match timestamp ' +
'regex {1}').format(f, args.timestamp_re))
if __name__ == '__main__':
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