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A PowerShell script to organize photos by date taken. This version should work on a machine with Swedish number format.
[string]$format = "yyyy/yyyy_MM/yyyy_MM_dd"
$shell = New-Object -ComObject Shell.Application
function Get-File-Date {
Param (
$dir = $shell.NameSpace( $object.Directory.FullName )
$file = $dir.ParseName( $object.Name )
# First see if we have Date Taken, which is at index 12
$date = Get-Date-Property-Value $dir $file 12
if ($null -eq $date) {
# If we don't have Date Taken, then find the oldest date from all date properties
0..287 | ForEach-Object {
$name = $dir.GetDetailsof($dir.items, $_)
if ( $name -match '(date)|(created)') {
# Only get value if date field because the GetDetailsOf call is expensive
$tmp = Get-Date-Property-Value $dir $file $_
if ( ($null -ne $tmp) -and (($null -eq $date) -or ($tmp -lt $date))) {
$date = $tmp
return $date
function Get-Date-Property-Value {
Param (
$value = ($dir.GetDetailsof($file, $index) -replace "\u200E") -replace "\u200F"
if ($value -and $value -ne '') {
return [DateTime]::ParseExact($value, 'yyyy/MM/dd HH:mm', $null)
return $null
Get-ChildItem -Attributes !Directory $source -Recurse |
Foreach-Object {
Write-Host "Processing $_"
$date = Get-File-Date $_
if ($date) {
$destinationFolder = Get-Date -Date $date -Format $format
$destinationPath = Join-Path -Path $dest -ChildPath $destinationFolder
# See if the destination file exists and rename until we get a unique name
$newFullName = Join-Path -Path $destinationPath -ChildPath $_.Name
if ($_.FullName -eq $newFullName) {
Write-Host "Skipping: Source file and destination files are at the same location. $_"
$newNameIndex = 1
$newName = $_.Name
while (Test-Path -Path $newFullName) {
$newName = ($_.BaseName + "_$newNameIndex" + $_.Extension)
$newFullName = Join-Path -Path $destinationPath -ChildPath $newName
$newNameIndex += 1
# If we have a new name, then we need to rename in current location before moving it.
if ($newNameIndex -gt 1) {
Rename-Item -Path $_.FullName -NewName $newName
Write-Host "Moving $_ to $newFullName"
# Create the destination directory if it doesn't exist
if (!(Test-Path $destinationPath)) {
New-Item -ItemType Directory -Force -Path $destinationPath
robocopy $_.DirectoryName $destinationPath $newName /mov
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