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Created August 14, 2018 16:55
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Swift Playground for updating an image file’s metadata without re-processing the image.
// Adapted from Apple's Tech Note, [Modifying Image Metadata Without Recompressing Image](
import Cocoa
import ImageIO
let url = URL(fileURLWithPath: "/path/to/file.tiff")
guard let imageSource = CGImageSourceCreateWithURL(url as CFURL, nil) else { fatalError("Cannot create URL") }
guard var properties = CGImageSourceCopyPropertiesAtIndex(imageSource, 0, nil) as? Dictionary<CFString, Any> else { fatalError("Cannot get image properties") }
properties[kCGImageDestinationDateTime] = Date()
properties[kCGImagePropertyIPTCDictionary] = [kCGImagePropertyIPTCSpecialInstructions: "ABC"]
guard let source = CGImageSourceCreateWithURL(url as CFURL, nil) else {
fatalError("Error: could not create image source for \(url.absoluteString)")
let uti = CGImageSourceGetType(source) ?? "public.tiff" as CFString
let tempUrl = url.deletingLastPathComponent().appendingPathComponent("temp.tiff")
guard let destination = CGImageDestinationCreateWithURL(tempUrl as CFURL, uti, 1, nil) else {
fatalError("Error: could not create image destination for \(url.absoluteString)")
var error: Unmanaged<CFError>?
withUnsafeMutablePointer(to: &error) { errorPtr in
guard CGImageDestinationCopyImageSource(destination, source, properties as CFDictionary?, errorPtr) else {
fatalError("Error: could not copy image data from \(url.absoluteString): \(String(describing: errorPtr.pointee.debugDescription))")
print("kCGImagePropertyIPTCSpecialInstructions are not written to \(tempUrl.absoluteString)")
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