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Remove metadata from your documents from the command line

Edit and remove metadata from the command line

MetaClean Command Line is a powerful tool to add, edit, remove, export and view metadata from Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Visio), Open/Libre Office (word processors, spreadsheets and presentations), PDF and Multimedia files (Image, Audio and Video).

This tool can be operated from command line, enabling it to be invoked from a script for automatic hidden data removal (Scheduled Task).

MetaClean has been tested in the Softpedia labs using several industry-leading security solutions and found to be completely clean of adware/spyware/viruses components.

Key Features

  • Compatible with the following platforms: Microsoft Windows, Linux, Unix and Mac OS X.
  • Monitors local directories or network shares in order to automatically add or remove metadata from documents:
    • This tool is able to detect in real time what is happening to the relevant directory on the file system.
    • If a directory is being monitored, this tool will detect documents that have been changed or added to automatically remove metadata.
  • Removes meta information in a wide variety of media files (Image, Audio and Video).
  • This tool can remove or edit metadata from files even if they are compressed within ZIP and 7Z files.
  • New feature to do custom searches for metadata in all your documents.
  • This tool allows to export the metadata to Excel files.
  • Support for encrypted PDF files.
  • MetaClean is specially designed to clean hundreds documents at once.
  • Processes large files (files larger than 100 MB).
  • Generates a report that shows the process result of each of the processed files.
  • MetaClean Command Line does not require any extra software installation (third-party tool is not required).
  • Multi-lingual support (Spanish/English).
  • Removes Hidden Data and Personal Information: Printers path, document history edition, etc ...
  • Latest published version: MetaClean Command Line v.3.1.8 (August 2018)

Examples of use

  • Example 1 (Windows Platform):
  • MetaCleanCL.exe -h 

    PARAMETERS FOR EDITING METADATA
    -------------------------------
    Action parameters:
    -------------------
    -h --> Display help.
    -d [full_path_to_input_files_directory] --> Local directory or network shares containing the documents to be processed.
    -watchDir [full_path_to_input_files_directory] --> Monitors local directory or network shares in order to automatically add or remove metadata from documents. If -watchDir parameter is set then -d and -f parameters are not allowed.
    *Note: -watchDir option requires MetaClean CL Extended Edition License.
    -type [mo,oo,pdf,mm,zip,7z] --> File type to be processed: mo (Microsoft Office files), oo (Open/Libre Office files), pdf (PDF files), mm (MultiMedia files: image, audio and video files), zip, 7z.
    -search [metasearch-N] --> Among the files found in the specified directory, look for those files whose metadata match those specified in the metasearch-N.properties file, this file is located in the installation directory.
    -f [full_path_to_input_file] --> Input file, MetaClean CL will process the input file. If -f parameter is set then -d, -r and -type parameters are not allowed.
    -metadata [template-N|remove|export|view] --> Parameter to select an action to perform from documents metadata:
    template-N: Set custom metadata to documents. In order to set the required custom metadata, go to MetaClean Command Line install path and edit the template-N.properties file.
    remove: All metadata will be removed from files.
    export -fileExp [full_path_to_excel_file]: The metadata from documents will be exported to an Excel file.
    view: Views the metadata from the specified file.
    *Note: For Multimedia file type (mm), export and custom options are not allowed.

    Optional parameters:
    --------------------
    -r --> Searches for files recursively into input directory.
    -o [full_path_to_output_files_directory]--> To keep the original files as they were before MetaClean processes them and set the path to write new files.
    -protectPdfSigned [true|false] --> Set true to protect signed PDF files from metadata modifications, default value is false.
    -log [full_path_to_output_log_filename] --> Writes the results of each action in a output log file.
    -logSize [limit] --> Limits the maximum size of the log files, in case the file reaches this size MetaClean CL will create a new one up to a maximum of 5 files. This means that the log files can be overwritten.

    Other parameters:
    -----------------
    -v --> Displays MetaClean CL version.
    -MetaCleanID --> Displays the Identification Code of your License. (needed for product registration).
    -activate [activation_code] --> Activate your license.

    This example displays a description of each of the available options.

  • Example 2 (Windows Platform):
  • MetaCleanCL.exe -f "C:\Documents and Setting\myDocs\example1.pdf" -metadata view

    This example displays metadata from the specified input file.

  • Example 3 (Windows Platform):
  • MetaCleanCL.exe -d "C:\Documents and Setting\myDocs" -r -type pdf,mm -metadata remove -o "C:\tmp" -log "C:\tmp\clean.log" -logSize 1

    The following command line remove metadata from PDF, image, audio and video files located in "C:\Documents and Setting\myDocs" directory and subdirectories, the cleaned files are saved in "C:\tmp" folder and the process log is saved to a set of 5 files of 1 Mb, with the filename pattern: clean_NUMBER.log

  • Example 4 (Windows Platform):
  • MetaCleanCL.exe -watchDir "C:\wamp64\www\myDocs" -r -type pdf,mo -metadata remove -protectPdfSigned true

    This example removes the metadata from PDF (excluding PDF signed files) and Microsoft Office files from the specified directory and subdirectories, as recursive flag is set (-r). When this process has finished, MetaClean will monitor the "C:\wamp64\www\myDocs" directory (and subdirectories) in order to automatically remove metadata from new or updated documents. The process output will be displayed on the terminal. (No log files will be created).

    start /B MetaCleanCL.exe -watchDir "C:\wamp64\www\myDocs" -r -type pdf,mo -metadata remove

    To run the process in the background (Windows)

    java -jar MetaCleanCL.jar -watchDir "/wamp64/www/myDocs" -r -type pdf,mo -metadata remove & 

    To run the process in the background (Linux/Unix)

  • Example 5 (Linux, Unix and Mac OS X Platforms):
  • java -jar MetaCleanCL.jar -d "/home/myUser/Documents" -type pdf,oo,mo,zip -metadata template-1

    This example add custom metadata specified in template-1.properties file for all supported documents even they are zipped (PDF, Open/Libre Office, Microsoft Office) in "/home/myUser/Documents" directory (not subdirectories as -r is not set). MetaClean CL will overwrite the original files to add the custom metadata to them, the process output will be displayed on the terminal. (No log files will be created).

  • Example 6 (Linux, Unix and Mac OS X Platforms):
  • java -jar MetaCleanCL.jar -d "/home/myUser/Documents" -r -type pdf,oo,mo -metadata export -fileExp "/home/myUser/tmp/metadata.xls"

    This example exports metadata from PDF, Open/Libre Office, Microsoft Office documents located in "/home/myUser/Documents" directory and subdirectories and export metadata from them to an excel file in: "/home/myUser/tmp/metadata.xls"

  • Example 7 (Linux, Unix and Mac OS X Platforms):
  • java -jar MetaCleanCL.jar -d "/home/myUser/Documents" -r -type pdf,xlsx -search metasearch-1 -metadata remove

    Search for PDF and Excel files found in "/home/myUser/Documents" directory and subdirectories where metadata match the values specified in the metasearch-1.properties file.

Available Metadata

  • Document title.
  • Subject of the document.
  • Author of the document.
  • Keywords document.
  • Creation date of the document.
  • Modification date of the document.
  • Creator tool.
  • Company name.
  • Administrator.
  • Custom properties of the document.
  • Category of the document.
  • Document status.
  • Document modified by.
  • Document review.
  • Document template.
  • Producer.
  • Type of content document.
  • Time editing of the document.
  • Printed date of the document.
  • Comments of the document.

Benefits of Buying a License

  • Enables you to edit metadata in hundreds documents at once. The trial license is limited to a maximum of 3 documents at once.
  • The license is per computer for unlimited time.
  • 1-Year support and updates.
  • Deletes the message: "Developed by MetaClean (www.adarsus.com) -Trial License-" of "Producer" metadata.

Product versions

  • MetaClean Command Line Home Edition: For Personal/Domestic Use -Installation on PC Architecture-
    • Standard Edition: Allows to process an unlimited number of files.
    • Extended Edition: Allows to use directory monitoring functionality (-watchDir parameter).
    • Does not allow the processing of files located on network drives or external disks.
  • MetaClean Command Line Enterprise Edition: For Enterprise Use -Installation on Server Architecture-
    • Standard Edition: Allows to process an unlimited number of files.
    • Extended Edition: Allows to use directory monitoring functionality (-watchDir parameter).
    • Allows the processing of files located on network drives and/or external disks.
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