Metadata (EXIF/IPTC/XMP) customisation

Please note this section applies to the archived version RPS 3, please see latest RPS 4 version.

The Random Photo Screensaver offers a customisable metadata display feature. This page gives a short introduction on how you can select the EXIF, IPTC and XMP data from your photos to display the way you want.

The documents and settings folder for the Random Photo Screensaver - typically "C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Application Data\\Random Photo Screensaver", contains a sub folder called 'metadata'. This contains all metadata customisation files.

They are either standard html files or css files. The html and css files should be kept separately.

The template "Sample Metadata Template.html" contains some instructions and examples. It is recommended to rename the filenames of the html and css file if you alter them, to ensure your changes will not be overwritten by installers of any new versions.


A single line of metadata information is included within <# and #> tags. Everything inside the tags is repeated for each result.

The key for the metadata is selected using curly brackets e.g. {Exif.Image.Model}

You can use regular expressions to select the key by including the regular expression in brackets. The regular expression is case insensitive by default.

Example 1: Select all exif photo tags starting with FocalLength. {[Exif\.Photo\.FocalLength.*]}

Example 2: Select all tags (EXIF/IPTC/XMP) {[.*]}

Example 3: Select all Exif tags {[Exif.*]}

Within a metadata line you can print the key name use {@name} or you can print a pretty name using {@prettyname}. The pretty name prints last part of the key with a space before each upper case character.

See the example HTML file for usage.

Specify style in seperate stylesheet. It will be automatically included when selected.

See the following list of metadata reference tables to see what tags can be used.

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