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Accessing Image EXIF Data (Creation Date & Location) of an image

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I am trying to find a reliable way of accessing the Creation Date & Location Data from an image selected from Photos. I wrote a demo app and everything seemed to work fine for some initial tests the code is as follows:

   //selected Image
    func imagePickerController(_
        picker: UIImagePickerController,
        didFinishPickingMediaWithInfo info: [UIImagePickerController.InfoKey : Any]) {

        let uiImage = info[UIImagePickerController.InfoKey.originalImage] as! UIImage
        image = Image(uiImage: uiImage)

        if let asset: PHAsset = info[UIImagePickerController.InfoKey.phAsset] as? PHAsset {
            print("Asset: \(asset)")
            print("Creation Data \(String(describing: asset.creationDate))")
            print("Location: \(String(describing: asset.location))")
        } else {
            print("Asset: nil")
        isShown = false

Originally this was correctly showing the creation data and location data but unfortunately it has now stopped working, the line:

      if let asset: PHAsset = info[UIImagePickerController.InfoKey.phAsset] as? PHAsset {

Always returns nil

Could this be down to permissions? The info.plist file contains the following: Privacy - Photo Library Usage Description Privacy - Photo Librar Additions Usage Description

I know the image contains the relevent data because if I open the image in Photos it shows it location on a map

Is there a better way? Ideally I want to store the image in CoreData along with its creation data and location. On Andriod I would simply store the image as a .jpeg file and pull the info from the image after loading it.


I'm having the same issue, did you ever find a solution @markpuk?


How do you do this with the new PHPhotoPicker in ios14? I need to change the creation date of images which are loaded with the PHPhotoPicker.


I created a blog post about it. Feel free to check it out:


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