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I have a lot of Photos with lat, long, and altitude information. When I start the import, I get an error message.

Do I need to prepare a blank point layer before importing? Is there another python plugin that is required?

I have had some Gis training, but am not a programmer. I use win7 and Lisboa.

Thanks for any answers.

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Yes, you need to install the software ExifTool. The most direct method is to follow the link below, which recommends for windows users the download from

I have followed this and the Geotag Photo tool in QGIS works for me. I once found a problem when I had more than one install of ExifTool, but no problems now.

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Hi and thank you for your answers. – greos Oct 7 '12 at 1:05
You will also need to configure the path to the exiftool.exe, by making the setting in the plugin's menu. You will have to edit the exiftool filename to exiftool.exe – BillyWill Apr 10 '14 at 6:06

On Windows you do have to install ExifTools manually as mentioned in the other posts above. But I could not get it working without knowing where to install it to.

  1. Download the python library from [][1]

  2. Extract the folder "ExifRead-2.1.1" (the version number may vary) to any location on your harddrive. Although "C:\Program Files\QGIS Wien\apps\Python27\Lib\site-packages" should be prefered.

  3. In the folder "C:\Program Files\QGIS Wien\apps\Python27\Lib\site-packages" (or any other folder that is configured within the QGIS python-path environement) add a new file "exiftools.pth" with just one line of text containing the path to the folder where you extracted the files at step 1 into. You may need admin privileges to do so. In my case that file would contain the following line:

C:\Program Files\QGIS Wien\apps\Python27\Lib\site-packages.

  1. Restart QGIS for an update of the pythonpath environement.
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