DefinitelyTyped icon, indicating that this package has TypeScript declarations provided by the separate @types/jpeg-autorotate package

    1.1.0 • Public • Published

    Version Build Status Downloads Dependencies devDependencies


    Rotates JPEG images based on EXIF orientation.

    What does it do

    This tool applies the right orientation to a JPEG image, based on its EXIF tag. More precisely, it:

    • Rotates the pixels
    • Rotates the thumbnail, if there is one
    • Writes 1 in the Orientation EXIF tag (this is the default orientation)
    • Updates the PixelXDimension and PixelYDimension EXIF values
    • Does not alter the other EXIF tags

    It may be useful, if:

    • You need to compress your image with a tool that strips EXIF data without rotating the pixels (like the great ImageOptim)
    • You need to upload the image, but the destination application does not support EXIF orientation (like WordPress)
    • You just want to get rid of the orientation tag, while leaving the other tags intact

    More information about EXIF:


    Install with npm:

    $ npm install jpeg-autorotate --global
    # --global isn't required if you plan to use the node module 



    # Rotates a single image 
    $ jpeg-autorotate /Users/johan/IMG_1234.jpg
    # Rotates a set of images 
    $ jpeg-autorotate /Users/johan/images/IMG_*.jpg

    Node module

    The tool is available as a Node module. It will load the image, apply the rotation, and return the binary data as a Buffer, allowing you to:

    • Save it on disk
    • Load it in an image processing module (like jimp, lwip, gm...)
    • ...

    Sample usage

    var jo = require('jpeg-autorotate');
    var options = {quality: 85};
    jo.rotate('/Users/johan/IMG_1234.jpg', options, function(error, buffer, orientation)
        if (error)
            console.log('An error occurred when rotating the file: ' + error.message);
        console.log('Orientation was: ' + orientation);
        // ...
        // Do whatever you need with the buffer
        // ...

    Error handling

    The error object returned in the callback contains a readable message, but also a code for better error handling. Available codes are the following:

    var jo = require('jpeg-autorotate');
    jo.errors.read_file; // File could not be opened
    jo.errors.read_exif; // EXIF data could not be read
    jo.errors.no_orientation; // No orientation tag was found
    jo.errors.unknown_orientation; // The orientation tag is unknown
    jo.errors.correct_orientation; // The image orientation is already correct
    jo.errors.rotate_file; // An error occurred when rotating the image

    Sample usage:

    var jo = require('jpeg-autorotate');
    jo.rotate('/image.jpg', function(error, buffer, orientation)
        if (error && error.code === jo.errors.correct_orientation)
            console.log('The orientation of this image is already correct!');


    The following options are available.

    Option Context Default value Description
    quality CLI, module 100 Quality of the JPEG - Uncompressed by default, so the resulting image may be bigger than the original one
    jobs CLI 10 Max number of concurrent processes, when loading several images

    To use options with the CLI:

    $ jpeg-autorotate /image.jpg --jobs=100 --quality=85


    This project uses semver.

    Version Date Notes
    1.1.0 2016-04-23 Adds test suite, removes lwip dependency
    1.0.3 2016-03-29 Displays help when no path given in CLI
    1.0.2 2016-03-21 Adds missing options in CLI help
    1.0.1 2016-03-21 Fixes NPM publishing fail ^_^
    1.0.0 2016-03-21 Initial version


    This project is released under the MIT License.



    npm i jpeg-autorotate@1.1.0





    Last publish


    • johansatge