Exiv2 project submission to the KDE community

alexander.esseling@googlemail.com alexander.esseling at gmail.com
Tue Mar 2 20:38:15 GMT 2021

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am writing to you on behalf of the Exiv2 project https://exiv2.org.

Exiv2 is a C++ library and a command-line utility to read, write, delete
and modify Exif, IPTC, XMP and ICC image metadata. It is widely used in the
Linux ecosystem and part of many applications such as digiKam, Gimp,
darktable and many more.

The Exiv2 project is hosted at the moment on GitHub (
https://github.com/Exiv2/exiv2). We would like to evaluate the possibility
of onboarding the Exiv2 project into the KDE community.

The project is in good shape and the next release is scheduled to ship May
2021. There is a small group of people who frequently contribute to the
project.  However the current maintainer, Robin Mills, is retiring at the
age of 70 after 13 years of service to the project.  Robin has written a
book about the project and discusses every aspect of both the Exiv2
Architecture and Image Metadata Standards.

Last Saturday (2021-02-27) there was a meeting concerning the future of the
Exiv2 and we tried to find a new maintainer.  Regrettably because of the
time demand imposed on the maintainer, no one volunteered.  By joining the
KDE community we hope to address this issue and keep this important project
alive. The meeting notes can be found on the GitHub issue (

In addition to finding a new maintainer, being part of KDE would bring
Exiv2 into the Open Invention Network.  We are very interested in this
aspect of KDE as it mitigates risks involved in patent discussions.


Alex Esseling and Robin Mills
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