tracker-extract - Man Page

Extract metadata from a file.


tracker extract FILE


tracker extract reads the file provided and extracts any metadata it can from this file, then displays the metadata on standard output.

The metadata is displayed as a SPARQL update command, that can be run against a SPARQL endpoint to update its copy of the metadata.

The actual extraction is done by a separate process. This is done to isolate the calling process from any memory leaks or crashes in the libraries Tracker uses to extract metadata.

For more information see the libtracker-extract reference documentation.


-v, ā€‰--verbosity=<LEVEL>

This sets the log verbosity for the extractor process.

The possible LEVEL options are:

  • debug - Show EVERYTHING, from debug messages to errors.
  • detailed - Show enough detail to understand what is happening.
  • minimal - Show an overview of what is going on
  • errors - Show only warnings, criticals, errors or fatal events.
-o, ā€‰--output-format=<FORMAT>

Choose which format to use to output results. Supported formats are sparql, turtle and json-ld.


Using command line to extract metadata from a file:

$ tracker extract /path/to/some/file.mp3



This is the directory which tracker uses to load the shared libraries from (used for extracting metadata for specific file types). These are needed on each invocation of tracker-store. If unset it will default to the correct place. This is used mainly for testing purposes. The default location is /usr/lib/tracker-1.0/extract-modules/.


This is the directory which tracker uses to load the rules files from. The rules files describe extractor modules and their supported MIME types. The default location is /usr/share/tracker/extract-rules/.


Don't use GSettings, instead use a config file similar to how settings were saved in 0.10.x. That is, a file which is much like an .ini file. These are saved to $HOME/.config/tracker/

See Also

tracker-store(1), tracker-sparql(1), tracker-stats(1), tracker-info(1).



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