Auto tagging for Plone

Plone, tagging, keywords, autorotation, EXIF, IPTC, XMP, image, inqbus
pip install inqbus.tagging==1.0.6



This module allows automatic keyword tagging of multimedia content with a strong focus on images.

Inqbus.tagging processes metadata of the following keyword sources: Filename/Title, EXIF, IPTC, XMP. Any Plone Object-Type can be processed.

Keywords from Filename

The metadata is filtered by configurable filters. For each metadata source there is a filter which can be switched on/off independently.

The filename/title may be filtered by a regular expression you are free to craft. The regular expression enables you to filter, strip, split into words, what you like. You can decide if you like to have new keywords to be extracted from the title or if you want use only keywords from the title that match existing ones, or both strategies with different regular expressions in parallel.

Keywords from EXIF, IPTC and XMP

EXIF, IPTC and XMP are filtered firstly by a positive list of tags for each category.

For every tag in a filter can be defined a regular expression and a format string to cut and format the way you like. Lets assume you have metadata tags with the structure "Asimov, Isaac; Bradley, Alex" you can transform them into the Plone tags "Isaac Asimov" and "Alex Bradley" easily.

Since there are lots of possible tags available inqbus.tagging comes with tag import views for each metadata category. Each tag import view allows for opening an arbitrary file in Plone to inspect its metadata and to select and transfer metadata tag names into the tag configuration.

Improved manual tagging of images

Inqbus.tagging supports manual tagging of images by providing a preview image column in the folder_contents-View. Also inqbus.tagging brings lossless EXIF image auto rotation back to Plone.

Retagging of already uploaded content

If you have changed your autotagging config you can use the "retag" Button in the folder_contents-View to rerun the auto tagging on certain objects.


This code is work in progress crafted in after hours. It may not be save for production sites, but runs fine in our setup. We welcome anyone to improve the code.


  • Plone 5
  • z3c.forms
  • IPTCInfo
  • exifread
  • jpegtran-cffi (libjpeg8, cython, cffi) for fast and loss less auto rotation.
Note: If not using jpegtran the EXIF auto rotation falls back to PIL. The XMP-Metadata in auto rotated files then is lost since PIL does not respect XMP.
Also the rotated images are larger and a bit blurred. So we strongly suggest to use jpegtran-cffi.

Installation of jpegtran-cffi

Building jpegtran-cffi on debian jessie:

aptitude install build-essential python-dev libturbojpeg1-dev libjpeg62-turbo-dev libffi-dev pip install cffi pip install jpegtran-cffi


Add inqbus.tagging to your buildout eggs.:


To use inqbus.tagging with jpegtran-cffi add inqbus.tagging[jpegtran] to your buildout eggs.:


jpegtran-cffi is used for the rotation of the images. If you do not use it images will be rotated using Pillow. This leads to metadata loss especially xmp-data.


For removing all stored configurations run the profile profile-inqbus.tagging:purge.

Then go to Configuration -> Extensions. Select uninstall inqbus.tagging.

Using inqbus.tagging

Configure Auto-Tagging

Go to Configuration -> inqbus.tagging Configuration:

Select Tags by Tag Import

To make selecting meta-information more easier, you can use Inqbus Tagging - Tag Imports in Site Setup to select meta-fields.

Therefore select an image and press ok. A list of available fields will be displayed including the value of the selected image as example.

Select your tags and press ok. All selected tags are added to the list in Inqbus Tagging Settings and can be configured there.

Enable Auto-Tagging for other Contenttypes

Register a subscriber like:


for every contenttype you want to tag.

Manage existing Tags

For managing existing tags you can use a modified version of Products.PloneKeywordManager.

Here you can join tags used for the same content or delete not wanted tags.

Extended Folder_contents-View

Image Preview

To make working with Images more easier a preview-column was added to the folder_contents-View and can be selected like all other columns.


To migrate existing objects you can use the Retag-Action in the folder_contents-View.


Processing XMP is done by parsing the RDF:XML-Data structure directly utilizing LXML. Usually XMP is parsed by tools based on Adobe's XMP-Toolkit which fiddles a lot with the tag values to make them appear right. There seems to be no Python XMP-Lib out there which does not requires an image file name to process a file. Even in the underlying C++ Code there appears no good entry point for processing image data from a ZODB-Blob. So we decided to parse the XMP "by hand" and do without the Adobe corrections. So please be not disappointed if the XMP tags you have applied to your image by Photoshop 10 years ago may come out a bit askew.


We take part in a small foto group in germany. Our site presents 20.000+ high quality images tagged by 2000+ keywords under CC license. Using Plone for a long time we like to give back our knowledge to the community.