11 July 2009 @ 11:46WordPress lacks support for EXIF image orientation

Apparently, WordPress doesn’t support EXIF orientation data in photos. This was reported 14 months ago in this WordPress Trac entry, and originally set for the WordPress 2.5.1 release, however, it has been postponed several times and is now set for WordPress 2.9. Fortunately, the severity has also been changed from “normal” to “major”.

This is not an uncommon problem, and I’ve seen it on other sites that allow image uploading (MySpace, Facebook, etc.), but I feel like EXIF orientation support should have been included when WordPress added the Gallery feature in version 2.5.

This was discovered when uploading both the down-scaled and full-size photos emailed from the iPhone to WordPress.

Until this is resolved, photos should be re-saved or exported from an image viewer/editor at the proper orientation before uploading to WordPress.

WordPress lacks EXIF orientation support

Update: Here is a response from WordPress dev Andrew:

Yes, the automatic EXIF image orientation has been pushed back couple of times and is scheduled for WordPress 2.9 together with the other media handling improvements.

It can easily be done on the resized images. The current discussion point is whether to overwrite the original image (has to be overwritten in order to rotate it) loosing the EXIF data and some print quality. It can be rotated after loading with JavaScript but only in newer browsers as the best method is to use .

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  1. jeremy | 16 Jul 2009 @ 13:37 #

    Shouldn’t “oops!” be oriented the wrong way as well? ;)

  2. Jon | 16 Jul 2009 @ 13:38 #

    Ha! The “oops” comes after the image rotation :-)

  3. jeremy | 16 Jul 2009 @ 13:47 #

    haha… yeah I just thought that could work either way.

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