BASH/YAD script to Read and fix PDF tags in filenames and exif metadata
skipa means (“organize, arrange, place in order”) in Old Norse
skipa is designed to fix and write tags in PDF files so they can be organized
more easily and more tool-agnostically.
I personally use three main tools for indexing and searching my PDF paperwork:
However, I’ve scanned PDF reciepts without adding keywords or tags or even
skipa can be pointed at a single file or at an entire
directory to read metadata from the PDF itself - and what is in the filename -
resolve conflicts, and re-write that metadata in the file itself and in
note: I treat the metadata “Keywords” and the term “tags” interchangeably here
This project is licensed under the MIT license. For the full license, see
To install them on Debian, simply type
sudo apt install grep gawk sed wkhtmltopdf html2text detox xpdf yad libimage-exiftool-perl coreutils file .
The filename format that is generated is a combination of what
gscan2pdf will create
TagSpaces creates. It is in the format:
TITLE_With_Spaces_as_underscores-YYYY-MM-DD[TAG TAG TAG].pdf
Usage is straightforward:
skipa.sh [ path_to_pdf_files | pdf_file ]
Any conflict between the metadata will be presented for resolution. Choose the appropriate radio button or choose “manual resolution” to edit during the loading process.
Once the metadata is loaded, it will all be presented in one dialog box. Additionally, the
file will be loaded in
xpdf to assist if all the metadata is missing. Click save to
rename the file and write the metadata into the file itself.
While it uses exiftool to read and write metadata to the file,
skipa is currently
focusing on PDF files at this time. If asked to work in directory mode, it
file utility to only work on PDF files.
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