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JPEGsnoop 1.8.0 - JPEG File Decoding Utility

by Calvin Hass © 2017

JPEGsnoop is a free Windows application that examines and decodes the inner details of JPEG, MotionJPEG AVI and Photoshop files. It can also be used to analyze the source of an image to test its authenticity.

JPEGsnoop Program Icon


Latest Version: 1.8.0


Every digital photo contains a wealth of hidden information -- JPEGsnoop was written to expose these details to those who are curious.

Not only can one determine the various settings that were used in the digital camera in taking the photo (EXIF metadata, IPTC), but one can also extract information that indicates the quality and nature of the JPEG image compression used by the camera in saving the file. Each digical cameras specifies a compression quality levels, many of them wildly different, leading to the fact that some cameras produce far better JPEG images than others.

What can I do?

Check out a few of the many possible uses for JPEGsnoop!

One of the latest features in JPEGsnoop is an internal database that compares an image against a large number of compression signatures. JPEGsnoop reports what digital camera or software was likely used to generate the image. This is extremely useful in determining whether or not a photo has been edited / tampered in any way. If the compression signature matches Photoshop, then you can be pretty sure that the photo is no longer an original! This type of analysis is sometimes referred to as Digital Image Ballistics / Forensics.

JPEGsnoop reports a huge amount of information, including: quantization table matrix (chrominance and luminance), chroma subsampling, estimates JPEG Quality setting, JPEG resolution settings, Huffman tables, EXIF metadata, Makernotes, RGB histograms, etc. Most of the JPEG JFIF markers are reported. In addition, you can enable a full huffman VLC decode, which will help those who are learning about JPEG compression and those who are writing a JPEG decoder.

JPEGsnoop can now also parse and decode Photoshop files!

Other potential uses: determine quality setting used in Photoshop Save As or Save for Web settings, increasing your scanner quality, locating recoverable images / videos, decoding AVI files, examining .THM files, JPEG EXIF thumbnails, extract embedded images in Adobe PDF documents, etc.

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File Types Supported

JPEGsnoop will open and attempt to decode any file that contains an embedded JPEG image, such as:

  • .JPG - JPEG Still Photo
  • .THM - Thumbnail for RAW Photo / Movie Files
  • .AVI* - AVI Movies
  • .DNG - Digital Negative RAW Photo
  • .PSD - Adobe Photoshop files
  • .CRW, .CR2, .NEF, .ORF, .PEF - RAW Photo
  • .MOV* - QuickTime Movies, QTVR (Virtual Reality / 360 Panoramic)
  • .PDF - Adobe PDF Documents

* Note that video file formats (such as .AVI and .MOV) are containers, which can include video streams encoded in one of a wide variety of codecs. JPEGsnoop can only interpret this video footage if the codec used is based on Motion JPEG (MJPG).

Download the Latest Version of JPEGsnoop!

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Version: 1.8.0
Version History

Released: 06/26/2017
Downloads: 560694

JPEGsnoop by Calvin Hass

Help Support JPEGsnoop Development

If you have found JPEGsnoop useful and would like to support its continued development, consider making a small contribution. Donations will help encourage me to add new and interesting features. Found an interesting use for the tool? Let me know!

Source Code: JPEGsnoop is now Open Source on GitHub!

System Requirements

This application has been designed and tested to run on Windows XP / Vista / 8 / 10. As of version v1.7, Windows XP SP1 is a minimum requirement. JPEGsnoop is fully portable, so it does not require any installation!

LINUX users: JPEGsnoop apparently works on LINUX under wine

Mac users: JPEGsnoop works within CrossOver Mac

Terms of Use

JPEGsnoop is free for personal and commerial use. Commercial users are encouraged to leave me a brief private message so that I can understand your needs and make future versions more useful.


No installation required. JPEGsnoop is very portable. Simply unzip the download and run!

Version History

For information about features added in previous versions of JPEGsnoop, please check out the version history page.

Feature Requests / Bug Reports

Please feel free to add your own feature requests or bug reports by submitting to the links on the JPEGsnoop Source page

Awards and Recognition for JPEGsnoop

  • Magazine - Chip Pick - June 2017 Magazine - Program of the Month - April 2009
  • CNET Download - Outstanding Editor's Rating - August 2011
  • PC Magazine - Utility Guide 2009 - July 2009
  • Win Magazine - May 2009
  • Computer Bild Magazine - Issue 10/2009

Main Window
Channel Histograms
MCU Grid & Positioning


Please see the options page for information on how to use JPEGsnoop and other interesting uses for the tool

Recent Features

  • Photoshop PSD decoding
  • Batch file processing
  • XMP APP1 & ICC Header display
  • IPTC and Photoshop IRB / 8BIM parsing
  • GPS EXIF metadata display
  • Full detailed Huffman VLC decoding output for those interested in writing a decoder or learning JPEG compression
  • Automatic display of YCC DC block values (16-bit)
  • MCU Grid overlay and automatic display of mouse MCU position and file offset in image display window.
  • Test overlay function enhanced to allow quick apply and binary code readout.
  • Image zoom level from 12.5% - 800%.
  • Extract embedded JPEGs -- can be used to extract thumbnails, hidden JPEG files, as well as frames from Motion JPEG AVI files.
  • Compression detection enhanced to detect rotated signatures, comment field.
  • Full AVI file parsing (to identify MotionJPEG)
  • DQT table searches in Executables (for "hackers")
  • Detect edited images or identify original digital camera that took a photo!
  • Integrated database of thousands of compression signatures (image fingerprint) for digital cameras and editing software
  • File overlay test function
  • Multi-channel preview: RGB, YCC, R/G/B, Y/Cb/Cr
  • Pixel position lookup into file offset
  • Examine Motion JPEG .AVI or .MOV (Quicktime) files (MJPG or MJPEG) and play through!
  • Examine any file fragments that may contain a JPEG image
  • YCC to RGB Color correction / clipping statistics reports
  • Command-line execution
  • Huffman variable-length code statistics
  • Expansion of DHT (Huffman Table Expansion into bitstrings)
  • Determine IJG JPEG Quality factor

Background Material

If you want to understand some of the technical details reported by JPEGsnoop, I suggest that you read through my articles on JPEG compression:


As this is a work in progress, I would be very interested in hearing from you, particularly for feature requests, suggestions, comments, bug reports, etc. If you currently use JPEGsnoop and find it useful, let me know!