Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP)

Adding intelligence to media

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As any content or production professional knows, developing a workflow that actually works can be a major challenge. Keeping track of important files and assets at each stage is critical. Effective file management is an important and necessary part of the creative process, but the available tools have never been adequate.

Adobe's Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP) is a labeling technology that allows you to embed data about a file, known as metadata, into the file itself. With XMP, desktop applications and back-end publishing systems gain a common method for capturing, sharing, and leveraging this valuable metadata — opening the door for more efficient job processing, workflow automation, and rights management, among many other possibilities. With XMP, Adobe has taken the "heavy lifting" out of metadata integration, offering content creators an easy way to embed meaningful information about their projects and providing industry partners with standards-based building blocks to develop optimized workflow solutions.

Find out more: What is XMP?

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Key benefits

  • Enables creation of "smart assets" that retain context when passed across multiple file formats, software applications, devices, and databases
  • Enables flexible search and retrieval of rich media across diverse file formats and databases
  • Extends the content lifecycle by being able to find and repurpose source files across multiple versions and renditions
  • Built-in XMP support within Adobe applications fosters metadata capture and exchange for improved workflow and increased production efficiency
  • Based on open standards and implemented as a common metadata interchange platform across Adobe products as well as those of workflow partners


Standards groups powered by XMP

See the growing list of standards groups that are using XMP as their basis.

Partners and Companies using XMP

Understand how Adobe partners and companies are using XMP in their solutions and products

Metadata Working Group

Learn more on how companies are getting together to build metadata interoperability across operating systems, mobile devices, cameras, and online services.