addftinfo - Linux


addftinfo is a tool used to add custom metadata to a file or directory. This metadata can be used to track file ownership, permissions, and other important information. addftinfo is typically used in conjunction with file managers or document management systems.


addftinfo [options] <file/directory> <metadata>


  • -h, –help: Display help and usage information.
  • -v, –verbose: Enable verbose output.
  • -f, –force: Force overwrite of existing metadata.
  • -k, –key: Specify a custom metadata key.
  • -V, –value: Specify a custom metadata value.
  • -d, –delete: Delete specified metadata key/value pair.
  • -l, –list: List all metadata associated with a file/directory.


Add metadata to a file:

addftinfo -k "author" -V "John Doe" /path/to/file.txt

List metadata associated with a file:

addftinfo -l /path/to/file.txt

Delete a specific metadata key/value pair:

addftinfo -d -k "author" /path/to/file.txt

Common Issues

  • Error: "File not found"

    Ensure that the specified file or directory exists and has the correct permissions.

  • Error: "Invalid metadata key"

    Ensure that the specified metadata key is a valid string.


addftinfo can be integrated with file managers and document management systems to provide advanced metadata management capabilities. For example, a file manager could use addftinfo to add custom tags or labels to files, enabling efficient search and organization.

Related Commands

  • file: Display the file type of a file.
  • attr: Manage file attributes.
  • xattr: Manage extended file attributes.