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Retrieve the embedded thumbnail of a TIFF or JPEG image (PHP 4 >= 4.2.0, PHP 5)
string exif_thumbnail ( string filename [, int &width [, int &height [, int &imagetype]]] )

exif_thumbnail() reads the embedded thumbnail of a TIFF or JPEG image.

If you want to deliver thumbnails through this function, you should send the mimetype information using the header() function.

It is possible that exif_thumbnail() cannot create an image but can determine its size. In this case, the return value is FALSE but width and height are set.



The name of the image file being read. This image contains an embedded thumbnail.


The return width of the returned thumbnail.


The returned height of the returned thumbnail.


The returned image type of the returned thumbnail. This is either TIFF or JPEG.

Return Values

Returns the embedded thumbnail, or FALSE if the image contains no thumbnail.


4.3.0 The optional parameters width, height, and imagetype all became available.
4.3.0 May return thumbnails in the TIFF format.


Example 601. exif_thumbnail() example

if (array_key_exists('file', $_REQUEST)) {
$image = exif_thumbnail($_REQUEST['file'], $width, $height, $type);
} else {
$image = false;
if (
$image!==false) {
header('Content-type: ' .image_type_to_mime_type($type));
} else {
// no thumbnail available, handle the error here
echo 'No thumbnail available';