Image::GetPropertyItemSize method (gdiplusheaders.h)

The Image::GetPropertyItemSize method gets the size, in bytes, of a specified property item of this Image object.


UINT GetPropertyItemSize(
  [in] PROPID propId


[in] propId


Integer that identifies the property item.

Return value

Type: UINT

This method returns the size, in bytes, of a specified property item of this Image object.


The Image::GetPropertyItem method returns a PropertyItem object. Before you call Image::GetPropertyItem, you must allocate a buffer large enough to receive that object — the size varies according to data type and value of the property item. You can call the Image::GetPropertyItemSize method of an Image object to get the size, in bytes, of the required buffer.


The following example creates an Image object based on a JPEG file. The code calls the Image::GetPropertyItemSize method of that Image object to get the size of the property item that holds the make of the camera used to capture the image. Then the code calls the Image::GetPropertyItem method to retrieve that property item.

#include <windows.h>
#include <gdiplus.h>
#include <stdio.h>
using namespace Gdiplus;

INT main()
   GdiplusStartupInput gdiplusStartupInput;
   ULONG_PTR gdiplusToken;
   GdiplusStartup(&gdiplusToken, &gdiplusStartupInput, NULL);

   UINT size = 0;
   PropertyItem* propertyItem = NULL;
   Image* image = new Image(L"FakePhoto.jpg");

   // Assume that the image has a property item of type PropertyItemEquipMake.
   // Get the size of that property item.
   size = image->GetPropertyItemSize(PropertyTagEquipMake);

   // Allocate a buffer to receive the property item.
   propertyItem = (PropertyItem*)malloc(size);

   // Get the property item.
   image->GetPropertyItem(PropertyTagEquipMake, size, propertyItem);

   // Display the members of the retrieved PropertyItem object.
   printf("The length of the property item is %u.\n", propertyItem->length);
   printf("The data type of the property item is %u.\n", propertyItem->type);

   if(propertyItem->type == PropertyTagTypeASCII)
      printf("The value of the property item is %s.\n", propertyItem->value);

   delete image;
   return 0;

The preceding code, along with a particular file, FakePhoto.jpg, produced the following output. Note that the data type is 2, which is the value of the PropertyTagTypeASCII constant that is defined in Gdiplusimaging.h.

The length of the property item is 17.
The data type of the property item is 2.
The value of the property item is Northwind Traders.


Minimum supported client Windows XP, Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header gdiplusheaders.h (include Gdiplus.h)
Library Gdiplus.lib
DLL Gdiplus.dll

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Reading and Writing Metadata