Extracts binary GoPro Metadata Format from video files

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import gpmfExtract from '';


GPMF extract

Finds the metadata track in GoPro (Hero5 and later) video files (or any other camera that implements GPMF) and extracts it for later analysis and processing.

Accepts a File and returns a Promise that resolves to an object with a Buffer (rawData) and timing data (timing), useful for interpreting the data.

Once extracted, you can process the data with gopro-telemetry.


$ npm i gpmf-extract


const gpmfExtract = require('gpmf-extract');
gpmfExtract(file).then(res => {
  console.log('Length of data received:', res.rawData.length);
  console.log('Framerate of data received:', 1 / res.timing.frameDuration);
  // Do what you want with the data

If using it in the browser, you must specify it in the second argument. Optionally, you can also pass a second argument with a function to run when the processed percentage updates.

const gpmfExtract = require('gpmf-extract');
const progress = percent => console.log(`${percent}% processed`);
gpmfExtract(file, true, progress).then(res => {
  // Do what you want with the data

Handling large files

Please increase the chunk size according to the video file size, until the fix for the following mp4box is merged.

You can call with the path to a large file and specify the size of chunk to load. The larger the video file is, the larger you should specify the size of the chunk.

Please refer to code/index.test.js

const res = await gpmfExtract(bufferAppender(largeFilePath, 10 * 1024 * 1024));

function bufferAppender(path, chunkSize) {
  return function (mp4boxFile) {
    var stream = fs.createReadStream(path, { highWaterMark: chunkSize });
    var bytesRead = 0;
    stream.on('end', () => {
    stream.on('data', chunk => {
      var arrayBuffer = new Uint8Array(chunk).buffer;
      arrayBuffer.fileStart = bytesRead;
      bytesRead += chunk.length;


This code was created for the GoPro Telemetry Extractor.

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This project is possible thanks to the gpmf-parser documentation, open sourced by GoPro.

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Please make your changes to the dev branch, so that automated tests can be run before merging to master. Also, if possible, provide tests for new functionality.


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