Document metadata can cause sensitive data leakage if not removed before sharing the documents. Common types of document metadata include document properties, comments, tracked changes, and slide notes.

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  1. Desktop-Based Document Metadata Scrubbers
  2. Server-Based Document Metadata Scrubbers

Desktop-Based Document Metadata Scrubbers


  • 3BClean Desktop - Desktop-based metadata removal software that can remove metadata from Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), OpenDocument Format, and PDF files.
    Developer: Microsystems. Price: ?
  • BatchPurifier - Batch metadata removal tool. Can remove metadata from Microsoft Office 2007-2013 documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) with file extension .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx. Can also remove metadata from OpenOffice documents (.odt, .ods, .odp, and .odg), PDF documents, as well as other file formats.
    Developer: Digital Confidence. Price: $19.
  • cleanDocs Desktop - Add-in for Microsoft Outlook that can remove metadata from Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and PDF documents attached to email messages. Can Also convert documents to PDF. Also includes a tool for batch metadata removal.
    Developer: DocsCorp. Price: ?
  • ConfidentSend - Add-in for Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird that can remove metadata from email attachments. Can remove metadata from Microsoft Office 2007-2013 documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) with file extension .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx. Can also remove metadata from OpenOffice documents (.odt, .ods, .odp, and .odg), PDF documents, as well as other file formats.
    Developer: Digital Confidence. Price: $29.
  • Document Cleaner - Batch Microsoft Office metadata removal tool. It can remove metadata from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents with file extensions .doc, .xls and .ppt. 
    Developer: Pointstone Software. Price: Free for personal use.
  • Doc Scrubber - Batch Microsoft Word metadata removal tool. Supports Word 97-XP documents with a .doc file extension.
    Developer: BrightFort. Price: Free.
  • iScrub - Add-in for Microsoft Outlook that can remove metadata from Microsoft Office documents attached to email messages. Can Also convert documents to PDF. Also includes a tool for batch metadata removal.
    Developer: Esquire Innovations Price: ?
  • Metadact - Add-in for Microsoft Outlook that can remove metadata from Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) attached to email messages. Can Also convert documents to PDF. Also includes a tool for batch metadata removal.
    Developer: Litéra. Price: ?.
  • Metadata Assistent - Add-in for Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes 8.5-9.0 that can remove metadata from email attachments. It can remove metadata from Microsoft Office 2000-2013 documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), OpenOffice documents (.odt, .ods, .odp, and .odg), PDF documents, as well as other file formats. It can also convert documents to PDF. Also includes a tool for batch metadata removal.
    Developer: PayneGroup. Price: $98.
  • MetaReveal - Add-in for Microsoft Outlook that can remove metadata from Microsoft Office documents attached to email messages. Can Also convert documents to PDF.
    Developer: BEC Legal Systems. Price: ?
  • Workshare Protect - Add-in for Microsoft Outlook and IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 that can remove metadata from Microsoft Office 97-2013 documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) attached to email messages. Can also remove metadata from .odt and PDF documents and convert documents to PDF. Also includes a tool for batch metadata removal.
    Developer: Workshare. Price: $29 (1 year subscription license).
  • Workshare Professional - Document comparison, metadata removal, and file sharing software. Includes an add-in for Microsoft Outlook and IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 that can remove metadata from Microsoft Office 97-2013 documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) attached to email messages. Can also remove metadata from .odt and PDF documents and convert documents to PDF. Also includes a tool for batch metadata removal.
    Developer: Workshare. Price: $175 (1 year subscription license).

Server-Based Document Metadata Scrubbers


  • 3BClean Server - Server-based metadata removal software for SMTP servers that can remove metadata from Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), OpenDocument Format, and PDF attached to email messages.
    Developer: Microsystems. Price: ?
  • Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway - Server-based email filtering and email security software. It can remove metadata from Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and PDF documents attached to email messages.
    Developer: Clearswift. Price: ?
  • Clearswift SECURE Exchange Gateway - Server-based email filtering and email security software for Microsoft Exchange server. It can remove metadata from Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and PDF documents attached to email messages.
    Developer: Clearswift. Price: ?
  • cleanDocs Mobile - Server-based metadata removal software for Microsoft Exchange server. It can remove metadata from Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and PDF documents attached to email messages.
    Developer: DocsCorp. Price: ?
  • MailValve EX - Metadata removal add-in for Microsoft Exchange server. Can remove metadata from Microsoft Office 2007-2013 documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) with file extension .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx. Can also remove metadata from OpenOffice documents (.odt, .ods, .odp, and .odg), PDF documents, as well as other file formats.
    Developer: Digital Confidence. Price: Starts at $50 per user license.
  • MailValve GX - Server-based metadata removal software for SMTP servers. Can remove metadata from Microsoft Office 2007-2013 documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) with file extension .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx. Can also remove metadata from OpenOffice documents (.odt, .ods, .odp, and .odg), PDF documents, as well as other file formats.
    Developer: Digital Confidence. Price: Starts at $70 per user license.
  • Metadact-e - Server-based metadata removal software for SMTP servers that can remove metadata from Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) attached to email messages.
    Developer: Litéra. Price: ?
  • Workshaer Protect Server - Server-based metadata removal software for SMTP servers that can remove metadata from Microsoft Office 97-2013 documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) attached to email messages. Can also remove metadata from .odt and PDF documents.
    Developer: Workshare. Price: Starts at $70 per user license.