How to find canon EOS 7D shutter count

How to find canon EOS 7D shutter count

Canon EOS 7D camera

Published on: August 21, 2023 (Updated on: April 22, 2024)

The method I am going to show you in this post will allow you to view the aggregate shutter count of the Canon EOS 7D camera in just three simple steps.

If you're a photographer, whether a professional or an enthusiast, you know that your camera is your trusty companion in capturing life's fleeting moments. Like any other piece of equipment, it's crucial to monitor its health and know when it might be time for maintenance or even a replacement. One of the ways to gauge your camera's condition is by checking its shutter count.

What is Shutter Count?

Before we dive into the how-to, let's understand what shutter count actually means. The shutter count is the number of times the camera's shutter has been activated to capture a photograph. This is an excellent indicator of the amount of use your camera has seen. For example, a DSLR like the Canon EOS 7D generally has a shutter life expectancy of about a 150,000 actuations.

Why Should You Check the Shutter Count?

  1. General Maintenance: Knowing the shutter count helps you gauge when you might need to get your camera serviced.
  2. Resale Value: If you're considering selling your camera, the prospective buyer will likely want to know the shutter count.
  3. Lifetime Expectancy: Cameras aren’t eternal. Keeping tabs on the shutter count can help you plan for a future replacement or necessary upgrades.

How to Check the Shutter Count on a Canon EOS 7D

The Canon EOS 7D has an option in the camera menu for checking shutter count but that option would only give you the shutter count since the last battery recharge. There are also some articles that suggest that you can view the shutter count by uploading an image taken with the Canon to certain web apps. Unfortunately those methods don't usually work with the Canon EOS 7D.

What you will need

A linux OS, eg Ubuntu Linux.

If you are using MacOS, you can substitute 'brew' for 'apt-get' in the command below (note that you need to have brew installed on your MacOS). Though, I haven't tested on Mac but I believe it should also work on Mac.

What to do to check your Canon EOS shutter count:

Open your Ubuntu terminal and install gphoto2 with the following command:

sudo apt-get install gphoto2

The next step is to connect your camera to your laptop or desktop computer.

To view your shutter count on the Canon EOS 7D, run the following commands in the terminal:

gphoto2 --auto-detect

gphoto2 --get-config /main/status/shuttercounter


Knowing the shutter count of your Canon EOS 7D is vital for assessing its health and planning for its future. Whether you're looking to sell your camera or just want to keep it in top shape, the shutter count provides valuable information.


Michael Akerele