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Which app would you recommend for Linux to tag MP3s? Under Windows I used to use tag&rename and liked it a lot; it works well under Wine, but I want something that runs natively

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Huh, I was looking for an app for windows and I found your mentioned app "tag&rename" thanks a lot +1 – Afshin Hamedi Jun 18 '15 at 10:16

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up vote 43 down vote accepted

There are various:

  • easytag has a lot of options
  • kid3 if you're on a Qt/KDE environment
  • id3v2 or eyeD3 for the command line
  • Generally music players can also edit common tags, f.e. banshee, rhythmbox or amarok

and a lot others, try searching your distributions repository and test some of them.

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I mostly use mid3v2. You can install it with sudo apt-get install python-pip;sudo pip install mutagen in Ubuntu or with sudo easy_install pip;sudo pip install mutagen in OS X.

$ mid3v2 -h
Usage: mid3v2 [OPTION] [FILE]...

Mutagen-based replacement for id3lib's id3v2.

  --version             show program's version number and exit
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -v, --verbose         be verbose
  -q, --quiet           be quiet (the default)
  -e, --escape          enable interpretation of backslash escapes
  -f, --list-frames     Display all possible frames for ID3v2.3 / ID3v2.4
  --list-frames-v2.2    Display all possible frames for ID3v2.2
  -L, --list-genres     Lists all ID3v1 genres
  -l, --list            Lists the tag(s) on the open(s)
  --list-raw            Lists the tag(s) on the open(s) in Python format
  -d, --delete-v2       Deletes ID3v2 tags
  -s, --delete-v1       Deletes ID3v1 tags
  -D, --delete-all      Deletes ID3v1 and ID3v2 tags
                        Delete the given frames
  -C, --convert         Convert tags to ID3v2.4 (any editing will do this)
  -a "ARTIST", --artist="ARTIST"
                        Set the artist information
  -A "ALBUM", --album="ALBUM"
                        Set the album title information
  -t "SONG", --song="SONG"
                        Set the song title information
                        Set the comment information
  -g "GENRE", --genre="GENRE"
                        Set the genre or genre number
  -y YYYY[-MM-DD], --year=YYYY[-MM-DD], --date=YYYY[-MM-DD]
                        Set the year/date
  -T "num/num", --track="num/num"
                        Set the track number/(optional) total tracks
You can set the value for any ID3v2 frame by using '--' and then a frame ID.
For example:
        mid3v2 --TIT3 "Monkey!" file.mp3
would set the "Subtitle/Description" frame to "Monkey!".

Any editing operation will cause the ID3 tag to be upgraded to ID3v2.4.

id3v2 and id3tag don't support Unicode and id3tool and mp3info don't support ID3v2.

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I agree that mid3v2 is the most reliable and modern command line tagging tool mentioned here. Should be voted up. – Jan-Philip Gehrcke Jul 15 '14 at 14:02
Agreed. Neither iTunes nor my car player would recognize the tags created by the other tools. This one did it. – mikiemorales Sep 19 '14 at 12:46

I use Ex Falso. It was installed with QuodLibet music player, so I gave it a shot.

I've used it with single files, batches of files... It's pretty intuitive, and best of all, works very well.

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I've been a dedicated user of Picard for quite some time. The only cross-platform tagger that feels truly solid. Don't forget MusicBrainz's huge music database.

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For GUI, I suggest easytag, and you can lookup more alternatives here. For the command line check out id3v2, but the alternatives are endless.

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I would also suggest lltag.

Works on the command line, rather easy and fast. It also supports CDDB.

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It supports reading vorbiscomment and metaflac too. – caffinatedmonkey Aug 7 '15 at 0:40

I like TagTool and id3tool. Both are for the command line. I also find Picard useful for music files that exist in the MusicBrainz database.

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I found this thread and decided to use id3tool. I was only interested in a very light-weight tool, command-line was fine. Trying to keep my system free of clutter brought on occasionally by weighty GUI-intensive tools.

Installing was super easy on Linux Mint:

sudo apt-get install id3tool

As far as I remember it didn't require any additional libraries or anything. To get a full list of the available options:

man id3tool

To see the current metadata for an mp3 file:

id3tool <filename.mp3>

Here is the command I used to update quite afew mp3's:

id3tool -t "<song title>" -a "<album name>" -r "<artist name>" -y "<year>" -c <track number, no quotes, just the number, like 1> <filename.mp3>

After doing this, I told Banshee to rescan my music library and there were no longer any files in the "Unknown" Category. Thanks to strangeronyourtrain for this tip!

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I tried id3tool but had some problems. Tags written by id3tool don't seem to be readable by the MAD library in most cases (fails in about 80% of cases). – Ben Crowell Aug 6 '14 at 16:41

I just discovered this little program called puddletag. It is not as wonderful as Tag & Rename, but it's close enough.

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Consider including some further explanation of your suggestions or, at least, links to them. – HalosGhost Oct 13 '14 at 6:40

Audacity has a metadata editing tool, which can be shown when exporting files or by going to 'File'>'Edit metadata':

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Note I think this uses ID3v2.4 tags (in Mp3), which are not compatible with some devices (and flippin Windows, even Win8...). Easytag however does have an options to use ID3v2.3, which should be compatible.

See also:

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for i in *.mp3 ; do
resto=$(echo "${i}" | sed 's/.mp3$//')
mid3v2 -t "${resto}" "${i}"
echo "${i}"
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