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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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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 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 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.

Options:
  --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-frames=FID1,FID2,...
                        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
  -c "DESCRIPTION":"COMMENT":"LANGUAGE", --comment="DESCRIPTION":"COMMENT":"LANGUAGE"
                        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 at 14:02
    
Agreed. Neither iTunes nor my car player would recognize the tags created by the other tools. This one did it. –  mikiemorales yesterday

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 would also suggest lltag.

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

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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 at 16:41

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