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MusicBrainz Picard

MusicBrainz Picard

MusicBrainz Picard ("Picard") is a cross-platform MusicBrainz tag editor written in Python.

Picard is intended to be the next generation of tagger for the MusicBrainz application, with a focus on album-oriented (as opposed to track-based) tagging and cross platform compatibility.

MusicBrainz Picard is named after the character Captain Jean-Luc Picard from the TV science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

 Picard 1.2

Free to download



MusicBrainz (Lukáš Lalinský, Robert Kaye, Philipp Wolfer


System Requirements
Python 2.5 or higher
PyQt 4.1 with Qt 4.2 or higher
Mutagen 1.11 or higher


Support Sites:
Documentation, Wiki, FAQ, Forums, Screencasts, Mailing List

Selected Reviews:, TuxRadar

Features include:

  • Supports the following formats:
    • MP3, TTA (ID3)
    • Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Speex (Vorbis comment)
    • Musepack, WavPack, OptimFROG, Monkey's Audio (APEv2 tag)
    • AAC, ALAC (MP4)
    • The True Audio
    • Windows Media Audio
    • WAV
  • Automatic identification of audio files through the MusicDNS service using the Open Fingerprint Architecture acoustic fingerprinting technology
  • Manual lookups for more control over how your files are tagged
  • Performs CD lookups and disc ID submissions
  • Cover art
  • Plugins to extend functionality such as:
    • Disc Numbers - moves (disc X) from releases titles into separate tags (discnumber and discsubtitle).
    • Feat. Artists - removes (feat. Artist) parts from track titles
    • Cover Art Downloader - downloads cover art for optional tag embedding and/or saving as a separate image file
    • Tags
    • Plus
    • Search Plugins - launches searches for clusters or releases to external non-MB websites from Picard
    • Change Encoding - converts the tags of individual files or clusters between different character encodings
  • Live syntax checking for tagger script and naming strings
  • Support ratings
  • Support for user folskonomy tags
  • Simple scripting
  • Use a web proxy

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