Plugins API

Plugin Metadata

Each plugin must provide some metadata as variables. Those variables should be placed at the top of the file.

PLUGIN_NAME = "Example plugin"
PLUGIN_AUTHOR = "This authors name"
PLUGIN_DESCRIPTION = "This plugin is an example"
PLUGIN_API_VERSIONS = ['2.1', '2.2']
PLUGIN_LICENSE = "GPL-2.0-or-later"

Variables explanation:

  • PLUGIN_DESCRIPTION should be as simple as possible, while still describing the main function.

  • PLUGIN_VERSION should be filled with the version of Plugin. Plugin versions should be in the format x.y.z (e.g.: “1.0” or “2.12.4”). It is recommended that you use Semantic Versioning.

  • PLUGIN_API_VERSIONS should be set to the versions of Picard this plugin to run with. New Picard versions will usually support older plugin API versions, but on breaking changes support for older plugin versions can be dropped. Versions available for Picard 2 are “2.0”, “2.1” and “2.2”.

  • PLUGIN_LICENSE should be set with the license name of the plugin. If possible use one of the license names from the SPDX License List, but you are welcomed to use another licnese if the one you chose is not available in the list.

  • PLUGIN_LICENSE_URL should be set to a URL pointing to the full license text.

Metadata Processors

MusicBrainz metadata can be post-processed at two levels, album and track. The types of the arguments passed to the processor functions in the following examples are as follows:

  • album: picard.album.Album

  • metadata: picard.metadata.Metadata

  • release: dict with release data from MusicBrainz JSON web service

  • track: dict with track data from MusicBrainz JSON web service

Album metadata example:

PLUGIN_NAME = "Disc Numbers"
PLUGIN_AUTHOR = "Lukas Lalinsky"
PLUGIN_DESCRIPTION = "Moves disc numbers from album titles to tags."

from picard.metadata import register_album_metadata_processor
import re

def remove_discnumbers(tagger, metadata, release):
    matches ="\(disc (\d+)\)", metadata["album"])
    if matches:
        metadata["discnumber"] =
        metadata["album"] = re.sub(r"\(disc \d+\)", "", metadata["album"])


Track metadata example:

PLUGIN_NAME = "Feat. Artists"
PLUGIN_AUTHOR = "Lukas Lalinsky"
PLUGIN_DESCRIPTION = "Removes feat. artists from track titles."

from picard.metadata import register_track_metadata_processor
import re

def remove_featartists(tagger, metadata, track, release):
    metadata["title"] = re.sub(r"\(feat. [^)]*\)", "", metadata["title"])


Event Hooks

Plugins can register themselves to listen for different events. Currently the following event hooks are available:


This hook is called after a file has been loaded into Picard. This could for example be used to load additional data for a file. Usage:

from picard.file import register_file_post_load_processor

def file_post_load_processor(file):



This hook is called after a file has been saved. This can for example be used to run additional post-processing on the file or write extra data. Note that the file’s metadata is already the newly saved metadata. Usage:

from picard.file import register_file_post_save_processor

def file_post_save_processor(file):


file_post_addition_to_track_processor(track, file)

This hook is called after a file has been added to a track (on the right-hand pane of Picard).

from picard.file import register_file_post_addition_to_track_processor

def file_post_addition_to_track_processor(track, file):


file_post_removal_from_track_processor(track, file)

This hook is called after a file has been removed from a track (on the right-hand pane of Picard).

from picard.file import register_file_post_removal_from_track_processor

def file_post_removal_from_track_processor(track, file):



This hook is called after an album has been removed from Picard.

from picard.album import register_album_post_removal_processor

def album_post_removal_processor(album):



Event hooks have been available since API version 2.2.

File Formats

Plugins can extend Picard with support for additional file formats. See the existing file format implementations for details on how to implement the _load and _save methods. Example:


from picard.file import File
from picard.formats import register_format
from picard.metadata import Metadata

class MyFile(File):
    EXTENSIONS = [".foo"]
    NAME = "Foo Audio"

    def _load(self, filename):
        metadata = Metadata()
        # Implement loading and parsing the file here.
        # This method is supposed to return a Metadata instance filled
        # with all the metadata read from the file.
        metadata['~format'] = self.NAME
        return metadata

    def _save(self, filename, metadata):
        # Implement saving the metadata to the file here.


Tagger Script Functions

To define new tagger script functions use register_script_function(function, name=None) from the picard.script module. parser is an instance of picard.script.ScriptParser, and the rest of the arguments passed to it are the arguments from the function call in the tagger script. Example:

PLUGIN_NAME = "Initials"
PLUGIN_AUTHOR = "Lukas Lalinsky"
PLUGIN_DESCRIPTION = "Provides tagger script function $initials(text)."

from picard.script import register_script_function

def initials(parser, text):
    return "".join(a[:1] for a in text.split(" ") if a[:1].isalpha())


register_script_function supports two optional arguments:

  • eval_args: If this is False, the arguments will not be evaluated before being passed to function.

  • check_argcount: If this is False the number of arguments passed to the function will not be verified.

The default value for both arguments is True.

Context Menu Actions

Right-click context menu actions can be added to albums, tracks and files in “Unmatched Files”, “Clusters” and the “ClusterList” (parent folder of Clusters). Example:

PLUGIN_NAME = u'Remove Perfect Albums'
PLUGIN_AUTHOR = u'ichneumon, hrglgrmpf'
PLUGIN_DESCRIPTION = u'''Remove all perfectly matched albums from the selection.'''

from picard.album import Album
from picard.ui.itemviews import BaseAction, register_album_action

class RemovePerfectAlbums(BaseAction):
    NAME = 'Remove perfect albums'

    def callback(self, objs):
        for album in objs:
            if isinstance(album, Album) and album.is_complete()\
               and album.get_num_unmatched_files() == 0\
               and album.get_num_matched_tracks() == len(list(album.iterfiles()))\
               and album.get_num_unsaved_files() == 0 and album.loaded == True:


Use register_x_action where ‘x’ is “album”, “track”, “file”, “cluster” or “clusterlist”.