Loading releases with MusicBrainz for Android

If you have an Android phone you can use the MusicBrainz for Android app to search for releases by text search or by barcode and load them into Picard running on your computer.

This is useful for example if you have previously ripped your CDs and now you want to tag your ripped files with Picard using exactly the data for your the releases you own. You can then use your phone to scan the barcodes of your CDs and have their data loaded into Picard, then use this data to tag your local files.

For this to work you need both your phone and computer to be connected to the same network.

Configuring Picard

In Options ‣ Options… ‣ Advanced ‣ Network enable “Browser Integration” and disable “Listen only on localhost”. It is recommended that you keep the listening port on the default value 8000, but you can change that as well.

Once you have saved the options, check whether Picard is showing a message “Listening on port 8000” in the status bar on the lower right of the main window.

Picard status bar showing the listening port number

The actual port number can vary, but the default is 8000. Note the port number, you will need it to configure the Android app in the next step.

See also

Network options

Installing and configuring the MusicBrainz Android app

Install MusicBrainz for Android on your phone. You can download the latest version of the app either from the Google Play Store or F-Droid.

Once installed, launch the app and tap on the settings icon on the upper right. Scroll down to the Picard settings. For the IP Address enter the IP address of your computer on which Picard is running. Depending on your local network setup you might also be able to enter the hostname of your computer instead of the IP address.

MusicBrainz for Android settings screen

For the Port enter Picard’s listening port as displayed in Picard’s main screen (see the previous section). The default is 8000.

Before you continue make sure Picard is running and the “Listening on port…” status message is shown. Also make sure your phone is connected to your local network.

Loading releases by barcode

You can use your phone as a barcode scanner to load the metadata for your physical media:

  1. On the main screen of the Android app tap on “Scan”.

    MusicBrainz for Android main screen
  2. Scan the barcode of a CD, LP or other music media.

    MusicBrainz for Android barcode scanner
  3. If a release with the scanned barcode is found on MusicBrainz the app will load and show the release details.

    MusicBrainz for Android release details
  4. Tap on “Send to Picard”. If everything was configured correctly the release will be loaded into Picard running on your computer.

    Release loaded into Picard

You can now continue tagging your local files by matching them to the loaded tracks as described in Matching Files to Tracks.


If you only want to use the barcode scanner functionality to find and load releases for your physical CDs, LPs or other music media, you can also use the Picard Barcode Scanner app. The functionality and setup is similar to what is described above, but the app is focused on the barcode scanning and sending the results to Picard.

Loading releases from the Tagger

Instead of finding a release by barcode or a search to send to Picard, you can also send a release from a tagged audio file currently stored on your device:

  1. On the main screen of the Android app tap on “Tagger”.

    MusicBrainz for Android main screen
  2. On the tagger, select your release and tap the MusicBrainz icon near the bottom of the screen.

    MusicBrainz for Android tagger
  3. If everything was configured correctly, the release will be loaded into Picard running on your computer.

    Release loaded into Picard