The following tags are supported and are written in the standard format that can be read by other software. The information is populated from MusicBrainz data for most releases, without any special Picard settings. Note that some of the information such as ‘lyrics’ is not contained within the MusicBrainz database, and will not be provided automatically.
All of these are also available as variables for use in Picard Scripts (for tagging, for file renaming and in several other more minor settings) by wrapping them between percent ‘%’ symbols (e.g.
Most tags beginning with
musicbrainz_ provide the MusicBrainz Identifier (MBID) of the entity. The MBID is a 32-character identifier assigned to an entity (e.g.: artist, album, track or work) to uniquely identify the entity. For more information about MBIDs, please see the MusicBrainz Identifier page in the MusicBrainz documentation.
Tags will not be created and will not be available as variables if there was no value retrieved for the tag from the MusicBrainz database.
Some of these tags are only supported for certain file types or tag formats. Please see the Picard Tag Mapping section for details.
AcoustID Fingerprint for the track. The fingerprint is based on the audio information found in a file, and is calculated using the Chromaprint software.
AcoustID associated with the track. The AcoustID is the identifier assigned to an audio file based on its ‘acoustid_fingerprint’. Multiple fingerprints may be assigned the same AcoustID if the fingerprints are similar enough.
Title of the release.
Artist(s) primarily credited on the release.
Release Artist’s Sort Name (e.g.: “Beatles, The”).
Release Title’s Sort Name.
Track Artist Name(s). (string)
Track Artist Name(s). (multi-value) (since Picard 1.3)
Track Artist Sort Name.
Amazon Standard Identification Number - the number identifying the item on Amazon.
Release Barcode - the barcode assigned to the release.
Beats per minute of the track. Only available to the file naming script.
The number(s) assigned to the release by the label(s), which can often be found on the spine or near the barcode. There may be more than one, especially when multiple labels are involved.
Disambiguation Comment - the comment entered to help distinguish one release from another (e.g.: Deluxe version with 2 bonus tracks).
(since Picard 1.3, compatible with iTunes) 1 for Various Artist albums, otherwise 0.(Picard 1.2 or previous) 1 if multiple track artists (including featured artists), otherwise 0.
Contains the copyright message for the copyright holder of the original sound, beginning with a year and a space character.
Release Date (YYYY-MM-DD) - the date that the release (album) was issued.
The director of a video track as provided by the Video Director relationship in MusicBrainz. (Since Picard 2.6)
Number of the disc in this release that contains this track.
The Media Title given to a specific disc.
Encoded by (person or organization). Only available to the file naming script.
Encoder Settings used. Only available to the file naming script.
International Standard Recording Code - an international standard code for uniquely identifying sound recordings and music video recordings. See Wikipedia for more information. (since Picard 0.12)
Key of the music.
Release Label Name(s).
Work lyric language as per ISO 639-3 if track relationships are enabled in Options and a related work exists. (since Picard 0.10)
Lyrics for the track. Not provided by MusicBrainz.
Release Format (e.g.: CD). See the Release Format page on the MusicBrainz website for more information.
Release Artist’s MusicBrainz Identifier (MBID).
Release MusicBrainz Identifier (MBID).
Track Artist’s MusicBrainz Identifier (MBID).
Disc ID is the code number which MusicBrainz uses to link a physical CD to a release listing. This is based on the table of contents (TOC) information read from the disc. This tag contains the Disc ID if the album information was retrieved using “Tools ‣ Lookup CD”. (since Picard 0.12)
Original Release’s MusicBrainz Identifier (MBID).
Original Track Artist’s MusicBrainz Identifier (MBID).
Recording’s MusicBrainz Identifier (MBID).
Release Group’s MusicBrainz Identifier (MBID).
Release Track MusicBrainz Identifier (MBID).
MusicBrainz Identifier for the work (MBID).
Release Title of the earliest release in the Release Group intended for the title of the original recording.
Track Artist of the earliest release in the Release Group intended for the performer(s) of the original recording.
The original release date in the format YYYY-MM-DD. By default this is set to the earliest release in the Release Group. This can provide, for example, the release date of the vinyl version of what you have on CD. (Included as standard from Picard 0.15, and using the Original Release Date plugin if you are still using a non-NGS version earlier than Picard 0.15)
This is the same information provided in the
_releasegroup_firstreleasedatevariable, and is consistent across all tracks in the release. If you prefer to have this tag populated with the date of the earliest recording of the track in the database, which will likely be different for each track in the release, this can be achieved by enabling a one-line tagging script as
$set(originaldate,%_recording_firstreleasedate%). Be aware that setting this can cause a release to be scattered across multiple directories if you use
%originaldate%as part of the path portion of your file naming script.
If you are storing tags in MP3 files as ID3v2.3 then the original date can only be stored as a year.
The year of the original release date in the format YYYY. By default this is set to the earliest release in the Release Group. This can provide, for example, the release year of the vinyl version of what you have on CD.
Country in which the release was issued.
Release Status indicating the “official” status of the release. Possible values include official, promotional, bootleg, and pseudo-release.
Release Group Type (see also _primaryreleasetype and _secondaryreleasetype)
The script used to write the release’s track list. The possible values are taken from the ISO 15924 standard. (since Picard 0.10)
Used for information directly related to the contents title.
Track Title’s Sort Name.
Total number of discs in this release
Total tracks on this disc.
Track number on the disc.
Used for official artist website.