MusicBrainz Picard

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MusicBrainz Picard is a cross-platform (Linux/Mac OS X/Windows) application written in Python and is the official MusicBrainz tagger.

Picard supports the majority of audio file formats, is capable of using audio fingerprints (PUIDs), performing CD lookups and disc ID submissions, and it has excellent Unicode support. Additionally, there are several plugins available that extend Picard's features.

When tagging files, Picard uses an album oriented approach. This approach allows it to utilize the MusicBrainz data as effectively as possible and correctly tag your music. For more information, see the illustrated quick start guide to tagging.

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


MusicBrainz Picard for Windows
Download: picard-setup-0.13.exe
Size: 9.0M installer
Version: 0.13
MD5: 45d251a1db82b94c396a7716c874e108

MusicBrainz Picard for Mac OS X 10.4+
Download: MusicBrainz-Picard-0.13.dmg
Size: 17.4MB intel only binary
Version: 0.13.0
MD5: 0a526ea74c2c57ab2237f8452fdb1162

MusicBrainz Picard for Mac OS X 10.4+
Download: MusicBrainz Picard UB.dmg
Size: 49MB universal binary
Version: 0.11
MD5: 138c98757d365241c76259ad6e0e1c7f

MusicBrainz Picard source code
Download: picard-0.13.tar.gz
Size: 1.3MB tarball
Version: 0.13
MD5: bc8dc9109de218b544204669119d10c5

For Windows users: If you get an error about being unable to run the program, install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x86).

For Linux users: Picard is also available in many distributions' software repositories. (Using Fedora? See the FAQ.)

For earlier releases of Picard, browse the FTP server.



Need further help?

If you need help or have any questions about using Picard, you can turn to the users mailing list or the forum. If you think you have found a bug, please report it on the bug tracker. In other cases you can contact us.


As of late 2009, Picard development has been put temporarily on hold while the MusicBrainz development team works towards its next major server release. A new version of Picard is expected to come out with that server release.

Picard development has been led by Lukáš Lalinský and Philipp Wolfer with efforts put in by several other developers. See the change log for details.

The source code of Picard is maintained in Bazaar, the main development branch is hosted on Launchpad, and you can get the source code with all its history using:

bzr branch lp:picard

If you are interested in providing development assistance, contact us by either posting on the developers mailing list or joining the #musicbrainz IRC channel on


Picard is licensed under the GPL 2.0 or later.