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, AcoustIDs), 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-1.0.exe
Size: 9.4M installer
Version: 1.0
MD5: cbab1acc15dc3431456a03f38f3d8b8a

MusicBrainz Picard for Mac OS X 10.4+
Download: MusicBrainz-Picard-1.0.dmg
Size: 16M intel only binary
Version: 1.0
MD5: d9eed3af457fd0578f8eeec7e1ca8e9d

MusicBrainz Picard source code
Download: picard-1.0.tar.gz
Size: 1.6M tarball
Version: 1.0
MD5: 2ac5d31763caaf1e6d374049ca4c134e

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 earlier releases of Picard, browse the FTP server.

Linux Distributions

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


Getting started:


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 see the troubleshooting page. In other cases you can contact us.


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

The source code of Picard is maintained in Git and you can get it with all its history using:

git clone git://

or you can fork or clone the mirrored repo from GitHub in the normal GitHub way. Pull requests and discussion on GitHub is generally preferred and all such requests will be considered.

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


Picard is licensed under the GPL 2.0 or later.