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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 (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.
A list of changes for version 1.2 can be found in the musicbrainz blog.
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.
Picard is also available in many distributions' software repositories. (Using Fedora? See the FAQ.)
- Ubuntu: MusicBrainz stable PPA · MusicBrainz daily PPA
- Arch Linux: community · AUR
- Gentoo: emerge media-sound/picard
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.
The source code of Picard is maintained in Git and you can get it with all its history using:
git clone git://github.com/musicbrainz/picard.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 irc.freenode.net.
If you want to install Picard from source on Windows, there is How to Build Picard for Windows. Lukáš Lalinský provides Picard builds for Windows, if you want to test the latest development version of Picard on Windows.
For Mac there is Bitmap/Building Picard on OS X
Picard is licensed under the GPL 2.0 or later.