Bard Music Manager - A database to manage your music, find duplicates and fix tags
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Bard Music Manager - A database to manage your music, find duplicates and fix tags


python3 build
python3 install


Before using bard, you need to configure it. Configuring it is very easy and mostly implies telling it the whole list of directories where you have your music files, so bard can scan them and extract information. Note that bard will never modify or write over your music files or directories. All it does is read them, extract tags, perform an audio analysis and write everything into its database.

You can copy the default configuration file from config/bard (which is installed to /usr/share/doc/packages/bard) to ~/.config/bard and edit it.


bard update

will update the internal database with new and modified filed from the directories into the configuration file.

bard ls Dire%Straits

will list all songs having Dire.*Straits into their path

bard play Glass

will play (using mpv) all songs containing "Glass" into their path

Note that for most bard commands, you can use "search expressions", full paths to a file, or the ID given to a song by bard.

bard info Maximizing%the%audience

Will show all information about any song containing "Maximizing.*the.*audience" into its path.

bard find-audio-duplicates

Will take a while and analyze all songs, comparing the audio signatures and storing which songs are similar into the database. To see if one song has any duplicate, just use the info command. bard find-audio-duplicates should be run every time new songs are added to a collection.

bard compare-dirs -s directory1 directory2

Will compare two directories and report if the songs in the first directory are a subset of the songs in the second directory. Being a subset means that files are similar and having equal or less quality (for example if directory1 and directory2 contains the same songs, but the ones in directory1 are encoded in mp3 128kbps while the songs in directory2 are encoded in mp3 320 kbps).

Note that bard will never remove files. If you find duplicated files, you can remove them and then run bard update to let bard know that some files no longer exist.


Bard is using the GPL v3.0 license