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tinytag is a library for reading music meta data of most common audio files in pure Python

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pip install tinytag


  • Read tags, length and cover images of audio files
  • Supported formats:
    • MP3/MP2/MP1 (ID3 v1, v1.1, v2.2, v2.3+)
    • Wave/RIFF
    • OGG
    • OPUS
    • FLAC
    • WMA
  • Pure Python, no dependencies
  • Supports Python 2.7 and 3.4 or higher
  • High test coverage
  • Just a few hundred lines of code (just include it in your project!)

tinytag only provides the minimum needed for reading meta-data. It can determine track number, total tracks, title, artist, album, year, duration and any more.

from tinytag import TinyTag
tag = TinyTag.get('/some/music.mp3')
print('This track is by %s.' % tag.artist)
print('It is %f seconds long.' % tag.duration)

Alternatively you can use tinytag directly on the command line:

$ python -m tinytag --format csv /some/music.mp3
> {"filename": "/some/music.mp3", "filesize": 30212227, "album": "Album", "albumartist": "Artist", "artist": "Artist", "audio_offset": null, "bitrate": 256, "channels": 2, "comment": null, "composer": null, "disc": "1", "disc_total": null, "duration": 10, "genre": null, "samplerate": 44100, "title": "Title", "track": "5", "track_total": null, "year": "2012"}

Check python -m tinytag --help for all CLI options, for example other output formats.

To receive a list of file extensions tinytag supports, use the SUPPORTED_FILE_EXTENSIONS constant:


Alternatively, check if a file is supported:

is_supported = TinyTag.is_supported('/some/music.mp3')

List of possible attributes you can get with TinyTag:

tag.album         # album as string
tag.albumartist   # album artist as string
tag.artist        # artist name as string
tag.audio_offset  # number of bytes before audio data begins
tag.bitdepth      # bit depth for lossless audio
tag.bitrate       # bitrate in kBits/s
tag.comment       # file comment as string
tag.composer      # composer as string 
tag.disc          # disc number
tag.disc_total    # the total number of discs
tag.duration      # duration of the song in seconds
tag.filesize      # file size in bytes
tag.genre         # genre as string
tag.samplerate    # samples per second
tag.title         # title of the song
tag.track         # track number as string
tag.track_total   # total number of tracks as string
tag.year          # year or date as string

For non-common fields and fields specific to single file formats, use extra:

tag.extra         # a dict of additional data

The extra dict currently may contain the following data: url, isrc, text, initial_key, lyrics, copyright

Additionally you can also get cover images from ID3 tags:

tag = TinyTag.get('/some/music.mp3', image=True)
image_data = tag.get_image()

To open files using a specific encoding, you can use the encoding parameter. This parameter is however only used for formats where the encoding isn't explicitly specified.

TinyTag.get('a_file_with_gbk_encoding.mp3', encoding='gbk')


1.9.1 (unreleased)

  • Fix deprecations related to setuptools #176
  • Add list of supported file extensions #177

1.9.0 (2023-04-23)

  • Add bitdepth attribute for lossless audio #157
  • Add recognition of Audible formats #163 (thanks to snowskeleton)
  • Add .m4v to list of supported file extensions #142
  • Aiff: Implement replacement for Python's aifc module #164
  • ID3: Only check for language in COMM and USLT frames #147
  • ID3: Read the correct number of bytes from Xing header #154
  • ID3: Add support for ID3v2.4 TDRC frame #156 (thanks to Uninen)
  • M4A: Add description fields #168 (thanks to snowskeleton)
  • RIFF: Handle tags containing extra zero-byte #141
  • Vorbis: Parse OGG cover art #144 (thanks to Pseurae)
  • Vorbis: Support standard disctotal/tracktotal comments #171
  • Wave: Add proper support for padded IFF chunks

1.8.1 (2022-03-12) [still mathiascode-edition]

  • MP3 ID3: Set correct file position if tag reading is disabled #119 (thanks to mathiascode)
  • MP3: Fix incorrect calculation of duration for VBR encoded MP3s #128 (thanks to mathiascode)

1.8.0 (2022-03-05) [mathiascode-edition]

  • Add support for ALAC audio files #130 (thanks to mathiascode)
  • AIFF: Fixed bitrate calculation for certain files #129 (thanks to mathiascode)
  • MP3: Do not round MP3 bitrates #131 (thanks to mathiascode)
  • MP3 ID3: Support any language in COMM and USLT frames #135 (thanks to mathiascode)
  • Performance: Don't use regex when parsing genre #136 (thanks to mathiascode)
  • Disable tag parsing for all formats when requested #137 (thanks to mathiascode)
  • M4A: Fix invalid bitrates in certain files #132 (thanks to mathiascode)
  • WAV: Fix metadata parsing for certain files #133 (thanks to mathiascode)

1.7.0. (2021-12-14)

  • fixed rare occasion of ID3v2 tags missing their first character, #106
  • allow overriding the default encoding of ID3 tags (e.g. TinyTag.get(..., encoding='gbk')))
  • fixed calculation of bitrate for very short mp3 files, #99
  • utf-8 support for AIFF files, #123
  • fixed image parsing for id3v2 with images containing utf-16LE descriptions, #117
  • fixed ID3v1 tags overwriting ID3v2 tags, #121
  • Set correct file position if tag reading is disabled for ID3 (thanks to mathiascode)

1.6.0 (2021-08-28) [aw-edition]

  • fixed handling of non-latin encoding types for images (thanks to aw-was-here)
  • added support for ISRC data, available in extra['isrc'] field (thanks to aw-was-here)
  • added support for AIFF/AIFF-C (thanks to aw-was-here)
  • fixed import deprecation warnings (thanks to idotobi)
  • fixed exception for TinyTag misuse being different in different python versions (thanks to idotobi)
  • added support for ID3 initial key tonality hint, available in extra['initial_key']
  • added support for ID3 unsynchronized lyrics, available in extra['lyrics']
  • added extra field, which may contain additional metadata not available in all file formats

1.5.0 (2020-11-05)

  • fixed data type to always return str for disc, disc_total, track, track_total #97 (thanks to kostalski)
  • fixed package install being reported as UNKNOWN for some python/pip variations #90 (thanks to russpoutine)
  • Added automatic detection for certain MP4 file headers

1.4.0 (2020-04-23)

  • detecting file types based on their magic header bytes, #85
  • fixed opus duration being wrong for files with lower sample rate #81
  • implemented support for binary paths #72
  • always cast mp3 bitrates to int, so that CBR and VBR output behaves the sam
  • made str deterministic and use json as output format

1.3.0 (2020-03-09)

  • added option to ignore encoding errors ignore_errors #73
  • Improved text decoding for many malformed files

1.2.2 (2019-04-13)

  • Improved stability when reading corrupted mp3 files

1.2.1 (2019-04-13)

  • fixed wav files not correctly reporting the number of channels #61

1.2.0 (2019-04-13)

  • using setup.cfg instead of (thanks to scivision)
  • added support for calling TinyTag.get with pathlib.Path (thanks to scivision)
  • added appveyor windows test CI (thanks to scivision)
  • using pytest instead of nosetest (thanks to scivision)

1.1.0 (2019-04-13)

  • added new field "composer" (Thanks to Phil Borman)

1.0.1 (2019-04-13)

  • fixed ID3 loading for files with corrupt header (thanks to Ian Homer)
  • fixed parsing of duration in wav file (thanks to Ian Homer)

1.0.0 (2018-12-12)

  • added comment field
  • added wav-riff format support
  • use MP4 parser for m4b files
  • added simple cli tool
  • fix parsing of FLAC files with ID3 header (thanks to minus7)
  • added method TinyTag.is_supported(filename)

0.19.0 (2018-02-11)

  • fixed corrupted images for some mp3s (#45)

0.18.0 (2017-04-29)

  • fixed wrong bitrate and crash when parsing xing header

0.17.0 (2016-10-02)

  • supporting ID3v2.2 images

0.16.0 (2016-08-06)

  • MP4 cover image support

0.15.2 (2016-08-06)

  • fixed crash for malformed MP4 files (#34)

0.15.0 (2016-08-06)

  • fixed decoding of UTF-16LE ID3v2 Tags, improved overall stability

0.14.0 (2016-06-05):

  • MP4/M4A and Opus support