Powerful, simple, audio tag editor for GNU/Linux
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What it is

puddletag is an audio tag editor (primarily created) for GNU/Linux similar to the Windows program, Mp3tag. Unlike most taggers for GNU/Linux, it uses a spreadsheet-like layout so that all the tags you want to edit by hand are visible and easily editable.

The usual tag editor features are supported like extracting tag information from filenames, renaming files based on their tags by using patterns and basic tag editing.

Then there’re Functions, which can do things like replace text, trim it, do case conversions, etc. Actions can automate repetitive tasks. Doing web lookups using Amazon (including cover art), Discogs (does cover art too!), FreeDB and MusicBrainz is also supported. There’s quite a bit more, but I’ve reached my comma quota.

Supported formats: ID3v1, ID3v2 (mp3), MP4 (mp4, m4a, etc.), VorbisComments (ogg, flac), Musepack (mpc), Monkey’s Audio (.ape) and WavPack (wv).

Why it is

Keeping an XP partition just for Mp3tag just wasn't feasible anymore.

How it's different

To Mp3tag it’s not that different. Mp3tag has things puddletag doesn’t have, puddletag has things Mp3tag doesn’t. Skim the menus section to get an overview of the differences.

However, compared to other GNU/Linux taggers the differences are much too vast to list.

What you need

The following are recommended


  • Install the dependencies listed above.
  • For Debian-based distros, run the following as root to install them aptitude install python-qt4 python-pyparsing python-mutagen python-configobj python-musicbrainz2 python-imaging
  • Download the source tarball from http://puddletag.sourceforge.net. (If this file came from that tarball, ignore everything on this line.)
  • Unzip it.
  • You can run puddletag from that directory by typing ./puddletag in your console.
  • Alternatively, install it by running python setup.py install as root in the unzipped directory.
  • puddletag should appear in your Multimedia (or Sounds etc.) menu. If not run 'desktop-file-install puddletag.desktop' as root in the unzipped directory.


puddletag licensed under the GPLv3, which you can find in its entirety at http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.html


Releases are infrequent. Not more than a couple per year.


Github issues: https://github.com/keithgg/puddletag/issues