ID3 library for Go
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ID3 library for Go.

Supported formats:

  • ID3v1
  • ID3v2.2
  • ID3v2.3


The platform ($GOROOT/bin) "go get" tool is the best method to install.

go get

This downloads and installs the package into your $GOPATH. If you only want to recompile, use "go install".

go install


An import allows access to the package.

import (
    id3 ""

Version specific details can be accessed through the subpackages.

import (

Quick Start

To access the tag of a file, first open the file using the package's Open function.

mp3File, err := id3.Open("All-In.mp3")

It's also a good idea to ensure that the file is closed using defer.

defer mp3File.Close()

Accessing Information

Some commonly used data have methods in the tag for easier access. These methods are for Title, Artist, Album, Year, Genre, and Comments.


ID3v2 Frames

v2 Frames can be accessed directly by using the Frame or Frames method of the file, which return the first frame or a slice of frames as Framer interfaces. These interfaces allow read access to general details of the file.

lyricsFrame := mp3File.Frame("USLT")
lyrics := lyricsFrame.String()

If more specific information is needed, or frame-specific write access is needed, then the interface must be cast into the appropriate underlying type. The example provided does not check for errors, but it is recommended to do so.

lyricsFrame := mp3File.Frame("USLT").(*v2.UnsynchTextFrame)

Adding Frames

For common fields, a frame will automatically be created with the Set method. For other frames or more fine-grained control, frames can be created with the corresponding constructor, usually prefixed by New. These constructors require the first argument to be a FrameType struct, which are global variables named by version.

ft := V23FrameTypeMap["TIT2"]
text := "Hello"
textFrame := NewTextFrame(ft, text)