Is there a Perl or Python library for ID3 metadata?

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Basically, I've got a bunch of music files yoinked from my brother's iPod that retain their metadata but have those absolutely horrendous four character names the iPod seems to like storing them under. I figured I'd write a nice, quick script to just rename them as I wished, but I'm curious about any good libraries for reading ID3 metadata. I'd prefer either Perl or Python. I'm comfortable with Perl since I use it at work, whereas Python I need more practice in and it'll make my Python evangelist friends happy.

Anyway, shortened version: Can you name a good library/module for either Python or Perl that will allow me to easily extract ID3 metadata from a pile of mp3s?

2009-06-16 08:10
by Jeff Bain


MP3::Tag is a also great. Again, if you are looking for a Perl module, head over to first.

 use MP3::Tag;

  $mp3 = MP3::Tag->new($filename);

  # get some information about the file in the easiest way
  ($title, $track, $artist, $album, $comment, $year, $genre) = $mp3->autoinfo();
  # Or:
  $comment = $mp3->comment();
    = $mp3->select_id3v2_frame_by_descr('COMM(fre,fra,eng,#0)[dedicated to]');

  $mp3->title_set('New title');         # Edit in-memory copy
  $mp3->select_id3v2_frame_by_descr('TALB', 'New album name'); # Edit in memory
  $mp3->select_id3v2_frame_by_descr('RBUF', $n1, $n2, $n3);    # Edit in memory
  $mp3->update_tags(year => 1866);      # Edit in-memory, and commit to file
  $mp3->update_tags();                  # Commit to file
2009-06-17 02:10
by vulcan_hacker
Well, has a nicer look and feel than But, yes, CPAN has all the answers : - Dave Cross 2013-04-08 14:50


CPAN Search turns up several Perl modules when you search for ID3. The answer to almost any Perl question that starts with "Is there a library..." is to check CPAN.

I tend to like MP3::Tag, but old people like me tend to find something suitable and ignore all advances in technology until we are forced to change.

2009-06-16 09:15
by brian d foy


here are few python libs [updated URL]

2009-06-16 08:17
by Anurag Uniyal
I have used mutagen before, it works very well - Matt 2009-06-17 02:35
ive used mutagen's EasyID3 class a lot, and its great on the whole. it can't read tags that aren't at the beginning of a file, though, which is a downer - Carson 2010-01-07 18:33



I've had good luck with MP3::Info.

2009-06-16 12:23
by Jared


I think this snippet: Rename MP3 files from ID3 tags from python recipies might be helpful. It uses id3reader lib.

2009-06-16 22:56
by ymir


The Python Package Index has a list of python packages matching a search for 'id3' here, the top several of which appear to be related to your needs. As with brian's answer above, the answer to any "is there a python module that..." probably starts with PyPI.

2009-06-17 03:06
by spiffyman