puddletag Is Probably The Best Audio Tagging Tool For Linux

Most Windows users would be aware of MP3tag. In Linux the choice of audio tagging tools available is huge, but none of them seem to have all the features of MP3tag.

However, with a recent release, which added a plethora of new features, puddletag seems to have finally bridged the gap with MP3tag. In fact, puddletag’s website describes it as similar to MP3tag – except for the bit that it is built for Linux and MP3tag is a Windows application.

puddletag has an interface which is very similar to MP3tag. Users of MP3tag should at home right away in puddletag. In terms of functions available too it is very similar.

puddletag supports a number of formats, including some obscure ones. The formats puddletag supports are:

  • ID3v1 and ID3v2 in MP3 files
  • MP4 in MP4 and M4A files
  • VorbisComments in OGG and FLAC files
  • Musepack in MPC files
  • Monkey’s Audio in APE files
  • WavPack in WV files

puddletag supports all the functions you would expect from a tag editor like adding/removing tags, adding removing album artworks, tagging from filenames, renaming files based on tags etc. It also supports a lot more features in the form of Functions. puddletag’s Functions take care of things that you would have to do repeatedly. It comes with a number of pre-defined functions for tasks like numbering tracks, case conversion, importing test fields, merging fields etc.

Another great feature in puddletag is the mass auto-tagging. The auto-tagging feature uses database from Amazon, MusicBrainz, FreeDB and Discogs to tag your audio collection.

How To Install in Ubuntu

Debian package for puddletag is available so installation is quite simple. But before installing puddletag, install the dependencies with the command given below:

sudo apt-get install python-qt4 python-pyparsing python-mutagen python-configobj python-musicbrainz2

After installing the  dependencies, download the .deb file by clicking on the link below. The file has been compiled in Ubuntu 10.04 but I installed it in Ubuntu 10.10 and it is working fine.

Download puddletag (.deb)

After downloading, double-click on the file to complete the rest of the installation process.

You can find puddletag at Applications > Sound & Video > puddletag.

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Ricky Laishram

Ricky Laishram is a Linux and FOSS enthusiast. He is passionate about open source technologies and likes to keep abreast with the latest developments in KDE and Ubuntu. He also loves listening to music and is a huge Tegan snd Sara fan. You can follow him on twitter @ricky_lais.