Nov 052008

Kid3 is a free opensource tool to easily tag multiple MP3 files (e.g. full albums) without typing the same information again and again and allow you to control and edit ID3v1 and ID3v2 tags. It’s one of those things I started doing so enthusiatically and then give up after a few tracks and finally this should help me get around this.

Kid3 features include,

Edit ID3v1.1 tags and all ID3v2.3 and ID3v2.4 frames
Convert between ID3v1.1, ID3v2.3 and ID3v2.4 tags
Edit tags in MP3, Ogg/Vorbis, FLAC, MPC, MP4/AAC, MP2, Speex, TrueAudio and WavPack files
Edit tags like artist,album,year,genre etc of multiple files with same value
Generate tags from filenames and vice versa
Rename and create directories from tags
Generate playlist files
Automatically convert upper and lower case and replace strings
Import album data from,, MusicBrainz, Discogs and other sources
Export tags as CSV, HTML, playlists, Kover XML and in other formats

Install kid3
Packman hosts a 1-click installer for Kid3. Click this 1-click Installer for Kid31-click installer for Kid3 from Packman to download the YaST MetaPackage file (YMP) and launch with YaST Package Manager. This 1-click installer supports openSUSE 11.0/10.3/10.2

NOTE: Click here to enable 1-click install in openSUSE 10.2

click Next on the window showing the Kid3 application description and the Next on the installation proposal window. This should start adding the required dependencies and Kid3 package itself. Click Finish when the installation successfully completes.

This should install Kid3 under Applications – Multimedia – More Programs as “ID3 Tagger”. Click ID3 Tagger to launch Kid3.

The application is simple and easy to use and there is little to no complexity in using it. Select the directories or files that you want to edit and then choose the file to edit the tags. Once the required edit is complete, click copy if you want it to replicate it to multiple files. Now, select the files to which these tags are to applied and click Paste. Its as simple as that!!!. Once done, click the save button to save all the file whose tags have been edited.

You can also generate playlists from the selected files. This option is under the File Menu. Also under the file menu, you can find options to import Album data from other sources like,, MusicBrainz, Discogs and others and options to export it to any standard formats like CSV,HTML,playlists,XML etc.

Under the settings menu, click “configure Kid3″ to set the defaults for Kid3.

Overall a nice neat software that helps ease the pain of editing the tags on your media files. Click here to visit the Kid3 project homepage