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 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.

How to get it

Instructions are over at the downloads page.


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


Releases are very infrequent. Subscribe to the RSS Feed to be notified.


Report any bugs or feedback on the issue tracker hosted at Github. But check out the documentation first.

Last website update: Feb 01, 2021
Latest version: 2.0.1