Welcome to eyeD3


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eyeD3 is a Python tool for working with audio files, specifically MP3 files containing ID3 metadata (i.e. song info).

It provides a command-line tool (eyeD3) and a Python library (import eyed3) that can be used to write your own applications or plugins that are callable from the command-line tool.

For example, to set some song information in an mp3 file called song.mp3:

$ eyeD3 -a Integrity -A "Humanity Is The Devil" -t "Hollow" -n 2 song.mp3

With this command we’ve set the artist (-a/--artist), album (-A/--album), title (-t/--title), and track number (-n/--track-num) properties in the ID3 tag of the file. This is the standard interface that eyeD3 has always had in the past, therefore it is also the default plugin when no other is specified.

The results of this command can be seen by running the eyeD3 with no options.

$ eyeD3 song.mp3
song.mp3      [ 3.06 MB ]
ID3 v2.4:
title: Hollow
artist: Integrity
album: Humanity Is The Devil
album artist: None
track: 2

The same can be accomplished using Python.

import eyed3

audiofile = eyed3.load("song.mp3")
audiofile.tag.artist = "Token Entry"
audiofile.tag.album = "Free For All Comp LP"
audiofile.tag.album_artist = "Various Artists"
audiofile.tag.title = "The Edge"
audiofile.tag.track_num = 3


eyeD3 is written and maintained by Travis Shirk and is licensed under version 3 of the GPL.


  • Python package (import eyed3) for writing applications and plugins.

  • eyeD3 : Command-line tool driver script that supports plugins.

  • Easy ID3 editing/viewing of audio metadata from the command-line.

  • Plugins for: Tag to string formatting (display), album fixing (fixup), cover art downloading (art), collection stats (stats), and json/yaml/jabber/nfo output formats, and more included.

  • Support for ID3 versions 1.x, 2.2 (read-only), 2.3, and 2.4.

  • Support for the MP3 audio format exposing details such as play time, bit rate, sampling frequency, etc.

  • Abstract design allowing future support for different audio formats and metadata containers.

Get Started

Python >= 3.6 is required.

For installation instructions or more complete documentation see http://eyeD3.nicfit.net/

Please post feedback and/or defects on the issue tracker, or mailing list.


Stable releases of eyeD3 are best installed via pip or easy_install; or you may download TGZ or ZIP source archives from a couple of official locations. Detailed instructions and links may be found on the Installation page.

Otherwise, if you want to live on the edge, you can pull down the source code from the Git repository at GitHub. The Installation page has details for how to access the source code.


Changes made to eyeD3 and the project’s release history can be found in the Release History.

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