id3tool - a command line editor for id3 tags.


id3tool [options] files ...


This manual page is for the id3tool command.

id3tool is a program that can be used to view and edit id3 tags from the command line.

When invoked from the command line with filenames and no options, it will display the used fields of the id3 tags.

When invoked from the command line with filenames and "set" options, it will change the id3 tag fields specified to the specified values on all the files.

Due to limitations in the ID3v1 specification, most fields are limited to 30 characters.

The note field is limited to 28 characters if a track number is in use.

You can force a tag to be v1.1 by using a specifying a non-zero track number, or force a tag to be v1.0 by specifying a track number of zero (0).


The programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (’-’). A complete list of options are included below. For a complete description, use the help option.
-t, --set-title=WORD

Sets the title to WORD

-a, --set-album=WORD

Sets the album to WORD

-r, --set-artist=WORD

Sets the artist to WORD

-y, --set-year=YEAR

Sets the year to YEAR [4 digits]

-n, --set-note=WORD

Sets the note to WORD

-g, --set-genre=INT

Sets the genre code to INT (the codes can be acquired from the genre list.)

-G, --set-genre-word=WORD

Sets the genre to WORD (given that WORD is from the genre list.)

-c, --set-track=INT

Sets the track to INT

-h, --help

Show summary of options.

-v, --version

Show version of program.

-l, --genre-list

Shows the genre list.


id3tool and this manual page were written by Chris Collins <xfire [AT]>