Metadata Tags Editor

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Metadata Tags Editor is used to enter or confirm text description metadata tag information, such as artist, year or genre) that will be embedded in the Audacity project and passed through into exported audio files. Metadata that is embedded in audio files displays in software applications like Apple Music/iTunes\xc2\xae or Windows Media Player, or portable players like iPhone\xc2\xae and iPod\xc2\xae.

Most export formats support at least the seven default tags in Metadata Editor, but support in player applications varies from almost universal for the ID3 tags used by MP3 and MP2 to very limited for WAV. See this Frequently Asked Question for details.

For both MP3 and MP2, only ID3v2.3 tags are exported. ID3v1 can be exported using Cmd-line export.

Accessed by:' the Edit Metadata button in the File Export Dialog or Edit > Metadata
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Tag and Value fields

  • Tag Name: The first seven Tag names are permanent and cannot be edited. You can add more tag rows and give them a customized name and value using the "Add" button (see below).
    • WAV files: Some applications such as Apple Music/iTunes will not see tags in WAV files. Some applications such as those made by Microsoft can only read INFO tags in WAV files, in which case the only customized tags they will see will be "Copyright" and "Software".
  • Tag Value: Type in the data you want for each tag, or accept the data already present from an imported file. You do not have to fill in every value. When exporting multiple files, the "Track Title" and "Track Number" tags are pre-filled automatically from the names and ordering of the tracks or labels.
    • Once a value field has been replaced or edited, press the Return key to select the next value field, or click in any other one to select it.
The Genre field behaves slightly differently because it contains a dropdown list of genre names. To use this field, double-click it, or use F2 after selecting it. You may then type a custom genre name. To select from the list, click the downward-pointing arrow to right of the dropdown, or use keyboard Up Arrow or Down Arrow keys. A custom genre typed into the dropdown is not added to the list permanently - use the Edit button (see below) to edit the list directly.
  • Add: Adds a new, empty row to the list for your own custom Tag (by default there is already one empty row at the bottom of the list).
  • Remove: Removes the currently selected custom row from the list, or the value data only from the currently selected permanent row.
  • Clear: Returns the Editor to default state (seven permanent tag names with empty values, plus one empty row).


  • Edit: Edits the dropdown list displayed in the Value field of the Genre tag. The entire list is selected on open. To navigate it for editing, click the required item or use the keyboard Arrow keys. To add an entry, press keyboard End then type the name you want. The list will be automatically sorted when saved.
  • Reset: Resets the genre list to the default.


  • Load: Loads a previously saved list of tag names and values into Metadata Editor.
  • Save: Saves the current list of tag names and values to a file on your drive.
  • Set Default: Makes the current list of tag names and non-empty values the default state whenever opening a new, empty project. To clear the default, press Clear then Set Default.

    Even if you set a Default, if you import a file containing metadata, that metadata will appear in Metadata Editor. If you always want a fixed set of metadata to show after importing a file, you need to save that set as a template then load the template after importing the file.


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