How to Edit Cover Art Picture using VLC Media Player

If you use VLC Media Player and if you want to display or add album art to any MP3 files, then just access media information options and either browse and put up an album art (also known as cover art) or try to download it automatically. The only thing that you have to do is bring up the media information screen and then the options will be accessible in the bottom-right after you right click on the art or VLC icon.

The cover art along with other metadata information are used by different audio or music players in different ways. The data is saved on the MP3 file itself. You will notice the file size changes if you add cover picture, especially if you add large pictures. When the same MP3 file is transferred to your smartphone as an example, your player will use the album picture and other metadata information to display on-screen while playing and also giving you the feature to sort out or browse by artist, genre etc.

Here are the steps with screenshots to edit your cover art picture using VLC media player:

  • Go to Tools > Information.

It brings up the Current Media Information screen.

  • On the bottom right, there will either be a picture or you will see the VLC icon. Right click on it.
    VLC Cover Art for MP3 Files
  • From the right click menu, use:
    • Download cover art: To get the album picture automatically from the internet.
    • Add cover art from file: Manually browse and choose a picture file.

The information will be saved automatically.

32 thoughts to “How to Edit Cover Art Picture using VLC Media Player”

  1. I am also having a problem with cover art changing. I play an album then the next one i play uses that first albums art work, or one i played previously. If I delete the vlc art cache every time it come up correct, but i shouldn’t have to do that. Any suggestions?

  2. I download music from myfreemp3. No idea if it is itune, apple, or billy bob’s home mix. Problem is I get a lot of “protected” songs that I cannot add or change the track number on, so they do not come up in the proper order. Can anyone tell me how to put a track number on a protected song?

  3. I have found Mp3tag to be very handy for embedding art into mp3 and flac files. It will even ask if you want to change the attributes on read only files when it encounters them. You can batch embed art of any dimension into individual tracks, but for most media players it’s enough to have one art file named “folder.jpg” or “cover.jpg” in the same folder as your songs. Also Album Art Downloader works quite well for finding album art. When organizing my music files I also use Bulk Rename Utility. With these 3 free apps things go smoothly and fairly quickly. I hope that helps some.

  4. Does anyone know if it’s possible to have the artwork displayed larger?

    I was hoping to have a screenshot of guitar chords display when I opened a song but there doesn’t seem to be a setting for this.

    1. While the song is playing, hold “Ctrl” and press “L”. This toggles the playlist, so artwork will be displayed and the size will be proportional to its resolution. Repeat to return to playlist. If there is no art associated with the song, you will see the vlc traffic cone.

    1. is this what it is? Mine does not upload either, whether it’s a jpeg or an icon. It does not even find the PNG.

  5. When a movie plays it plays the cover art for like a milisecond, is there a way you can have that play for a minute before the movie?

  6. You’re missing a critical step. After adding an image, you need to type something in one of the text boxes. This activates a box at the bottom called “save metadata”. Click that button and it saves the image to the mp3.

    1. That’s exactly true. If there is text already (Title, Artist) then just erasing/replacing one character will bring out the ‘Save metadata’ button. Good point!

  7. Are there file type or file size requirements? I’ve tried this (Add cover art from file) with a few different jpg files now and nothing happens. Thanks for your response. Audio files are mp3.

      1. Mines’ is NOT read only, and it is doing the same exact thing. why doesn’t VLC just make it so we option to save artwork simultaneously as we are ripping music?

  8. When I do it and then try to play the song later, the picture is back to previous state again. Anyone having similar problem?

    1. yes, the art is not saved with me either. Very frustrating. Anyone know how to PERMANENTLY embed the art into the metadata?

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