How to View and Edit ID3 Audio Tags Using VLC

If you want to view and edit ID3 audio or MP3 tags in VLC Media Player, then it has been really made simple. The quickest way to view/edit it is by using the CTRL + I shortcut key on your PC or by navigating to Tools > Media Information. It brings up a simple pop up where you can view all the information like MP3 song title, artist, album, date, genre, track number, now playing, publisher, copyright, encoded by, comments and album art. You can simply view or input your own values in the text fields of these corresponding metadata information.

ID3 tags allow you to view different information about a song and it is primarily used by MP3 files exclusively. Song information like artist, album etc. are stored in the MP3 file itself. It is used by different players in different ways. For example: In VLC, you can see the “Artist – Song Title” data used in the title bar of the Player.

If you navigate to your playlist [CTRL +L] and view it as a detailed list, then all the metadata information is visible. The same feature can be seen in Windows Explorer as well. One quick perk of this information within VLC playlists is that it allows you to sort your MP3 files according to the ID3 tags helping you play the songs that you want in a certain order.

The steps to access and edit ID3 audio tags are quite simple, but here are the steps with screenshots:

Go to Tools > Media Information.

Current Media Information

The screen shown above will pop up. View and edit from here. Close the window and what you entered will be saved automatically.

Note: To edit album art, right click on the picture or VLC icon in the bottom-right corner of the Media Information screen.

26 thoughts to “How to View and Edit ID3 Audio Tags Using VLC”

  1. I am running OS X Catalina 10.15.5 and just downloaded VLC 3.0.11 to put pictures on all my M4A/AAC files. I can’t get anywhere after CMD-I and getting to the Media Information and clicking every way imaginable on the image in the bottom right corner–with no response at all. The Media dropdown doesn’t even pickup the name in the Title or its duration so I assume it isn’t working at all. However, the same file played fine from the Playlist. I also tried an MP3 file and got the same result. Is there another step I am missing? I see Pictures listed but it seems to want to see them as audio files as well and lists their duration at 10 sec??!! Very disappointed because I have about 100 songs with pictures to associate and hoping this app could work.

  2. Is there a way to do this without having to select each individual item one by one? Isn’t there some way to simply edit them one after the other?

  3. Consistent issue:
    Rip from CD to MP3 with MS Media Player
    Edit the tags with MP3Tag editor (tried setting it to write ID3v1, ID3v2.4 and APEv2 as well as only ID3v2.4)
    Load all the songs within that single CD to play and it appears to read different tag types for each song… some songs show (within VLC) the Album information with track #, some show only the file name with no tag information. (Other apps/players show all tag information correctly)
    Is there a way to tell what tags are being used, and/or force VLC to read a particular tag set?

  4. Great, Can I edit the tags and convert wma to mp3?
    Can I bulk edit the tags and give the same album name and artist to all the file I convert?

  5. Does editing metadata and saving cause loss of MP3 quality?

    Also, is the metadata actually saved in the MP3 file? Or is it saved in VLC, associated with the file, sort of like a cookie in a browser?

    Thank you.

  6. How do you read ID3 tags on the Android version? When you have something like classical music where there’s a lot of information (Who composed it? What ensemble is playing it? Who’s conducting it? Who are the soloists?), the ability to read ID3 tags is very important, and there doesn’t seem to be a way to do it.

    1. Yikes, seems like from the information feature in the app, it seems that we can only view the MP3 technical details like the bitrate.

  7. On Mac OS Mojave 10.14.6; VLC Version 3.0.8 Vetinari (Intel 64bit), whatever metadata information I enter and save in the text fields only remains visible as long as that instance of VLC is still running.

    Meaning that if I close VLC, and then open the same files again in VLC, the field I have filled in now appear empty.

    This happens with .flac [16/44.1kHz; 24/48kHz; 24/96kHz] and also with .mp3 [128; 256; 320kbps]. Those are the only types of files I generally work with, so I do not know if there are other files which do not behave this way.

    Interestingly, if I load the same audio files into an external device, such as a Sansa clip or a Fiio player, the fields are all visible.

    I have tested this further by loading files which I tagged with previous versions of VLC, and even files which I had tagged using XLD, and the results are all the same in the current version of VLC – some of the data appears to be missing.

    This suggests that the data is not missing, it simply does not show up in VLC after the player has been closed, which makes it appear as though the data has not actually been saved, which can be confusing.

    I’ve been using VLC player for years, and this only started to happen after the last update to VLC.

    At the same time, in the Codec Details tab of VLC, after the last version update, *all* files display the Bits Per Sample as 32, regardless of what the actual bitrate actually is.

    Hopefully this is enough information to be helpful in analyzing the situation.


  8. On mac OS X 10.13.4, VLC v3.0.8, What I enter into ‘Genre’ now appears as album and every file I open the Metadata for, shows now the album entered on the last edit! This is likely a bug.

  9. VLC saves ID3 tags in V1 and V2.4 format. Is there a way to configure VLC to save them in V2.3 format and/or respect the original format when editing an existing tag so that a vanilla Windows explorer can display the tags ?

  10. yea, my id3 tags didn’t work i changed all setting to read and write. it still doesn’t save! I think it has something to do with iTunes or something ? I’m on a mac wrunning Yosemite 10.10.5

  11. How do you do this for all the songs at once? I tried Ctrl+A, but no dice. I had to do each song individually, major time-suck

  12. I have tried downloading the cover art using VLC. Not being able to check what the destination folder is – or find it by looking in likely candidates, I looked through VLC preferences but cannot find where the destination folder can be changed.

    1. The cover art and other ID3 tags are saved in the media file itself. You should see an increase in the size of the media file after you add the cover art.

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