Welcome to UTagIt
The simple drag-and-drop MP3 ID3v1 tag editor
by Keith Rubow
Now available for Windows and Linux
Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the latest version: www.krubow.com
UTagIt is a utility for editing the ID3v1 tags on your MP3 files. It can be
used to edit or view the tags on individual files, or to replace selected
tags on whole groups of files at once. A unique auto-increment feature
allows a numeric field in the tag to be incremented each time the tag is
saved to a file. For example, the title can be assigned sequential values
such as "Track #1", Track #2", "Track #3", etc. without having to edit the
title for each file. The drag-and-drop file editing feature makes it
extremely easy to assign the same (or sequential) tags to whole groups of
files at once by dragging and dropping the whole group of files onto the
UTagIt window, or by dropping the files one at a time in the order desired.
UTagIt will add ID3v1 tags to the file if they do not already exist.
The UTagIt main screen is shown below.
The title bar will display the name of the currently open MP3 file, if
The radio buttons along the top select one of four modes of operation.
These modes are described in detail below.
The track, genre, title, artist, album, year, and comment fields are for
editing the MP3 tags.
The Update check boxes next to each edit field enable the corresponding
edit fields when in Edit, Update, or Auto Update modes.
The Inc check boxes enable auto incrementing of numeric fields in the
corresponding edit fields when in Update or Auto Update modes.
The Update button is used to save changes to the MP3 tags. The Update
button is not used in View mode because no changes can be made to tags in
view mode. The Update button is not needed in Auto Update mode, unless
changes to the MP3 tags are made after opening a file. See the detailed
description under Modes of Operation.
The On Top check box makes the UTagIt window stay on top of other windows
on your screen.
While files can be opened by selecting File|Open from the menu, it is
usually easier to simply drag-and-drop the file(s) onto the UTagIt window
from Windows Explorer, or your Linux file manager.
Modes of Operation
UTagIt supports four modes of operation. Edit is used to edit the tags of
one file at a time. View is used to view the current tags, but they cannot
be changed. Update is used to replace one or more specified tags in a
single file with new values. The new values may be fixed or can be
auto-incremented. Auto Update is used to replace one or more specified tags
in a whole group of files with new values.
In Edit mode the current values of the tags will be displayed when the file
is opened. Only tags with the Update check box checked may be changed. This
protects the other tags from being changed by mistake, and makes it quicker
to use the Tab key to move to the fields that are to be changed. Auto
Increment is disabled in Edit mode. After changing the tags, the new tags
must be saved by clicking the Update button.
In View mode the current values of the tags will be displayed when the file
is opened. However, all edit fields are disabled, and nothing can be
changed. The Update button is disabled in View mode.
In Update mode the tags with the Update boxes checked will be
replaced with the new tags as entered. When a file is opened in
Update mode, the tags with the Update boxes unchecked will show the current
tags. They will, however, be grayed out indicating that they cannot be
changed. The tags with the Update boxes checked will retain the new tags as
entered by the user. Clicking the Update button will save the new tags.
Update mode is useful for replacing specified tags with new values on
several files without having to type the new values in more than once.
Also, in Update mode the Auto Increment feature is enabled. The rightmost
numeric field in a tag will be incremented after saving the tag to a file
if the Inc box is checked. For example, a comment of "Jazz file 1" will
increment to "Jazz file 2", "Jazz file 3", ... "Jazz file 100" (adding as
many digits as necessary). This makes it easy to assign sequential track
numbers, or sequentially numbered titles or comments. Note that the Genre
and Year cannot be auto incremented.
Auto Update mode is very similar to Update mode. There are only two
differences. First, in Auto Update mode a file is saved (updated) with the
new tag values immediately after it is opened. This makes it unnecessary to
click the Update button, provided the new tags were entered properly before
the file was opened. Of course if you change the new tags after opening the
file, you still have to click Update. Second, Auto Update mode allows
updating multiple files at once by dragging and dropping groups of files
onto the UTagIt window (or selecting multiple files in the File|Open dialog
box). This makes it very easy, for example, to assign the Artist, Album,
and Year tags to a whole group of files at once.
The Auto Increment feature is enabled in Auto Update mode as well. Please
note that when dragging and dropping multiple files, there is no way to
predict the order in which the files will be processed. It is impossible to
know, for example, in what order sequential track numbers will be assigned.
However, by dragging and dropping the files one at a time the track numbers
will be assigned in the desired order. Auto Update is still the fastest way
to accomplish this task because you don't need to click the Update button
to save the new tags.
To simply edit the tags of an MP3 file, use edit mode. Drag-and-drop the
file onto the UTagIt window, or open the file with the File|Open menu.
Check all the Update boxes to enable editing of all tags, or check the
Update boxes for only the tag(s) you want to change. This makes it quicker
to Tab from field to field. Click Update to save the changes.
Use View mode to view the tags without any danger of changing them
accidentally. The tags will be displayed, but cannot be changed.
Replace Selected Tags
To replace selected tags on several files, enable Update mode. Check the
Update boxes only for the tags to be replaced (for example Genre, Artist,
Album, and Year). Enter the new tag data. Then drag-and-drop files one by
one onto the UTagIt window, and click Update to confirm the change. Or
enable Auto Update and drag-and-drop files one by one, or whole groups of
files at once. But be careful. The tags are updated immediately with no
need to click Update to confirm the change.
Assign Tags and Sequential Track
To assign new tags and sequential track numbers to a set of files, select
Auto Update mode. Check the Update boxes only for the tags to be replaced
(for example Genre, Artist, Album, Year, and Track). Check the Auto
Increment box for the Track tag to be assigned sequential numbers. Enter
the new tag data for all tags to be changed. For the Track, enter the first
track number (probably "1"). Then drag-and-drop the MP3 files one at a time
onto the UTagIt window in the order in which you want the track numbers
assigned. There is no need to click Update in Auto Update mode, and the
track number (or other auto incrementing tag) will be assigned sequential
numbers in the order in which you drop the files.
from one MP3 file to another
To copy selected ID3v1 tags from one MP3 file to another, first select View
mode. Open the MP3 file with the tags you want to copy by dragging and
dropping the file onto the UTagIt window. Then select Update mode, and
check the Update boxes only on the tags you want to copy. Then drag-and
drop the file you want to copy the selected tags to onto the UTagIt window
and click Update. Of course you can also use Auto Update mode, in which
case you do not need to click Update.