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Preferred Releases

Folksonomy tags

The following settings are only applicable if you enable the use folksonomy tags as genres option.



Cover art

You will require the Cover Art Downloader plugin available on the Picard Plugins page and you must have enabled "use release relationships".

Moving files

This page tells Picard whether it should move your audio files to a new directory when it saves metadata in them. One use for this is to keep your work organised: all untagged files are under directory A, and when Picard tags them it moves them to directory B. When directory A is empty, your tagging work is done. Check this box, and select a destination directory, if you want Picard to move files this way. Uncheck the box if you want Picard to leave the files under the same directory.

The Rename Files and Move Files options are independent. Rename Files refers to file names, and directory names based on artist and release names, under a parent directory. Move Files refers to changing the parent directory. However, they both use the same "file naming string". Move files uses the portion up until the last '/'; rename files the part after that.

File naming

CD lookup

This is where you tell Picard which CD drive it should use for looking up CDs.


On Windows, Picard has a pulldown menu listing the various CD drives it has found. Pull down the menu and select the drive you want.


In OS X, this option is currently a text field. The device is usually /dev/rdisk1.

If that doesn't work, one way is to simply keep increasing the number (e.g. /dev/rdisk2) until it does work. A less trial and error method is to open Terminal and type mount. The output should include a line such as /dev/disk2 on /Volumes/Audio CD (local, nodev, nosuid, read-only). You need to replace /dev/disk with /dev/rdisk, so if, for example, it says /dev/disk2, you should enter /dev/rdisk2 in Picard's preferences.


In Linux, Picard has a pulldown menu like in Windows. If you're using an older version with a text field, you should enter the device name (typically /dev/cdrom) here.

Other platforms

On other platforms, the CD Lookup option is a text field and you should enter the path to the CD drive here.


For a list of plugins see Picard Plugins.

Here you may enable/disable any of the plugins you have installed in Picard. Note that some plugins have their own option page which will appear under here.


Web proxy

If you need a proxy to make an outside connection you may specify one here.


It is recommended for most users to not change these settings. However for advanced users, it allows you to tune the way Picard matches your files and clusters to to MusicBrainz releases and tracks.

If you have absolutely no metadata in your current files, and you are using Scan to match tracks, you may find you need to lower Minimal similarity for matching files to tracks in order to get Picard to match the files within a release. Otherwise you may find that Picard matches the track to a release but then is not sure which track is correct; and leaves it in an "unmatched files" group within that release.

As a general rule, lowering the percentages may increase the chance of finding a match at the risk of false positives and incorrect matches.


For scripting help see Picard Scripting and Picard Tags for variables available to script with.

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