Info Plugin#

The info plugin provides a command that dumps the current tag values for any file format supported by beets. It works like a supercharged version of mp3info or id3v2.

Enable the info plugin in your configuration (see Using Plugins) and then type:

$ beet info /path/to/music.flac

and the plugin will enumerate all the tags in the specified file. It also accepts multiple filenames in a single command-line.

You can also enter a query to inspect music from your library:

$ beet info beatles

If you just want to see specific properties you can use the --include-keys option to filter them. The argument is a comma-separated list of field names. For example:

$ beet info -i 'title,mb_artistid' beatles

Will only show the title and mb_artistid properties. You can add the -i option multiple times to the command line.

Additional command-line options include:

  • --library or -l: Show data from the library database instead of the files’ tags.

  • --album or -a: Show data from albums instead of tracks (implies --library).

  • --summarize or -s: Merge all the information from multiple files into a single list of values. If the tags differ across the files, print [various].

  • --format or -f: Specify a specific format with which to print every item. This uses the same template syntax as beets’ path formats.

  • --keys-only or -k: Show the name of the tags without the values.