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vorbiscomment - List or edit comments in Ogg Vorbis files


vorbiscomment [-l] [-R] [-e] file.ogg
vorbiscomment -a [ -c commentfile | -t “name=value” ] [-q] [-R] [-e] in.ogg [out.ogg]
vorbiscomment -w [ -c commentfile | -t “name=value” ] [-q] [-R] [-e] in.ogg [out.ogg]


vorbiscomment Reads, modifies, and appends Ogg Vorbis audio file metadata tags.


Append comments.
Take comments from a file. The file is the same format as is output by the the -l option or given to the -t option: one element per line in 'tag=value' format. If the file is /dev/null and -w was passed, the existing comments will be removed.
Show command help.
List the comments in the Ogg Vorbis file.
Quiet mode. No messages are displayed.
Specify a new tag on the command line. Each tag is given as a single string. The part before the '=' is treated as the tag name and the part after as the value.
Replace comments with the new set given either on the command line with -t or from a file with -c. If neither -c nor -t is given, the new set will be read from the standard input.
Read and write comments in UTF-8, rather than converting to the user's character set.
Quote/unquote newlines and backslashes in the comments. This ensures every comment is exactly one line in the output (or input), allowing to filter and round-trip them. Without it, you can only write multi-line comments by using -t and you can't reliably distinguish them from multiple one-line comments.

Supported escapes are c-style "\n", "\r", "\\" and "\0". A backslash followed by anything else is an error.

Note: currently, anything after the first "\0" is thrown away while writing. This is a bug -- the Vorbis format can safely store null characters, but most other tools wouldn't handle them anyway.

Display the version of vorbiscomment.


To just see what comment tags are in a file:

vorbiscomment -l file.ogg

To edit those comments:

vorbiscomment -l file.ogg > file.txt
[edit the comments in file.txt to your satisfaction]
vorbiscomment -w -c file.txt file.ogg newfile.ogg

To simply add a comment:

vorbiscomment -a -t 'ARTIST=No One You Know' file.ogg newfile.ogg

To add a set of comments from the standard input:

vorbiscomment -a file.ogg
ARTIST=No One You Know
ALBUM=The Famous Album


See for documentation on the Ogg Vorbis tag format, including a suggested list of canonical tag names.


Michael Smith <>
Ralph Giles <>

Christopher L Cheney <>


oggenc(1), oggdec(1), ogg123(1), ogginfo(1)

December 30, 2008 Xiph.Org Foundation