How To Install MusicBrainz Picard on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install MusicBrainz Picard on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MusicBrainz Picard on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, MusicBrainz Picard is a free and open-source cross-platform audio music tagger for Linux, Windows, macOS, and FreeBSD. Picard helps you organize your music collection by renaming your music files and sorting them into a folder structure exactly the way you want it. A variety of plugins are available and you can even write your own. It supports audio formats like MP3, FLAC, OGG, M4A, WMA, WAV, and more.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the MusicBrainz Picard audio files tagger on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install MusicBrainz Picard on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing MusicBrainz Picard on Ubuntu 20.04

  • Install Picard via the PPA repository

By default, MusicBrainz is not available on Ubuntu 20.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to add the Picard PPA to your system:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:musicbrainz-developers/stable

Then, run the following command to install MusicBrainz Picard Audio Tagger on Ubuntu:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install picard
  • Install Picard using Snap.

If Snapd package manager is not already installed then you can install it by running the following command below:

sudo apt install snapd

To install MusicBrainz Picard, simply use the following command:

sudo snap install picard

Step 3. Accessing MusicBrainz Picard on Ubuntu.

Once successfully installed, run the following path on your desktop to open the path: Activities -> Show Applications -> Picard or launching it through the terminal with the command shown below:


Install MusicBrainz Picard on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed MusicBrainz. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the MusicBrainz Picard on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official MusicBrainz website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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