How to Install MusicBrainz Picard on Fedora 36 Linux

MusicBrainz Picard is an open-source software application for identifying, tagging, and organizing digital audio recordings. Developed by the Metabrainz Foundation with backing from record companies like Sony Music Entertainment Japan Inc., it was created as part of a project called “MusicKB,” which aimed to build tools that would help people discover new music more easily through data analysis.

Features:

  • Multiple formats: Picard supports all popular music formats, including MP3, FLAC, OGG, M4A, WMA, WAV, etc.
  • AcoustID: Picard uses AcoustID audio fingerprints, allowing files to be identified by the actual music, even if they have no metadata.
  • Comprehensive database: Picard uses the open and community-maintained MusicBrainz database to provide accurate information about millions of music releases.
  • CD lookups: Picard can lookup entire music CDs with a click.
  • Plugin support: If you need a particular feature, you can choose from a selection of available plugins or write your own.
  • Scripting: A flexible but easy-to-learn scripting language allows you to specify how your music files will be named and what the tags will look like.
  • Open Source: Picard is licensed under the GNU General Public License 2.0 or later and is hosted on GitHub, where some awesome developers actively develop it.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the latest version of MusicBrainz on Fedora 36 Linux using the DNF package manager with the Fedora repository or the natively installed Flatpak third-party package manager version using the command line terminal.

Update Fedora Linux

The first step is to make sure your system is up-to-date to avoid issues during the installation and for good practice. This is done by opening your terminal and using the following command.

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh

Install MusicBrainz Picard – DNF Method

For most users, the easiest way to install the software is to utilize the Fedora repository using the DNF package manager; given that Fedora focuses on the latest releases every six months and often, during that time, releases even more updates, you are generally on the latest if not one version behind in most cases making it desirable instead of using alternative package managers.

Install MusicBrainz Picard using the following DNF install command.

sudo dnf install picard -y

Flatpak users that would like to install MusicBrainz Picard using the alternative package manager follow the instructions below.

Install MusicBrainz Picard – Flatpak Method

The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager installed on Fedora-based systems. The extra benefit of using Flatpak installations is that you will always have the most up-to-date version. However, with distributions such as Fedora or similar types that focus on the latest packages, the significant advantage is often not as substantial or not present. However, still, this is the user’s discretion in choosing.

First, re-install the Flatpak manager if it was removed previously.

sudo dnf install flatpak -y

For users re-installing Flatpak, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues arising, such as paths not being generated for icons.

reboot

SKIP THE REBOOT IF FLATPAK IS INSTALLED.

Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal.

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Ideally, you should reboot at this stage; if you skip this and notice icons not appearing, the reboot will generate the paths required for the future.

reboot

Now run the installation using the following flatpak command.

flatpak install flathub org.musicbrainz.Picard -y

If the above command does not work and you receive the “error: Unable to load summary from remote flathub: Can’t fetch summary from disabled remote ‘flathub’ use the following command.

flatpak remote-modify --enable flathub

This will fix the issue.

How to Launch MusicBrainz Picard

Now that you have the software installed, launching can be done in a few ways.

In your terminal, use the following command.

picard

If you would like to launch and use the terminal simultaneously, send it to the background to continue using the current terminal.

picard &

Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance.

flatpak run org.musicbrainz.Picard

However, this isn’t practical for desktop users, and you would use the following path on your desktop.

Activities > Show Applications > MusicBrainz Picard

Example:

How to Install MusicBrainz Picard on Fedora 36 Linux

Once the application has launched, you will arrive at your default landing screen.

How to Install MusicBrainz Picard on Fedora 36 Linux

How to Update/Upgrade MusicBrainz Picard

Using the command terminal, you can use one of the update commands featured below to match your package manager installation to check manually for upgrades. This can come in handy if automatic upgrades malfunction, which is very rare but does occur if incorrectly set up.

I would recommend that newer users use the following command to check for updates to get a feel for the terminal more often. Advanced users will use whatever they see fit, but this is a recommendation only, given that the tutorials focus on new users.

DNF Method

sudo dnf update --refresh

Flatpak Method

flatpak update

How to Remove MusicBrainz Picard

MusicBrainz, when installed, adds quite a few dependencies, so ideally, using the autoremove command is best to keep your system clean and not bloated.

Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.

DNF Remove Method

sudo dnf autoremove picard -y

Flatpak Remove Method

flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.musicbrainz.Picard

Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-up.

flatpak remove --unused

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install the latest version of MusicBrainz Picard on Fedora 36 Linux using one of the two available installation methods on Fedora 36, DNF or Flatpak.

If you are looking for a powerful and easy-to-use application to help you organize your music collection, MusicBrainz Picard is worth checking out. It’s free and open-source, so there’s no reason not to give it a try! Have you used MusicBrainz Picard to organize your music library? Let us know how it went in the comments below.



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