How to Install MusicBrainz Picard on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

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.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the latest version of MusicBrainz on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using a recommended Launchpad PPA repository with optional stable or daily builds choose from to provide the most up-to-date version using the command line terminal.

Update Ubuntu

Update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid any conflicts during the installation.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Dependencies

Use the following command to install or check if the packages are installed.

sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https -y

Import MusicBrainz Picard PPA

First, import the “MusicBrainz Developers” team PPA that contains the latest up-to-date version. The choice is between stable or daily PPA, and the most recommended option will be the stable version.

Use the following command to import one of the PPA below as follows.

Stable Build

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

Daily Build

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:musicbrainz-developers/daily -y

Please note only one can be installed at a time. For users wishing to change, follow the end of the tutorial on removing MusicBrainz, then re-import the desired PPA and re-install the software.

Install MusicBrainz Picard

Before running the installation command, run an apt update to reflect the new imported PPA.

sudo apt-get update

Install the software using the following command.

sudo apt install picard -y

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 &

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

Activities > Show Applications > MusicBrainz Picard

Example:

How to Install MusicBrainz Picard on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

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

How to Install MusicBrainz Picard on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

How to Update/Upgrade MusicBrainz Picard

The software should update by itself with your system packages for desktop users using the APT package manager. For users that would like to check manually, use the following command in your terminal.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

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.

sudo apt autoremove picard -y

Next, remove the imported PPA if you have no desire to re-install the software; the command will see the same as importing but with the –remove syntax added.

Stable Build

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

Daily Build

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:musicbrainz-developers/daily -y

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install the latest version of MusicBrainz Picard on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS by importing the third-party PPA for the latest stable version.

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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