:thinking: I am sure this has been asked before, but I have spent quite a bit of time with no luck on the final outcome. :grimacing:

I have tried editing the ‘Options > Options > File Naming’ default, and I think I have it set correctly, but the “Examples” under do not show, nor my outcome once I have ‘Save’ the set of files.

My outcome is for: Album ArtistOrArtist / [Original Date] Album / Track# {space} SongTitle
• Pink Floyd/[1979] The Wall/1-01 In the Flesh.mp3
• Pink Floyd/[1979] The Wall/2-06 Comfortably Numb.mp3
• Pink Floyd/[1983] The Final Cut/01 The Post War Dream.mp3
• Aerosmith/[1994] Big Ones/01 Walk on Water.mp3

So the albums are arranged in original date released, album title, if multiple set, include set number, track number {space} track name.mp3
*If there are feat. artists as part of the file naming, to include that also.

Am I editing it in the right location? (Options > Options > File Naming)
Once the album is on the right hand side of the screen, and the right collection has been chosen, do I simply click ‘Save’ floppy and it should rename the folder(s) and song(s)?

Sorry, I have never used the program before and installed both the Windows version and the Docker/Linux version and I am getting the same issue on both. Have a music selection that I would like to name properly, so I think it’s properly.

Also, why is it ONLY renaming the files with a green-box next to it, and not the other files with music-notes next to them? It is the right ‘Collection’!

In the right-hand pane you see just a musical note icon in front of the tracks
Status Icons:

For the file naming options I recommend this part:
Rename files when saving

Select this option to let Picard change the file and directory names of your files when it saves them, in order to make the file and directory names consistent with the new metadata.


Thanks for those tips. I am able to now rename properly; seems that I was missing couple of checkmarks/options.

  • Learned that by selecting the songs that have not mapped automatically (those with the music note), dragged-dropped on top of the song name, and it became ready to rename.
  • Ended up using the following for what I wanted as a filename:
    [$if2(%originalyear%,$left(%date%,4),0000)] %album%/
    $if($gt(%totaldiscs%,1),%discnumber%-,)$if($ne(%albumartist%,),$num(%tracknumber%,2) - ,)$if(%_multiartist%,%artist% - ,)%title%

Now I am trying to include album covers on EACH song, but it seems that only the 1st song is taking in the cover. I did follow: but I am not able to get the other songs to add the album cover to each song.


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You have to select the top album=release name (line with a CD-Icon at the front) on the right side, not a single song.
If you choose a cover with the release name selected, it will be saved to all songs for this album.