foobar2000:Components/External Tags (foo_external_tags)

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External Tags

Developer(s) Janne Hyvärinen (Case)
Release information
Initial release June 14, 2018
Stable release 1.5.8 (October 21, 2019)
Preview release
foobar2000 compatibility
Minimum version 1.4 alpha
Maximum version
UI module(s) N/A
Additional information
Use Tagging
License ISC (modified)
Discussion thread N/A

External Tags adds tagging support for non-taggable file formats. The tags can be stored in SQLite database or written as external files to the same directory as the target audio files.

The component was originally created to allow ReplayGaining tracker modules.[1]


For the component to work properly in foobar2000 v1.4 the "External Tags (reader)" decoder must have higher priority than the format to be tagged. The "External Tags (writer)" decoder should have lowest priority so external tags won't take priority over native tags of any format.

On foobar2000 v1.5 (beta 8+) the "External Tags (reader)" decoder is not used and won't be visible. The "External Tags (writer)" decoder is only needed for context commands.


  1. External Tags origin story on hydrogenaudio

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