Filter and Search
The Filter available via View → Filter F3 allows for searching files that meet a certain criteria (e.g., the file name contains specific characters or a tag field has a specific content).
To filter the File List simply start typing in the filter field. As a result, all files that contain the specified filter string in their tag or file name are listed in the File List.
If you remove the filter text from the filter field, the original unfiltered list of files is listed in the File List. The same also happens if you close the Filter.
The format string helper menu displayed when pressing the ► button next to the filter field contains an additional entry Auto-apply filter. If enabled, filtering happens as-you-type and if disabled, applying the filter is done manually on Return.
Sometimes it is necessary to use more complex criteria to search for files (e.g., all files of a specific genre but not of that artist). To achieve this, Mp3tag supports filter expressions. Filter expressions are simple expressions that consist of tag field names, filter keywords and text.
<string>contains spaces, it should be enclosed in double quotation marks, e.g.,
artist IS "Hidden Orchestra".
<field>in HAS/IS/GREATER/LESS/EQUAL/MATCHES contains
%it should be enclosed in double quotation marks and will be treated as a format string instead of a tag field name. This will decrease search speed on large libraries since the format strings need to be evaluated before filtering.
It is not possible to filter by strings containing double quotations marks. This is a limitation of the feature.
To filter for fields containing double quotation marks, use
"$ifgreater($strstr(%field%,$char(34)),0,yes,no)" IS yesor
field MATCHES \"
All operations are non-case sensitive. All filter keywords must be uppercase.
Returns only files that contain every word in the string as a word or substring thereof. A word is a contiguous sequence of characters excluding the space character.
Hidden OrchestraThis filter string lists all files that contain the words
Orchestrain tags or file names.
Returns only files that have all words from
<string>in their tag field named
<field>. You can use
*to address all fields.
artist HAS OrchestraLists all files where the
Orchestra(e.g., Hidden Orchestra and The Cinematic Orchestra).
Returns only files where the content of at least one tag field named
<field>is equal to
artist IS "Hidden Orchestra"Lists all files where the
Combines the filter expressions
<expr2>by logical and or or. Parentheses can be used to group combined expressions.
artist IS Hidden Orchestra OR artist IS The Cinematic OrchestraLists all files where an
artistfield is either
The Cinematic Orchestra.
Inverts the result of
NOT artist IS "Hidden Orchestra"Lists all files where the
artistfield is not
Returns all files where the content of tag field named
<field>is greater, equal, or less that the integer value specified by
"%_bitrate%" GREATER 180Lists all files with a bitrate above 180. Please note that
<field>is a format string in that example.
Returns all files which don’t have a tag field named
albumartist MISSINGLists all files that don’t have the albumartist field.
Returns all files which have a tag field named
albumartist PRESENTLists all files that have the albumartist field.
Returns only files where the content of the tag field named
<field>matches against the regular expression <regexp>. You can use
*to address all fields.
track MATCHES \d\/\dLists all files where the tracknumber is in