Mp3tag on Mac - Use the well-known MP3 tag editor under macOS

To get the free Windows app Mp3tag You don't need to be able to use it on a Mac Parallels Desktop nor the Boot Camp Function of Apple. Because the developers offer the well-known and popular MP3 tag editor on their website for the Apple Mac to download. So you can customize MP3 tags and details of other audio files so that they are ideally displayed in iTunes with title, album information, cover, year and artist. However, you have to consider two or three things during installation and use.  With the following tips and tricks you will get it done quickly;)

Update 2021: The first native Mac version of Mp18tag will be available in the Mac App Store from February 2021, 3. This costs a one-time fee of EUR 21,99. This ends the offer of the Windows version shown here with Wine emulation. (End of update)

The Mp3tag app on the Mac under macOS. With the implemented Wine emulator you can use the well-known MP3 Tag Editor apart from Windows.
The Mp3tag app on the Mac under macOS. With the implemented Wine emulator you can use the well-known MP3 Tag Editor apart from Windows.

Mp3tag on the Mac - detour via Wine

The magic word for using Mp3tag on macOS is "Wine". Behind this is not only the English word for "wine", but also selectively usable software for emulating Windows programs in macOS. Away from virtual machines like Parallels Desktop or virtual Box individual programs that are made for the Microsoft environment can thus be used on the Apple machine. You don't have to install an additional program called Wine, you can download the Mp3tag for macOS directly in combination with the emulation - on this page the developer. There you will find the following explanation in addition to Mp3tag v2.93 (as of February 5, 2019):

Currently, there is no native Mp3tag or a comparable alternative for macOS, but you can use wrappers (eg, WineBottler) that allow for running Windows applications under OS X through a program called Wine. This has the side-effect that the app will still look like a Windows app, but the benefit is that you don't need to install Windows on your MacBook or have a virtual machine running - and you can run Mp3tag on Mac OS X and macOS.

Compatible with these Mac OS X versions

The combination of Mp3tag and Wine is compatible with the following Apple operating systems:

  • macOS 10.14 Mojave (see screenshot above)
  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • macOS 10.12Sierra
  • Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • Mac OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard 

MP3 Tag Editor for Mac - Installation Security

After the download, macOS or Safari will automatically unzip the downloaded ZIP archive. If this does not happen just unzip it yourself. There is only one file in the folder created in this way; the Mp3tag program - the emulation via Wine is already integrated. You can now start the software directly from the download folder or move it to the program folder first. When you run it, you will likely get a security warning because you did not download the program from the Mac App Store. This is how the installation works anyway:

  1. Acknowledges the security warning
  2. Opens the System Settings (Launchpad -> System Preferences)
  3. Then click on the menu item Safety
  4. In the rider General can be found at Allow apps to be downloaded from the reference to Mp3tag
  5. Click there Open anyway and confirms any reports

Now you can use Mp3tag on Mac and MP3 data as well as information in audio files like MP4, WAV, WMA, APE, FLAC, OGG, ALAC and AAC. Excellent!

Mp3tag for macOS - control like under Windows

With regard to the use of the popular MP3 tag editor on the Apple Mac, it is important to know that key combinations and commands similar to those under Windows must be used. An example: You want to insert a value (album, artist, genre, etc.) into several fields and copy and paste the corresponding text. To do this, instead of cmd + C and cmd + V, press the Windows combinations Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V. Otherwise, using Mp3tag on macOS is just as easy and intuitive as in the Microsoft operating system. And by implementing Wine, there is no need for a virtual machine.

How do you edit MP3 tags?

Do you use the Mp3tag Editor to edit MP3 tags on your Mac or PC? Or do you use another free software from the App Store or from the vastness of the Internet? Feel free to leave a comment on the topic - even if you adjust the details of the audio files in players like iTunes or the media player. Because of course you can also use iTunes and the media player to change or add the title, the album name, the artist, the album cover, the year, the track number and other tags. I am curious how you do it!

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6 Responses to “Mp3tag on Mac – Use well-known MP3 tag editor under macOS”

  1. Hi,
    mp3tag runs great on MacOS 10.13.6
    Question: the playback of the tracks does not find a player. Tried to assign one, but found on the mp3 tag interface under options not to the mac programs folder.
    Can you help?

    1. Hello Fred! Yes, I wouldn't do that via mp3tag, but via the info window in the finder. The procedure is as follows: You mark an MP3 file in the Finder. Then you press the key combination CMD + I (i.e. I for info!). An information window will open where you can select a program under the "Open with:" tab. Then click on “Change All” so that it makes the assignment for all MP3 files.

  2. Hi,
    thanks for the reply.
    In this way, I assigned Vox as the audio player beforehand.
    What I am looking for is how I can play a track under mp3Tag.
    There is only the error message that no playback program was found ...

    1. Ah ok! Unfortunately I don't know how to assign this under mp3tag. I am not currently using the program. :( But maybe another reader has a tip?

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