ID3 tag settings

Precision with the id3 tags is a great benefit to the end user as many listening devices rely on them completely. Fill out the ID3 tag fields of audio files we record by cutting and pasting appropriate text from the Notes section below. (cutting and pasting will eliminate typos)

ARTIST/ARTIST NAME: Thanissaro, Ajahn translator
TITLE/TRACK TITLE: SN 35.247 Chappanaka: The Six Animals
YEAR: 2011
GENRE: Sutta Reading
COMMENTS: (c) 1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Audio recording license  For details see

Leave all other fields blank

ID3 "Artist"/"Artist Name" field

Last Name, First Name translator
No diacritics

Use one of the following lines exactly (with cut and paste to avoid any chance of typo). If you create a file for a new translator, include his/her name here for future recordings:

Thanissaro, Ajahn translator
Bodhi, Bhikkhu translator
FLIPT: Fast Learning Intuitive Pali Translation
Ireland, John D. translator
Nyanaponika, Bhikkhu translator
Ñāṇamoli, Bhikkhu translator
Ñāṇamoli, Bhikkhu; Bodhi, Bhikkhu translators
Rhys Davids, C.A.F. translator
Tan, Piya translator
Ireland, John translator
Walshe, Maurice O'Connell translator
Piyadassi, Bhikkhu translator
Sujato, Bhikkhu translator
Uppalavanna, Sister translator

 For: Use:
All digital Burmese Sixth Council versions(including DPR)Vipasana Research Institute
 All Sri Lankan Digital versions(including what is on Lanka Tripitaka Project
 For print BJTBuddha Jayanti Tipitaka

For Burmese:
Tipitaka In Burmese Language

ID3 "Album Title"  field

Use one of the following (note leading zeros): [DN] [MN] [SN] [AN] [KN] [Vin] [Abh]

ID3 "Genre" field

The only text that may go in this field is:
Sutta Reading
Sutta Chanting
Sutta Singing
Sutta Text And Translation

ID3 "Title"/"Track Title" field

The format is the standard capitalized letter abbreviation, followed by a space, followed by the number of the sutta with leading zeros,followed by a space, 
followed by the name of the sutta in Pali, followed by a space followed by the title in the language of the translation read followed by optional language and style codes.

  • ID3 title tag will always begin with Sutta Central man citation.
  • If the translation uses a different citation, the number component goes in [square brackets] with no leading zeros.
    e.g. KN Thag 04.0295-0298 [4.8] Rahula: To Rahula
  • If the translation text gives a Pali title, that can be used in the title tag instead of the one on Sutta Central.
  • If the translation does not give a Pali title, use the one from Sutta Central
  • The translated title should be the one given by the translator for this specific translation.

Use the abbreviations below, noting spacing and use of periods. NOTE: This is a very different style from file names

Collection - Pali Abbreviation  Example
Dīgha Nikāya DN  DN 01
Majjhima Nikāya MN  MN 001
Saṃyutta Nikāya SN  SN 01.001
Aṅguttara Nikāya AN  AN 01.0001
Vinaya Vn  
Abhidhamma Abh

Abbreviation Subdivision  Examples
KN Khp Khuddakapāṭha  
KN Dhp Dhammapada  
KN Ud Udāna  
KN Iti Itivuttaka  
KN Snp Sutta Nipāta  
KN Vv Vimānavatthu  
KN Pv Petavatthu  
KN Thag Theragāthā  KN Thag 01.001-005
KN Thig Therīgāthā  
KN Ja Jātaka  
KN Nidd Niddesa  
KN Patis Paṭisambhidāmagga  
KN Ap Apadāna
KN Bv Buddhavaṃsa  
KN Cp Cariyāpi  


If the recording is an excerpt, put a small letter x after the final character of the citation. e.g.:
KN Khp 9x Metta: Loving Kindness

Note about sutta numbering discrepancies

Diacritics for Pali title is optional. Not using it makes it easier to find search strings with iTunes. One suggestion is use diacritics if the sutta is spoken in Pali, no diacritics otherwise.

If the spoken language is not Pali or English

If the spoken language is not Pali or English, use a 3 letter language code of the spoken language from the file name standards page and embed the 3 letters within parenthesis (  ) at the end of the line.

If the reading is a translation in any language

enter a colon, a space, then
enter the title of the sutta in the spoken language
If the sutta reading is done as a chant,
add a space, then (chant)

Probably you could skip all the complex description above and just study the examples below to figure out what's going on.

KN Khp 9 Metta
would be the title of a pali reading
KN Khp 9 Metta (chant)
would be the title of a pali chant
KN Khp 9 Metta: Loving Kindness
would be an english reading
KN Khp 9 Metta: Loving Kindness (chant)
would be an English chanting

examples of other languages
(ignore bad translation term for metta, this is just to illustrate technique)
KN Khp 9 Metta: Amor (spa)
would be an Spanish reading
KN Khp 9 Metta: Amore (ita)
would be an Italian reading
KN Khp 9 Metta: Amore (ita, chant)
would be an Italian chant

KN Khp 9 Metta: (chi)
would be a chinese reading 
KN Khp 9 Metta: (jpn)
would be a Japanese reading 
Note the Chinese and Japanese share many of the same characters so without the (chi) and (jpn) to differentiate, we wouldn't know.

If the reader is famous or there are many identical readings

The name of the reader can be included in parentheses at the very end if they are famous (or the translator) or if there are many versions of a sutta already recorded. In the second case, the standard reader code should be used.

ID3 "Year" field

The year the recording was made, four digits. e.g. 2011

ID3 "comment" field

For more info on Copyright, see Copyright Page

Example if translator is Thanissaro

cut and paste this block of text (between divider lines) into the ID3 comment field.

(c) 1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Audio recording license  For details see
The year will vary for each sutta text, so adjust accordingly.


an example of the tag:[ 2011-07 volume-001]

2011 is the year of production

07 is the month, valid range is from 01 to 12] :

where 01 is January, 12 is December.

volume-001 to volume-999 is the acceptable range.

this page explains how an MC creates an page corresponding to the year, month, volume specified by that tag

Notes here on failed id3 tag "comments"

Useful tool for editing ID3 tags

this program recommended by a member

ID3 templates

These templates can be a great time saver.
For audacity: (nice xml format, readable in browser)    id3 templates audacity 

   unfortunately copying these audacity templates to the right place is a little tricky, because the appdata directory is not easily accessible. What might work is you copy the templates from this website into a local temp directory, then when running audacity, open the metadata editor, load a template, which will bring up a file requestor dialogue box. You should then be able to drag and drop the downloaded templates into that dir, and have it visible to audacity to be a loadable template.