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    HowTo/Read Mp3 ID3 tags into Sql Database

    Want your mp3 id tags in a local mysql database?

    On a linux system? commandline?


    On Debian:

    Install mysql[edit]

    apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client
    connect, setup root password, create user,create database,grant rights,...
    see MySQL

    Create table[edit]

    CREATE TABLE `muzak` (
      `id` int(11) NOT NULL auto_increment,
      `filename` varchar(255) default NULL,
      `artist` varchar(255) default NULL,
      `title` varchar(255) default NULL,
      `album` varchar(255) default NULL,
      `comment` varchar(255) default NULL,
      `track` tinyint(2) default NULL,
      `year` smallint(4) default NULL,
      `genre` varchar(255) default NULL,
      `path` varchar(255) default NULL,
      `filesize` smallint(6) default NULL,
      `copyright` varchar(255) default NULL,
      `layer` varchar(255) default NULL,
      `stereo` varchar(32) default NULL,
      `goodframes` int(6) default NULL,
      `badframes` int(6) default NULL,
      `frequency` int(6) default NULL,
      `playtime` int(6) default NULL,
      PRIMARY KEY  (`id`),
      UNIQUE KEY `path` (`path`)
    ) TYPE=MyISAM;

    Table structure[edit]

    mysql> describe muzak;
    | Field      | Type         | Null | Key | Default | Extra          |
    | id         | int(11)      |      | PRI | NULL    | auto_increment |
    | filename   | varchar(255) | YES  |     | NULL    |                |
    | artist     | varchar(255) | YES  |     | NULL    |                |
    | title      | varchar(255) | YES  |     | NULL    |                |
    | album      | varchar(255) | YES  |     | NULL    |                |
    | comment    | varchar(255) | YES  |     | NULL    |                |
    | track      | tinyint(2)   | YES  |     | NULL    |                |
    | year       | smallint(4)  | YES  |     | NULL    |                |
    | genre      | varchar(255) | YES  |     | NULL    |                |
    | path       | varchar(255) | YES  | MUL | NULL    |                |
    | filesize   | smallint(6)  | YES  |     | NULL    |                |
    | copyright  | varchar(255) | YES  |     | NULL    |                |
    | layer      | varchar(255) | YES  |     | NULL    |                |
    | stereo     | varchar(32)  | YES  |     | NULL    |                |
    | goodframes | int(6)       | YES  |     | NULL    |                |
    | badframes  | int(6)       | YES  |     | NULL    |                |
    | frequency  | int(6)       | YES  |     | NULL    |                |
    | playtime   | int(6)       | YES  |     | NULL    |                |

    Install mp3info[edit]

    apt-get install mp3info

    Description: An MP3 technical info viewer and ID3 1.x tag editor MP3Info has an interactive mode (using curses) and a command line mode.


    (we will use the command line mode of course)

    Make import script[edit]

    Then make a bash script to create an input file. This (or something similar) creates a file with SQL syntax for us:

    # "mp3 id3 tag to sql" importer by mutante
    # reads id3 tags using "mp3info" and outputs a dumpfile that can be imported to mysql
    # how to import outfile:
    # mysql -u user -p muzak < mp3.sql
    # good ones to outfile
    # errors to error file (files without id tag)
    # counter 
    # adjust your path here
    find /home/mutante/Music/ -name \*.mp3 -print | while read file
    # writing to out-files (mp3info rocks, -p option is like a printf statement)
    mp3info -p "insert into muzak (filename,artist,title,album,comment,track,year,genre,path,filesize,copyright,layer,
    stereo,goodframes,badframes,frequency,playtime) VALUES
    (\"%f\",\"%a\",\"%t\",\"%l\",\"%c\",\"%n\",\"%y\",\"%g\",\"%F\",\"%k\",\"%C\",\"%L\",\"%o\",\"%u\",\"%b\",\"%Q\",\"%S\");" "$file" 1>>$outfile 2>>$errfile
    # some additional,but unnecessary screen output,to see if the script is still running
    echo -e "\n \n id: $count -"
    mp3info -p "%a,%t,%F" "$file"
    let "count+=1"


    Now we have two new files, mp3.err contains a list of files we still need to fix and write correct id3 tags (can also use mp3info for that later), and mp3.sql can be imported to the server via:

    mysql -u user -p muzak < mp3.sql

    And here i stop for tonight, because i still get in trouble with more special characters inside the tags ,need to escape " ' \. After getting rid of ' there are still "'s.

    (If you want to clean your table and reset the id to 0 after unsuccesful imports use truncate table muzak).

    Oh well, i cleaned those few manually. Can check for that later.

    Make browser interface for searching[edit]

    Install Apache

    Make PHP (or Perl or Python) scripted html page that offers search form and connects to MySQL.

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
    My Muzak
    <style type="text/css">
    body {
    background-color: #332255;
    color: #aaaa00;
    table {
    empty-cells: show;
    td { border:1px solid #000; vertical-align:top; overflow:hidden; white-space: nowrap;}
    th { border:2px solid #000; vertical-align:top; overflow:hidden; }
    input {
    background-color: #000000;
    color: #00aa00;
    select {
    background-color: #000000;
    color: #00aa00;
    <tr><th colspan="3">my muzak db v0.23</th></tr>
    <tr><td colspan="3">
    echo "My name is Sirius.</td></tr><tr><td colspan=\"3\">Hello, fnord from ".$_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'].", you are using ".$_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT']."</td></tr>";
    echo "<tr><td colspan=\"3\">My IP / hostname is: ".$_SERVER['SERVER_NAME']."</td></tr>";
    <tr><td colspan="3">
    <form action="index.php" method="post">
    search for:
    <input type="text" id="what" name="what" size="23" />
    <select name="where" id="where">
    <option value="filename">filename</option>
    <option value="artist">artist</option>
    <option value="title">title</option>
    <option value="album">album</option>
    <option value="comment">comment</option>
    <option value="year">year</option>
    <option value="genre">genre</option>
    <option value="path">path</option>
    <option value="copyright">copyright</option>
    <option value="stereo">stereo</option>
    <option value="frequency">frequency</option>
    <input type="submit" value="Go" />
    <tr><td colspan="3">
    $link = mysql_connect("localhost","fnord","ownzya");
    # no, this is not my real pass :)
    if (! $link)
    die("Couldn't connect to MySQL");
    mysql_select_db($db , $link)
    or die("Couldn't open $db: ".mysql_error());
    if (isset($_POST["what"])) {
    $what = $_POST["what"];
    } else {
    if (isset($_POST["where"])) {
    $where = $_POST["where"];
    } else {
    if (!in_array($where, array('filename', 'artist', 'title', 'album', 'comment', 'year', 'genre', 'path', 'copyright', 'stereo', 'frequency'))) {
     die ("hackattack");
    $result=mysql_query( "SELECT * FROM muzak where $where LIKE '%".mysql_real_escape_string($what%)."'" );
    echo "Searched for <b>$what</b> in <b>$where</b>. $num files found.</td></tr>";
    echo "<tr><th></th></tr><tr><th>id</th><th>filename</th><th>artist</th><th>title</th><th>album</th><th>comment</th><th>track</th><th>year</th><th>genre</th><th>path</th><th>filesize</th><th>copyright</th><th>layer</th><th>stereo</th><th>goodframes</th><th>badframes</th><th>frequency</th><th>playtime</th></tr>";
    while($row = mysql_fetch_array($result)) {
      echo "<tr><td>".$row["id"]."</td><td>".$row["filename"]."</td><td>".$row["artist"]."</td><td>".$row["title"]."</td><td>".$row["album"]."</td><td>".$row["comment"]."</td><td>".$row["track"]."</td><td>".$row["year"]."</td><td>".$row["genre"]."</td><td>".$row["path"]."</td><td>".$row["filesize"]."</td><td>".$row["copyright"]."</td><td>".$row["layer"]."</td><td>".$row["stereo"]."</td><td>".$row["goodframes"]."</td><td>".$row["badframes"]."</td><td>".$row["frequency"]."</td><td>".$row["playtime"]." s</td></tr>";
    echo "</table>";

    This is just an example!

    found an other example written in perl here: [2]mysql_mp3 the interesting here is, that steve splits the location in a parentdir (path) and a filename. since more than one file have the same path this will save a lot of space in the database ;)

    take little bit care, if you copy and paste the bash-script, there is no(!) newline before line26, may be this could be discussed wiki-layout_and_code

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