Method: Tag

Sort files into folders based on their Tag data. Currently the Tag plugin only supports Id3v2 for MP3 files; support will be expanded for more file types and tag standards in a future version.

Please note that not all tags are available. Any that aren't available are displayed within the tag menu, but are disabled. The reason for this is that they don't return anything that can be used for file-naming purposes (eg. binary data).

  • Name Mask
  • This is the naming mask to use and specifies which tags should be used for creating the destination folders.

    The tags are accessible via the button immediately to the right of the Name Mask textbox; click the button and select which tag(s) to use. Normal text can also be entered within the textbox along any selected tag codes.


    The selected tag from the menu will appear at the position of the caret; if any text is selected within the textbox, it will be replaced.

  • Example
  • Displays the effect of the currently-entered Name Mask. The results shown are from mock (test) audio tag data. (The audio file doesn't actually exist; the Tag plugin just "fakes" the tag data it so you can test if the Name Mask works)

  • Replace any slash characters encountered within the Genres tag
  • Some audio files have multiple genres defined within their Genre tag, which are separated via a slash character; as FileSieve allows files to be nested within sub-directories using the operating system's standard slash separator, the genres separator can result in multiple genres being nested within each other.

    Enabling this option will prevent this from happening by substituting the slash character with any other character of your choosing. Leave blank to remove the slash character entirely. Default: -

  • Limit Tag Checking to Files Ending with MP3
  • Id3v2 tag data is typically only contained within MP3 files. Processing non-MP3 files can result in a significant performance decrease, and it is recommended that either the Source Items are only scanning for files ending in .mp3 via the Search Pattern option, or that this option is enabled as it will discard any non-.mp3 files found during pre-scanning.

  • Tag Viewer
  • Clicking the button will display a new window allowing you to select an MP3 and display all of the populated tags found within it.

    Any tags within the viewer list that aren't have any values are dimmed. This allows you to see that the Tag Method is actually checking for the tag but the selected file doesn't use it.