HowTo - Start Mp3tag from Total Commander / FreeCommander


For Users of the file manager Total Commander here is a little tool that makes loading Mp3tag with one or more files/folders possible.

Also it's possible to automatically select all loaded files after sending them to Mp3tag.

See ReadMe file for instructions.


Mp3tagTCButton.rar (355 KB)

About command line parameters and context menu
[F] Sending multiple files from foobar to Mp3tag does not send them all
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Thanks dano...this is great! :w00t:


My tool should also work with FreeCommander

If you add the tool, use these values:

Start folder:



You have just like fixed FreeCommander & Mp3tag Experience for me:

So thank you very much

Unfortunately your little EXE only loads files [and folders] to Mp3tag- thus replacing the old file list. But if it is clicked with the CTRL being pushed in, then the files / folders are added. And so the full trick is to: set a hot key like CTRL + 1 for it, because then the CTRL is being pushed as you execute it

[But I am pretty much sure I am just dreaming and tomorrow this will somehow turn out to work only sometimes and my problem still will not be solved]


And here I am- back to square one

It seems that this solution works- but can stop at any given attempt of loading files

Sometimes I can add files 10 times and sometimes 5 or just 1. But inevitably Mp3tag gets somehow corrupted and the Button instead of adding, just replaces the current list with whatever is selected. Then I have to close Mp3tag and just reopen it- then the Button and CTRL duet again work properly. [And so this fixing by the means of reopening of Mp3ag tells us that it is the fault of Mp3tag and not the FreeCommander or dano's Button]

And I did make sure it was not a case of a broken CTRL on a keyboard- I repeatedly experienced this break down also when using two different virtual keyboard [thus pressing CTRL + 1 evoking my button with my mouse]


Default behaviour is replacing the file list...
Nether bothered if adding works. :slight_smile:

Only thing I could change is that my program simulates a Ctrl key press.
Best would be if Florain adds a switch to the Mp3tag command line.


My problem is, that my mp3tag.exe is not in the folder
The Mp3tagTCButton.exe from the original post says:

By default %programfiles%\Mp3tag\MP3tag.exe is used to start Mp3tag.
Use the second parameter to change it if your Mp3tag.exe is in a different location.
So I have to use the parameter

%UL "Path to alternative Mp3tag.exe file" /SelectAll

But when I want to put the parameter %UL "path to exe" and /%ActivSelAsFileUtf8%, then I get an error.

So whhat is the right parameter or best way (without drag&drop), if I want in FreeCommander (windows 10 32Bit) select some Files and send them to mp3tag.exe, if this exe is not in %programfiles%?



Use this parameter:

%ActivSelAsFileUtf8% "path to exe"


Hello again.
Do you habe the same problem and know a solution?

If I go that way with the parameter %ActivSelAsFileUtf8% "path to exe", then the Path in Tag-Panel in MP3tag is set to the folder of FreeCommander. So if I want to make a playlist in MP3TAG, the default Save-Path is not the path where the Files are.
But if I drag and drop the files from FreeCommander to MP3TAG and make then a playlist, then the default Save-Path ist set to the real folder where the files are.


As I wrote already you also have to fill Start folder with %ActivDir%


How about creating second versions of your little piece of software- an alternative one, that would add and not replace? The Mp3tag users could choose then whichever they like. Or just use both of them, depending on a situation