Picard 2.8 Release Candidate 2

We have decided to put out another release candidate Picard 2.8.0rc2 for the upcoming Picard 2.8. We got some valuable feedback and fixed some new bugs as well as some older ones that just got detected while testing the first release candidate. Thanks a lot to everyone who reported those issues.

This is a pre-release we put out for wider testing and to gather feedback on the changes before the final 2.8 release. Please report any issue through our bug tracker and give us feedback on this beta release on the Community Forums.


Picard 2.8.0rc2 can be downloaded from the Picard website Downloads section.

Linux users might want to install the beta version using Snap. If your Linux distribution supports Snap you can install Picard from the beta channel using:

snap install --candidate picard


  • [PICARD-2465] – RecursionError after dragging folder from file browser
  • [PICARD-2470] – CD Lookup error: utf-8 codec can’t decode byte 0xff in position 0: invalid start byte
  • [PICARD-2472] – Cluster action applies to already matched albums
  • [PICARD-2473] – CD disc ID from log files is unavailable on Windows if there is no CD drive
  • [PICARD-2474] – Revert PICARD-2420: Adding a file with existing AcoustID fingerprint and recording MBID in the tags activates submission
  • [PICARD-2475] – If search dialog query contains an MBID “Lookup in browser” will not open in browser

Helping out

The easiest way to help us getting a great Picard 2.8 release is using and testing this beta release. Please report bugs on the Picard issue tracker and provide feedback in the community forums.

Please also help translate Picard. There have been many changes to the user interface existing translations need to be updated for the final 2.8 release. Translating is easy and can be done online: Head over to MusicBrainz’s translation page on Transifex and click on “Help Translate MusicBrainz”.
Once you have registered an account on Transifex you can start translating. For Picard the primary resource to translate is “picard“, but there is also the “picard_appstream” resource, which is used for providing descriptions for various Linux software-center applications, and “picard_installer”, which contains the translations for Picard’s Windows installer.

If you are a software developer you are very welcomed to provide fixes and features. Picard is free software and the source code is available on GitHub. See Developing on the Picard website to get started.

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