Ever wanted a simple tool to give more detailed information of the audio and video files?The default file properties of a media file which is given by the Finder application is very basic. It only gives you details such as file time stamp and size of the file.

MediaInfo is a cross-platform and open source application that gives you a very detailed meta data info of your audio and video files. It shows tags, codecs and containers of almost any multimedia file.

Supported Media Formats

MediaInfo can work with almost all video files including MKV, AVI, DivX, XviD, OGM, WMV, Real Media, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DVD (VOB) and QuickTime.

Coming to audio files, it supports MP3, FLAC, WAV, OGG, AC3, DTS, AAC, M4A, RA, AU and AIFF.

Detailed Meta Info and Codec Info

For video files, MediaInfo fetches video resolution, aspect ratio, fps, AVC, and Bitrate info. You will see audio language, bitrate, number of channels, codec, for each of the audio in the media file.

MediaInfo on Linux Mint
MediaInfo on Linux Mint

Install MediaInfo in Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and elementary OS

MediaInfo is directly available from default repository, therefore, installation is straight forward using apt-get command. Launch ‘Terminal’ app and run the following command:

sudo apt-get install mediainfo-gui

This will install the MediaInfo GUI version. After installation is complete, you can simply right-click on a media file and click ‘Open with..’ > ‘MediaInfo’.

There is command line version too just incase if you prefer that way.

sudo apt-get install mediainfo

Install MediaInfo in Fedora

Launch ‘Terminal’ and run the following command for installing MediaInfo GUI version.

sudo dnf install mediainfo-gui

After installation is complete, you can simply right-click on a media file and click ‘Open with..’ > ‘MediaInfo’. Additionally, you can use the command line version to:

sudo dnf install mediainfo


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