ebook-meta(1) part of calibre


ebook-meta ebook_file [options]


Read/Write metadata from/to ebook files.

Supported formats for reading metadata: azw, azw1, azw3, azw4, cbr, cbz, chm, epub, fb2, html, htmlz, imp, lit, lrf, lrx, mobi, odt, oebzip, opf, pdb, pdf, pml, pmlz, pobi, prc, rar, rb, rtf, snb, tpz, txt, txtz, updb, zip

Supported formats for writing metadata: azw, azw1, azw3, azw4, epub, htmlz, lrf, mobi, pdb, pdf, prc, rtf, tpz, txtz

Different file types support different kinds of metadata. If you try to set some metadata on a file type that does not support it, the metadata will be silently ignored.

Whenever you pass arguments to ebook-meta that have spaces in them, enclose the arguments in quotation marks.


show program's version number and exit
-h, --help
show this help message and exit
-t, --title
Set the title.
-a, --authors
Set the authors. Multiple authors should be separated by the & character. Author names should be in the order Firstname Lastname.
The version of the title to be used for sorting. If unspecified, and the title is specified, it will be auto-generated from the title.
String to be used when sorting by author. If unspecified, and the author(s) are specified, it will be auto-generated from the author(s).
Set the cover to the specified file.
-c, --comments
Set the ebook description.
-p, --publisher
Set the ebook publisher.
Set the book category.
-s, --series
Set the series this ebook belongs to.
-i, --index
Set the index of the book in this series.
-r, --rating
Set the rating. Should be a number between 1 and 5.
Set the ISBN of the book.
Set the tags for the book. Should be a comma separated list.
-k, --book-producer
Set the book producer.
-l, --language
Set the language.
-d, --date
Set the published date.
Get the cover from the ebook and save it at as the specified file.
Specify the name of an OPF file. The metadata will be written to the OPF file.
Read metadata from the specified OPF file and use it to set metadata in the ebook. Metadata specified on the command line will override metadata read from the OPF file
Set the BookID in LRF files