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GuessIt - a library for guessing information from video filenames.

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GuessIt is a python library that extracts as much information as possible from a video filename.

It has a very powerful matcher that allows to guess properties from a video using its filename only. This matcher works with both movies and tv shows episodes.

For example, GuessIt can do the following:

$ guessit "Treme.1x03.Right.Place,.Wrong.Time.HDTV.XviD-NoTV.avi"
For: Treme.1x03.Right.Place,.Wrong.Time.HDTV.XviD-NoTV.avi
GuessIt found: {
    "title": "Treme",
    "season": 1,
    "episode": 3,
    "episode_title": "Right Place, Wrong Time",
    "format": "HDTV",
    "video_codec": "XviD",
    "release_group": "NoTV",
    "container": "avi",
    "mimetype": "video/x-msvideo",
    "type": "episode"

More information are available at ReadTheDocs.

Migration note

GuessIt 2 has been rewriten from scratch. GuessIt is now a release name parser only, and support for additional features like hashes computations has been dropped.

To migrate from guessit 0.x or 1.x, please read migration.rst.


Installing GuessIt is simple with pip:

$ pip install guessit

You can also install GuessIt from sources


GuessIt can be used from command line:

$ guessit
usage: guessit [-h] [-t TYPE] [-n] [-Y] [-D] [-L ALLOWED_LANGUAGES]
               [-G EXPECTED_GROUP] [-f INPUT_FILE] [-v] [-P SHOW_PROPERTY]
               [-a] [-j] [-y] [-p] [-V] [--version]
               [filename [filename ...]]

positional arguments:
  filename              Filename or release name to guess

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit

  -t TYPE, --type TYPE  The suggested file type: movie, episode. If undefined,
                        type will be guessed.
  -n, --name-only       Parse files as name only, considering "/" and "\" like
                        other separators.
  -Y, --date-year-first
                        If short date is found, consider the first digits as
                        the year.
  -D, --date-day-first  If short date is found, consider the second digits as
                        the day.
                        Allowed language (can be used multiple times)
                        Allowed country (can be used multiple times)
  -E, --episode-prefer-number
                        Guess "serie.213.avi" as the episode 213. Without this
                        option, it will be guessed as season 2, episode 13
                        Expected title to parse (can be used multiple times)
                        Expected release group (can be used multiple times)

  -f INPUT_FILE, --input-file INPUT_FILE
                        Read filenames from an input text file. File should
                        use UTF-8 charset.

  -v, --verbose         Display debug output
                        Display the value of a single property (title, series,
                        video_codec, year, ...)
  -a, --advanced        Display advanced information for filename guesses, as
                        json output
  -j, --json            Display information for filename guesses as json
  -y, --yaml            Display information for filename guesses as yaml

  -p, --properties      Display properties that can be guessed.
  -V, --values          Display property values that can be guessed.
  --version             Display the guessit version.

It can also be used as a python module:

>>> from guessit import guessit
>>> guessit('Treme.1x03.Right.Place,.Wrong.Time.HDTV.XviD-NoTV.avi')
MatchesDict([('title', 'Treme'), ('season', 1), ('episode', 3), ('episode_title', 'Right Place, Wrong Time'), ('format', 'HDTV'), ('video_codec', 'XviD'), ('release_group', 'NoTV'), ('container', 'avi'), ('mimetype', 'video/x-msvideo'), ('type', 'episode')])

MatchesDict is a dict that keeps matches ordering.

Command line options can be given as dict or string to the second argument.


GuessIt is also available on Docker Hub as a Docker Image.:

$ docker run -it toilal/guessit "Treme.1x03.Right.Place,.Wrong.Time.HDTV.XviD-NoTV.avi"
For: Treme.1x03.Right.Place,.Wrong.Time.HDTV.XviD-NoTV.avi
GuessIt found: {
    "title": "Treme",
    "season": 1,
    "episode": 3,
    "episode_title": "Right Place, Wrong Time",
    "format": "HDTV",
    "video_codec": "XviD",
    "release_group": "NoTV",
    "container": "avi",
    "mimetype": "video/x-msvideo",
    "type": "episode"


This project is hosted on GitHub. Feel free to open an issue if you think you have found a bug or something is missing in guessit.

GuessIt relies on Rebulk project for pattern and rules registration.


GuessIt is licensed under the LGPLv3 license.


2.0.3 (2016-01-30)

  • Something goes wrong with 2.0.2 release …

2.0.2 (2016-01-30)

  • Fix possible issue with unicode characters encoding/decoding.
  • Pypy is now supported.

2.0.1 (2016-01-28)

  • Add support for any type of string with python 2 and python 3 (binary, str, unicode).

2.0.0 (2016-01-27)

  • Final release.

2.0rc8 (2016-01-26)

  • Remove regex native module from required dependencies. It will now be used only if present.

2.0rc7 (2016-01-18)

  • Fix packaging issues on Python 2.7.

2.0rc6 (2016-01-18)

  • Fix packaging issues.

2.0rc5 (2016-01-18)

  • Guessit is now available as a docker container on Docker Hub (
  • country 2-letter code is not added to title value anymore.
  • All container values are now capitalized.
  • alternativeTitle has been renamed to alternative_title and added to the docs.
  • mimetype property is now in the docs.
  • Add more excluded words for language property.
  • Add more possible values for other property.
  • Fix an issue occuring with title values starting with Scr.
  • film property is now guessed only if less than 100 to avoid possible conflicts with crc32.

2.0rc4 (2015-12-03)

  • Add docs.
  • Add exotic screen_size patterns support like 720hd and 720p50.
  • Rename audio_codec value true-HD to trueHD.

2.0rc3 (2015-11-29)

  • Add __version__ to main module.

2.0rc2 (2015-11-28)

  • Single digit episodes are now guessed for --type episode instead of --episode-prefer-number.
  • Fix separators that could cause some titles to be splited with & and ;.
  • Avoid possible NoneType error.

2.0rc1 (2015-11-27)

  • Fallback to default title guessing when expected-title is not found.

2.0b4 (2015-11-24)

  • Add expected-group option.
  • Add validation rule for single digit episode to avoid false positives.
  • Add verbose option.
  • Fix expected-title option.
  • Better unicode support in expected-group/expected-title option.

2.0b3 (2015-11-15)

  • Add support for part with no space before number.
  • Avoid uuid and crc32 collision with season/episode properties.
  • Add better space support for season/episode properties.
  • Ensure date property is found when conflicting with season/episode properties.
  • Fix IndexError when input has a closing group character with no opening one before.
  • Add --type option.
  • Add rebulk implicit option support.

2.0b2 (2015-11-14)

  • Add python 2.6 support.

2.0b1 (2015-11-11)

  • Enhance title guessing.
  • Upgrade rebulk to 0.6.1.
  • Rename properCount to proper_count
  • Avoid crash when using -p/-V option with --yaml and yaml module is not available.

2.0a4 (2015-11-09)

  • Add -p/-V options to display properties and values that can be guessed.

2.0a3 (2015-11-08)

  • Allow rebulk customization in API module.

2.0a2 (2015-11-07)

  • Raise TypeError instead of AssertionError when non text is given to guessit API.
  • Fix packaging issues with previous release blocking installation.

2.0a1 (2015-11-07)

  • Rewrite from scratch using Rebulk.
  • Read MIGRATION.rst for migration guidelines.

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