mopidy.mpd – MPD server

For details on how to use Mopidy’s MPD server, see Mopidy-MPD.

MPD tokenizer


Splits a line into tokens using same rules as MPD.

  • Lines may not start with whitespace
  • Tokens are split by arbitrary amount of spaces or tabs
  • First token must match [a-z][a-z0-9_]*
  • Remaining tokens can be unquoted or quoted tokens.
  • Unquoted tokens consist of all printable characters except double quotes, single quotes, spaces and tabs.
  • Quoted tokens are surrounded by a matching pair of double quotes.
  • The closing quote must be followed by space, tab or end of line.
  • Any value is allowed inside a quoted token. Including double quotes, assuming it is correctly escaped.
  • Backslash inside a quoted token is used to escape the following character.

For examples see the tests for this function.

MPD dispatcher

class mopidy.mpd.dispatcher.MpdContext(dispatcher, session=None, config=None, core=None)[source]

This object is passed as the first argument to all MPD command handlers to give the command handlers access to important parts of Mopidy.

core = None

The Mopidy core API. An instance of mopidy.core.Core.

dispatcher = None

The current MpdDispatcher.

events = None

The active subsystems that have pending events.


Helper function to retrieve a playlist from its unique MPD name.


Helper function to retrieve the unique MPD playlist name from its uri.

password = None

The MPD password


Maintain map between playlists and unique playlist names to be used by MPD

session = None

The current mopidy.mpd.MpdSession.

subscriptions = None

The subsytems that we want to be notified about in idle mode.

class mopidy.mpd.dispatcher.MpdDispatcher(session=None, config=None, core=None)[source]

The MPD session feeds the MPD dispatcher with requests. The dispatcher finds the correct handler, processes the request and sends the response back to the MPD session.

handle_request(request, current_command_list_index=None)[source]

Dispatch incoming requests to the correct handler.

MPD protocol

rather incomplete with regards to data formats, both for requests and responses. Thus, we have had to talk a great deal with the the original MPD server using telnet to get the details we need to implement our own MPD server which is compatible with the numerous existing MPD clients.


Convert the values 0 and 1 into booleans.

class mopidy.mpd.protocol.Commands[source]

Collection of MPD commands to expose to users.

Normally used through the global instance which command handlers have been installed into.

add(name, auth_required=True, list_command=True, **validators)[source]

Create a decorator that registers a handler and validation rules.

Additional keyword arguments are treated as converters/validators to apply to tokens converting them to proper Python types.

Requirements for valid handlers:

  • must accept a context argument as the first arg.
  • may not use variable keyword arguments, **kwargs.
  • may use variable arguments *args or a mix of required and optional arguments.

Decorator returns the unwrapped function so that tests etc can use the functions with values with correct python types instead of strings.

  • name (string) – Name of the command being registered.
  • auth_required (bool) – If authorization is required.
  • list_command (bool) – If command should be listed in reflection.
call(tokens, context=None)[source]

Find and run the handler registered for the given command.

If the handler was registered with any converters/validators they will be run before calling the real handler.

  • tokens (list) – List of tokens to process
  • context (MpdContext) – MPD context.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.ENCODING = u'UTF-8'

The MPD protocol uses UTF-8 for encoding all data.


Converts a value that matches [+-]?d+ into and integer.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.LINE_TERMINATOR = u'\n'

The MPD protocol uses \n as line terminator.


Convert a single integer or range spec into a slice

n should become slice(n, n+1) n: should become slice(n, None) n:m should become slice(n, m) and m > n must hold


Converts a value that matches d+ into an integer.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.VERSION = u'0.17.0'

The MPD protocol version is 0.17.0.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.commands = <mopidy.mpd.protocol.Commands object>

Global instance to install commands into


The protocol modules must be imported to get them registered in commands.

Audio output

mopidy.mpd.protocol.audio_output.disableoutput(context, outputid)[source], audio output section:


Turns an output off.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.audio_output.enableoutput(context, outputid)[source], audio output section:


Turns an output on.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.audio_output.outputs(context)[source], audio output section:


Shows information about all outputs.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.audio_output.toggleoutput(context, outputid)[source], audio output section:

toggleoutput {ID}

Turns an output on or off, depending on the current state.


mopidy.mpd.protocol.channels.channels(context)[source], client to client section:


Obtain a list of all channels. The response is a list of “channel:” lines.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.channels.readmessages(context)[source], client to client section:


Reads messages for this client. The response is a list of “channel:” and “message:” lines.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.channels.sendmessage(context, channel, text)[source], client to client section:

sendmessage {CHANNEL} {TEXT}

Send a message to the specified channel.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.channels.subscribe(context, channel)[source], client to client section:

subscribe {NAME}

Subscribe to a channel. The channel is created if it does not exist already. The name may consist of alphanumeric ASCII characters plus underscore, dash, dot and colon.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.channels.unsubscribe(context, channel)[source], client to client section:

unsubscribe {NAME}

Unsubscribe from a channel.

Command list

mopidy.mpd.protocol.command_list.command_list_begin(context)[source], command list section:

To facilitate faster adding of files etc. you can pass a list of commands all at once using a command list. The command list begins with command_list_begin or command_list_ok_begin and ends with command_list_end.

It does not execute any commands until the list has ended. The return value is whatever the return for a list of commands is. On success for all commands, OK is returned. If a command fails, no more commands are executed and the appropriate ACK error is returned. If command_list_ok_begin is used, list_OK is returned for each successful command executed in the command list.


See command_list_begin().


See command_list_begin().


mopidy.mpd.protocol.connection.close(context)[source], connection section:


Closes the connection to MPD.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.connection.kill(context)[source], connection section:


Kills MPD.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.connection.password(context, password)[source], connection section:

password {PASSWORD}

This is used for authentication with the server. PASSWORD is simply the plaintext password.[source], connection section:


Does nothing but return OK.

Current playlist

mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.add(context, uri)[source], current playlist section:

add {URI}

Adds the file URI to the playlist (directories add recursively). URI can also be a single file.


  • add "" should add all tracks in the library to the current playlist.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.addid(context, uri, songpos=None)[source], current playlist section:

addid {URI} [POSITION]

Adds a song to the playlist (non-recursive) and returns the song id.

URI is always a single file or URL. For example:

addid "foo.mp3"
Id: 999


  • addid "" should return an error.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.addtagid(context, tlid, tag, value)[source], current playlist section:

addtagid {SONGID} {TAG} {VALUE}

Adds a tag to the specified song. Editing song tags is only possible for remote songs. This change is volatile: it may be overwritten by tags received from the server, and the data is gone when the song gets removed from the queue.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.clear(context)[source], current playlist section:


Clears the current playlist.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.cleartagid(context, tlid, tag)[source], current playlist section:

cleartagid {SONGID} [TAG]

Removes tags from the specified song. If TAG is not specified, then all tag values will be removed. Editing song tags is only possible for remote songs.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.delete(context, position)[source], current playlist section:

delete [{POS} | {START:END}]

Deletes a song from the playlist.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.deleteid(context, tlid)[source], current playlist section:

deleteid {SONGID}

Deletes the song SONGID from the playlist

mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.move_range(context, position, to)[source], current playlist section:

move [{FROM} | {START:END}] {TO}

Moves the song at FROM or range of songs at START:END to TO in the playlist.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.moveid(context, tlid, to)[source], current playlist section:

moveid {FROM} {TO}

Moves the song with FROM (songid) to TO (playlist index) in the playlist. If TO is negative, it is relative to the current song in the playlist (if there is one).

mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.playlist(context)[source], current playlist section:


Displays the current playlist.


Do not use this, instead use playlistinfo.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.playlistfind(context, tag, needle)[source], current playlist section:

playlistfind {TAG} {NEEDLE}

Finds songs in the current playlist with strict matching.


  • does not add quotes around the tag.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.playlistid(context, tlid=None)[source], current playlist section:

playlistid {SONGID}

Displays a list of songs in the playlist. SONGID is optional and specifies a single song to display info for.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.playlistinfo(context, parameter=None)[source], current playlist section:

playlistinfo [[SONGPOS] | [START:END]]

Displays a list of all songs in the playlist, or if the optional argument is given, displays information only for the song SONGPOS or the range of songs START:END.

ncmpc and mpc:

  • uses negative indexes, like playlistinfo "-1", to request the entire playlist
mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.playlistsearch(context, tag, needle)[source], current playlist section:

playlistsearch {TAG} {NEEDLE}

Searches case-sensitively for partial matches in the current playlist.


  • does not add quotes around the tag
  • uses filename and any as tags
mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.plchanges(context, version)[source], current playlist section:

plchanges {VERSION}

Displays changed songs currently in the playlist since VERSION.

To detect songs that were deleted at the end of the playlist, use playlistlength returned by status command.


  • Calls plchanges "-1" two times per second to get the entire playlist.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.plchangesposid(context, version)[source], current playlist section:

plchangesposid {VERSION}

Displays changed songs currently in the playlist since VERSION. This function only returns the position and the id of the changed song, not the complete metadata. This is more bandwidth efficient.

To detect songs that were deleted at the end of the playlist, use playlistlength returned by status command.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.prio(context, priority, position)[source], current playlist section:


Set the priority of the specified songs. A higher priority means that it will be played first when “random” mode is enabled.

A priority is an integer between 0 and 255. The default priority of new songs is 0.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.prioid(context, *args)[source], current playlist section:

prioid {PRIORITY} {ID...}

Same as prio, but address the songs with their id.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.shuffle(context, position=None)[source], current playlist section:

shuffle [START:END]

Shuffles the current playlist. START:END is optional and specifies a range of songs.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.swap(context, songpos1, songpos2)[source], current playlist section:

swap {SONG1} {SONG2}

Swaps the positions of SONG1 and SONG2.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.current_playlist.swapid(context, tlid1, tlid2)[source], current playlist section:

swapid {SONG1} {SONG2}

Swaps the positions of SONG1 and SONG2 (both song ids).

Music database

mopidy.mpd.protocol.music_db.count(context, *args)[source], music database section:

count {TAG} {NEEDLE}

Counts the number of songs and their total playtime in the db matching TAG exactly.


  • does not add quotes around the tag argument.
  • use multiple tag-needle pairs to make more specific searches.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.music_db.find(context, *args)[source], music database section:

find {TYPE} {WHAT}

Finds songs in the db that are exactly WHAT. TYPE can be any tag supported by MPD, or one of the two special parameters - file to search by full path (relative to database root), and any to match against all available tags. WHAT is what to find.


  • does not add quotes around the field argument.
  • also uses find album "[ALBUM]" artist "[ARTIST]" to list album tracks.


  • does not add quotes around the field argument.
  • capitalizes the type argument.


  • also uses the search type “date”.
  • uses “file” instead of “filename”.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.music_db.findadd(context, *args)[source], music database section:

findadd {TYPE} {WHAT}

Finds songs in the db that are exactly WHAT and adds them to current playlist. Parameters have the same meaning as for find.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.music_db.list_(context, *args)[source], music database section:

list {TYPE} [ARTIST]

Lists all tags of the specified type. TYPE should be album, artist, albumartist, date, or genre.

ARTIST is an optional parameter when type is album, date, or genre. This filters the result list by an artist.


The documentation for list is far from complete. The command also supports the following variant:

list {TYPE} {QUERY}

Where QUERY applies to all TYPE. QUERY is one or more pairs of a field name and a value. If the QUERY consists of more than one pair, the pairs are AND-ed together to find the result. Examples of valid queries and what they should return:

list "artist" "artist" "ABBA"

List artists where the artist name is “ABBA”. Response:

Artist: ABBA
list "album" "artist" "ABBA"

Lists albums where the artist name is “ABBA”. Response:

Album: More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits
Album: Absolute More Christmas
Album: Gold: Greatest Hits
list "artist" "album" "Gold: Greatest Hits"

Lists artists where the album name is “Gold: Greatest Hits”. Response:

Artist: ABBA
list "artist" "artist" "ABBA" "artist" "TLC"

Lists artists where the artist name is “ABBA” and “TLC”. Should never match anything. Response:

list "date" "artist" "ABBA"

Lists dates where artist name is “ABBA”. Response:

Date: 1992
Date: 1993
list "date" "artist" "ABBA" "album" "Gold: Greatest Hits"

Lists dates where artist name is “ABBA” and album name is “Gold: Greatest Hits”. Response:

Date: 1992
list "genre" "artist" "The Rolling Stones"

Lists genres where artist name is “The Rolling Stones”. Response:

Genre: Rock


  • does not add quotes around the field argument.


  • does not add quotes around the field argument.
  • capitalizes the field argument.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.music_db.listall(context, uri=None)[source], music database section:

listall [URI]

Lists all songs and directories in URI.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.music_db.listallinfo(context, uri=None)[source], music database section:

listallinfo [URI]

Same as listall, except it also returns metadata info in the same format as lsinfo.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.music_db.lsinfo(context, uri=None)[source], music database section:

lsinfo [URI]

Lists the contents of the directory URI.

When listing the root directory, this currently returns the list of stored playlists. This behavior is deprecated; use listplaylists instead.

MPD returns the same result, including both playlists and the files and directories located at the root level, for both lsinfo, lsinfo "", and lsinfo "/".

mopidy.mpd.protocol.music_db.readcomments(context, uri)[source], music database section:

readcomments [URI]

Read “comments” (i.e. key-value pairs) from the file specified by “URI”. This “URI” can be a path relative to the music directory or a URL in the form “file:///foo/bar.ogg”.

This command may be used to list metadata of remote files (e.g. URI beginning with “http://” or “smb://”).

The response consists of lines in the form “KEY: VALUE”. Comments with suspicious characters (e.g. newlines) are ignored silently.

The meaning of these depends on the codec, and not all decoder plugins support it. For example, on Ogg files, this lists the Vorbis comments.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.music_db.rescan(context, uri=None)[source], music database section:

rescan [URI]

Same as update, but also rescans unmodified files., *args)[source], music database section:

search {TYPE} {WHAT} [...]

Searches for any song that contains WHAT. Parameters have the same meaning as for find, except that search is not case sensitive.


  • does not add quotes around the field argument.

  • uses the undocumented field any.

  • searches for multiple words like this:

    search any "foo" any "bar" any "baz"


  • does not add quotes around the field argument.
  • capitalizes the field argument.


  • also uses the search type “date”.
  • uses “file” instead of “filename”.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.music_db.searchadd(context, *args)[source], music database section:

searchadd {TYPE} {WHAT} [...]

Searches for any song that contains WHAT in tag TYPE and adds them to current playlist.

Parameters have the same meaning as for find, except that search is not case sensitive.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.music_db.searchaddpl(context, *args)[source], music database section:

searchaddpl {NAME} {TYPE} {WHAT} [...]

Searches for any song that contains WHAT in tag TYPE and adds them to the playlist named NAME.

If a playlist by that name doesn’t exist it is created.

Parameters have the same meaning as for find, except that search is not case sensitive.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.music_db.update(context, uri=None)[source], music database section:

update [URI]

Updates the music database: find new files, remove deleted files, update modified files.

URI is a particular directory or song/file to update. If you do not specify it, everything is updated.

Prints updating_db: JOBID where JOBID is a positive number identifying the update job. You can read the current job id in the status response.


mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.consume(context, state)[source], playback section:

consume {STATE}

Sets consume state to STATE, STATE should be 0 or 1. When consume is activated, each song played is removed from playlist.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.crossfade(context, seconds)[source], playback section:

crossfade {SECONDS}

Sets crossfading between songs.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.mixrampdb(context, decibels)[source], playback section:

mixrampdb {deciBels}

Sets the threshold at which songs will be overlapped. Like crossfading but doesn’t fade the track volume, just overlaps. The songs need to have MixRamp tags added by an external tool. 0dB is the normalized maximum volume so use negative values, I prefer -17dB. In the absence of mixramp tags crossfading will be used. See

mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.mixrampdelay(context, seconds)[source], playback section:

mixrampdelay {SECONDS}

Additional time subtracted from the overlap calculated by mixrampdb. A value of “nan” disables MixRamp overlapping and falls back to crossfading.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.next_(context)[source], playback section:


Plays next song in the playlist.

MPD’s behaviour when affected by repeat/random/single/consume:

Given a playlist of three tracks numbered 1, 2, 3, and a currently playing track c. next_track is defined at the track that will be played upon calls to next.

Tests performed on MPD 0.15.4-1ubuntu3.

repeat random single consume c = 1 c = 2 c = 3 Notes
T T T T 2 3 EOPL  
T T T . Rand Rand Rand [1]
T T . T Rand Rand Rand [4]
T T . . Rand Rand Rand [4]
T . T T 2 3 EOPL  
T . T . 2 3 1  
T . . T 3 3 EOPL  
T . . . 2 3 1  
. T T T Rand Rand Rand [3]
. T T . Rand Rand Rand [3]
. T . T Rand Rand Rand [2]
. T . . Rand Rand Rand [2]
. . T T 2 3 EOPL  
. . T . 2 3 EOPL  
. . . T 2 3 EOPL  
. . . . 2 3 EOPL  
  • When end of playlist (EOPL) is reached, the current track is unset.
  • [1] When random and single is combined, next selects a track randomly at each invocation, and not just the next track in an internal prerandomized playlist.
  • [2] When random is active, next will skip through all tracks in the playlist in random order, and finally EOPL is reached.
  • [3] single has no effect in combination with random alone, or random and consume.
  • [4] When random and repeat is active, EOPL is never reached, but the playlist is played again, in the same random order as the first time.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.pause(context, state=None)[source], playback section:

pause {PAUSE}

Toggles pause/resumes playing, PAUSE is 0 or 1.


  • Calls pause without any arguments to toogle pause., tlid=None)[source], playback section:

play [SONGPOS]

Begins playing the playlist at song number SONGPOS.

The original MPD server resumes from the paused state on play without arguments.


  • play "-1" when playing is ignored.
  • play "-1" when paused resumes playback.
  • play "-1" when stopped with a current track starts playback at the current track.
  • play "-1" when stopped without a current track, e.g. after playlist replacement, starts playback at the first track.


  • issues play 6 without quotes around the argument.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.playid(context, tlid)[source], playback section:

playid [SONGID]

Begins playing the playlist at song SONGID.


  • playid "-1" when playing is ignored.
  • playid "-1" when paused resumes playback.
  • playid "-1" when stopped with a current track starts playback at the current track.
  • playid "-1" when stopped without a current track, e.g. after playlist replacement, starts playback at the first track.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.previous(context)[source], playback section:


Plays previous song in the playlist.

MPD’s behaviour when affected by repeat/random/single/consume:

Given a playlist of three tracks numbered 1, 2, 3, and a currently playing track c. previous_track is defined at the track that will be played upon previous calls.

Tests performed on MPD 0.15.4-1ubuntu3.

repeat random single consume c = 1 c = 2 c = 3
T T T T Rand? Rand? Rand?
T T T . 3 1 2
T T . T Rand? Rand? Rand?
T T . . 3 1 2
T . T T 3 1 2
T . T . 3 1 2
T . . T 3 1 2
T . . . 3 1 2
. T T T c c c
. T T . c c c
. T . T c c c
. T . . c c c
. . T T 1 1 2
. . T . 1 1 2
. . . T 1 1 2
. . . . 1 1 2
  • If time_position of the current track is 15s or more, previous should do a seek to time position 0.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.random(context, state)[source], playback section:

random {STATE}

Sets random state to STATE, STATE should be 0 or 1.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.repeat(context, state)[source], playback section:

repeat {STATE}

Sets repeat state to STATE, STATE should be 0 or 1.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.replay_gain_mode(context, mode)[source], playback section:

replay_gain_mode {MODE}

Sets the replay gain mode. One of off, track, album.

Changing the mode during playback may take several seconds, because the new settings does not affect the buffered data.

This command triggers the options idle event.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.replay_gain_status(context)[source], playback section:


Prints replay gain options. Currently, only the variable replay_gain_mode is returned., tlid, seconds)[source], playback section:


Seeks to the position TIME (in seconds) of entry SONGPOS in the playlist.

Droid MPD:

  • issues seek 1 120 without quotes around the arguments.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.seekcur(context, time)[source], playback section:

seekcur {TIME}

Seeks to the position TIME within the current song. If prefixed by ‘+’ or ‘-‘, then the time is relative to the current playing position.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.seekid(context, tlid, seconds)[source], playback section:

seekid {SONGID} {TIME}

Seeks to the position TIME (in seconds) of song SONGID.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.setvol(context, volume)[source], playback section:

setvol {VOL}

Sets volume to VOL, the range of volume is 0-100.

Droid MPD:

  • issues setvol 50 without quotes around the argument.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.single(context, state)[source], playback section:

single {STATE}

Sets single state to STATE, STATE should be 0 or 1. When single is activated, playback is stopped after current song, or song is repeated if the repeat mode is enabled.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.playback.stop(context)[source], playback section:


Stops playing.


mopidy.mpd.protocol.reflection.commands(context)[source], reflection section:


Shows which commands the current user has access to.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.reflection.config(context)[source], reflection section:


Dumps configuration values that may be interesting for the client. This command is only permitted to “local” clients (connected via UNIX domain socket).

mopidy.mpd.protocol.reflection.decoders(context)[source], reflection section:


Print a list of decoder plugins, followed by their supported suffixes and MIME types. Example response:

plugin: mad
suffix: mp3
suffix: mp2
mime_type: audio/mpeg
plugin: mpcdec
suffix: mpc


  • ncmpcpp asks for decoders the first time you open the browse view. By returning nothing and OK instead of an not implemented error, we avoid “Not implemented” showing up in the ncmpcpp interface, and we get the list of playlists without having to enter the browse interface twice.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.reflection.notcommands(context)[source], reflection section:


Shows which commands the current user does not have access to.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.reflection.tagtypes(context)[source], reflection section:


Shows a list of available song metadata.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.reflection.urlhandlers(context)[source], reflection section:


Gets a list of available URL handlers.


mopidy.mpd.protocol.status.SUBSYSTEMS = [u'database', u'mixer', u'options', u'output', u'player', u'playlist', u'stored_playlist', u'update']

Subsystems that can be registered with idle command.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.status.clearerror(context)[source], status section:


Clears the current error message in status (this is also accomplished by any command that starts playback).

mopidy.mpd.protocol.status.currentsong(context)[source], status section:


Displays the song info of the current song (same song that is identified in status).

mopidy.mpd.protocol.status.idle(context, *subsystems)[source], status section:

idle [SUBSYSTEMS...]

Waits until there is a noteworthy change in one or more of MPD’s subsystems. As soon as there is one, it lists all changed systems in a line in the format changed: SUBSYSTEM, where SUBSYSTEM is one of the following:

  • database: the song database has been modified after update.
  • update: a database update has started or finished. If the database was modified during the update, the database event is also emitted.
  • stored_playlist: a stored playlist has been modified, renamed, created or deleted
  • playlist: the current playlist has been modified
  • player: the player has been started, stopped or seeked
  • mixer: the volume has been changed
  • output: an audio output has been enabled or disabled
  • options: options like repeat, random, crossfade, replay gain

While a client is waiting for idle results, the server disables timeouts, allowing a client to wait for events as long as MPD runs. The idle command can be canceled by sending the command noidle (no other commands are allowed). MPD will then leave idle mode and print results immediately; might be empty at this time.

If the optional SUBSYSTEMS argument is used, MPD will only send notifications when something changed in one of the specified subsystems.


See _status_idle().

mopidy.mpd.protocol.status.stats(context)[source], status section:


Displays statistics.

  • artists: number of artists
  • songs: number of albums
  • uptime: daemon uptime in seconds
  • db_playtime: sum of all song times in the db
  • db_update: last db update in UNIX time
  • playtime: time length of music played
mopidy.mpd.protocol.status.status(context)[source], status section:


Reports the current status of the player and the volume level.

  • volume: 0-100 or -1
  • repeat: 0 or 1
  • single: 0 or 1
  • consume: 0 or 1
  • playlist: 31-bit unsigned integer, the playlist version number
  • playlistlength: integer, the length of the playlist
  • state: play, stop, or pause
  • song: playlist song number of the current song stopped on or playing
  • songid: playlist songid of the current song stopped on or playing
  • nextsong: playlist song number of the next song to be played
  • nextsongid: playlist songid of the next song to be played
  • time: total time elapsed (of current playing/paused song)
  • elapsed: Total time elapsed within the current song, but with higher resolution.
  • bitrate: instantaneous bitrate in kbps
  • xfade: crossfade in seconds
  • audio: sampleRate``:bits``:channels
  • updatings_db: job id
  • error: if there is an error, returns message here
Clarifications based on experience implementing
  • volume: can also be -1 if no output is set.
  • elapsed: Higher resolution means time in seconds with three decimal places for millisecond precision.


mopidy.mpd.protocol.stickers.sticker(context, action, field, uri, name=None, value=None)[source], sticker section:

sticker list {TYPE} {URI}

Lists the stickers for the specified object.

sticker find {TYPE} {URI} {NAME}

Searches the sticker database for stickers with the specified name, below the specified directory (URI). For each matching song, it prints the URI and that one sticker’s value.

sticker get {TYPE} {URI} {NAME}

Reads a sticker value for the specified object.

sticker set {TYPE} {URI} {NAME} {VALUE}

Adds a sticker value to the specified object. If a sticker item with that name already exists, it is replaced.

sticker delete {TYPE} {URI} [NAME]

Deletes a sticker value from the specified object. If you do not specify a sticker name, all sticker values are deleted.

Stored playlists

mopidy.mpd.protocol.stored_playlists.listplaylist(context, name)[source], stored playlists section:

listplaylist {NAME}

Lists the files in the playlist NAME.m3u.

Output format:

file: relative/path/to/file1.flac
file: relative/path/to/file2.ogg
file: relative/path/to/file3.mp3
mopidy.mpd.protocol.stored_playlists.listplaylistinfo(context, name)[source], stored playlists section:

listplaylistinfo {NAME}

Lists songs in the playlist NAME.m3u.

Output format:

Standard track listing, with fields: file, Time, Title, Date, Album, Artist, Track
mopidy.mpd.protocol.stored_playlists.listplaylists(context)[source], stored playlists section:


Prints a list of the playlist directory.

After each playlist name the server sends its last modification time as attribute Last-Modified in ISO 8601 format. To avoid problems due to clock differences between clients and the server, clients should not compare this value with their local clock.

Output format:

playlist: a
Last-Modified: 2010-02-06T02:10:25Z
playlist: b
Last-Modified: 2010-02-06T02:11:08Z


  • ncmpcpp 0.5.10 segfaults if we return ‘playlist: ‘ on a line, so we must ignore playlists without names, which isn’t very useful anyway.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.stored_playlists.load(context, name, playlist_slice=slice(0, None, None))[source], stored playlists section:


Loads the playlist into the current queue. Playlist plugins are supported. A range may be specified to load only a part of the playlist.


  • load appends the given playlist to the current playlist.
  • MPD 0.17.1 does not support open-ended ranges, i.e. without end specified, for the load command, even though MPD’s general range docs allows open-ended ranges.
  • MPD 0.17.1 does not fail if the specified range is outside the playlist, in either or both ends.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.stored_playlists.playlistadd(context, name, uri)[source], stored playlists section:

playlistadd {NAME} {URI}

Adds URI to the playlist NAME.m3u.

NAME.m3u will be created if it does not exist.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.stored_playlists.playlistclear(context, name)[source], stored playlists section:

playlistclear {NAME}

Clears the playlist NAME.m3u.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.stored_playlists.playlistdelete(context, name, songpos)[source], stored playlists section:

playlistdelete {NAME} {SONGPOS}

Deletes SONGPOS from the playlist NAME.m3u.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.stored_playlists.playlistmove(context, name, from_pos, to_pos)[source], stored playlists section:

playlistmove {NAME} {SONGID} {SONGPOS}

Moves SONGID in the playlist NAME.m3u to the position SONGPOS.


  • The second argument is not a SONGID as used elsewhere in the protocol documentation, but just the SONGPOS to move from, i.e. playlistmove {NAME} {FROM_SONGPOS} {TO_SONGPOS}.
mopidy.mpd.protocol.stored_playlists.rename(context, old_name, new_name)[source], stored playlists section:

rename {NAME} {NEW_NAME}

Renames the playlist NAME.m3u to NEW_NAME.m3u.

mopidy.mpd.protocol.stored_playlists.rm(context, name)[source], stored playlists section:

rm {NAME}

Removes the playlist NAME.m3u from the playlist directory., name)[source], stored playlists section:

save {NAME}

Saves the current playlist to NAME.m3u in the playlist directory.