Mopidy-M3U is an extension for reading and writing M3U playlists stored on disk. It is bundled with Mopidy and enabled by default.

This backend handles URIs starting with m3u:.

Migrating from Mopidy-Local playlists

Mopidy-M3U was split out of the Mopidy-Local extension in Mopidy 1.0. To migrate your playlists from Mopidy-Local, simply move them from the local/playlists_dir directory to the m3u/playlists_dir directory. Assuming you have not changed the default config, run the following commands to migrate:

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/mopidy/m3u/
mv ~/.local/share/mopidy/local/playlists/* ~/.local/share/mopidy/m3u/

Editing playlists

There is a core playlist API in place for editing playlists. This is supported by a few Mopidy clients, but not through Mopidy’s MPD server yet.

It is possible to edit playlists by editing the M3U files located in the m3u/playlists_dir directory, usually ~/.local/share/mopidy/m3u/, by hand with a text editor. See Wikipedia for a short description of the quite simple M3U playlist format.


See Configuration for general help on configuring Mopidy.

enabled = true
playlists_dir =

If the M3U extension should be enabled or not.


Path to directory with M3U files. Unset by default, in which case the extension’s data dir is used to store playlists.