Install from source

If you are on Linux, but can’t install from the APT archive or from the Arch Linux repository, you can install Mopidy from PyPI using the pip installer.

If you are looking to contribute or wish to install from source using git please follow the directions here.

  1. First of all, you need Python 2.7. Check if you have Python and what version by running:

    python --version
  2. You need to make sure you have pip, the Python package installer. You’ll also need a C compiler and the Python development headers to build pyspotify later.

    This is how you install it on Debian/Ubuntu:

    sudo apt-get install build-essential python-dev python-pip

    And on Arch Linux from the official repository:

    sudo pacman -S base-devel python2-pip

    And on Fedora Linux from the official repositories:

    sudo yum install -y gcc python-devel python-pip


    On Fedora Linux, you must replace pip with pip-python in the following steps.

  3. Then you’ll need to install GStreamer >= 1.2.3, with Python bindings. GStreamer is packaged for most popular Linux distributions. Search for GStreamer in your package manager, and make sure to install the Python bindings, and the “good” and “ugly” plugin sets.

    If you use Debian/Ubuntu you can install GStreamer like this:

    sudo apt-get install python-gst-1.0 \
        gir1.2-gstreamer-1.0 gir1.2-gst-plugins-base-1.0 \
        gstreamer1.0-plugins-good gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly \

    If you use Arch Linux, install the following packages from the official repository:

    sudo pacman -S gst-python2 gst-plugins-good gst-plugins-ugly

    If you use Fedora you can install GStreamer like this:

    sudo yum install -y python-gstreamer1 gstreamer1-plugins-good \

    If you use Gentoo you can install GStreamer like this:

    emerge -av gst-python gst-plugins-meta

    gst-plugins-meta is the one that actually pulls in the plugins you want, so pay attention to the USE flags, e.g. alsa, mp3, etc.

  4. Install the latest release of Mopidy:

    sudo pip install -U mopidy

    This will use pip to install the latest release of Mopidy from PyPI. To upgrade Mopidy to future releases, just rerun this command.

  5. Finally, you need to set a couple of config values, and then you’re ready to run Mopidy.

Installing extensions

If you want to use any Mopidy extensions, like Spotify support or scrobbling, you need to install additional Mopidy extensions.

You can install any Mopidy extension directly from PyPI with pip. To list all the extensions available from PyPI, run:

pip search mopidy

Note that extensions installed from PyPI will only automatically install Python dependencies. Please refer to the extension’s documentation for information about any other requirements needed for the extension to work properly.

For a full list of available Mopidy extensions see Extensions.