Install from PyPI

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 see Contributing.

  1. First of all, you need Python 3.11 or newer. Check if you have Python and what version by running:

    python3 --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 install some Mopidy extensions.

    This is how you install it on Debian/Ubuntu:

    sudo apt install build-essential python3-dev python3-pip

    And on Arch Linux from the official repository:

    sudo pacman -S base-devel python-pip

    And on Fedora Linux from the official repositories:

    sudo dnf install -y gcc python3-devel python3-pip
  3. Then you’ll need to install GStreamer >= 1.22.0. GStreamer is packaged for most popular Linux distributions. Search for GStreamer in your package manager and make sure to install the “good” and “ugly” plugin sets, as well as the Python bindings. To be able to build the Python bindings from source, also install the development headers for libcairo2 and libgirepository1.0.


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

    sudo apt install \
        gir1.2-gst-plugins-base-1.0 \
        gir1.2-gstreamer-1.0 \
        gstreamer1.0-plugins-good \
        gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly \
        gstreamer1.0-tools \
        libcairo2-dev \
        libgirepository1.0-dev \

    Arch Linux

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

    sudo pacman -S \
        cairo \
        gobject-introspection \
        gst-python \
        gst-plugins-good \


    If you use Fedora you can install GStreamer like this:

    sudo dnf install -y \
        cairo-devel \
        gobject-introspection-devel \
        python3-gstreamer1 \
        gstreamer1-plugins-good \


    If you use Gentoo you can install GStreamer like this:

    emerge -av \
        dev-libs/gobject-introspection \
        dev-python/gst-python \
        media-plugins/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.


    If you use macOS, you can install GStreamer from Homebrew:

    brew install \
        cairo \
        gobject-introspection \
        gst-python \
        gst-plugins-base \
        gst-plugins-good \
  4. You are now ready to install the latest release of Mopidy.

    If you’re installing Mopidy inside a Python virtual environment, activate the virtualenv and run:

    python3 -m pip install --upgrade mopidy

    If you want to install Mopidy globally on your system, you can run:

    sudo python3 -m pip install --upgrade --break-system-packages mopidy

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

  5. Now, 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. Search the PyPI website to find available extensions. To install one of the listed packages, e.g. Mopidy-MPD, inside a virtualenv, simply run:

python3 -m pip install Mopidy-MPD

To install the same package globally on your system, run:

sudo python3 -m pip install --break-system-packages Mopidy-MPD

Note that extensions installed with pip will only 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 comprehensive index of available Mopidy extensions, see the Mopidy extension registry.