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       ncmpcpp - An ncurses Music Player Daemon (MPD) client.


       ncmpcpp [options]


       ncmpcpp is an ncurses client for MPD (Music Player Daemon), inspired by ncmpc.

       Read more about MPD at


       Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

       -h, --host=HOST
              Connect to server at host [localhost]

       -p, --port=PORT
              Connect to server at port [6600]

              Print current song using given format and exit

       -c, --config=FILE
              Specify configuration file(s)

              Ignore unknown and invalid options in configuration files

       -c, --bindings=FILE
              Specify bindings file(s)

       -s, --screen <name>
              Specify  the startup screen (<name> may be: help, playlist, browser, search_engine,
              media_library, playlist_editor, tag_editor, outputs, visualizer, clock)

       -S, --slave-screen <name>
              Specify  the  startup  slave  screen  (<name>  may  be:  help,  playlist,  browser,
              search_engine,  media_library,  playlist_editor,  tag_editor,  outputs, visualizer,

       -q, --quiet
              Suppress logs and excess output

       -?, --help
              Display help.

       -v, --version
              Display version information.


       When ncmpcpp starts, it tries to  read  user's  settings  from  $HOME/.ncmpcpp/config  and
       $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/ncmpcpp/config  files.  If  no  configuration  is found, ncmpcpp uses its
       default configuration. An example configuration file  containing  all  default  values  is
       provided  with  ncmpcpp and can be usually found in /usr/share/doc/ncmpcpp (exact location
       may depend on used distribution or configure prefix).

       Note: Configuration option values can either be enclosed in quotation marks or not.
        - If they are enclosed, the leftmost and the rightmost quotation  marks  are  treated  as
       delimiters,  therefore  it  is  not necessary to escape quotation marks you use within the
       value itself.
        - If they are not, any whitespace characters between = and the first printable  character
       of  the  value, as well as whitespace characters after the last printable character of the
       value are trimmed.

       Therefore the rule of thumb is: if you need whitespaces at the beginning or at the end  of
       the value, enclose it in quotation marks. Otherwise, don't.

       Note:  COLOR  has  to  be  the  name  (not a number) of one of colors 1-8 from SONG FORMAT

       Supported configuration options:

       ncmpcpp_directory = PATH
              Directory for storing ncmpcpp related files. Changing it is useful if you  want  to
              store  everything  somewhere  else and provide command line setting for alternative
              location to config file which defines that while launching ncmpcpp.

       lyrics_directory = PATH
              Directory for storing downloaded lyrics. It defaults to ~/.lyrics since  other  MPD
              clients (eg. ncmpc) also use that location.

       mpd_host = HOST
              Connect  to MPD running on specified host/unix socket. When HOST starts with a '/',
              it is assumed to be a unix socket. Note: MPD_HOST  environment  variable  overrides
              this setting.

       mpd_port = PORT
              Connect to MPD on the specified port. Note: MPD_PORT environment variable overrides
              this setting.

       mpd_music_dir = PATH
              Search for files in specified directory. This is needed for tag editor to work.

       mpd_connection_timeout = SECONDS
              Set connection timeout to MPD to given value.

       mpd_crossfade_time = SECONDS
              Default number of seconds to crossfade, if enabled by ncmpcpp.

       visualizer_fifo_path = PATH
              Path to mpd fifo output. This is needed to make music visualizer  work  (note  that
              output  sound  format  of  this  fifo  has  to  be either 44100:16:1 or 44100:16:2,
              depending on whether you want mono or stereo visualization)

       visualizer_output_name = NAME
              Name of output that  provides  data  for  visualizer.  Needed  to  keep  sound  and
              visualization in sync.

       visualizer_in_stereo = yes/no
              Should be set to 'yes', if fifo output's format was set to 44100:16:2.

       visualizer_sync_interval = SECONDS
              Defines interval between syncing visualizer and audio outputs.

       visualizer_type = spectrum/wave/wave_filled/ellipse
              Defines default visualizer type (spectrum is available only if ncmpcpp was compiled
              with fftw support).

       visualizer_look = STRING
              Defines visualizer's look (string has to be exactly 2 characters long: first one is
              for wave whereas second for frequency spectrum).

       visualizer_color = COLORS
              Comma separated list of colors to be used in music visualization.

       system_encoding = ENCODING
              If you use encoding other than utf8, set it in order to handle utf8 encoded strings

       playlist_disable_highlight_delay = SECONDS
              Delay for highlighting playlist since the last  key  was  pressed.  If  set  to  0,
              highlighting never fades away.

       message_delay_time = SECONDS
              Delay for displayed messages to remain visible.

              Song format for lists of songs.

              Song format for statusbar.

              Song format for media library.

       alternative_header_first_line_format = TEXT
              Now  playing  song  format  for the first line in alternative user interface header

       alternative_header_second_line_format = TEXT
              Now playing song format for the second line in alternative  user  interface  header

       current_item_prefix = TEXT
              Prefix for currently selected item.

       current_item_suffix = TEXT
              Suffix for currently selected item.

       current_item_inactive_column_prefix = TEXT
              Prefix for currently selected item in the inactive column.

       current_item_inactive_column_suffix = TEXT
              Suffix for currently selected item in the inactive column.

       now_playing_prefix = TEXT
              Prefix for currently playing song.

       now_playing_suffix = TEXT
              Suffix for currently playing song.

       browser_playlist_prefix = TEXT
              Prefix for playlists in Browser.

       selected_item_prefix = TEXT
              Prefix for selected items.

       selected_item_suffix = TEXT
              Suffix for selected items.

       modified_item_prefix = TEXT
              Prefix for modified item (tag editor).

              Determines sort mode for browser. Possible values are "name", "mtime", "format" and

              Format to use for sorting songs in  browser.  For  this  option  to  be  effective,
              browser_sort_mode must be set to "format".

              Song format for window title.

              Format for songs' list displayed in columns.

       execute_on_song_change = COMMAND
              Shell command to execute on song change.

       execute_on_player_state_change = COMMAND
              Shell  command  to  execute  on  player  state  change.  The  environment  variable
              MPD_PLAYER_STATE is set to the current state (either unknown, play, pause, or stop)
              for its duration.

       playlist_show_mpd_host = yes/no
              If enabled, current MPD host will be shown in playlist.

       playlist_show_remaining_time = yes/no
              If  enabled,  time  remaining  to  end  of  playlist  will  be shown after playlist

       playlist_shorten_total_times = yes/no
              If enabled, total/remaining playlist time displayed  in  statusbar  will  be  shown
              using shortened units' names (d:h:m:s instead of days:hours:minutes:seconds).

       playlist_separate_albums = yes/no
              If enabled, separators will be placed between albums.

       playlist_display_mode = classic/columns
              Default display mode for Playlist.

       browser_display_mode = classic/columns
              Default display mode for Browser.

       search_engine_display_mode = classic/columns
              Default display mode for Search engine.

       playlist_editor_display_mode = classic/columns
              Default display mode for Playlist editor.

       discard_colors_if_item_is_selected = yes/no
              Indicates whether custom colors of tags have to be discarded if item is selected or

       show_duplicate_tags = yes/no
              Indicates whether ncmpcpp should display multiple tags as-is or remove duplicates.

       incremental_seeking = yes/no
              If enabled, seek time will increment by one each second of seeking.

       seek_time = SECONDS
              Base seek time to begin with.

       volume_change_step = NUMBER
              Number   of   percents   volume   has   to    be    increased/decreased    by    in

       autocenter_mode = yes/no
              Default state for autocenter mode at start.

       centered_cursor = yes/no
              If enabled, currently highlighted position in the list will be always centered.

       progressbar_look = TEXT
              This  variable  defines the look of progressbar. Note that it has to be exactly two
              or three characters long.

       default_place_to_search_in = database/playlist
              If set to "playlist", Search engine will perform searching in current MPD  playlist
              rather than in music database.

       user_interface = classic/alternative
              Default user interface used by ncmpcpp at start.

       data_fetching_delay = yes/no
              If  enabled,  there  will  be  a  250ms  delay between refreshing position in media
              library or playlist editor and fetching appropriate data from MPD. This limits data
              fetched  from  the  server  and is particularly useful if ncmpcpp is connected to a
              remote host.

       media_library_primary_tag = artist/album_artist/date/genre/composer/performer
              Default tag type for leftmost column in media library.

       media_library_albums_split_by_date = yes/no
              Determines whether albums in media library should be split by date.

       default_find_mode = wrapped/normal
              If set to "wrapped", going from last found position to next will take  you  to  the
              first  one  (same goes for the first position and going to previous one), otherwise
              no actions will be performed.

       default_tag_editor_pattern = TEXT
              Default pattern used by Tag editor's parser.

       header_visibility = yes/no
              If enabled, header window will be displayed, otherwise hidden.

       statusbar_visibility = yes/no
              If enabled, statusbar will be displayed, otherwise hidden.

       titles_visibility = yes/no
              If enabled, column titles will be displayed, otherwise hidden.

       header_text_scrolling = yes/no
              If enabled, text in header window will scroll if its length is longer  then  actual
              screen width, otherwise it won't.

       cyclic_scrolling = yes/no
              If enabled, cyclic scrolling is used (e.g. if you press down arrow being at the end
              of list, it'll take you to the beginning)

       lines_scrolled = NUMBER
              Number of lines that are scrolled with mouse wheel.

       lyrics_fetchers = FETCHERS
              Comma separated list of lyrics fetchers.

       follow_now_playing_lyrics = yes/no
              If enabled, lyrics will be switched at song's change  to  currently  playing  one's
              (Note: this works only if you are viewing lyrics of item from Playlist).

       fetch_lyrics_for_current_song_in_background = yes/no
              If  enabled,  each  time  song  changes lyrics fetcher will be automatically run in
              background in attempt to download lyrics for currently playing song.

       store_lyrics_in_song_dir = yes/no
              If enabled, lyrics will be saved in song's directory, otherwise in ~/.lyrics.  Note
              that it needs properly set mpd_music_dir.

       generate_win32_compatible_filenames = yes/no
              If set to yes, filenames generated by ncmpcpp (with tag editor, for lyrics, artists
              etc.) will not contain the following characters: \?*:|

       allow_for_physical_item_deletion = yes/no
              If set to yes, it will be possible to physically delete files and directories  from
              the disk in the browser.

       lastfm_preferred_language = ISO 639 alpha-2 language code
              If  set,  ncmpcpp  will  try to get info from in language you set and if it
              fails, it will fall back to English. Otherwise it will use English the first time.

       space_add_mode = add_remove/always_add
              If set to add_remove, attempting to add files that are  already  in  playlist  will
              remove them. Otherwise they can be added multiple times.

       show_hidden_files_in_local_browser = yes/no
              Trigger for displaying in local browser files and directories that begin with '.'

       screen_switcher_mode = SWITCHER_MODE
              If set to "previous", key_screen_switcher will switch between current and last used
              screen. If set to "screen1,...screenN" (a list of screens) it will  switch  between
              them in a sequence. Syntax clarification can be found in example config file.

       startup_screen = SCREEN_NAME
              Screen that has to be displayed at start (playlist by default).

       startup_slave_screen = SCREEN_NAME
              Slave screen that has to be displayed at start (nothing by default).

       startup_slave_screen_focus = yes/no
              If  set to yes, slave screen will be the active one after startup. Otherwise master
              screen will be.

       locked_screen_width_part = 20-80
              If you want to lock a screen, ncmpcpp asks for % of locked  screen's  width  to  be
              reserved  before  that  and  provides a default value, which is the one you can set

       ask_for_locked_screen_width_part = yes/no
              If enabled, ncmpcpp will ask for % of locked screen's width each time you  want  to
              lock a screen. If you disable that, it'll silently attempt to use default value.

       jump_to_now_playing_song_at_start = yes/no
              If  enabled,  ncmpcpp  will  jump at start to now playing song if mpd is playing or

       ask_before_clearing_playlists = yes/no
              If enabled, user will be asked if he really  wants  to  clear  the  playlist  after
              pressing key responsible for that.

       clock_display_seconds = yes/no
              If enabled, clock will display time in format hh:mm:ss, otherwise hh:mm.

       display_volume_level = yes/no
              If enabled, volume level will be displayed in statusbar, otherwise not.

       display_bitrate = yes/no
              If enabled, bitrate of currently playing song will be displayed in statusbar.

       display_remaining_time = yes/no
              If  enabled,  remaining  time  of  currently  playing  song will be be displayed in
              statusbar instead of elapsed time.

       regular_expressions = none/basic/extended/perl
              Type of currently used regular expressions.

       ignore_leading_the = yes/no
              If enabled, word "the" at the  beginning  of  tags/filenames/sort  format  will  be
              ignored while sorting items.

       ignore_diacritics = yes/no
              If  enabled,  diacritics  in  strings will be ignored while searching and filtering

       block_search_constraints_change_if_items_found = yes/no
              If enabled, fields in Search engine above "Reset"  button  will  be  blocked  after
              successful searching, otherwise they won't.

       mouse_support = yes/no
              If set to yes, mouse support will be enabled.

       mouse_list_scroll_whole_page = yes/no
              If  enabled,  mouse  wheel  will  scroll  the  whole  page  of item list at a time,
              otherwise the number of lines specified by lines_scrolled variable.

       empty_tag_marker = TEXT
              Text that will be displayed, if requested tag is not set.

       tags_separator = TEXT
              Separator that is placed between tags. Also interpreted by tag editor which  splits
              input string into separate tags using it.

       tag_editor_extended_numeration = yes/no
              If  enabled,  tag  editor  will  number  tracks using format xx/yy (where xx is the
              current track and yy is total amount of all numbered tracks), not plain xx.

       media_library_sort_by_mtime = yes/no
              If  enabled,  media  library  will  be  sorted  by  modification  time.   Otherwise
              lexicographic sorting is used.

       enable_window_title = yes/no
              If enabled, ncmpcpp will override current window title with its own one.

       search_engine_default_search_mode = MODE_NUMBER
              Number of default mode used in search engine.

       external_editor = PATH
              Path to external editor used to edit lyrics.

       use_console_editor = yes/no
              If your external editor is console application, you need to enable it.

       colors_enabled = yes/no
              No need to describe it, huh?

       empty_tag_color = COLOR
              Color of empty tag marker.

       header_window_color = COLOR
              Color of header window.

       volume_color = COLOR
              Color of volume state.

       state_line_color = COLOR
              Color of lines separating header and statusbar from main window.

       state_flags_color = COLOR
              Color of MPD status flags.

       main_window_color = COLOR
              Color of main window.

       color1 = COLOR
              One of colors used in Song info, Tiny tag editor and Search engine.

       color2 = COLOR
              One of colors used in Song info, Tiny tag editor and Search engine.

       progressbar_color = COLOR
              Color of progressbar.

       progressbar_elapsed_color = COLOR
              Color of part of progressbar that represents elapsed time.

       statusbar_color = COLOR
              Color of statusbar.

       statusbar_time_color = COLOR
              Color of current track time shown in statusbar.

       player_state_color = COLOR
              Color of player state shown in statusbar.

       alternative_ui_separator_color = COLOR
              Color of separators used in alternative user interface.

       window_border_color = BORDER
              Border color of pop-up windows. If set to 'none', no border will be shown.

       active_window_border = COLOR
              Color of active window's border.

              When  ncmpcpp starts, it tries to read user's bindings from ~/.ncmpcpp/bindings and
              $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/ncmpcpp/bindings files. If no bindings file is found, ncmpcpp uses
              the defaults. An example bindings file with the default values can be found usually
              in /usr/share/doc/ncmpcpp (exact  location  may  depend  on  used  distribution  or
              configure prefix).

              You can view current keybindings by pressing F1.


       For song format you can use:

        %l - length
        %f - filename
        %D - directory
        %a - artist
        %A - album artist
        %t - title
        %b - album
        %y - date
        %n - track number (01/12 -> 01)
        %N - full track info (01/12 -> 01/12)
        %g - genre
        %c - composer
        %p - performer
        %d - disc
        %C - comment
        %P - priority
        $R - begin right alignment

       You  can also put them in { } and then they will be displayed only if all requested values
       are available and/or define alternate value with { }|{ } e.g. {%a - %t}|{%f} will check if
       artist and title tags are available and if they are, display them. Otherwise it'll display

       Note: If you want to set limit on maximal length of a tag, just put the appropriate number
       between  %  and  character that defines tag type, e.g. to make album take max. 20 terminal
       cells, use '%20b'.

       Note: Format that is similar to "%a - %t" (i.e. without any additional braces) is equal to
       "{%a - %t}", so if one of the tags is missing, you'll get nothing.

       Text  can  have different color than the main window, e.g. if you want length to be green,
       write $3%l$9.

       Available values for colors:

        - 0 - default window color (discards all other colors)
        - 1 - black
        - 2 - red
        - 3 - green
        - 4 - yellow
        - 5 - blue
        - 6 - magenta
        - 7 - cyan
        - 8 - white
        - 9 - end of current color

       Note: colors can be nested, so if you write $2some$5text$9, it'll disable  only  usage  of
       blue color and make red the current one.


       Report bugs on


       Since MPD uses UTF-8, ncmpcpp needs to convert characters to the charset used by the local
       system. If you get character conversion errors while you are running ncmpcpp, you probably
       need  to  set up your locale. This is done by setting LANG and LC_ALL/LC_CTYPE environment
       variables (LC_CTYPE only affects character handling).




       mpc(1), mpd(1)