Provided by: mpc_0.12.1-1_i386
mpc - Program for controlling Music Player Daemon (MPD)
mpc [<command> <arguments>]
mpc is a client for MPD, the Music Player Daemon. mpc connects to a
MPD and controls it according to commands and arguments passed to it.
If no arguments are passed, current status is given.
Configure the format of song display for status and the
playlist. The metadata delimeters are "%name%", "%artist%",
"%album%", "%title%", "%track%", "%time%", and "%file%". The 
operator is used to group output such that if no metadata
delimeters are found or matched between ’[’ and ’]’, then none
of the characters between ’[’ and ’]’ are output. ’&’ and ’|’
are logical operators for and and or. ’#’ is used to escape
characters. Some useful examples for format are: "%file%" and
"[[%artist% - ]%title%]|[%file%]". This command also takes the
following defined escape sequences:
\\ - backslash
\a - alert
\b - backspace
\t - tab
\n - newline
\v - vertical tab
\f - form-feed
\r - carriage return
Prevents the current song status from being printed on
completion of some of the commands.
Adds a song from the music database to the playlist. Can also
read input from pipes. Use "mpc ls | mpc add" to add all files
to the playlist.
clear Empties playlist.
crop Remove all songs except for the currently playing song.
Gets and sets the current amount of crossfading between songs (0
Removes a playlist number from the playlist. Can also read input
from pipes (0 deletes the current playing song).
disable <output #>
Disables the output, number is required.
enable <output #>
Enables the output, number is required.
Lists <file> from playlist. If no <file> is specified, lists all
Loads <file> as playlist.
Lists all files/folders in <directory>. If no <directory> is
specified, lists all files in music directory.
Lists available playlists.
move <from> <to>
Moves song at position <from> to the postion <to> in the
next Starts playing next song on playlist.
Lists all available outputs
pause Pauses playing.
Starts playing the song-number specified. If none is specified,
plays number 1.
Prints entire playlist.
prev Starts playing previous song.
Toggle random mode if state ("on" or "off") is not specified.
Toggle repeat mode if state ("on" or "off") is not specified.
Deletes a specific playlist.
Saves playlist as <file>.
search <type> <query> [<type> <query>]...
Searches for songs where all of the given tag <type>s match the
given <query>s. Any number of tag type and query combinations
can be specified. Possible tag types are: artist, album, title,
track, name, genre, date, composer, performer, comment, disc,
filename, or any (to match any tag).
seek [+-][<HH:MM:SS>] or <[+-]<0-100>%>
Seeks by hour, minute or seconds, hours or minutes can be
omitted. If seeking by percentage, seeks within the current
song in the specified manner. If a "+" or "-" is used, the seek
is done relative to the current song position. Absolute seeking
Shuffles all songs on the playlist.
stats Displays statistics about MPD
stop Stops playing.
toggle Toggles between play and pause. If stopped starts playing. Does
not support start playing at song number (use play).
Scans music directory for updates if no <path> is specified. If
one or more <path>’s are specified, scans only those path’s for
updates. Can take input from a pipe.
Reports the version of MPD.
Sets the volume to <num> (0-100). If "+" or "-" is used, then
it adjusts the volume relative to the current volume.
This section describes some environment variables that affect how mpc
By default, mpc connects to localhost:6600. This can
be changed either at compile-time, or by exporting the MPD_HOST
and MPD_PORT environment variables.
To use a password with mpd, set MPD_HOST to
Here is a script to load and play m3u playlists (useful for mozilla):
cat $1 | mpc add
This script can be used to load and play pls playlists (again, useful
grep ’^File[0-9]*’ $1 | sed -e ’s/^File[0-9]*=//’ | mpc add
Report bugs on http://www.musicpd.org/mantis/
Since MPD uses UTF-8, mpc needs to convert characters to the charset
used by the local system. If you get character conversion errors when
you’re running mpc you probably need to set up your locale. This is
done by setting any of the LC_CTYPE, LANG or LC_ALL enviroment
vatiables (LC_CTYPE only affects character handling).
See <https://svn.musicpd.org/mpc/trunk/AUTHORS>, for contributors
Music Player Command(1)