Provided by: mpc_0.20-2_i386
mpc - Program for controlling Music Player Daemon (MPD)
mpc [options] <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 command is given, the current status is printed (same as 'mpc
Configure the format of song display for status and the
playlist. The metadata delimiters are:
%name% Unknown (doesn't produce output)
%artist% Artist file tag
%album% Album file tag
%albumartist% Album Artist file tag
%composer% Composer file tag
%title% Title file tag
%track% Track file tag
%time% Duration of file
%file% Path of file, relative to mpd's `music_directory`
%position% Playlist track number
The  operator is used to group output such that if no metadata
delimiters 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
Wait for operation to finish (e.g. database update).
Prevents the current song status from being printed on
completion of some of the commands.
The host to connect to; if not given, the value of the
environment variable MPD_HOST is checked before defaulting to
localhost. This default can be changed at compile-time.
To use a password, provide a value of the form "password@host".
If you specify an absolute path, mpc attempts a connection via
Unix Domain Socket.
The port to connect to; if not given, the value of the
environment variable MPD_PORT is checked before defaulting to
6600. This default can be changed at compile-time.
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.
Show the currently playing song
With --wait, mpc waits until the song changes (or until playback
is started/stopped) before it queries the current song from the
Gets and sets the current amount of crossfading between songs (0
Gets and sets the volume level at which songs with MIXRAMP tags
will be overlapped. This disables the fading of the crossfade
command and simply mixes the songs. -50.0 will effectively
remove any gaps, 0.0 will mash tracks together. The amount of
overlap is limited by the audio_buffer_size MPD configuration
+Gets and sets the current amount of extra delay added to the
value computed from the MIXRAMP tags. (A negative value disables
overlapping with MIXRAMP tags and restores the previous value of
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.
Waits until an event occurs. Prints a list of event names, one
per line. See the MPD protocol documentation for further
If you specify a list of events, only these events are
Similar to "idle", but re-enters "idle" state after events have
If you specify a list of events, only these events are
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 position <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.
Sets the replay gain mode. Without arguments, it prints the
replay gain mode.
Toggle single mode if state ("on" or "off") is not specified.
Toggle consume 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).
find <type> <query> [<type> <query>]...
Same as search, but match <query>s exactly.
findadd <type> <query> [<type> <query>]...
Same as find, but add the result to the current playlist instead
of printing them.
list <type> [<type> <query>]...
Return a list of all tags of given tag <type>. Optional search
<type>s/<query>s limit results in a way similar to search.
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).
update [--wait] [<path>]
Scans for updated files in the music directory. The optional
parameter <path> (relative to the music directory) may limit the
scope of the update.
With --wait, mpc waits until MPD has finished the update.
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.
All environment variables are overridden by any values specified via
command line switches.
Specifies the hostname of the mpd server. This can be a
hostname, IP address or an absolute path. If it is an absolute
path, mpc will use Unix Domain Sockets instead of TCP/IP.
If the server requires a password, it can be specified using
password@host in the MPD_HOST variable.
Specifies the port the mpd server is listening on.
For useful examples of mpc use in playlist parsing, see mpd-m3u-
playlist.sh and mpd-pls-playlist.sh.
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 environment
variables (LC_CTYPE only affects character handling).
Music Player Command(1)