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       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
              %comment%       Comment  file  tag  (not  enabled  by default in
              mpd.conf's metadata_to_use)
              %composer%     Composer file tag
              %date%         Date file tag
              %disc%         Disc file tag
              %genre%        Genre file tag
              %performer%    Performer 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.

              Verbose output.

              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.


       add <file>
              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.

       insert <file>
              The insert command works similarly to add except it adds song(s)
              after the currently playing one, rather than at the end.

       clear  Empties playlist.

       crop   Remove all songs except for the currently playing song.

       current [--wait]
              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

       crossfade [<seconds>]
              Gets and sets the current amount of crossfading between songs (0
              disables crossfading).

       mixrampdb [<db>]
              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

       mixrampdelay [<seconds>]
              +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

       del <songpos>
              Removes a playlist number from the playlist. Can also read input
              from pipes (0 deletes the current playing song).

       disable [only] <output # or name> [...]
              Disables the output(s); a list of one or more names  or  numbers
              is  required. If "only" is the first argument, all other outputs
              are enabled.

       enable [only] <output # or name> [...]
              Enables the output(s); a list of one or more names or numbers is
              required. If "only" is the first argument, all other outputs are

       idle [events]
              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

       idleloop [events]
              Similar  to "idle", but re-enters "idle" state after events have
              been printed.

              If  you  specify  a  list  of  events,  only  these  events  are

       listall [<file>]
              Lists <file> from playlist. If no <file> is specified, lists all

       load <file>
              Loads <file> as playlist.

       ls [<directory>]
              Lists all files/folders in <directory>.  If  no  <directory>  is
              specified, lists all files in music directory.

              Lists available playlists.

       mv, 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.

       play <position>
              Starts playing the song-number specified. If none is  specified,
              plays number 1.

              Prints entire playlist.

       prev   Starts playing previous song.

       random <on|off>
              Toggle random mode if state ("on" or "off") is not specified.

       repeat <on|off>
              Toggle repeat mode if state ("on" or "off") is not specified.

       replaygain [<off|track|album>]
              Sets  the  replay  gain  mode.  Without arguments, it prints the
              replay gain mode.

       single <on|off>
              Toggle single mode if state ("on" or "off") is not specified.

       consume <on|off>
              Toggle consume mode if state ("on" or "off") is not specified.

       rm <file>
              Deletes a specific playlist.

       save <file>
              Saves playlist as <file>.

       search <type> <query> [<type> <query>]...
              Searches for substrings in song tags.  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  tag  values  must match <query>s exactly
              instead of doing a substring match.

       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
              by default.

              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.

       volume [+-]<num>
              Sets  the  volume to <num> (0-100).  If "+" or "-" is used, then
              it adjusts the volume relative to the current volume.

              List the channels that other clients have subscribed to.

       sendmessage <channel> <message>
              Send a message to the specified channel.

       waitmessage <channel>
              Wait for at least one message on the specified channel.

       subscribe <channel>>
              Subscribe to the  specified  channel  and  continuously  receive


       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 and


       Report bugs on


       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)