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       mpd.conf - mpd.conf documentation


       mpd.conf  is  the configuration file for mpd(1). If not specified on the command line, MPD
       first searches  for  it  at  $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/mpd/mpd.conf  then  at  ~/.mpdconf  then  at
       ~/.mpd/mpd.conf and then in /etc/mpd.conf.

       Each line in the configuration file contains a setting name and its value, e.g.:

       connection_timeout "5"

       For settings which specify a filesystem path, the tilde is expanded:

       music_directory "~/Music"

       Some of the settings are grouped in blocks with curly braces, e.g. per-plugin settings:

          audio_output {
              type "alsa"
              name "My ALSA output"
              device "iec958:CARD=Intel,DEV=0"
              mixer_control "PCM"

       The  include  directive  can be used to include settings from another file; the given file
       name is relative to the current file:

       include "other.conf"

       You can use include_optional instead if you want the included file  to  be  optional;  the
       directive will be ignored if the file does not exist:

       include_optional "may_not_exist.conf"

       See docs/mpdconf.example in the source tarball for an example configuration file.

       This  manual  is  not complete, it lists only the most important options.  Please read the
       MPD user manual for a complete configuration guide:


       db_file <file>
              This specifies where the db file will be stored.

       log_file <file>
              This specifies where the log file should be located.  The  special  value  "syslog"
              makes MPD use the local syslog daemon.

       sticker_file <file>
              The  location  of  the  sticker  database. This is a database which manages dynamic
              information attached to songs.

       pid_file <file>
              This specifies the file to save mpd's process ID in.

       music_directory <directory>
              This specifies the directory where music is located. If you do not configure  this,
              you can only play streams.

       playlist_directory <directory>
              This  specifies  the  directory  where  saved  playlists  are stored. If you do not
              configure this, you cannot save playlists.

       state_file <file>
              This specifies if a state file is used and where it is located. The  state  of  mpd
              will  be  saved to this file when mpd is terminated by a TERM signal or by the kill
              command. When mpd is restarted, it will read the state file and restore  the  state
              of mpd (including the playlist).

       restore_paused <yes or no>
              Put MPD into pause mode instead of starting playback after startup.

       user <username>
              This specifies the user that MPD will run as, if set. MPD should never run as root,
              and you may use this option to make MPD change its user id after initialization. Do
              not use this option if you start MPD as an unprivileged user.

       port <port>
              This specifies the port that mpd listens on. The default is 6600.

       log_level <level>
              Suppress  all  messages  below  the  given threshold.  The following log levels are

              • error: errors

              • warning: warnings

              • notice: interesting informational messages

              • info: unimportant informational messages

              • verbose: debug messages (for developers and for troubleshooting)

              The default is notice.

       follow_outside_symlinks <yes or no>
              Control if MPD will follow symbolic links pointing outside the music dir. You  must
              recreate the database after changing this option. The default is "yes".

       follow_inside_symlinks <yes or no>
              Control  if  MPD  will  follow  symbolic  links  pointing  inside  the  music  dir,
              potentially adding duplicates to the database. You must recreate the database after
              changing this option. The default is "yes".

       zeroconf_enabled <yes or no>
              If  yes,  and  MPD  has  been  compiled  with support for Avahi or Bonjour, service
              information will be published with Zeroconf. The default is yes.

       zeroconf_name <name>
              If Zeroconf is enabled, this is the service name to publish. This  name  should  be
              unique  to your local network, but name collisions will be properly dealt with. The
              default is "Music Player @ %h", where %h will be replaced with the hostname of  the
              machine running MPD.

              See  DESCRIPTION and the various AUDIO OUTPUT PARAMETERS sections for the format of
              this parameter. Multiple audio_output sections may be specified. If no audio_output
              section is specified, then MPD will scan for a usable audio output.

       filesystem_charset <charset>
              This  specifies  the  character  set  used  for the filesystem. A list of supported
              character sets can be obtained by running "iconv -l".  The  default  is  determined
              from the locale when the db was originally created.

       save_absolute_paths_in_playlists <yes or no>
              This  specifies whether relative or absolute paths for song filenames are used when
              saving playlists. The default is "no".

       auto_update <yes or no>
              This specifies the whether to support automatic update of music database when files
              are changed in music_directory. The default is to disable autoupdate of database.

       auto_update_depth <N>
              Limit  the  depth  of  the  directories being watched, 0 means only watch the music
              directory itself. There is no limit by default.


       type <type>
              This specifies the audio output type. See the list  of  supported  outputs  in  mpd
              --version for possible values.

       name <name>
              This specifies a unique name for the audio output.


       format <sample_rate:bits:channels>
              This  specifies  the  sample rate, bits per sample, and number of channels of audio
              that  is  sent  to  the  audio   output   device.   See   documentation   for   the
              audio_output_format  parameter  for  more  details.  The default is to use whatever
              audio format is passed to the audio output. Any of the three attributes may  be  an
              asterisk to specify that this attribute should not be enforced

       replay_gain_handler <software, mixer or none>
              Specifies  how  replay  gain  is  applied. The default is "software", which uses an
              internal software volume control. "mixer"  uses  the  configured  (hardware)  mixer
              control. "none" disables replay gain on this audio output.

       mixer_type <hardware, software or none>
              Specifies  which  mixer  should  be  used for this audio output: the hardware mixer
              (available for ALSA, OSS and PulseAudio), the software mixer or no mixer  ("none").
              By  default,  the hardware mixer is used for devices which support it, and none for
              the others.


              User configuration file (usually ~/.config/mpd/mpd.conf).

              Global configuration file.


       mpd(1), mpc(1)


       Max Kellermann


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