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quodlibet - audio library manager and player

quodlibet [ --print-playing | control ]
exfalso [ directory ]

Quod Libet is a music management program. It provides several different ways to view your audio library, as well as support for Internet radio and audio feeds. It has extremely flexible metadata tag editing and searching capabilities.
This manual page is only a short reference for Quod Libet. Complete documentation is available at

--enqueue filename|query
Enqueue a filename or query results
--filter tag=value
Filter on a tag value

Focus the running player
Hide main window
Jump to next song
List available browsers
Open a new browser

Set or toggle the playback order

Pause playback
Start playback
Play a file
Toggle play/pause mode
Jump to previous song or restart if near the beginning
Jump to previous song
Print the current playlist
Print the contents of the queue
Print out information about the currently playing song. You may provide in a string like the kind described in the RENAMING FILES section below.
Search your audio library
Start Quod Libet if it isn't running
Exit Quod Libet
Filter on a random value

Turn repeat off, on, or toggle
Seek within the playing song

Set the current browser

Rate the playing song

Show main window
Begin playing immediately
Print playing status
Toggle main window visibility
Remove active browser filters

Unqueue a file or query
Set the volume

Album covers should be put in the same directory as the songs they apply to, and have "folder", "front", or "cover" in their filenames. If you want to store multiple albums in the same directory but keep distinct cover images, the name of the appropriate image file must contain the labelid tag value, e.g. COCX-32760 cover.jpg.

Many places in Quod Libet allow you to use "tied tags". Tied tags are two tag names joined together with a "~" like "title~version" or "album~part". Tied tags result in "nice" displays even when one of the tags is missing; for example, "title~version" will result in Title - Version when a version tag is present, but only Title when one isn't. You can tie any number of tags together.

All of Quod Libet's search boxes support advanced searches of the following forms:
tag = value
tag = !value
tag = "value"
tag = /value/
tag = &(value1, value2)
tag = |(value1, value2)
!tag = value
|(tag1 = value1, tag2 = value2)
&(tag1 = value1, tag2 = value2)
#(numerictag < value)
#(numerictag = value)
#(numerictag > value)
The 'c' postfix on strings or regular expressions makes the search case-sensitive. Numeric values may be given as integers, floating-point numbers, MM:SS format, or simple English, e.g. "3 days", "2 hours".
All internal tags begin with a ~ character. Non-numeric internal tags are ~base‐ name, ~dirname, ~filename, ~format, ~length, ~people, and ~rating. Numeric internal tags are ~#added, ~#bitrate, ~#disc, ~#lastplayed, ~#laststarted, ~#length, ~#mtime, ~#playcount, ~#skipcount, and ~#track.

Quod Libet allows you to rename files based on their tags. In some cases you may wish to alter the filename depending on whether some tags are present or missing, in addition to their values. A common pattern might be
<tracknumber>. <title~version>
You can use a '|' to only text when a tag is present:
<tracknumber|<tracknumber>. ><title~version>
You can also specify literal text to use if the tag is missing by adding another '|':
<album|<album>|No Album> - <title>

Quod Libet uses GStreamer for audio playback. It tries to read your GConf GStreamer configuration, but if that fails it falls back to osssink. You can change the pipeline option in ~/.quodlibet/config to use a different sink, or pass options to the sink. For example, you might use esdsink or alsasink device=hw:1.

A pickled Python dict of cached metadata. Deleting this file will remove all songs from your library.
Quod Libet's configuration file. This file is overwritten when Quod Libet exits.
A "key=value" file containing information about the currently playing song.
A FIFO connected to the most-recently-started instance of the program. --next, --previous, etc., use this to control the player.
Put plugins here.
Put custom library browsers here.


See for a list of all currently open bugs and feature requests.

Joe Wreschnig and Michael Urman are the primary authors of Quod Libet.,,
regex(7), gst-launch(1)

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