musicpd.conf - Music Player Daemon configuration file
is the configuration file for mpd(1). If not specified on the
command line, MPD first searches for it at
then at ~/.mpdconf
and then in /etc/mpd.conf
Lines beginning with a "#" character are comments. All other non-empty
lines specify parameters and their values. These lines contain the parameter
name and parameter value (surrounded by double quotes) separated by whitespace
(either tabs or spaces). For example:
The exception to this rule is the audio_output parameter, which is of the form:
Parameters that take a file or directory as an argument should use absolute
in the source tarball for an example
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
- port <port>
- This specifies the port that mpd listens on. The default is 6600.
- log_level <default, secure, or verbose>
- This specifies how verbose logs are. "default" is minimal
logging, "secure" reports from what address a connection is
opened, and when it is closed, and "verbose" records excessive
amounts of information for debugging purposes. The default is
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- replaygain <off or album or track or auto>
- If specified, mpd will adjust the volume of songs played using ReplayGain
tags (see < http://www.replaygain.org/>). Setting this to
"album" will adjust volume using the album's ReplayGain tags,
while setting it to "track" will adjust it using the track
ReplayGain tags. "auto" uses the track ReplayGain tags if random
play is activated otherwise the album ReplayGain tags. Currently only
FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, Musepack, and MP3 (through ID3v2 ReplayGain tags, not
APEv2) are supported.
- replaygain_preamp <-15 to 15>
- This is the gain (in dB) applied to songs with ReplayGain tags.
- volume_normalization <yes or no>
- If yes, mpd will normalize the volume of songs as they play. The default
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- device <dev>
- This specifies the device to use for audio output. The default is
- 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.
- mixer_device <mixer dev>
- This specifies which mixer to use. The default is "default". To
use the second sound card in a system, use "hw:1".
- mixer_control <mixer ctrl>
- This specifies which mixer control to use (sometimes referred to as the
"device"). The default is "PCM". Use "amixer
scontrols" to see the list of possible controls.
- mixer_index <mixer index>
- A number identifying the index of the named mixer control. This is
probably only useful if your alsa device has more than one
identically-named mixer control. The default is "0". Use
"amixer scontrols" to see the list of controls with their
- auto_resample <yes or no>
- Setting this to "no" disables ALSA's software resampling, if the
hardware does not support a specific sample rate. This lets MPD do the
resampling. "yes" is the default and allows ALSA to
- auto_channels <yes or no>
- Setting this to "no" disables ALSA's channel conversion, if the
hardware does not support a specific number of channels. Default:
- auto_format <yes or no>
- Setting this to "no" disables ALSA's sample format conversion,
if the hardware does not support a specific sample format. Default:
- buffer_time <time in microseconds>
- This sets the length of the hardware sample buffer in microseconds.
Increasing it may help to reduce or eliminate skipping on certain setups.
Most users do not need to change this. The default is 500000 microseconds
- period_time <time in microseconds>
- This sets the time between hardware sample transfers in microseconds.
Increasing this can reduce CPU usage while lowering it can reduce underrun
errors on bandwidth-limited devices. Some users have reported good results
with this set to 50000, but not all devices support values this high. Most
users do not need to change this. The default is 256000000 /
sample_rate(kHz), or 5804 microseconds for CD-quality audio.
- User configuration file.
- Global configuration file.