mpdscribble - Man Page

A Music Player Daemon (MPD) client which submits information about tracks being played to a scrobbler (e.g.


mpdscribble [options]


mpdscribble is a client for MPD, the Music Player Daemon. mpdscribble connects to an MPD running on the local network and works in parallel with other MPD clients on the network.

By default it will get the hostname and port for mpd from the MPD_HOST  and MPD_PORT environment variables. mpdscribble will use localhost:6600  if those are not set. The hostname and port can also be specified in the configuration file or on the command line.

$ mpdscribble --host myhost --port=12345

Values specified on the command line override values from the configuration  file or environment variables.

If you want to use mpdscribble with a password-protected MPD, set the  environment variable MPD_HOST to password@host, or specify the host in the configuration file similarly.

On submission failure, mpdscribble waits for some time then retries. Sending a USR1 signal to a running mpdscribble process makes it submit immediately.



Display help and exit.


Display version information and exit.


Don't daemonize mpdscribble, run it in foreground.

--pidfile FILE

Write the process id to this file.

--daemon-user USERNAME

Change to this system user after daemonization.

--log FILE

Specify log file.  The special value "syslog" makes mpdscribble use the local syslog daemon (which is the default).  "-" means log to stderr.

--conf FILE

Read configuration options from file. /etc/mpdscribble.conf is used by default (if --sysconfdir=/etc).


Specify host protected by password.  To connect via Unix Domain Socket, specify an absolute path here.

--port PORT

Specify which port the MPD listens on.

--proxy URL

HTTP proxy URL.

--verbose LEVEL

Specify how verbosely mpdscribble should log.  Possible values are 0 to 3, defaulting to 1.


mpdscribble looks for its configuration file in the following order: $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/mpdscribble/mpdscribble.conf, ~/.config/mpdscribble/mpdscribble.conf, ~/.mpdscribble/mpdscribble.conf, /etc/mpdscribble.conf (if --sysconfdir=/etc) but this can be overridden by specifying an alternate configuration file using the command line option --conf.

Supported configuration options:

pidfile = FILE

Write the process id to this file.

log = FILE

The file to which mpdscribble should output debugging information. The special value "syslog" makes mpdscribble use the local syslog daemon (which is the default).  "-" means log to stderr.


The host running MPD, possibly protected by a password. To connect via Unix Domain Socket, specify an absolute path here.

port = PORT

The port that the MPD listens on and mpdscribble should try to connect to.

proxy = URL

HTTP proxy URL.

verbose = 0, 1, 2, 3

How verbose mpdscribble's logging should be.  Default is 1.  "0" means log only critical errors (e.g. "out of memory"); "1" also logs non-critical errors (e.g. "server unreachable"); "2" logs informational messages (e.g. "new song"); "3" prints a lot of debugging messages.


These options are followed by at least one scrobbler section (choose a unique section name like "" which only appears in the log file; the name "mpdscribble" is reserved).

file = PATH

Log to a file instead of submitting the songs to an AudioScrobbler server.

url = URL

The handshake URL of the scrobbler.  Example: "", ""

username = USERNAME

Your audioscrobbler username.

password = MD5SUM

Your password, either cleartext or its MD5 sum.

journal = FILE

The file where mpdscribble should store its journal in case you do not have a connection to the scrobbler.  This option used to be called "cache".  It is optional.



The system wide configuration file.


Per user configuration file.


The system wide cache file.


Per user cache file.


The system wide log file.


File permissions on cache/log file may be insecure by default.

Please report new bugs to the MPD bug tracker:

See Also

mpd(1), mpc(1)


JANUARY 2009 Linux User Manuals