audio library manager and player

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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 https://quodlibet.readthedocs.io/en/latest/guide/index.html.


 Add a file or directory to the library
--debug Print debugging information
 Enqueue a filename or query results
 Enqueue comma-separated files
--filter <tag=value>
 Filter on a tag value
--focus Focus the running player
 Jump to previous song
--help Display brief usage information
--hide-window Hide main window
 List available browsers
--next Jump to next song
--no-plugins Start without plugins
 Open a new browser
--pause Pause playback
--play Start playback
 Play a file
--play-pause Toggle play/pause mode
--previous Jump to previous song if near the beginning, otherwise restart
 Print out information about the currently playing song. You may provide in a string like the kind described in the RENAMING FILES section below, plus special tags ~#elapsed or ~elapsed.
 Print the current playlist
 Print filenames of results of query
 Print the active text query
--print-queue Print the contents of the queue
 Search your audio library
 Show or hide the queue
--quit Exit Quod Libet
--random=tag Filter on a random value
 Set rating of playing song
--rating-down Decrease rating of playing song by one star
--rating-up Increase rating of playing song by one star
--refresh Refresh and rescan library
 Turn repeat off, on, or toggle
 Repeat the currently playing song, the current list, stop after one song, or turn repeat off
--run Start Quod Libet if it isn’t running
 Seek within the playing song
 Set the current browser
--show-window Show main window
 Turn shuffle off, on, or toggle
 Set the shuffle type to be random, to prefer higher rated songs, or turn shuffle off
--start-hidden Don’t show any windows on start
 Begin playing immediately
--status Print playing status
--stop Stop playback
 Stop after the playing song
 Toggle main window visibility
--unfilter Remove active browser filters
 Unqueue a file or query
--version Display version and copyright
 Set the volume
--volume-down Turn down the volume
--volume-up Turn up 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”.

See https://quodlibet.readthedocs.io/en/latest/guide/searching.html.

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.

See https://quodlibet.readthedocs.io/en/latest/guide/tags/internal_tags.html.


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>

See https://quodlibet.readthedocs.io/en/latest/guide/renaming_files.html.


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.

See https://quodlibet.readthedocs.io/en/latest/guide/playback/backends.html.


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 https://quodlibet.readthedocs.io/en/latest/guide/interacting.html.


See https://github.com/quodlibet/quodlibet/issues for a list of all currently open bugs and feature requests.


Joe Wreschnig and Michael Urman are the primary authors of Quod Libet.