audio library manager and player
- Manual section
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 podcasts. 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
Print debugging information
Enqueue a filename or query results
Enqueue comma-separated files
- --filter <tag=value>
Filter on a tag value
Focus the running player
Jump to previous song
Display brief usage information
Hide main window
List available browsers
Jump to next song
Start without plugins
Open a new browser
Play a file
Toggle play/pause mode
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 the contents of the queue
Search your audio library
Show or hide the queue
Exit Quod Libet
Filter on a random value
Set rating of playing song
Decrease rating of playing song by one star
Increase rating of playing song by one star
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
Start Quod Libet if it isn’t running
Seek within the playing song
Set the current browser
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
Don’t show any windows on start
Begin playing immediately
Print playing status
Stop after the playing song
Toggle main window visibility
Remove active browser filters
Unqueue a file or query
Display version and copyright
Set the volume
Turn down the volume
Turn up the volume
Set the output format of the –print-playing, –print-playlist, –print-query, and –print-queue commands. You may provide in a tag-pattern string like the kind described in the RENAMING FILES section below.
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.
All of Quod Libet’s search boxes support advanced searches of the following forms:
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
You can use a ‘|’ to only insert text when a tag is present:
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 https://github.com/quodlibet/quodlibet/issues for a list of all currently open bugs and feature requests.