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Command line internet radio player.


Version may fail to update

If you try to update from version, you may find that the update script does not work.

This is a known bug, fixed in subsequent releases.

To update your installation, open a terminal and execute:

curl -L \ \

Finally, execute:

python3 -U -f


PyRadio may fail to install/update on some linux distros (mainly Ubuntu 23.04, Debian and derivatives, etc.) due to a change to the underlined python installation.

If you face this situation, please refer to this page to resolve the problem.


This is a big update, with heavy refactoring and introducing a lot of new concepts, so I expect to have a lot of BUG reports.

Please be kind ;)

Once you execute PyRadio v. 0.9.3 these things will happen:

  1. Your recordings dir will be moved to your home folder and renamed to pyradio-recordings.

  2. Your titles log files will be moved to the new Recordings Dir.

  3. PyRadio's cache will be moved to ~/.cache/pyradio (not on Windows).

If you are using a Linux Distro Package, there's a chance the packager has decided to enable support for the XDG Base Directory specification.

In this case:

  1. most of the files that reside in ~/config/pyradio and ~/.config/pyradio/data will be moved to ~/.local/share/pyradio or ~/.local/state/pyradio.

  2. Any file that you may have saved under ~/.config/pyradio and has not been created by PyRadio, will be moved into a folder called pyradio-not-migrated in your home folder.

  3. Your ~/.config/pyradio/data folder will be removed.

  4. All your playlists and the main configuraton files will remain in ~/.config/pyradio.

IMPORTANT NOTICE 3 (headles v. 0.9.3)

If you use the "headless" functionality and upgrading to v. 0.9.3, please keep in mind that a headless session will not perform any of the tasks described in NOTICE 2, leading to unpredictable result.

To ensure the correct operation, please take these actions:

  1. Terminate headless instance of PyRadio.

  2. Execute PyRadio in a terminal at least once, permitting the directory changes to take effect.

  3. Start a new headless instance of PyRadio.

Table of Contents


PyRadio provides the following features:

  • vi like keys in addition to arrows and special keys
  • RadioBrowser support
  • Remote Control Server
  • Multiple playlist support
  • vi like station registers
  • Theming support
  • Station editor (add/edit) with CJK characters support
  • Configuration editor
  • Search function
  • Easy installation / updating
  • Runs on Linux, macOS and Windows

and much more...


  • python 3.7+
    • setuptools
    • wheel
    • requests
    • dnspython
    • psutil
    • rich
    • python-dateutil
    • netifaces
  • MPV, MPlayer or VLC installed and in your path
  • MKVToolNix (cli files) to insert tags, chapters and cover to recordings (optional, if MPV or VLC is to be used, but mandatory in the case of MPlayer)

Linux users will have to install a resource opener package, a utility to open directories, html pages, etc. PyRadio will look for xdg-open, gio, mimeopen, mimeo or handlr, in that order of detection. If a different resource opener is used, one can declare it in the Configuration Window.


The best way to install PyRadio is via a distribution package, if one exists (Arch Linux and derivatives can install any of these packages from the AUR, FreeBSD users will find it in the ports, etc.).

In any other case, and since PyRadio is currently not available via pip, you will have to build it from source.

Basic usage

After a successful installation, the command to execute is:


This will display the program's window with a list of predefined radio stations ready to be played.

  • Select one of the station (using the arrow keys) and press "ENTER" to start playback.

  • Press "+" (or ".") and "-" (or ",") to adjust the volume, and "v" to save it.

  • Pressing "?" will give you access to the help screens; "\h" will give you access to the HTML help pages.

  • "Esc" or "q" will exit the program.

In case the list of predefined stations is not enough for you, you can press "O" (capital "o") to access RadioBrowser online directory; you will probably have to read this page to learn how to navigate the interface.

PyRadio comes with a number of themes; press "t" to get a list of themes, and

  • press the right arrow to activate the selected theme, and...

  • when you find a theme you like, press space to make it default.

    To get more info on theming, including how to create your own, read the relevant page.

Finally, when you are ready to dive into the program's numerous features, you can refer to the detailed documentation.

Update notification

PyRadio will periodically (once every 10 days) check whether a new version has been released.

If so, a notification message will be displayed, informing the user about it and asking to proceed with updating the program (provided this is not a distribution package).

Note: Packages coming from a distribution repository will display no notification; it's up to the distro to update / uninstall PyRadio, as stated in Packaging PyRadio.

Reporting bugs

When a bug is found, please do report it by opening an issue at github, as already stated above.

In you report you should, at the very least, state your pyradio version, python version and method of installation (built from source, AUR, snap, whatever).

It would be really useful to include ~/pyradio.log in your report.

To create it, enter the following commands in a terminal:

$ rm ~/pyradio.log
$ pyradio -d

Then try to reproduce the bug and exit pyradio.

Finally, include the file produced in your report.

Packaging PyRadio

If you are a packager and would like to produce a package for your distribution please do follow this mini guide.


  • Any user request I find interesting :)
  • Use some kind of a scheduler
  • Use Radio Browser service (#80 #93 #112) - v 0.9.0
  • Use some OPML service, for example
  • Notify the user that the package's stations.csv has changed -v 0.8.9
  • Update / uninstall using command line options (-U / -R) - v. 0.8.9
  • Basic mouse support (#119) - v.
  • Players extra parameters (#118) - v.
  • New player selection configuration window (#118) - v.


PyRadio uses code from the following projects:

  1. CJKwrap by Florent Gallaire - A library for wrapping and filling UTF-8 CJK text.

  2. ranger - A console file manager with VI key bindings.

  3. Vifm - A file manager with curses interface, which provides a Vi[m]-like environment.

Special thanks

  1. edunfelt, for her wonderful work on base16 themes, and ideas regarding theming and such.

  2. amano-kenji, for his valuable suggestions and bug reports.