Docker container for shairport-sync audio (AirPlay) receiver
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shairport-sync is an Apple AirPlay receiver. It can receive audio directly from iOS devices, iTunes, etc. Multiple instances of shairport-sync will stay in sync with each other and other AirPlay devices when used with a compatible multi-room player, such as iTunes or forked-daapd.


docker run -d \
    --net host \
    --device /dev/snd \
    -e AIRPLAY_NAME=Docker \


  • --net host must be run in host mode
  • --device /dev/snd share host alsa system with container. Does not require --privileged as -v /dev/snd:/dev/snd would
  • -e AIRPLAY_NAME=Docker set the AirPlay device name. Defaults to Docker
  • extra arguments will be passed to shairplay-sync (try -- help)

More examples

Send output to a named pipe:

mkfifo /some/pipe
docker run -d \
    --net host \
    -v /some/pipe:/output \
    kevineye/shairport-sync \
        -o pipe \
        -- /output