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QR music player

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Based on an idea from Dave Murray-Rust, this is a set of small scripts that lets you get 'hands on' with your digital music collection.

Print out your album art on one side and a version 1 (smallest size) QR code on the other (not yet automated).

A webcam on your computer/Raspberry Pi picks up the QR code using zlib and starts the album playing.

A Raspberry Pi with 640x480 usb webcam responds within a second of showing the QR code.

See a video demo here.



  • Starts the webcam, uses PIl to convert an image from open cv format to something zlib understands,
  • Uses zlib to search for QR codes,
  • If one is found, search database and pass album name to mpc.

mpc control

  • Defines a single function that will start a new album playing if it isn't already


  • Creates a new QR code using QR code python module, just picks a random number ATM.


  • This is a proof of concept - pretty shoddy code!
  • With my 640x480 webcam it works up to about 1m away with a 15cm QR code. A higher def camera will increase this distance.
  • Only works with mpc

Want to make it better?

  • A real database, and way of generating it,
  • Auto generate pdfs with QR and album art for printing,
  • Extra QR codes to stop and start,
  • Chop off bottom of image to make scanning quicker,
  • Other music controllers (currently only works with mpc),

Pre requisites

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install python-pil
  • sudo apt-get install python-zbar
  • sudo apt-get install python-opencv
  • pip install qrcode # only needed for creating qr codes
  • sudo apt-get install mpc mpd # for music playing

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