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Server for the ListenBrainz project

Website | Documentation | Bug tracker


The ListenBrainz project is similar to the original AudioScrobbler®. Unlike the original project, ListenBrainz is open source and publishes its data as open data.

A team of former and current MusicBrainz hackers created the first version of ListenBrainz in a weekend. Since the original project was created, technology has advanced at an incredibly rapid pace, which made re-creating the original project fairly straightforward.

The project has two main goals:

  1. Allow users to preserve their existing® data
  2. Make this incredibly useful music usage data available to the world

For more information about this project and its goals, look at our website, specifically the goals page.

Development environment

These instructions help you get started with the development process. Installation in a production environment may be different.

Read the development environment documentation

Calculating statistics

ListenBrainz uses Google BigQuery to calculate statistics. You need a BigQuery credentials file called bigquery-credentials.json to the credentials directory for it to work. This file is obtained from the Google BigQuery site by creating a new project. The WRITE_TO_BIGQUERY variable in needs to be set to True also.

The stats are automatically calculated in the scheduler container, but if you want to manually start statistic calculation, run this.

docker-compose -f docker/docker-compose.yml -p listenbrainz run --rm web python stats calculate


Full documentation for the ListenBrainz API is available at You can also build the documentation locally:

cd listenbrainz-server/docs
make clean html

License Notice

listenbrainz-server - Server for the ListenBrainz project

Copyright (C) 2017 MetaBrainz Foundation Inc.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc.,
51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA