Mopidy extension for playing music from a Beets collection
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Mopidy extension for browsing, searching and playing music from Beets via Beets' web extension.


Install by running:

pip install Mopidy-Beets

Or, if available, install the Debian/Ubuntu package from


  1. Setup the Beets web plugin.

  2. Tell Mopidy where to find the Beets web interface by adding the following to your mopidy.conf:

    hostname =
    port = 8337
  3. Restart Mopidy.

  4. Searches in Mopidy will now return results from your Beets library.

Proxy Configuration for OGG files (optional)

You may want to configure an http proxy server in front of your beets installation. Otherwise you could have problems with playing OGG files and other formats that require seeking (in technical terms: support for http "Range" requests is required for these files).

The following Nginx configuration snippet is sufficient:

server {
    root /usr/share/beets/beetsplug/web;
    server_name beets.local;
    location / {
        proxy_pass http://localhost:8888;
        # this statement forces Nginx to emulate "Range" responses
        proxy_force_ranges on;

Now you should change the mopidy configuration accordingly to point to the Nginx port above instead of the Beets port. Afterwards mopidy will be able to play file formats that require seeking.


  1. Run beet web to start the Beets web interface.
  2. Start Mopidy and access your Beets library via any Mopidy client:
    • Browse your collection by album
    • Search for tracks or albums
    • Let the music play!

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v3.1.0 (2016-11-23)

  • Fix handling of non-ascii characters in album titles and artist names
  • Fix handling of empty titles and names
  • Reduce ressource consumption of string matching API requests

v3.0.0 (2016-05-28)

  • Support browsing albums by artist, genre and year
  • Improved search (more categories, more precise)
  • Align with Mopidy's current extension guidelines

v2.0.0 (2015-03-25)

  • Require Mopidy >= 1.0.
  • Update to work with new playback API in Mopidy 1.0.
  • Update to work with new backend search API in Mopidy 1.0.

v1.1.0 (2014-01-20)

  • Require Requests >= 2.0.
  • Updated extension and backend APIs to match Mopidy 0.18.

v1.0.4 (2013-12-15)

  • Require Requests >= 1.0, as 0.x does not seem to be enough. (Fixes: #7)
  • Remove hacks for Python 2.6 compatibility.
  • Change search field track to track_name for compatibility with Mopidy 0.17. (Fixes: mopidy/mopidy#610)

v1.0.3 (2013-11-02)

  • Properly encode search queries containing non-ASCII chars.
  • Rename logger to mopidy_beets.

v1.0.2 (2013-04-30)

  • Fix search.

v1.0.1 (2013-04-28)

  • Initial release.