Mopidy local library proxy extension for handling embedded album art
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Mopidy-Local-Images is a Mopidy local library and Web extension that allows Web clients access to album art embedded in local media files. It does so by acting as a proxy between Mopidy's local scan command and the actual local library provider being used. Images are extracted from media files and stored as individual image files while scanning, and corresponding image URIs are inserted into Mopidy data models. Clients can then access these images through the Web extension. All other requests are delegated to the actual local library provider as-is.

Album art stored in separate files is also supported. External image files will be considered if they reside in the same directory as the scanned media files and file names match a configurable pattern.

Please note that support for local album art depends on whether your client supports album images as provided by Mopidy's data model. For example, some clients will ignore any images provided by this extension, and will retrieve album art from external services instead.


Mopidy-Local-Images can be installed using pip by running:

pip install Mopidy-Local-Images


Before starting Mopidy, you must change your configuration to switch to using Mopidy-Local-Images as your local library provider:

library = images

By default, Mopidy-Local-Images delegates any requests to the standard json local library provider. To use a third-party library, such as Mopidy-Local-SQLite, you have to set this in the local-images configuration section:

library = sqlite

Once this has been set, you need to clear and re-scan your library for images to be extracted:

mopidy local clear
mopidy local scan

This extension also provides some other configuration settings, but beware that these are subject to change for now:

enabled = true

# the actual local library provider to use
library = json

# the base URI for images; change this if you want to serve images
# using an alternative Web server, or when accessing Mopidy through a
# reverse proxy
base_uri = /images/

# the directory where local image files are stored; if not set,
# creates its own subdirectory in <core/data_dir>
image_dir =

# a list of file names to check for when searching for external album
# art; may contain UNIX shell patterns, i.e. "*", "?", etc.
album_art_files = *.jpg, *.jpeg, *.png

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Copyright (c) 2014, 2015 Thomas Kemmer and contributors.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

Known Bugs and Limitations

With Mopidy v0.19, using this extension will slow down mopidy local scan considerably, since every media file has to be scanned twice. This should no longer be a problem in Mopidy v1.0 and later versions.