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python-mpd2 is a fork of the python-mpd. It is backward compatible to python-mpd, so it could act as drop-in replacement. Current features list:

  • python3 support (python2.6 is minimum python version required)
  • support for the upcoming client-to-client protocol
  • adding new commands of mpd v0.17 (seekcur, prio, prioid, config)
  • remove of deprecated commands (volume)
  • methods are explicit declared now, so they are shown in ipython
  • add unit tests
  • documented API to add new commands (see Future Compatible)

I attempted to merge my changes into the original project, but never get a reponse. If you like this module, you could try contact the original author or join the discussion on the issue tracker

Getting the latest source code

If you would instead like to use the latest source code, you can grab a copy of the development version from git by running the command:

$ git clone git://

Installing from source

To install python-mpd from source, simply run the command:

$ python install

You can use the --help switch to for a complete list of commands and their options. See the Installing Python Modules document for more details.

Using packages

Until the python community adapt this package, here are some ready to use packages to test your applications:


just add this line to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb unstable main

Import the gpg key as root

$ wget -O - | apt-key add -

Key fingerprint :

2255 310A D1A2 48A0 7B59 7638 065F E539 32DC 551D

Controls with apt-key finger.

Then simply update/install python-mpd2 with apt or aptitude:


install python-mpd-git from AUR

Packages for other distributions are welcome!

Using the client library

The client library can be used as follows:

client = mpd.MPDClient()           # create client object
client.connect("localhost", 6600)  # connect to localhost:6600
print(client.mpd_version)          # print the mpd version
print(client.find("any", "house")) # print result of the command "find any house"
client.close()                     # send the close command
client.disconnect()                # disconnect from the server

A list of supported commands, their arguments (as MPD currently understands them), and the functions used to parse their responses can be found in doc/commands.txt. See the MPD protocol documentation for more details.

Command lists are also supported using command_list_ok_begin() and command_list_end():

client.command_list_ok_begin()       # start a command list
client.update()                      # insert the update command into the list
client.status()                      # insert the status command into the list
results = client.command_list_end()  # results will be a list with the results

Commands may also return iterators instead of lists if iterate is set to True:

client.iterate = True
for song in client.playlistinfo():
    print song["file"]

Each command have a send_ and a fetch_ variant, which allows to send a mpd command and the fetch the result later. This is useful for the idle command:

# do something else ...
events = client.fetch_idle()

Some more complex usage example can be found here

Future Compatible

New commands or special handling of commands can be easily implemented. Use add_command() or remove_command() to modify the commands of the MPDClient class and all its instances.

def fetch_cover(client):
    """"Take a MPDClient instance as its arguments and return mimetype and image"""
    # this command may come in the future.
self.client.add_command("get_cover", fetch_cover)
# remove the command, because it doesn't exist already.

Contacting the author

Just connect me (Mic92) on github or via email (

Usally I hang around on jabber:

You can contact the original author by emailing J. Alexander Treuman

He can also be found idling in #mpd on as jat.

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