A Python interface to Last.fm and Libre.fm
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A Python interface to Last.fm and other API-compatible websites such as Libre.fm.

Try using the pydoc utility for help on usage or see test_pylast.py for examples.


Install via pip:

pip install pylast


  • Simple public interface.
  • Access to all the data exposed by the Last.fm web services.
  • Scrobbling support.
  • Full object-oriented design.
  • Proxy support.
  • Internal caching support for some web services calls (disabled by default).
  • Support for other API-compatible networks like Libre.fm.
  • Python 3-friendly (Starting from 0.5).

Getting Started

Here's some simple code example to get you started. In order to create any object from pyLast, you need a Network object which represents a social music network that is Last.fm or any other API-compatible one. You can obtain a pre-configured one for Last.fm and use it as follows:

import pylast

# You have to have your own unique two values for API_KEY and API_SECRET
# Obtain yours from http://www.last.fm/api/account for Last.fm
API_KEY = "b25b959554ed76058ac220b7b2e0a026" # this is a sample key
API_SECRET = "425b55975eed76058ac220b7b4e8a054"

# In order to perform a write operation you need to authenticate yourself
username = "your_user_name"
password_hash = pylast.md5("your_password")

network = pylast.LastFMNetwork(api_key = API_KEY, api_secret =
    API_SECRET, username = username, password_hash = password_hash)

# Now you can use that object everywhere
artist = network.get_artist("System of a Down")

track = network.get_track("Iron Maiden", "The Nomad")
track.add_tags(("awesome", "favorite"))

# Type help(pylast.LastFMNetwork) or help(pylast) in a Python interpreter to get more help
# about anything and see examples of how it works

More examples in hugovk/lastfm-tools and test_pylast.py.


tests/test_pylast.py contains integration tests with Last.fm, and plenty of code examples. Unit tests are also in the tests/ directory.

For integration tests you need a test account at Last.fm that will become cluttered with test data, and an API key and secret. Either copy example_test_pylast.yaml to test_pylast.yaml and fill out the credentials, or set them as environment variables like:


To run all unit and integration tests:

pip install pytest flaky mock

Or run just one test case:

py.test -k test_scrobble

To run with coverage:

py.test -v --cov pylast --cov-report term-missing
coverage report # for command-line report
coverage html   # for HTML report
open htmlcov/index.html