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Get current song details from other app #488

snippins opened this issue May 11, 2018 · 2 comments


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commented May 11, 2018


tizonia 0.14.

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Bintray debs


I would love to make a lyrics app for tizonia and need to get the song detail, thus, tizonia need a way to export the current song detail somehow.

What do you think about this?

And thank you for this great great app. 👍

@snippins snippins changed the title Get current song detail from other app Get current song details from other app May 11, 2018


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commented May 12, 2018

Hi!, thanks for getting in touch.

I think this is a great idea. It would be awesome to have a lyrics option that could work with tizonia.

So right now the only RPC option available is MPRIS v2 (, out of which, only the following interfaces are implemented (see #66):

  • org.mpris.MediaPlayer2
  • org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player

The Player interface contains a method called 'metadata' that would provide the information that you need. However, there is currently a bug that prevents it from being usable (see #433).

There is a Bash script called 'tizonia-remote' that allows you some basic control of the program, using the D-BUS. This is not distributed in the Bintray debs, but to try it, just download it from there and make it executable:

The D-BUS crash #433 is on my list for v0.15.0, so hopefully, I may have a fix for it soon.

But talking about RPC options, just to let you know, that going forward, I have plans to add a JSON-RPC interface to programmatically control Tizonia and give access to all its features from external programs (e.g. a REPL command-line cli, remote UIs, etc). But at the moment I'm busy with Pandora support, which is my main goal for the next release.

Having said all of that, I am definitely more than happy to discuss interfacing ideas or contributions of any kind in these areas.


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commented Aug 3, 2018

Hey I just found this project and I wanted to have it integrated with Polybar. RPC would be awesome!

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