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README.rst

Sonata, an elegant GTK 3 client for the Music Player Daemon

Sonata is a client for the Music Player Daemon featuring:

  • Expanded and collapsed views, fullscreen album art mode
  • Automatic remote and local album art
  • Library browsing by folders, or by genre/artist/album
  • User-configurable columns
  • Automatic fetching of lyrics and covers
  • Playlist and stream support
  • Support for editing song tags
  • Drag-and-drop to copy files
  • Popup notification
  • Library and playlist searching, filter as you type
  • Audioscrobbler (Last.fm) 1.2 support
  • Multiple MPD profiles
  • Keyboard friendly
  • Support for multimedia keys
  • Commandline control
  • Available in 24 languages

Sonata is written using the Python programming language and uses the GTK 3 toolkit.

Sonata started as a fork of the Pygmy project and is licensed under the GPLv3. Thanks to Andrew Conkling et al, for all their hard work on Pygmy!

Using Sonata

Requirements

In order to run Sonata, you will need the following dependencies:

  • Python >= 3.2
  • PyGObject (aka Python GObject Introspection) (3.7.4 or more recommended, earlier versions may also work)
  • GTK >= 3.4
  • python-mpd2 >= 0.4.6
  • MPD >= 0.15 (possibly on another computer)
  • taglib and tagpy >= 2013.1 for editing metadata (Optional)
  • dbus-python for multimedia keys (Optional)

Sonata can currently be downloaded from the Git repository using:

$ git clone git://github.com/multani/sonata.git
$ cd sonata

To run Sonata, you can either install it in a dedicated directory (as root):

# python setup.py install

Or you can run it straight from the directory (without prior installation):

$ ./run-sonata

Sonata in Linux distributions

This version of Sonata is available in several distributions:

Note

For distribution-specific comments, please contact the packagers at the specified URLs!

Website, documentation, help, etc.

The official documentation is located at http://sonata.berlios.de/documentation.html

You can ask for feature requests or report bugs on Github at https://github.com/multani/sonata/issues

There's a (somewhat alive) mailing list available at https://lists.berlios.de/mailman/listinfo/sonata-users

Contributing

If you are interested to hack on Sonata, please consider the following:

  1. Clone the repository or fork it on Github;
  2. For each feature, bug fix, refactor, anything, you want to submit, create a branch with a name which reflects what you want to do;
  3. Commit your changes related to this thing in this branch;
  4. Signal your changes with one of the following:
    • open a pull request on Github;
    • send a mail to jon@multani.info with the URL of your repository, the name of the branch you want to be merged, and a meaningful description of your work;
    • or send me your patch(es) to jon@multani.info using git send-email.

I hate, hate, hate having to review commits touching lot of unrelated things, this is the easiest way for your changes not to be merged. Try to stay focus on one clearly defined thing and it should be much easier to merge.

Translations

Note

See the TRANSLATORS file for more information!

You can translate Sonata using the dedicated Transifex project page.

Sonata's translation can be done via the Transifex plateform. You need to subscribe to Transifex first, then to add yourself as a member of the Transifex Sonata project under the language your are interested to translate into.

Once a translation is done, be sure to contact the maintainer of Sonata to announce there's a new translation to include!

See also

You can also find Sonata in other places on the Internet:

Copyright

Sonata is currently developed by Jonathan Ballet <jon@multani.info> and other contributors. Many thanks to the past developers:

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