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CherryMusic is a music streaming server based on CherryPy and jPlayer. It can be run remotely or on a single computer and is designed to handle huge music libraries (3 TB and more) but also works well with small collections. In contrast to MPD, Icecast and the like, CherryMusic allows multiple users to (individually) login via HTTP/HTTPS using a web browser, browse/search the music database and create/edit playlists and stream music to the browser. From the website:

"CherryMusic is a standalone music server written in python based on CherryPy and jPlayer. It is intended to be an alternative to, Spotify, Grooveshark... you name it."

The project is developed on GitHub.


CherryMusic is available in the AUR. There are two packages, the stable release and the development version. If you do not depend on a completely stable version, the development version is recommended, but needs Git for installation.

Stable version

The latest stable version of cherrymusicAUR is available in the AUR.

Git version

For a more up-to-date version with experimental features the CherryMusic development version, cherrymusic-devel-gitAUR, can be chosen. In order to build this version, you need Git.

Note: This AUR package needs pacman > = 4.1!



Required dependencies are:

python, python-cherrypy


Optional dependencies are:

lame, vorbis-tools, flac, faad2, mpg123, ffmpeg (For live transcoding), python3-stagger-svnAUR (For ID3-Tag reading), imagemagick (For automatic image resizing on displayed cover art), python-unidecodeAUR (For special character search terms), python-gobject (For the GTK system tray icon)


Quick start

To just get it up and running with a basic setup, issue:

 $ cherrymusic --setup --port 8080

and open the address "localhost:8080" in your browser (e.g. with Firefox):

 $ firefox localhost:8080

This will let you configure the most important options from within the browser and you can set up the admin account.

If you want CherryMusic to run as a system service and to automatically start on boot, see systemd service file.

Manual setup

Start CherryMusic for the initial setup:

 $ cherrymusic

On first startup CherryMusic will create its data and configuration files in ~/.local/share/cherrymusic/ and ~/.config/cherrymusic/, print a note to stdout and exit. Now, edit the configuration file in ~/.config/cherrymusic/cherrymusic.confand change the following lines to match your setup:

basedir = /path/to/your/music
port = 8080

Open the address "localhost:8080" in your browser (e.g. with Firefox) to create an admin account:

 $ firefox localhost:8080

After logging in, populate the search database by clicking Update Music Library in the Admin panel.

If you want CherryMusic to run as a system service and to automatically start on boot, see systemd service file.

There are many more options to configure, please see this section.

Fine tuning

CherryMusic comes with well-documented manpages. see

 $ man cherrymusic


 $ man cherrymusic.conf

Tips & Tricks

Symlinks in "basedir"

Note: This is only useful if your music is in different locations, e.g. on an internal hard drive and an external hard dirve.

Probably, the most modular and flexible way of populating CherryMusic's music directory (called "basedir") is to create a dedicated directory and only symlink all paths to your music collections into that directory, e.g.:

 $ mkdir ~/.local/share/cherrymusic/basedir
 $ ln -s /path/to/musicdir1 ~/.local/share/cherrymusic/basedir/musicdir1
 $ ln -s /path/to/musicdir2 ~/.local/share/cherrymusic/basedir/musicdir2

Systemd service file

CherryMusic does not come with a daemon yet, but both CherryMusic AUR packages provide a systemd service file. If you want CherryMusic to run as a system service and to automatically start on boot, simply do:

Note: Replace "USER" with the user that should run CherryMusic (do not use root!).
 $ sudo systemctl start cherrymusic@USER.service
 $ sudo systemctl enable cherrymusic@USER.service

Note that although the CherryMusic service is now run as the user "USER", the service calls still have to be given as root.

Running in a GNU Screen session

To keep CherryMusic running after logout, it can be run in a GNU Screen session.

 $ screen -d -m -S cherrymusic cherrymusic

Since CherryMusic only writes the output to the GNU Screen session, there is nothing to control from within the session. It may be more convenient to use a systemd service file. However, this may still be useful for debugging.

To run it in a GNU Screen session after boot, the following systemd service file can also be used:

Description = CherryMusic server
Requires =
After =

User = %I
Type = simple
ExecStart = /usr/bin/screen -d -m -S cherrymusic /usr/bin/cherrymusic
ExecStop = /usr/bin/screen -X -S cherrymusic quit
StandardOutput = null
PrivateTmp = true
Restart = always

WantedBy =

This file has to be placed into /usr/lib/systemd/system/:

 $ sudo cp cherrymusic@.service /usr/lib/systemd/system/cherrymusic@.service

and the permissions should be changed:

 $ sudo chmod 644 /usr/lib/systemd/system/cherrymusic@.service

To finally enable and start the service, see systemd service file.

3rd Party Extensions


Deactivate flash blocker

An active flash blocker can interfere with the web frontend. If you have trouble with things like track selection or playback, try whitelisting the server in your browser's flash blocker/plugin manager.

CherryMusic does not load on Android Chrome

This might be due to AdBlock Plus being installed in the browser. CM does not feature any ads, so the problem is caused by this plug-in.

See also