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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 of CherryMusic with experimental features, install cherrymusic-devel-gitAUR from AUR.

Optional dependencies

Optional dependencies are:


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. It can be started as cherrymusic@user.service, where user is the user that should run CherryMusic (do not use 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 created and 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 =

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

Manually adjust the search parameters of the search algorithm

The search parameters of the search algorithm can be adjusted manually via the file cherrymusicserver/ within your CherryMusic installation.

Warning: Changing this file can potentially break CherryMusic's search function. Only proceed if you know what you are doing. It might also be a good idea to backup the file before editing.

Bind CherryMusic to ports less than 1024 (without root access)

To bind CherryMusic (or any other application) to a port less than 1024 you normally need root access. However, you should never run CherryMusic as root! There are several ways around this:

For more information, see these references:

3rd Party Extensions


Missing module `wsgiserver2` when using pip for installation

If the error

   ImportError: No module named wsgiserver2

occurs when starting CherryMusic, probably a broken CherryPy package from pip (versions `3.2.6` and `3.4.0` seem to be affected) is used. Here is a description of the problem. To fix this, uninstall CherryPy and reinstall:

   $ pip uninstall cherrypy
   $ pip install --no-use-wheel cherrypy

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.

Track scrolling not working behind Nginx

If track scrolling is not working in major desktop browsers behind Nginx and playback stops in the middle of the track and start over from the beginning, the Nginx module ngx_http_proxy_module has to be configured.

Change the line proxy_http_version 1.0; to:

proxy_http_version 1.1;

See also