Music Player Daemon

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MPD is a audio player that has a server-client architecture. MPD runs in the background as a daemon, manages playlists and a music database, and uses very few resources. In order to interface with it, you need a separate client. More information can be found on their website

Daemon Install Procedure

  • Sync and install with pacman
 pacman -S mpd
  • Configure MPD
 $EDITOR /etc/mpd.conf.example
  • Save the mpd.conf.example as mpd.conf
  • Create these two directories if they don't exist: ~/.mpd and ~/.mpd/playlists
  • Create the MPD database. (this can take a while depending on the size of your collection):
 /etc/rc.d/mpd create-db
  • Start MPD
 /etc/rc.d/mpd start
  • Edit /etc/rc.conf and add mpd to the list of daemons to start on bootup.

Client Install Procedure

  • Install a client - this will give you every good client in pacman
 pacman -Sy mpc ncmpc sonata gmpc

mpc - Command Line Client (you'll probably want this one no matter what)

ncmpc - NCurses Client (this one is very handy for running in a console) Official Website of ncmpc

sonata - Python GTK+ Client Official Website of Sonata (You have to make sure you have included community repository in /etc/pacman.conf)

gmpc - Gnome Client Official Website of gmpc


Official Web Site

Official Wiki

Sorted List of MPD Clients