Audio::MPD - class to talk to MPD (Music Player Daemon) servers
my $mpd = Audio::MPD->new;
Audio::MPD gives a clear object-oriented interface for talking to and
controlling MPD (Music Player Daemon) servers. A connection to the MPD server
is established as soon as a new Audio::MPD object is created.
Since mpd is still in 0.x versions, Audio::MPD sticks to latest mpd (0.15 as
time of writing) protocol & behaviour, and does not
try to maintain
Note that the module will by default connect to mpd before sending any command,
and will disconnect after the command has been issued. This scheme is far from
optimal, but allows us not to care about timeout disconnections. Because of
that, the "idle" command (new in mpd 0.14) is not
not) be supported in Audio::MPD. This will be implemented in
Note that Audio::MPD is using high-level, blocking sockets. This
means that if the mpd server is slow, or hangs for whatever reason, or even
crash abruptly, the program will be hung forever in this sub. The
POE::Component::Client::MPD module is way safer - you're advised to use it
instead of Audio::MPD. Or you can try to set "conntype" to $REUSE
(see Audio::MPD constructor for more details), but you would be then on your
own to deal with disconnections.
To search the collection, use the "collection()" accessor, returning
the associated Audio::MPD::Collection object. You will then be able to call:
See Audio::MPD::Collection documentation for more details on available methods.
To update the playlist, use the "playlist()" accessor, returning the
associated Audio::MPD::Playlist object. You will then be able to call:
See Audio::MPD::Playlist documentation for more details on available methods.
The hostname where MPD is running. Defaults to environment var
"MPD_HOST", then to 'localhost'. Note that "MPD_HOST" can
be of the form "password@host:port" (each of "password@"
or ":port" can be omitted).
The port that MPD server listens to. Defaults to environment var
"MPD_PORT", then to parsed "MPD_HOST" (cf above), then to
The password to access special MPD functions. Defaults to environment var
"MPD_PASSWORD", then to parsed "MPD_HOST" (cf above), then
to empty string.
Change how the connection to mpd server is handled. It should be of a
"CONNTYPE" type (cf Audio::MPD::Types). Use either the
"reuse" string to reuse the same connection or "once" to
open a new connection per command (default).
my $mpd = Audio::MPD->new( \%opts );
This is the constructor for Audio::MPD. One can specify any of the attributes
Sends a ping command to the mpd server.
my $version = $mpd->version;
Return mpd's version number as advertised during connection. Note that mpd
version when connected. This protocol version can
differ from the real mpd version. eg, mpd version 0.13.2 is
"speaking" and thus advertising version 0.13.0.
Send a message to the MPD server telling it to shut down.
$mpd->set_password( [$password] );
Change password used to communicate with MPD server to $password. Empty string
is assumed if $password is not supplied.
$mpd->updatedb( [$path] );
Force mpd to recan its collection. If $path (relative to MPD's music directory)
is supplied, MPD will only scan it - otherwise, MPD will rescan its whole
my @handlers = $mpd->urlhandlers;
Return an array of supported URL schemes.
$mpd->volume( [+][-]$volume );
Sets the audio output volume percentage to absolute $volume. If $volume is
prefixed by '+' or '-' then the volume is changed relatively by that value.
my @outputs = $mpd->outputs( );
Return a list of "Audio::MPD::Common::Outputs" with all outputs
available within MPD.
$mpd->output_enable( $output );
Enable the specified audio output. $output is the ID of the audio output.
$mpd->output_disable( $output );
Disable the specified audio output. $output is the ID of the audio output.
my $stats = $mpd->stats;
Return an Audio::MPD::Common::Stats object with the current statistics of MPD.
See the associated pod for more information.
my $status = $mpd->status;
Return an Audio::MPD::Common::Status object with various information on current
MPD server settings. See the associated pod for more information.
my $song = $mpd->current;
Return an Audio::MPD::Common::Item::Song representing the song currently
my $song = $mpd->song( [$song] );
Return an Audio::MPD::Common::Item::Song representing the song number $song. If
$song is not supplied, returns the current song.
my $song = $mpd->songid( [$songid] );
Return an Audio::MPD::Common::Item::Song representing the song with id $songid.
If $songid is not supplied, returns the current song.
$mpd->repeat( [$repeat] );
Set the repeat mode to $repeat (1 or 0). If $repeat is not specified then the
repeat mode is toggled.
$mpd->random( [$random] );
Set the random mode to $random (1 or 0). If $random is not specified then the
random mode is toggled.
$mpd->fade( [$seconds] );
Enable crossfading and set the duration of crossfade between songs. If $seconds
is not specified or $seconds is 0, then crossfading is disabled.
$mpd->play( [$song] );
Begin playing playlist at song number $song. If no argument supplied, resume
$mpd->playid( [$songid] );
Begin playing playlist at song ID $songid. If no argument supplied, resume
$mpd->pause( [$state] );
Pause playback. If $state is 0 then the current track is unpaused, if $state is
1 then the current track is paused.
Note that if $state is not given, pause state will be toggled.
Play next song in playlist.
Play previous song in playlist.
$mpd->seek( $time, [$song]);
Seek to $time seconds in song number $song. If $song number is not specified
then the perl module will try and seek to $time in the current song.
$mpd->seekid( $time, $songid );
Seek to $time seconds in song ID $songid. If $song number is not specified then
the perl module will try and seek to $time in the current song.
You can find more information on the mpd project on its homepage at
Original code (2005) by Tue Abrahamsen
"<firstname.lastname@example.org>", documented in 2006 by Nicholas
J. Humfrey "<email@example.com>".
You can look for information on this module at:
- Search CPAN
- See open / report bugs
- Git repository
- AnnoCPAN: Annotated CPAN documentation
- CPAN Ratings
This software is copyright (c) 2007 by Jerome Quelin.
This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.