IPFS Plugin

The ipfs plugin makes it easy to share your library and music with friends. The plugin uses ipfs for storing the library and file content.


This plugin requires go-ipfs to be running as a daemon and that the associated ipfs command is on the user’s $PATH.

Once you have the client installed, enable the ipfs plugin in your configuration (see Using Plugins).


This plugin can store and retrieve music individually, or it can share entire library databases.


To add albums to ipfs, making them shareable, use the -a or --add flag. If used without arguments it will add all albums in the local library. When added, all items and albums will get an “ipfs” field in the database containing the hash of that specific file/folder. Newly imported albums will be added automatically to ipfs by default (see below).


You can give the ipfs hash for some music to a friend. They can get that album from ipfs, and import it into beets, using the -g or --get flag. If the argument passed to the -g flag isn’t an ipfs hash, it will be used as a query instead, getting all albums matching the query.

Sharing Libraries

Using the -p or --publish flag, a copy of the local library will be published to ipfs. Only albums/items with ipfs records in the database will published, and local paths will be stripped from the library. A hash of the library will be returned to the user.

A friend can then import this remote library by using the -i or --import flag. To tag an imported library with a specific name by passing a name as the second argument to -i, after the hash. The content of all remote libraries will be combined into an additional library as long as the content doesn’t already exist in the joined library.

When remote libraries has been imported you can search them by using the -l or --list flag. The hash of albums matching the query will be returned, and this can then be used with -g to fetch and import the album to the local library.

Ipfs can be mounted as a FUSE file system. This means that music in a remote library can be streamed directly, without importing them to the local library first. If the /ipfs folder is mounted then matching queries will be sent to the Play Plugin using the -m or --play flag.


The ipfs plugin will automatically add imported albums to ipfs and add those hashes to the database. This can be turned off by setting the auto option in the ipfs: section of the config to no.