AcousticBrainz Submit Plugin#

The absubmit plugin lets you submit acoustic analysis results to an AcousticBrainz server. This plugin is now deprecated since the AcousicBrainz project has been shut down.

As an alternative the beets-xtractor plugin can be used.


The AcousticBrainz project has shut down. To use this plugin you must set the base_url configuration option to a server offering the AcousticBrainz API.


The absubmit plugin requires the streaming_extractor_music program to run. Its source can be found on GitHub, and while it is possible to compile the extractor from source, AcousticBrainz would prefer if you used their binary (see the AcousticBrainz FAQ).

The absubmit plugin also requires requests, which you can install using pip by typing:

pip install requests

After installing both the extractor binary and requests you can enable the plugin absubmit in your configuration (see Using Plugins).

Submitting Data#

To run the analysis program and upload its results, type:

beet absubmit [-f] [-d] [QUERY]

By default, the command will only look for AcousticBrainz data when the tracks don’t already have it; the -f or --force switch makes it refetch data even when it already exists. You can use the -d or --dry switch to check which files will be analyzed, before you start a longer period of processing.

The plugin works on music with a MusicBrainz track ID attached. The plugin will also skip music that the analysis tool doesn’t support. streaming_extractor_music currently supports files with the extensions mp3, ogg, oga, flac, mp4, m4a, m4r, m4b, m4p, aac, wma, asf, mpc, wv, spx, tta, 3g2, aif, aiff and ape.


To configure the plugin, make a absubmit: section in your configuration file. The available options are:

  • auto: Analyze every file on import. Otherwise, you need to use the beet absubmit command explicitly. Default: no

  • extractor: The absolute path to the streaming_extractor_music binary. Default: search for the program in your $PATH

  • force: Analyze items and submit of AcousticBrainz data even for tracks that already have it. Default: no.

  • pretend: Do not analyze and submit of AcousticBrainz data but print out the items which would be processed. Default: no.

  • base_url: The base URL of the AcousticBrainz server. The plugin has no function if this option is not set. Default: None