play plugin allows you to pass the results of a query to a music
player in the form of an m3u playlist or paths on the command line.
Command Line Usage#
To use the
play plugin, enable it in your configuration (see
Using Plugins). Then use it by invoking the
beet play command with
a query. The command will create a temporary m3u file and open it using an
appropriate application. You can query albums instead of tracks using the
By default, the playlist is opened using the
open command on OS X,
xdg-open on other Unixes, and
start on Windows. To configure the
command, you can use a
play: section in your configuration file:
play: command: /Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC
You can also specify additional space-separated options to command (like you would on the command-line):
play: command: /usr/bin/command --option1 --option2 some_other_option
While playing you’ll be able to interact with the player if it is a command-line oriented, and you’ll get its output in real time.
play plugin can also be invoked during an import. If enabled, the plugin
plaY option to the prompt, so pressing
y will execute the configured
command and play the items currently being imported.
Once the configured command exits, you will be returned to the import decision prompt. If your player is configured to run in the background (in a client/server setup), the music will play until you choose to stop it, and the import operation continues immediately.
To configure the plugin, make a
play: section in your
configuration file. The available options are:
command: The command used to open the playlist. Default:
openon OS X,
xdg-openon other Unixes and
starton Windows. Insert
$argsto use the
relative_to: If set, emit paths relative to this directory. Default: None.
use_folders: When using the
-aoption, the m3u will contain the paths to each track on the matched albums. Enable this option to store paths to folders instead. Default:
raw: Instead of creating a temporary m3u playlist and then opening it, simply call the command with the paths returned by the query as arguments. Default:
warning_threshold: Set the minimum number of files to play which will trigger a warning to be emitted. If set to
no, warning are never issued. Default: 100.
bom: Set whether or not a UTF-8 Byte Order Mark should be emitted into the m3u file. If you’re using foobar2000 or Winamp, this is needed. Default:
-A) flag to the
play command lets you specify
additional arguments for your player command. Options are inserted after the
command string and before the playlist filename.
For example, if you have the plugin configured like this:
play: command: mplayer -quiet
and you occasionally want to shuffle the songs you play, you can type:
$ beet play --args -shuffle
to get beets to execute this command:
mplayer -quiet -shuffle /path/to/playlist.m3u
instead of the default.
If you need to insert arguments somewhere other than the end of the
command string, use
$args to indicate where to insert them. For
play: command: mpv $args --playlist
indicates that you need to insert extra arguments before specifying the playlist.
-y) flag to the
play command will skip the warning
message if you choose to play more items than the warning_threshold
value usually allows.
Note on the Leakage of the Generated Playlists#
Because the command that will open the generated
.m3u files can be
arbitrarily configured by the user, beets won’t try to delete those files. For
this reason, using this plugin will leave one or several playlist(s) in the
directory selected to create temporary files (Most likely
/tmp/ on Unix-like
systems. See tempfile.tempdir in the Python docs.). Leaking those playlists until
they are externally wiped could be an issue for privacy or storage reasons. If
this is the case for you, you might want to use the
raw config option