Spotify Plugin#

The spotify plugin generates Spotify playlists from tracks in your library with the beet spotify command using the Spotify Search API.

Also, the plugin can use the Spotify Album and Track APIs to provide metadata matches for the importer.

Why Use This Plugin?#

  • You’re a Beets user and Spotify user already.

  • You have playlists or albums you’d like to make available in Spotify from Beets without having to search for each artist/album/track.

  • You want to check which tracks in your library are available on Spotify.

  • You want to autotag music with metadata from the Spotify API.

  • You want to obtain track popularity and audio features (e.g., danceability)

Basic Usage#

First, enable the spotify plugin (see Using Plugins). Then, use the spotify command with a beets query:

beet spotify [OPTIONS...] QUERY

Here’s an example:

$ beet spotify "In The Lonely Hour"
Processing 14 tracks...

Command-line options include:

  • -m MODE or --mode=MODE where MODE is either “list” or “open” controls whether to print out the playlist (for copying and pasting) or open it in the Spotify app. (See below.)

  • --show-failures or -f: List the tracks that did not match a Spotify ID.

You can enter the URL for an album or song on Spotify at the enter Id prompt during import:

Enter search, enter Id, aBort, eDit, edit Candidates, plaY? i
Enter release ID:


This plugin can be configured like other metadata source plugins as described in Using Metadata Source Plugins. In addition, the following configuration options are provided.

The default options should work as-is, but there are some options you can put in config.yaml under the spotify: section:

  • mode: One of the following:

    • list: Print out the playlist as a list of links. This list can then be pasted in to a new or existing Spotify playlist.

    • open: This mode actually sends a link to your default browser with instructions to open Spotify with the playlist you created. Until this has been tested on all platforms, it will remain optional.

    Default: list.

  • region_filter: A two-character country abbreviation, to limit results to that market. Default: None.

  • show_failures: List each lookup that does not return a Spotify ID (and therefore cannot be added to a playlist). Default: no.

  • tiebreak: How to choose the track if there is more than one identical result. For example, there might be multiple releases of the same album. The options are popularity and first (to just choose the first match returned). Default: popularity.

  • regex: An array of regex transformations to perform on the track/album/artist fields before sending them to Spotify. Can be useful for changing certain abbreviations, like ft. -> feat. See the examples below. Default: None.

Here’s an example:

    source_weight: 0.7
    mode: open
    region_filter: US
    show_failures: on
    tiebreak: first

    regex: [
            field: "albumartist", # Field in the item object to regex.
            search: "Something", # String to look for.
            replace: "Replaced" # Replacement value.
            field: "title",
            search: "Something Else",
            replace: "AlsoReplaced"

Obtaining Track Popularity and Audio Features from Spotify#

Spotify provides information on track popularity and audio features that can be used for music discovery.

The spotify plugin provides an additional command spotifysync to obtain these track attributes from Spotify:

  • beet spotifysync [-f]: obtain popularity and audio features information for every track in the library. By default, spotifysync will skip tracks that already have this information populated. Using the -f or -force option will download the data even for tracks that already have it. Please note that spotifysync works on tracks that have the Spotify track identifiers. So run spotifysync only after importing your music, during which Spotify identifiers will be added for tracks where Spotify is chosen as the tag source.

    In addition to popularity, the command currently sets these audio features for all tracks with a Spotify track ID:

    • acousticness

    • danceability

    • energy

    • instrumentalness

    • key

    • liveness

    • loudness

    • mode

    • speechiness

    • tempo

    • time_signature

    • valence