Freedesktop Plugin

The freedesktop plugin creates .directory files in your album folders. This lets compliant file managers such as Dolphin or Nautilus to use an album’s cover art as the folder’s thumbnail.

To use the freedesktop plugin, enable it (see Plugins).


To configure the plugin, make a freedesktop: section in your configuration file. The only available option is:

  • auto: Create .directory files automatically during import. Default: no.

Creating .directory Files Manually

The freedesktop command provided by this plugin creates .directory files for albums that match a query (see Queries). For example, beet freedesktop man the animal cannon will create the .directory file for the folder containing the album Man the Animal Cannon.