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Mopidy extension for controlling Mopidy through the MPRIS D-Bus interface

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Mopidy extension for controlling Mopidy through the MPRIS D-Bus interface.

An example of an MPRIS client is the Ubuntu Sound Menu.


  • D-Bus Python bindings. The package is named python-dbus in Ubuntu/Debian.
  • libindicate Python bindings is needed to expose Mopidy in e.g. the Ubuntu Sound Menu. The package is named python-indicate in Ubuntu/Debian.
  • An .desktop file for Mopidy installed at the path set in the mpris/desktop_file config value. Mopidy installs this by default. See usage section below for details.


Debian/Ubuntu/Raspbian: Install the mopidy-mpris package from

sudo apt-get install mopidy-mpris

Arch Linux: Install the mopidy-mpris package from AUR:

yaourt -S mopidy-mpris

Else: Install the dependencies listed above yourself, and then install the package from PyPI:

pip install Mopidy-MPRIS


There’s no configuration needed for the MPRIS extension to work.

The following configuration values are available:

  • mpris/enabled: If the MPRIS extension should be enabled or not.
  • mpris/desktop_file: Path to Mopidy’s .desktop file.
  • mpris/bus_type: The type of D-Bus bus Mopidy-MPRIS should connect to. Choices include session (the default) and system.


The extension is enabled by default if all dependencies are available.

Running as a service and connecting to the system bus

If Mopidy is running as an user without an X display, e.g. as a system service, then Mopidy-MPRIS will fail with the default config. To fix this, you can set the mpris/bus_type config value to system. This will lead to Mopidy-MPRIS making itself available on the system bus instead of the logged in user’s session bus. Note that few MPRIS clients will try to access MPRIS devices on the system bus, so this will give you limited functionality.

Controlling Mopidy through the Ubuntu Sound Menu

If you are running Ubuntu and installed Mopidy using the Debian package from APT you should be able to control Mopidy instances running as your own user through the Ubuntu Sound Menu without any additional setup.

If you installed Mopidy in any other way and want to control Mopidy through the Ubuntu Sound Menu, you must install the mopidy.desktop file which can be found in the data/ dir of the Mopidy source repo into the /usr/share/applications dir by hand:

cd /path/to/mopidy/source
sudo cp extra/desktop/mopidy.desktop /usr/share/applications/

If the correct path to the installed mopidy.desktop file on your system isn’t /usr/share/applications/mopidy.desktop, you’ll need to set the mpris/desktop_file config value.

After you have installed the file, start Mopidy in any way, and Mopidy should appear in the Ubuntu Sound Menu. When you quit Mopidy, it will still be listed in the Ubuntu Sound Menu, and may be restarted by selecting it there.

The Ubuntu Sound Menu interacts with Mopidy’s MPRIS frontend. The MPRIS frontend supports the minimum requirements of the MPRIS specification. The TrackList interface of the spec is not supported.

Testing the MPRIS API directly

To use the MPRIS API directly, start Mopidy, and then run the following in a Python shell:

import dbus
bus = dbus.SessionBus()
player = bus.get_object('org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.mopidy',

Now you can control Mopidy through the player object. Examples:

  • To get some properties from Mopidy, run:

    props = player.GetAll('org.mpris.MediaPlayer2',
  • To quit Mopidy through D-Bus, run:


For details on the API, please refer to the MPRIS specification.


v1.3.0 (2015-08-11)

  • No longer allow Quit() to shut down the Mopidy server process. Mopidy has no public API for Mopidy extensions to shut down the server.

v1.2.0 (2015-05-05)

  • Fix crash on seek event: Update seeked event handler to accept the time_position keyword argument. Recent versions of Mopidy passes all arguments to event handlers as keyword arguments, not positional arguments. (Fixes: #12)
  • Fix crash on tracks longer than 35 minutes: The mpris:length attribute in the Metadata property is now typed to a 64-bit integer.
  • Update Seek() implementation to only pass positive numbers to Mopidy, as Mopidy 1.1 is stricter about its input validation and no longer accepts seeks to negative positions.
  • Add a hardcoded list of MIME types to the root interface SupportedMimeTypes property. This is a temporary solution to be able to play audio through UPnP using Rygel and Mopidy-MPRIS. Long term, mopidy/mopidy#812 is the proper solution. (Fixes: #7, PR: #11)
  • Add a mpris/bus_type config value for making Mopidy-MPRIS connect to the D-Bus system bus instead of the session bus. (Fixes: #9, PR: #10)
  • Update tests to pass with Mopidy 1.0.

v1.1.1 (2014-01-22)

  • Fix: Make OpenUri() work even if the tracklist is empty.

v1.1.0 (2014-01-20)

  • Updated extension API to match Mopidy 0.18.

v1.0.1 (2013-11-20)

  • Update to work with Mopidy 0.16 which changed some APIs.
  • Remove redundant event loop setup already done by the mopidy process.

v1.0.0 (2013-10-08)

  • Moved extension out of the main Mopidy project.

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