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Mopidy extension for YouTube

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Mopidy extension that plays sound from YouTube.


These installation 'instructions' are for unixy systems. It may be possible to install it on other systems, using other commands. You should have a working mopidy installation before you install mopidy-youtube.

Depending on how your unixy system is configured, you may need to install as superuser (eg, using sudo).

Install from PyPI by running::

python3 -m pip install Mopidy-Youtube

Install from github by running::

python3 -m pip install

Install youtube-dl (or a compatible package) from PyPI by running, for example::

python3 -m pip install --upgrade youtube-dl

For more information about youtube-dl, see Other compatible (and possibly more up-to-date) libraries may include yt-dlp ( and youtube-dlc.

If you wish to use an alternate youtube-dl library, in your configuration file you must set the youtube_dl_package option to the package name of an alternative package::

youtube_dl_package = [name] : package name of an alternative package 
				  to replace "youtube_dl", for example 

Make sure you already have the GStreamer plugins, especially the "bad" collection of plugins. For example, on Debian/Ubuntu you can install it by running::

sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad


Before starting Mopidy, you must add configuration for Mopidy-YouTube to your Mopidy configuration file::

enabled = true

If you want to cache files, set allow_cache to true. The cache directory will be the one specified for cache_dir in mopidy [core] configuration::

allow_cache = true

Only tracks (and their related metadata and image) that are added to the mopidy track list will be cached. Search results are not cached. If you want to use cached images, mopidy-HTTP must be enabled and configured correctly. It is bundled with Mopidy and enabled by default.

If you want mopidy-youtube to use the YouTube API, before starting Mopidy, you must add your Google API key to your Mopidy configuration file and set api_enabled = true::

youtube_api_key = <api key you got from Google>
api_enabled = true

If you want mopidy-youtube to use YouTube Music, instead of regular YouTube, set musicapi_enabled = true::

musicapi_enabled = true  

The musicapi may be used with or without the youtube api.

To use the YouTube Music api, you will also need to install an additional python package (ytmusicapi >= 0.19). Install ytmusicapi from PyPI, for example, by running::

python3 -m pip install --upgrade ytmusicapi   

If you want to see the YouTube playlists of a channel in your mopidy library, you need to include the channel ID in your config file::

channel_id = <channel id>

If you want to see your own channel's private YouTube Music playlists in your mopidy library, you need to::

- set channel_id to the id for your own channel
- enable the music api and 
- set a musicapi_cookie OR a musicapi_cookiefile  

If you want to use a cookie (rather than a cookiefile) you can obtain the cookie by process mentioned in the ytmusicapi readme <>_. You only have to look out for Cookie in the network tab, not all the headers, and include it in your config file as musicapi_cookie::

musicapi_cookie = <cookie>  

Alternatively, you can setup the musicapi_cookiefile. This is necessary to enable YouTube Premium high quality streaming. (You also need to use yt-dlp instead of youtube_dl. See youtube_dl_package documentation for how to configure it.) Note: Setting up the cookie using the deprecated musicapi_cookie configuration option will not work for high quality audio!

Setup a cookies.txt (Netscape HTTP Cookie File) containing YouTube cookies:

mopidy-youtube can automatically play 'related' tracks after the last track in the play queue is played. If you want mopidy-youtube to autoplay related videos, set autoplay_enabled = true::

autoplay_enabled = true

If autoplay is enabled, other options are::

strict_autoplay = [true/false]
max_autoplay_length = [maximum length of track in seconds or None]  : defaults to 600s
max_degrees_of_separation = [defaults to 3]

If the option strict_autoplay is set, the current tracklist is ignored and the most related video automatically played afterwards.

The max_autoplay_length option sets the maximum length of a track that will be played by the autoplayer. Any interger value is acceptable; the default is 600s. If you don't want a maximum length, include the following in mopidy.conf::

    max_autoplay_length =

Max degrees of separation controls how distantly related to the track that triggered autoplay (the 'seed' track) the autoplayed tracks can be. For example, with the value set to the default of 3, the first track autoplayed will be related to the seed track (one degree of separation). The second track autoplayed will be related to the first track autoplayed (two degrees of separation). The third track autoplayed will be related to the second track autoplayed (three degrees of separation, the maximum). The fourth track autoplayed will be related to the seed track (back to one degree of separation).

Other configuration options are::

threads_max = 16            : number of parallel threads to run
search_results = 15         : maximum number of search results to return
playlist_max_videos = 20    : maximum number of videos in a playlist to return


Simply use search for filename in your MPD client or add YouTube URL or URI to playlist prefixed by yt: or youtube:.

Example video::

[yt|youtube]:<url to youtube video>

Example for playlist::

[yt|youtube]:<url to youtube playlist>


If the extension is slow, try setting lower values for threads_max, search_results and playlist_max_videos.

If resolving of URIs stops working, always try to update the youtube-dl library first.

Project resources

  • Source code <>_
  • Issue tracker <>_
  • Changelog <>_


  • Original author: Janez Troha <>_
  • Current maintainer: Nikolas Tumbri <>_
  • Contributors <>_

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