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Yet Another MPD Scrobbler (for Last.FM!)

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Yet Another MPD Scrobbler (For Last.FM)

YAMS is exactly what its name says it is.


YAMS is just a normal Last.FM scrobbler. But, if you really need to know, it can do the following:

  • Authentication with the new Last.FM Scrobbling API v2.0 - without need to input/store your username/password locally.
  • Update your profile's "Now Playing" track via Last.FM's "Now Playing" API
  • Saving failed scrobbles to a disk and uploading at a later date.
  • Timing configuration (e.g. scrobble percentage, real world timing values for scrobbling, etc.).
  • Preventing accidental duplicate scrobbles on rewind/playback restart/etc.
  • Automatic daemonization and config file generation.


PyYAML and python-mpd2 are required. YAMS is written for python3 only.


Via Pip

Run pip3 install YAMScrobbler (or maybe just pip, depending on your system)

Via the AUR

If you're an Arch Linux user you may use the python-yams package in the AUR to install YAMS locally. Please see here for instructions if you're new to AUR packages.

From Source

Clone this repo and run pip3 install -e <path_to_repo> (omit the -e flag if you don't want changes in the repo to be reflected in your local installation).


The script includes a yams script that will be installed by pip.

yams runs as a daemon by default (yams -N will run it in the foreground).

yams -k will kill the current running instance.

yams -a will attach to the current running instance's log file, allowing you to watch the daemon's output.

yams -h will print all the options (also available below).

NB: (If you can't access the yams script, maybe because pip's script install directory isn't in your $PATH or something, python3 -m yams will also do the trick.)

Via Systemd

A Systemd user service unit file is included in the root of this repository (named yams.service). This can be used to automate starting/stopping YAMS on startup, for a specific user.

To install, copy it to ~/.config/systemd/user/ and run systemctl --user enable --now yams to enable/start it. Note that you should also start mpd as a Systemd service to ensure YAMS actually loads up at the right time. You might also need to edit the path to the YAMS binary in the unit file if you installed the YAMS binary anywhere other than /usr/bin/yams


YAMS will use the usual $MPD_HOST and $MPD_PORT environment variables to connect to mpd, if they exist.

Run yams and follow the printed instructions to authenticate with Last.FM

Configuration Files

If it can't find a config file by default, YAMS will create a default config file, log, cache, and session file in $HOME/.config/yams, however it will also accept config files in $HOME/.yams or ./.yams (theoretically configs in $HOME or the current working directory can be read in, as well).

YAMS will only create its own directory/configuration file if none of the previous directories exist.


Here's the output for --help:

usage: YAMS [-h] [-m] [-p 6600] [-s ./.lastfm_session]
            [--api-key API_KEY] [--api-secret API_SECRET] [-t 50] [-r] [-d]
            [-g] [-l /path/to/log] [-c /path/to/cache] [-C ~/my_config] [-N]
            [-D] [-k] [--disable-log] [-a]

Yet Another Mpd Scrobbler, v0.5. Configuration directories are either
~/.config/yams, ~/.yams, or your current working directory. Create one of
these paths if need be.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -m, --mpd-host
                        Your MPD instance's host
  -p 6600, --mpd-port 6600
                        Your MPD instance's port
  -s ./.lastfm_session, --session-file-path ./.lastfm_session
                        Where to read in/save your session file to. Defaults
                        to inside your config directory.
  --api-key API_KEY     Your api key
  --api-secret API_SECRET
                        Your api secret
  -t 50, --scrobble-threshold 50
                        The minimum point at which to scrobble, defaults to 50
  -r, --real-time       Use real times when calculating scrobble times? (e.g.
                        how long you've been running the app, not the track
                        time reported by mpd). Default: True
  -d, --allow-duplicate-scrobbles
                        Allow the program to scrobble the same track multiple
                        times in a row? Default: False
  -g, --generate-config
                        Save the entirety of the running configuration to the
                        config file, including command line arguments. Use
                        this if you always run yams a certain fashion and want
                        that to be the default. Default: False
  -l /path/to/log, --log-file /path/to/log
                        Full path to a log file. If not set, a log file called
                        "yams.log" will be placed in the current config
  -c /path/to/cache, --cache-file /path/to/cache
                        Full path to the scrobbles cache file. This stores
                        failed scrobbles for upload at a later date. If not
                        set, a log file called "scrobbles.cache" will be
                        placed in the current config directory.
  -C ~/my_config, --config ~/my_config
                        Your config to read
  -N, --no-daemon       If set to true, program will not be run as a daemon
                        (e.g. it will run in the foreground) Default: False
  -D, --debug           Run in Debug mode. Default: False
  -k, --kill-daemon     Will kill the daemon if running - will fail otherwise.
                        Default: False
  --disable-log         Disable the log? Default: False
  -a, --attach          Runs "tail -F" on a running instance of yams' log
                        file. "Attaches" to it, for all intents and purposes.
                        NB: You will still need to kill it by hand. Default:

Other Information

  • YAMS will try to re-send failed scrobbles every minute during playback, or on every subsequent scrobble. YAMS does not try to re-send failed "Now Playing" requests
  • YAMS will wait on MPD's idle() command only when not playing a track. The update_interval configruation option controls the rate, in seconds, at which YAMS polls MPD for the currently playing track.
  • YAMS will not crash when an MPD connection is lost but will attempt to re-connect every 10 seconds. Kill the daemon if this behaviour is undesirable, though the reconnect behaviour shouldn't significantly affect system resources.
  • YAMS suppresses most error messages by default, run with --debug to see them all.
  • -g is pretty useful, you should probably use it once to not have to keep typing in command line parameters.
  • Windows support is not guaranteed. YAMS works fine under Elementary OS Juno and OS X Mojave (presumably all variants of Linux and OSX with python3 should work fine).
  • YAMS is developed with Python 3.7, if you're encountering a bug with a lower version, report it.

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