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Curses Omni Media Player

Project description

comp is a mpv front-end using curses. It has basic media player functions and can to extract playlists from multiple sources such as media sites supported by youtube-dl, local and direct URL to video/audio and its own JSON playlist format.


comp requires Python 3.5+ with curses module (only available on Unix-like OSes such as GNU/Linux and the BSDs) and libmpv (available as libmpv1 in Debian/Ubuntu, openSUSE; and as mpv in Arch Linux, Gentoo, macOS Homebrew repository). It also depends on python-mpv and youtube-dl but the setup program will automatically install them if they are missing.

As setuptools will install in an egg and cause breakage, using pip (Python 3 version) is a must. After installing it, run pip3 install comp (you might want to add --user flag to use the User Scheme).

For developers, clone the Github repo then simply run the comp executable to test the program. If you insist on installing it, still use pip3: pip3 install .. Note that comp is distibuted in a wheel created via ./ bdist_wheel.

Command line options

usage: comp [-h] [-e {json,mpv,youtube-dl}] [-c CONFIG] [--vid VID]
            [--vo DRIVER] [-f YTDL_FORMAT]

Curses Omni Media Player

positional arguments:
  playlist              path or URL to the playlist

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -v, --version         show program's version number and exit
  -e {json,mpv,youtube-dl}, --extractor {json,mpv,youtube-dl}
                        playlist extractor, default is youtube-dl
  -c CONFIG, --config CONFIG
                        path to the configuration file
  --vid VID             initial video channel. auto selects the default, no
                        disables video
  --vo DRIVER           specify the video output backend to be used. See
                        VIDEO OUTPUT DRIVERS in mpv(1) for details and
                        descriptions of available drivers
                        video format/quality to be passed to youtube-dl


Open a JSON playlist:

comp -e json test/playlist.json

Open a Youtube playlist with video height lower than 720:

comp -f '[height<720]'

Keyboard control


Start playing.

Space, p

Toggle pause.

/, ?

Search forward/backward for a pattern.

<, >

Go backward/forward in the playlist.


Toggle mute.


Delete the current entry.


Repeat previous search in reverse direction.


Toggle video.


Save the current playlist under JSON format.


Deselect/reselect the current entry.


Insert playlist.

m, M

Cycle forward/backward through playing modes.


Repeat previous search.


Open playlist.

Up, k

Move a single line up.

Down, j

Move a single line down.

Left, h

Seek backward 5 seconds.

Right, l

Seek forward 5 seconds.


Move to the beginning of the playlist.


Move to the end of the playlist.

Page Up

Move a single page up.

Page Down

Move a single page down.


Redraw the screen content.

Configuration files

If not specified by the --config, (user-specific) configuration file is ~/.config/mpv/settings.ini. Default configurations are listed below:

# Initial playing mode, which can be one of these 8 modes: play-current,
# play-all, play-selected, repeat-current, repeat-all, repeat-selected,
# shuffle-all and shuffle-selected.
play-mode = play-current

# Initial video channel. auto selects the default, no disables video.
video = auto
# Specify the video output backend to be used. See VIDEO OUTPUT DRIVERS in
# mpv(1) man page for details and descriptions of available drivers.
video-output =

# Video format/quality to be passed to youtube-dl. See FORMAT SELECTION in
# youtube-dl(1) man page for more details and descriptions.
format = best


Media durations are not extracted from online playlists as youtube-dl.YoutubeDL option extract_flat is set to 'in_playlist'. This is rather a feature to save up bandwidth than a bug because a track’s duration is updated when it’s played.

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