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Curses Omni Media Player

Project description

This program is a curses front-end for mpv and youtube-dl.



comp requires Python 3.5+ with curses module (only available on Unix-like OSes such as GNU/Linux and the BSDs) and libmpv. It also depends on python-mpv and youtube-dl but the setup program will automatically install them if they are missing.

Using pip

Python 2 is still the default on most distributions so the command would be pip3 install comp. You can use the --user flag to avoid system-wide installation.


To install the latest version or test the development branch (called bachelor, in contrast to master), you’ll need to do it manually:

git clone
cd comp
git checkout bachelor # usually master is synced with the PyPI repo
./ install -e .

Note uses setuptools which is a third-party module and can be install using pip3.


Command line arguments

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

Curses Online Media Player

positional arguments:
  file                  path or URL to the playlist to be opened

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message 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) man page for details and
                        descriptions of available drivers
                        video format/quality to be passed to youtube-dl

Keyboard control




Start playing


Select the current track

/, ?

Search forward/backward for a pattern

<, >

Go forward/backward in the playlist


Toggle mute


Repeat previous search in reverse direction


Toggle video


Save the current playlist under JSON format


Delete current entry


Insert playlist

m, M

Cycle through playing modes


Repeat previous search


Toggle pause


Open playlist


Download tracks set by playing mode

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

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