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Display now playing from lastfm

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Show what a user is currently playing.

I created this to be displayed on my i3 status bar. Like this:

i3 Status Bar

Basic Usage

In order for this to work you will require a lastfm api key. Grab one here

Install from pypi

pip3 install lastfm-now

Install from source

cd lastfm-now-playing
pip3 install .


lastfm-now will read the api key from LASTFM_API_KEY environment variable. It can also be specified on the command line. It can also read the username from LASTFM_USERNAME environment variable or can be specified on the commandline.

Environment variables - example

export LASTFM_API_KEY=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
export LASTFM_USERNAME=bob123

Command line options - example

lastfm-now --apikey xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <username> 

CLI options

  -a, --apikey TEXT     Lastfm API key
  --log TEXT            Minimum log level to display [debug, info, warning, error, critical]
  --latch / --no-latch  Show most recently played track, even if not currently playing
  --prechars TEXT       Characters to be displayed before the output
  --postchars TEXT      Characters to be displayed after the output
  --help                Show this message and exit.

i3 Status Bar

I am currently using i3status-rs as its nice and simple.

Here is how I configure it:


Use ~/.xsessionrc to export API key. This ensures the API key is available when X starts.

export LASTFM_API_KEY=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

i3status-rs config

block = "custom"
command = "lastfm-now adamcathersides --prechars '♫ '"
interval = 5

i3 config file

bar {
        status_command i3status-rs ~/.config/i3/status.toml

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