Command-line interface to streaming MLB games (with MLB.tv subscription), game schedule and scores
mlbv - MLB stream viewer
mlbv is a command-line interface to the MLB.tv service. It's primary purpose is to allow you to view game
streams on linux, including live streams, with a valid MLB tv subscription. It also allows you to view game
status, results and schedules, stream highlights (recap and condensed games), and filter results based on
- stream or record live or archived MLB games (requires MLB.tv subscription)
- show completed game highlights (condensed or recap) (no subscription required)
- display game schedules for given day or number of days
- option to show or hide scores
- filter display based on favourite teams
- show standings
This project is inspired from the MLBviewer project, although it differs in that it does not provide an interactive interface. It strictly command-line based, although it does offer quite a few options to view game-related data. This project allows you to quickly find the game, status, or highlights of your favourite team.
This package requires a valid MLB.tv subscription in order to view live or archived games. It is also subject to local blackout restrictions. However, if you don't have a subscription you can still view game recaps or condensed games.
Sample console output (default, no linescore):
2018-04-10 Tue Series │ Score │ State │ Feeds ─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼───────┼───────────┼──────────────── 14:10: Tampa Bay (TB) at Chi White Sox (CWS) 2/3 │ 6-5 │ Final │ a,h cnd,rcp 14:20: Pittsburgh (PIT) at Chi Cubs (CHC) 1/3 │ 8-5 │ Final │ a,h,ima cnd,rcp 18:10: Detroit (DET) at Cleveland (CLE) 2/4 │ 1-2 │ Final │ a,h cnd,rcp 19:05: Atlanta (ATL) at Washington (WSH) 2/3 │ 1-4 │ Final │ a,h cnd,rcp 19:05: Cincinnati (CIN) at Philadelphia (PHI) 2/3 │ 1-6 │ Final │ a,h cnd,rcp 19:05: Toronto (TOR) at Baltimore (BAL) 2/3 │ 2-1 │ Final │ a,h cnd,rcp 19:10: NY Mets (NYM) at Miami (MIA) 2/3 │ 8-6 │ Final │ a,h cnd,rcp 19:10: NY Yankees (NYY) at Boston (BOS) 1/3 │ 1-14 │ Final │ a,h cnd,rcp 20:05: LA Angels (LAA) at Texas (TEX) 2/3 │ 11-1 │ Final │ a,h cnd,rcp 20:10: Houston (HOU) at Minnesota (MIN) 2/3 │ 1-4 │ Final │ a,h,ima cnd,rcp 20:15: Milwaukee (MIL) at St. Louis (STL) 2/3 │ 3-5 │ Final(11) │ a,h cnd,rcp 20:15: Seattle (SEA) at Kansas City (KC) 2/3 │ 8-3 │ Final │ a,h,ima cnd,rcp 20:40: San Diego (SD) at Colorado (COL) 2/3 │ 5-2 │ Final │ a,h,imh cnd,rcp 22:10: Oakland (OAK) at LA Dodgers (LAD) 1/2 │ 0-4 │ Final │ a,h cnd,rcp 22:15: Arizona (ARI) at San Francisco (SF) 2/3 │ 4-5 │ Final │ a,h cnd,rcp
2018-04-10 Tue ─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── 19:05: Toronto (TOR) at Baltimore (BAL) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E 2/3 Final: 2-1 TOR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 7 0 Feeds: a,h cnd,rcp BAL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 2 ───────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────
═════════ Division ═════════ W L PCT GB WGB Streak ─── American League West ──────────────────────────────── 1 Los Angeles Angels 12 3 .800 - - [W6] 2 Houston Astros 10 4 .714 1.5 +1.0 [W1] 3 Seattle Mariners 7 4 .636 3.0 0.5 [W3] 4 Oakland Athletics 5 9 .357 6.5 4.0 [L1] 5 Texas Rangers 4 11 .267 8.0 5.5 [L5] ─── American League East ──────────────────────────────── 1 Boston Red Sox 11 2 .846 - - [W2] 2 Toronto Blue Jays 9 5 .643 2.5 - [W1] 3 New York Yankees 7 7 .500 4.5 2.0 [W1] 4 Baltimore Orioles 5 9 .357 6.5 4.0 [L1] 5 Tampa Bay Rays 3 10 .231 8.0 5.5 [L2] ─── American League Central ───────────────────────────── 1 Minnesota Twins 7 4 .636 - - [W3] 2 Cleveland Indians 8 6 .571 0.5 1.0 [L1] 3 Chicago White Sox 4 8 .333 3.5 4.0 [L1] 4 Detroit Tigers 4 9 .308 4.0 4.5 [L5] 5 Kansas City Royals 3 9 .250 4.5 5.0 [L4] ─── National League Central ───────────────────────────── 1 Pittsburgh Pirates 9 4 .692 - - [L1] 2 Milwaukee Brewers 7 7 .500 2.5 1.0 [L1] 3 St. Louis Cardinals 7 7 .500 2.5 1.0 [W2] 4 Chicago Cubs 6 7 .462 3.0 1.5 [L2] 5 Cincinnati Reds 2 11 .154 7.0 5.5 [L6] ─── National League West ──────────────────────────────── 1 Arizona Diamondbacks 10 3 .769 - - [W2] 2 Colorado Rockies 8 7 .533 3.0 0.5 [W3] 3 San Francisco Giants 6 7 .462 4.0 1.5 [L1] 4 Los Angeles Dodgers 4 8 .333 5.5 3.0 [L2] 5 San Diego Padres 5 10 .333 6.0 3.5 [W1] ─── National League East ──────────────────────────────── 1 New York Mets 11 1 .917 - - [W9] 2 Atlanta Braves 8 5 .615 3.5 +0.5 [W2] 3 Philadelphia Phillies 7 5 .583 4.0 - [W4] 4 Washington Nationals 6 8 .429 6.0 2.0 [L3] 5 Miami Marlins 4 9 .308 7.5 3.5 [W1]
This project incorporates some code modified from the following projects:
- mlbstreamer: a similar project.
- Session authentication code is taken shamelessly from this project.
- Kodi plugin.video.mlbtv
mlbv requires the following software to be installed and configured:
- python v3 (tested with 3.6)
- python modules (installed by
- a video player. Either
- Note: player can be specified via config file. If player is not on the system path you may need to setup the full path in the config file.
This software is tested under linux. It should work under Windows or Mac with the pre-requisites installed, but may require minor tweaks (bug reports are welcome).
This project is on the Python Package Index (Pypi) at mlbv, and can be
pip install mlbv
mlbv --initto create a configuration directory and populate the
configfile with defaults and the required MLB.tv username and password. See the next section for more details.
mlbv via the AUR.
After installing, run:
This will create the initial config file/directory and populate it with the prompted MLB.tv username and password.
config file will be located at
$HOME/.config/mlbv/config. Directories are created if necessary.
Other properties in the config file are documented in the file itself. If you want to stream live or archived games then you must provide valid login credentials (if you don't have MLB.tv you can still see scores and watch highlights).
Some properties you may want to set in the
username: MLB.tv account username
password: MLB.tv account password
favs: a comma-separated list of team codes which:
- are highlighted in the game data, and
- are used for the default filter in the
-o/--filteroption (to show only the favourite team(s))
- are used for the default filter in the
scores: a boolean specifying whether or not you want to see scores in the game information. Warning: spoilers!
resolution: the stream quality (passed in to streamlink). Use '720p_alt' for full HD at 60 frames/sec.
- options are: 'worst', '224p', '288p', '360p', '504p', '540p', '720p', '720p_alt', 'best'
linescore: to enable linescores by default (if scores are enabled)
Here's a quick overview of the most common usage options:
mlbv # show today's schedule/scores mlbv -l # show today's linescores mlbv -t tor # play today's Jays game, either live (if in-progress), or from the start (if archived) mlbv --recaps # play all of today's recaps mlbv --standings # show current standings
Help is available by running:
mlbv --help # short help mlbv --usage # view full documenation
4. Default Behaviour: Show Schedule/Scores
mlbv by itself shows you the status of today's games, including scores (unless you've configured to hide scores by default).
scores option in the config file controls whether or not scores are shown. If false then no scores are
shown. Scores are also not shown before a feed is launched.
You can temporarily override the config file using either
Linescores are displayed using the
-l/--linescore option. You can also make linescores the default in the config file.
Since linescores take up more screen real estate it can be useful to combine them with a filter to limit the number of games shown.
Dates and Filters
See the sections below on Dates and Filters for more information on specifying dates and filtering output based on league, division, favourites, or arbitrary teams.
Note on Arguments
Frequently used arguments have both a long form with double-dash
--argument and a short form which uses a single dash
For the long form arguments, you can shorten any option name down to the shortest unique value. For example, rather than having to type
--yesterdayyou can shorten it right down to
--y. However, you can only shorten
--tosince there is also the
--teamoption (which makes
5. Watching a Live or Archived Game
Watching a game is triggered by the
-t/--team TEAM option. With this option the game stream (live or
archived) is launched for the given team.
mlbv --team tor # play the live Blue Jays game mlbv --yesterday -t tor # play yesterday's Blue Jays game (see below for options on specifying dates)
By default the local feed for the given team is chosen - i.e., it will follow the home/away feed appropriate
for the given team so that you get the team's local feed if available. You can override the feed using the
-f/--feed option. This works for either live games or for archived games (e.g. if you use the
option to select an earlier date).
mlbv --team tor --feed away # choose the away feed (assuming Toronto is the home team, you will get the # opposing team's feed)
Specifying Stream Start Location
For an in-progress game, the stream will join the live game at the current time. Use either
--inning option to override this behaviour.
For an archived game, the stream will start from the beginning.
Start from Inning
For both live and archived games you can start from the top or bottom of an inning:
mlbv --team tor --inning t5 # start from top of 5th mlbv --team tor --inning b5 # start from bottom of 5th
NOTE: there's currently an issue (#7) with starting archived games from an inning. It's currently an estimated position.
Start from Beginning (Live Game)
For a live game, you can start from the beginning with:
mlbv --team tor --from-start # start stream at beginning, live games only
If a game is a doubleheader then you can select the second game using the
By default it will select the first game.
If you pass the
-f/--fetch option, instead of launching the video player, the selected stream is saved to
disk. The stream is named to convention:
- Live games have extension
.ts, highlight games are
If your player supports it, you can select the stream to fetch, then manually launch your video player at a later time while the stream is being saved to file.
mlbv --team tor --fetch # Fetch the live jays game to disk. # Most video players allow you to view while downloading
7. Highlights: Recap or Condensed Games
Playing the game highlight is triggered by using the
-f/--feed option. The
condensed feeds show
up after a game has ended. To watch the highlight, specify one of those feeds along with the team name in the
mlbv --team tor -f condensed mlbv --team tor -f recap
NOTE: You don't need login credentials to play highlights.
Playing Multiple Game Recaps (for a given day)
--recaps option lets you select a batch of game recaps to watch for a given day.
This option shows game recaps either for all games or for a selected set of teams (using a filter).
If no argument is given to
recaps then no filter is applied.
--recaps ?filter? : filter is optional, if not supplied then all games are selected
mlbv --recaps # show all available game recaps for today's games mlbv --yesterday --recaps # show all available game recaps for yesterday's games mlbv --yesterday --recaps ale # show available game recaps for yesterday's games # in the American League East mlbv --yesterday --recaps tor,wsh # show game recaps for yesterday's Toronto, Boston games mlbv --yesterday --recaps tor,wsh --fetch # same as above but save to disk instead of view
8. Specifying Dates
You can specify the date to view using one of the following:
-d|--date yyyy-mm-dd # specific date --yesterday (or --yes) # shortcut to yesterday --tomorrow (or --tom) # shortcut to tomorrow
For listing game data only (doesn't make sense for viewing), you can specify a number of days using the
--days DAYS option. Use this to show a schedule. It's useful with the
--filter option to filter based on
You can filter the schedule/scores displays using the
The filter argument allows you to provide either a built-in filter name or a comma-separated list of team codes.
The filter option has the form:
-o/--filter ?filter? : where ?filter? is optional, and is either a 'filter name' or a comma-separated list of teams
Note: -o is used as the short form because -f is taken. mnemonic: -o -> 'only'
Note: Aside from the
--filtercommand, other command arguments accept the same 'filter' string. For example
?filter? is not given then the built-in filter
favs is used.
favs is a filter which you can define
in the config file to list your favourite team(s).
Other built-in filters are available which group teams by league and division. The filter names are:
alw(American League, AL East, AL Central, AL West)
nlw(National League, NL East, NL Central, NL West)
Using one of the above filter names will include those selected teams in the output.
You can also use any comma-separated list of team codes for a filter.
--filter tor # single team filter --filter tor,bos,wsh # multiple team filter
Note: Do not use spaces between commas unless you encapsulate the list in quotes.
You can display standings via the
--standings [category] option. This option displays the given standings category then exits.
You can also specify a league or division filter via
- division [default]
By default, the division standings are displayed for today's date.
You can add the
-d/--date yyyy-mm-dd option to show standings for any given date.
You don't have to specify the full standings category, it will match any substring given. e.g.
will match division or
--standings wild will match wildcard.
You can also use the
-o/--filter option to narrow down what is displayed. e.g.
--standings division --filter ale
Note: the common options have both short and long options. Both are shown in these examples.
mlbv --team tor # play the live Jays game. The feed is chosen based on Jays being home vs. away mlbv -t tor --feed national # play live game, choose the national feed mlbv -t tor --feed away # play live game, choose the away feed. If the Jays are the home team this would choose # the opponent's feed
mlbv --yesterday -t tor # play yesterday's Jays game mlbv --date 2018-03-31 -t tor # watch the Jays beat the Yankees #spoiler
--feed option to select the highlight feed (
mlbv --yesterday -t tor --feed condensed # condensed feed mlbv --yesterday -t tor -f recap # recap feed
You can also use the
--recaps option to show highlights for games on given day.
This will show all chosen recaps, one-by-one until finished. A highlight reel.
mlbv --yesterday --recaps all # show all available recaps for yesterday games mlbv --yesterday --recaps --filter # show recaps for favourites mlbv --yesterday --recaps tor,wsh,bos # show recaps for given set of teams mlbv --yesterday --recaps --fetch # fetch all recaps
In these examples the game is save to a file (.ts or .mp4) in the current directory.
mlbv --team tor --fetch mlbv --yesterday -t tor -f recap --fetch # fetch yesterday's recap
--days for Schedule View
mlbv --days 7 # show schedule for upcoming week mlbv --days 7 --filter # show schedule for upcoming week, filtered on favourite teams (from config file) mlbv --days 7 --filter --favs 'tor,wsh' # show schedule filtered on favourite teams (from option)
mlbv -l # show linescores for today mlbv --yes -l # show linescores for yesterday mlbv --date 2018-03-29 --linescore --days 7 --filter # show linescores for favs in week 1
mlbv --standings # display division standings mlbv --standings division # display division standings mlbv --standings div -o ale # display AL East division standings mlbv --standings league # display overall league standings mlbv --standings all # display all regular season standings categories mlbv --standings --date 2015-10-01 # display division standings for Oct 1, 2015