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Terminal based YouTube jukebox with playlist management

Project description


  • Search and play audio/video
  • Create local playlists
  • Download audio/video
  • Works with Python 2.7 and 3.x
  • Works with Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
  • Requires mplayer

This project is based on mps, which is a terminal based program to search, stream and download music. This implementation uses YouTube as a source of content and can play and download video as well as audio. The pafy library handles interfacing with YouTube.


Using pip:

sudo pip install mps-youtube

Mac OS X installation notes

Install mplayer with MacPorts:

sudo port install MPlayer

Windows installation notes

Install the python colorama module to get colors (optional):

pip install colorama

Download mplayer for your CPU type from the “Build Selection table” here.

Extract the mplayer.exe file, saving it to your mpsyt folder


It is recommended you update to the latest version.

Upgrade pip installation:

sudo pip install mps-youtube --upgrade


mps-youtube is run on the command line using the command:


Enter h from within the program for help.


You can enter an search term name to search whenever the program is expecting text input. Searches must be prefixed with either a . or / character.

Enter n or p to go to the next / previous page of results

When a list of items is displayed, such as search results or a playlist, you can use the following commands:


i 3 to view info on item 3


d 3 to download item 3 (will open new menu) da 3 to download audio stream of item 3 dv 3 to download video stream of item 3


all to play all displayed items

1,2,3 to play items 1 2 and 3

2-4,6,6-3 to play items 2, 3, 4, 6, 6, 5, 4, 3

Note: The commands shuffle and repeat can be inserted at the start or end of any of the above to enable those play modes: eg, shuffle 1-4 or 2-4,1 repeat


rm 1,5 to remove items 1 and 5.

rm 1,2,5-7 to remove items 1,2 and 5-7.

rm all to remove all items

sw 1,3 to swap the position of items 1 and 3

mv 1,3 to move items 1 to postion 3

Playlist commands

add 1,2,3 to add items 1,2 and 3 to the current playlist.

add 1-4,6,8-10 to add items 1-4, 6, and 8-10 to the current playlist

add 1-4,7 <playlist_name> to add items 1-4 and 7 to a saved playlist. A new playlist will be created if the given name doesn’t already exist.

vp to view the current playlist (then use rm, mv and sw to modify it)

ls to list your saved playlists

open <playlist_name or ID> to open a saved playlist as the current playlist

view <playlist_name or ID> to view a playlist (leaves current playlist intact)

play <playlist_name or ID> to play a saved playlist directly.

save or save <playlist_name> to save the currently displayed items as a stored playlist on disk

rmp <playlist_name or ID> to delete a playlist from disk

mv <old_name or ID> <new_name> to rename a playlist

q to quit

h for help

Advanced Tips

Playlist Name Completion

When using open, view or play to access a playlist, you can enter the first few characters instead of the whole name. The first alphabetically matching playlist will be opened / displayed.


To play a saved playlist when invoking mps-youtube use the following command:

mpsyt play <playlistname>

This also works for other commands, eg:

mpsyt .mozart to search

mpsyt view <playlistname> to view a saved playlist

mpsyt ls to list saved playlists

mpsyt open moz to open a saved playlist called mozart.

Specifying Ranges

When selecting items for playback, removing or adding you can use 5- to select items 5 upward and -5 to select up to item 5. This can be included with other choices so for example: 5,3,7-,-2. You can also use spaces instead of commas eg. 5 3 7- -2.

Changing Player Application

To set a different player, from within mps-youtube:

set player mpv


set player mplayer

Other Configuration

To view configuration, enter set and to change any item enter: set <item> <value>. This can be used to change the download path (DDIR) and will persist after exiting the program. To reset all settings to default, use set all default or for a single item, set <item> default

Search All Categories

To search all YouTube categories (instead of just music), enter:

set search_music false

List YouTube User Uploads

To list the uploaded videos of a YouTube user:

/username -user

Show Video Content / Fullscreen Mode

To view video instead of audio, enter:

set show_video true

To play video content in fullscreen mode:

set fullscreen true

Note: The above two settings can be overridden on a per-case basis by adding -w, -f or -a to your selection to play the items in windowed, fullscreen or audio-only modes. E.g., 1,4,7 -f

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