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Search, Stream and Download MP3

Project description


  • Search and stream music

  • Search albums or single tracks

  • Create playlists

  • Download tracks

  • Works with Python 2.7+ and 3.3+

  • Works with Windows, Linux and Mac OS X

  • No Python dependencies

  • Requires mplayer





Using pip:

sudo pip install mps

Using git:

git clone


Download zip file or tar.gz and extract:

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 mps directory


It is recommended you update to the latest version.

Upgrade pip installation:

sudo pip install mps --upgrade

Upgrade git clone:

(from within the mps directory)

git pull


mps is run on the command line using the command:


or on Linux/MacOS if you are in the same directory:


Enter h from within the program for help.


You can enter an artist/song name to search for songs. Track searches must be prefixed with either a . or / character.

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

To search for an album, enter album optionally followed by the album title.

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


d 3 to download song 3


all to play all displayed tracks

1,2,3 to play songs 1 2 and 3

2-4,6,6-3 to play songs 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 songs 1 and 5.

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

rm all to remove all songs

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

mv 1,3 to move song 1 to postion 3

Playlist commands

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

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

add 1-4,7 <playlist_name> to add songs 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 songs 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

Other Commands

top show top tracks this week

top3m show top tracks for last 3 months

top6m show top tracks for last 6 months

topyear show top tracks for last year

topall show all time top tracks

list [pleer playlist url]` to import a playlist from the web.

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 use the following command:

mps play <playlistname>

This also works for other commands, eg:

mps .mozart to search

mps view <playlistname> to view a saved playlist

mps ls to list saved playlists

mps top to list top tracks this week

mps open moz to open a saved playlist called mozart.

Specifying Ranges

When selecting songs for playback, removing or adding you can use 5- to select song 5 upward and -5 to select up to song 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.

Quality / Bitrate

Add +best to a search query to return high bitrate results or +good to exclude them.

Using MPV instead of MPlayer

If you have mpv installed and want to use that instead of mplayer;

From within mps:

set player mpv
set playerargs --really-quiet --no-video

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


Use this software at your own risk, it downloads content from, an online mp3 file repository.

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