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A fancy TUI client for Google Play Music

Project description

TUIJam seeks to make a simple, attractive, terminal-based interface to listening to music for Google Play Music All-Access subscribers.




To install from source

git clone
cd tuijam
python install --user

or from pypi

pip install --user tuijam

or from the AUR

yay -S tuijam  # mainline
yay -S tuijam-git # dev build

First Time Setup

The first time TUIJam runs, it will perform an OAuth handshake with Google. Tokens are then stored locally and subsequent logins should be automatic.


Local configuration is stored in $HOME/.config/tuijam/config.yaml.

  • persist_queue: (Default: True) Saves the current queue and reloads it when the app resumes
  • reverse_scrolling: (Default: False) Switches the direction of mouse scrolling

You can customize the visual theme of TUIJam by specifying the foreground/background colors of many of the UI elements in your configuration file. You can specify named colors to use your terminal colorscheme or use #RGB for custom colors. The default values are listed below.

  header: ["white,underline", "default"]
  search-normal: ["white", "default"]
  search-select: ["white", "dark red"]
  region_bg-normal: ["light gray", "default"]
  region_bg-select: ["white", "default"]
  progress: ["white", "dark red"]
  progress_remaining: ["white", "dark gray"]

MPRIS Support

TUIJam supports a subset of the MPRIS spec to allow for external control via clients such as playerctl. Currently, the following behavior is supported:

  • Get current song metadata (Title/Album/Artist)
  • Get player status (Playing/Paused/Stopped)
  • Play/Pause current song
  • Next/Previous Song
  • Stop

If this causes problems for you, please feel free to create an issue, but this feature can also be disabled by placing the following line in your config file:

mpris_enabled: false


From version 0.3.0, Youtube videos are included in search results. By default, no video is shown during playback, but this can be changed by adding the following line to the config file:

video: true Support

The player supports scrobbling. To enable it, you need to run:

tuijam configure_last_fm

API Key Management

Youtube and integration uses api keys that are supplied by me. TUIJam queries them at runtime from a server that I maintain. If the server goes down, of if you would just prefer not to rely on it, you can specify your own keys in the config file. Keys are only queried if they are not present in the config file.

GOOGLE_DEVELOPER_KEY: "yourdeveloperkeyhere"
LASTFM_API_KEY: "yourapikeyhere"
LASTFM_API_SECRET: "yoursecrethere"

You can also run your own server using or adapting and setting your config file to point to your server.

key_server: ""


The default control keys are listed below with short descriptions. However, many of these can be overridden by specifying alternative keys in the configuration file.

  • ctrl-c quit
  • ctrl-p toggle play/pause
  • ctrl-k stop
  • ctrl-q add all songs in search result to queue
  • ctrl-n/right move to next song
  • ctrl-b/left move to previous song
  • ctrl-r view recently played songs
  • ctrl-w Clear the current queue
  • ctrl-s shuffle queued songs (Note: If this hangs, try running stty -ixon in your terminal and restarting tuijam)
  • ctrl-u Thumbs up the currently playing song
  • ctrl-d Thumbs down the currently playing song
  • >/shift-right seek forward 10 seconds
  • </shift-left seek backwards 10 seconds
  • + volume up
  • - volume down
  • tab/shift-tab cycle focus through search/queue/input windows
  • \/ctrl-f move to search bar
  • In search window,
    • q Add selected song/album to queue
    • shift-q Add selected song/album to the top of queue (play next)
    • r Create radio station around selected song/album/artist and add 50 songs from it to queue
    • e view information about selected song/album/artist
    • backspace go back in search/expand history
  • In queue window,
    • u/shift-up move selected song up in queue
    • d/shift-down move selected song down in queue
    • shift-u/v/ctrl-up move selected song to the top in queue
    • shift-d/ctrl-down move selected song to the bottom in queue
    • delete/x remove selected song from queue
  • In input window,
    • Type search query and press enter. Results are shown in search window.
    • Enter an empty query to view the suggested "Listen Now" stations and albums.

To customize these keys, add as many of the following entries into your config file as you want. A list indicates that multiple keys are assigned to that action.

    queue: "q"
    queue_next: "Q"
    expand: ["e", "enter"]
    back: "backspace",
    radio: "r",
    # queue panel
    swap_up: ["u", "shift up"],
    swap_down: ["d", "shift down"],
    to_top: ["U", "ctrl up"],
    to_bottom: ["D", "ctrl down"],
    remove: ["delete", "x"],
    play_pause: " ",
    # search and queue panel
    down: "j",
    up: "k",
    expand: ["e", "enter"],
    seek_pos: [">", "shift right"],
    seek_neg: ["<", "shift left"],
    vol_up: ["+", "="],
    vol_down: ["-", "_"],
    focus_search: ["ctrl f", "/"],
    # global inputs
    # Avoid single letter/number/symb keys to work with search input focused, unless vim-mode is active.
    g_focus_next: "tab",
    g_focus_prev: "shift tab",
    g_play_pause: "ctrl p",
    g_stop: "ctrl k",
    g_play_next: ["ctrl n", "right"],
    g_play_previous: ["ctrl b", "left"],
    g_recent: "ctrl r",
    g_shuffle: "ctrl s",
    g_rate_good: "ctrl u",
    g_rate_bad: "ctrl d",
    g_clear_queue: "ctrl w",
    g_queue_all: "ctrl q",

There is an experimental "vim mode" which can be enabled by adding vim_mode: true to your config file. With this mode enabled, pressing escape will mask keys from being typed into the search bar (press i to re-enable typing). This makes it more convenient to have single key commands for controlling playback (e.g. instead of ctrl-n for next song, simply n).


TUIJam supports translations! It has only English and Russian for now, but you can make your own ones.

You can grab .pot file from the repo (tuijam/lang folder) and work with it or:

  1. Clone the repo
  2. Run python extract_messages to generate .pot file
  3. Run python init_catalog -l <LOCALE_CODE> to generate a new locale.
  4. Update the locale with python update_catalog -l <LOCALE_CODE> -o <LOCALE_PATH>
  5. Compile your locale with python compile_catalog.

<LOCALE_CODE> is ICU locale ID

User locales are supported. Copy generated .mo files to $HOME/.config/tuijam/lang/<LOCALE_CODE>/LC_MESSAGES folder. Notice that .po files are not supported for now.

The player's locale can be overridden by launching with LC_ALL environment variables. (LC_ALL="en_US.UTF-8" tuijam)

TUIJam uses Babel for locale generation. You can look its docs for further information.


TUIJam was heavily inspired by the gpymusic project, and, of course, could not exists without the great gmusicapi.

This project is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by Google.

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