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Section: (1)
Updated: June 2005


ncmpc - curses Music Player Daemon (MPD) client. 




ncmpc is a client for MPD, the Music Player Daemon. ncmpc connects to a MPD running on a machine on the local network.

By default, ncmpc connects to localhost:6600. This can be changed either at compile-time, or by exporting the MPD_HOST and MPD_PORT environment variables, or by the command lineoptions --host and --port.

$ ncmpc --host=musicserver --port=44000

To use a password with mpd, set MPD_HOST to passwordAATThost or use the command line option --password. Values from the command line overrides values from the environment.

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-?, --help
Display help.
-V, --version
Display version information.
-c, --colors
Enable colors.
-C, --no-colors
Disable colors.
-e, --exit
Exit on connection errors. The default is to reconnect.
-h, --host=HOSTNAME
Specify MPD host.
-p, --port=PORT
Connect to server on PORT.
-P, --password=PASSWORD
Use password when connecting.
-f, --config=FILE
Read configuration from file.
-k, --key-file=FILE
Read key bindings from FILE.
-P, --no-splash=FILE
Disable the splash screen.
Mandatory or optional arguments to long options are also mandatory or optional for any corresponding short options.


When ncmpc start it tries to read user setting from the ~/.ncmpc/config. If no user configuration is found ncmpc tries to load global settings from $SYSCONFDIR/ncmpc/config (the actual path is displayed on the help screen). An example configuration file (config.sample) should be provided with ncmpc.



host = HOST
Connect to mpd running on specified host
port = PORT
Connect to mpd on the specified port
password = PASSWORD
Connect to mpd using the specified password.


enable-mouse = yes|no
Enable mouse support (if enabled at compile time).
screen-list = SCREEN1 SCREEN2...
A list of screens to cycle through when using the previous/next screen commands. Valid choices, if enabled at compile time, are playlist, browse, artist, help, search, song, keydef, lyrics, and outputs.
search-mode = MODE
Default search mode for the search screen. The mode is an integer index, with 0 for title, 1 for artist, 2 for album, 3 for filename, and 4 for artist+title.
auto-center = yes|no
Enable/disable auto center mode. When auto center mode is enabled ncmpc centers the current track in the playlist window.
scroll-offset = NUM
Keep at least NUM lines above and below the cursor on list windows, if possible.
find-show-last = yes|no
Show the most recent query instead of a blank line for a find.
find-wrap = yes|no
Wrapped find mode.
wrap-around = yes|no
Wrapped cursor movement.
bell-on-wrap = yes|no
Ring bell when find wraps around.
audible-bell = yes|no
Sound audible bell on alerts.
visible-bell = yes|no
Visible bell on alerts.
crossfade-time = CROSSFADE TIME
Default crossfade time in seconds
seek-time = NUM
Seek forward/backward by NUM seconds.
lyrics-timeout = NUM
Quits downloading lyrics of a song after the timeout of NUM seconds is reached.
jump-prefix-only = yes|no
When using the jump command, search for the prefix of an entry. That means typing "m" will start to the first entry which begins with "m".
lyrics-autosave = yes|no
Automatically save lyrics after receiving them.
second-column = yes|no
Display song length in a second column.


welcome-screen-list = yes|no
Show a list of the screens in the top line on startup.
wide-cursor = yes|no
Make the cursor as wide as the screen.
hardware-cursor = yes|no
Use the terminal's hardware cursor instead of inverse colors.
hide-cursor = NUM
Hide the playlist cursor after NUM seconds of inactivity.
scroll = yes|no
Scroll the title if it is too long for the screen.
scroll-sep = STRING
The separator to show at the end of the scrolling title.
list-format = SONG FORMAT
The format used to display songs in the main window.
status-format = SONG FORMAT
The format used to display songs on the status line.
status-message-time = TIME
The time, in seconds, for which status messages will be displayed.
display-time = yes|no
Display the time in the status bar when idle.
timedisplay-type = elapsed/remaining
Sets whether to display remaining or elapsed time in the status window. Default is elapsed.
visible-bitrate = yes|no
Show the bitrate in the status bar when playing a stream.
set-xterm-title = yes|no
Change the XTerm title (ncmpc will not restore the title).
xterm-title-format = SONG FORMAT
The format used to for the xterm title when ncmpc is playing.


enable-colors = yes|no
Enable/disable colors.
color background = COLOR
Set the background color. If the background color is assigned to the keyword none, ncmpc will not change the background color. Standard colors are: black, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan and white. Terminal specific colors can also be given as integers.
color title = COLOR[,ATTRIBUTE]...
Set the text color and attributes for the title row. Text colors are the same as for the background. Valid attributes are: standout, underline, reverse, blink, dim, and bold.
color title-bold = COLOR[,ATTRIBUTE]...
Set the text color for the title row (the bold part).
color line = COLOR
Set the color of the line on the second row.
color line-flags = COLOR[,ATTRIBUTE]...
Set the text color used to indicate mpd flags on the second row.
color list = COLOR[,ATTRIBUTE]...
Set the text color in the main area of ncmpc.
color list-bold = COLOR[,ATTRIBUTE]...
Set the bold text color in the main area of ncmpc.
color progressbar = COLOR[,ATTRIBUTE]...
Set the color of the progress indicator.
color status-state = COLOR[,ATTRIBUTE]...
Set the text color used to display mpd status in the status window.
color status-song = COLOR[,ATTRIBUTE]...
Set the text color used to display song names in the status window.
color status-time = COLOR[,ATTRIBUTE]...
Set the text color used to display time the status window.
color alert = COLOR[,ATTRIBUTE]...
Text color used to display alerts in the status window.
colordef COLOR = R, G, B
Redefine any of the base colors. The RGB values must be an integer value between 0 and 1000. Note: Only some terminals allow redefinitions of colors!



When ncmpc start it tries to read user key bindings from the ~/.ncmpc/keys file. If no user key bindings is found ncmpc tries to load global key bindings from $SYSCONFDIR/ncmpc/keys (the actual path is displayed on the help screen).

You can view ncmpc's key bindings by pressing '1' (help) when ncmpc is running. To edit key bindings use the key editor in ncmpc (press 'K'). 


Format of song display for status and the list window.The metadata delimiters are: %name%, %artist%, %track%, %time%, %file%, %shortfile%.

The [] operators is used to group output such that if no metadata delimiters are found or matched between '[' and ']', then none of the characters between '[' and ']' are output. '&' and '|' are logical operators for AND and OR. '#' is used to escape characters.

Some useful examples for format are:



   "[[%artist% - ]%title%]|[%file]"  


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Since MPD uses UTF-8, ncmpc needs to convert characters to the charset used by the local system. If you get character conversion errors when your running ncmpc you probably need to set up your locale. This is done by setting any of the LC_CTYPE, LANG or LC_ALL environment variables (LC_CTYPE only affects character handling).



mpc(1), mpd(1), locale(5), locale(7)




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