mpd-sima [--daemon] [--config=conf_file] [--var-dir=var_directory] [--pid=pid_file] [--log=log_file] [--log-level=log_level] [--host=mpd_host] [--mpd_port=mpd_port]

mpd-sima {{-h | --help} --version}

mpd-sima [--config=conf_file] config-test

mpd-sima [--var-dir=var_directory] create-db

mpd-sima […] generate-config

mpd-sima [--var-dir=var_directory] purge-history

mpd-sima bl-view

mpd-sima bl-add-artist [artist]

mpd-sima bl-add-album [album]

mpd-sima bl-add-track [track]

mpd-sima bl-delete id

mpd-sima random [nbtracks]


This manual page documents briefly the mpd-sima commands.

At start up default configuration is first overridden by user configuration in mpd_sima.cfg (see FILES) and finally command lines options are honored. For instance you can override default MPD host (localhost) in your configuration file or with -S my_mpd_server.local option. For default configuration see CONFIGURATION. See also environment variables special case for MPD host and port in ENVIRONMENT.


The program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (‘-‘). A summary of options is included below.

-h; --help

Print help and exit.


Print version and exit.


Start as a daemon. Log redirected to /dev/null, usually setting --log and --pid options in daemon mode are a good idea to monitor/stop the process.

-p pid_file; --pid=pid_file

Use the specific file pid_file to store pid to.

Default is not to store pid info.

-l log_file; --log=log_file

Use the specific file log_file to log messages to.

Default is to log to stdout/stderr.

-v log_level; --log-level=log_level

Verbosity in [debug,info,warning,error].

Default is to log info messages.

-c conf_file; --config=conf_file

Use the specific file conf_file to set up configuration instead of looking for the default user configuration file.

Default is to look for ${XDG_CONFIG_HOME}/mpd_sima/mpd_sima.cfg. CLI option overrides any equivalent mentioned in configuration file, ie. launching mpd-sima with --port CLI option will ignore port setting in configuration file.

For more details on configuration file see also FILES and CONFIGURATION sections.


Use the specific path var_directory to look for (or create) var files (ie. database) instead of looking at the default user data location.

Default is to look in ${XDG_DATA_HOME}/mpd_sima/. Concerning XDG_DATA_HOME see also FILES section.

-S mpd_host; --host=mpd_host

Use the specific host mpd_host as MPD server.mpd_host can be an IP or a fully qualified domain name as long as your system can resolve it. This overrides MPD_HOST environment variable. Default is localhost.

See also ENVIRONMENT section.

-P mpd_port; --port=mpd_port

Use the specific port number mpd_port on MPD server. This overrides MPD_PORT environment variable.Default is 6600.

See also ENVIRONMENT section

Command arguments


Test configuration file and exit. Uses the configuration file specified with --config or default location. Default is to use $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/mpd_sima/mpd_sima.cfg.

config-test tests MPD connection and Tags plugin configuration.


Create the database and exit. Uses folder specified with --var-dir or default directory.

Default is to use ${XDG_DATA_HOME}/mpd_sima/ (see CONFIGURATION section for more).


Generate a sample configuration file according to the current CLI options and environment variables. The configuration is written on stdout.


Purge play history in the database and exit. Uses folder specified with --var-dir or default directory.

Default is to use ${XDG_DATA_HOME}/mpd_sima/ (see FILES section for more).


View blocklist, useful to get entry IDs to remove with delete command.

bl-add-artist artist

Add artist to the blocklist. If artist is not provided, try to get the currently playing artist.

bl-add-album album

Add album to the blocklist. If album is not provided, try to get the currently playing album.

bl-add-track track

Add track to the blocklist. If track is not provided, try to get the currently playing track.

bl-delete id

Remove blocklist entry referenced by its id. Use bloclist view command to get the id.

random [nbtracks]

Starts in random mode overriding internal plugin configuration. If nbtracks is provided, as many tracks will be queued (defaults to one).



mpd-sima will look for MPD_HOST and MPD_PORT to override built-in configuration (set to “localhost:6600”).

mpd-sima expects MPD_HOST syntax as documented in mpc manual, cf. mpc(1). To use a password, provide a value of the form password@host.


mpd-sima honors HTTP_PROXY environment variables.



mpd_sima.cfg is read if present. Otherwise built-in defaults are used. An example should be provided in the tarball within doc/examples/. On Debian system please look in /usr/share/doc/mpd-sima.


Default is to look for MPD server at localhost:6600 (or MPD_HOST/MPD_PORT env. var. if set).

The default plugins will use to find similar tracks to queue and fallback to random if nothing if found.

The get the defaults as detected by mpd-sima on your system you can run mpd-sima to print the config:

mpd-sima generate-config

For details about mpd_sima.cfg refer to the manual mpd_sima.cfg



Configuration file.


SQLite internal DB file. Stores play history and blocklists.


HTTP cache.

Usually XDG_DATA_HOME is set to ${HOME}/.local/share and XDG_CONFIG_HOME to ${HOME}/.config (for regular users). You may override them using command line option --var-dir and --config (cf. mpd-sima)


mpc(1), mpd(1)


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