Terminal-based MPD client
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Přemysl Eric Janouch f3c4cec24a
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nncmpp is yet another MPD client. It is in effect a simplified TUI version of Sonata. I had already written a lot of the required code before, so I had the perfect opportunity to get rid of the unmaintained Python application and make the first TUI client that doesn’t feel awkward to use.

If it’s not obvious enough, the name is a pun on all those ridiculous client names, and should be pronounced as "nincompoop".


Most stuff is there. Enough for me to use the program exclusively. Among other things, it can display and change PulseAudio volume directly to cover the use case of remote control, it has a fast spectrum visualiser, and both the appearance and key bindings can be customized.

Note that since I only use the filesystem browsing mode, that’s also the only thing I care to implement for the time being. Similarly, the search feature is known to be clumsy.



Regular releases are sporadic. git master should be stable enough. You can get a package with the latest development version from Archlinux’s AUR.


See the man page for information about usage. The rest of this README will concern itself with externalities.


Build dependencies: CMake, pkg-config, asciidoctor, liberty (included), termo (included)
Runtime dependencies: ncursesw, libunistring, cURL, fftw3 (optional), libpulse (optional)

$ git clone --recursive https://git.janouch.name/p/nncmpp.git
$ mkdir nncmpp/build
$ cd nncmpp/build
$ make

To install the application, you can do either the usual:

# make install

Or you can try telling CMake to make a package for you. For Debian it is:

$ cpack -G DEB
# dpkg -i nncmpp-*.deb

Terminal caveats

This application aspires to be as close to a GUI as possible. It expects you to use the mouse (though it’s not required). Terminals are, however, somewhat tricky to get consistent results on, so be aware of the following:

  • use a UTF-8 locale to get finer resolution progress bars and scrollbars

  • Xterm needs XTerm*metaSendsEscape: true for the default bindings to work

  • urxvt’s 'vtwheel' plugin sabotages scrolling

Contributing and Support

Use https://git.janouch.name/p/nncmpp to report any bugs, request features, or submit pull requests. git send-email is tolerated. If you want to discuss the project, feel free to join me at ircs://irc.janouch.name, channel #dev.

Bitcoin donations are accepted at: 12r5uEWEgcHC46xd64tt3hHt9EUvYYDHe9


This software is released under the terms of the 0BSD license, the text of which is included within the package along with the list of authors.