Setup mpd on your Linux system as a User service
In this tutorial we'll go through the process of setting up mpd as a user service. This is just a bare minimum installation setup. If you want customizations then you can look up dotfiles on the internet - lots of people share it. Here's mine.
First thing first - download the
mpd package along with the mpd clients
# On Arch sudo pacman -S mpd ncmpcpp mpc # On Ubuntu sudo apt install mpd ncmpcpp mpc
You can choose other mpd clients instead of ncmpcpp of course.
Setup the config files
It's a good practice to keep all the mpd configs in the
~/.config/mpd directory. If you don't have one create it.
Just to get started, you can copy the example config file that mpd provides.
cp /usr/share/doc/mpd/mpdconf.example ~/.config/mpd/mpd.conf
In order to be able to run mpd, you'll need to set up at least these parameters in the mpd.conf file
music_directory "~/Music" playlist_directory "~/.config/mpd/playlists" db_file "~/.config/mpd/database" log_file "~/.config/mpd/database" pid_file "~/.config/mpd/pid" state_file "~/.config/mpd/state"
It's not necessary to create any of these files as mpd will itself create them. However, you'll need to create a new "playlists" directory to create new playlists.
Start the service as a user
systemctl --user enable mpd systemctl --user start mpd
Don't forget the
--user flag !
Update the music database
For some reason this command alone does not work me. So I run an additional command
mpc ls | mpc add
That's it ! You should now be able to run ncmpcpp and see all your songs.