I have a ton of ripped music. After setting up and getting used to MPD, today I discovered CherryMusic Server
This is what I was looking or originally. I’m sure I’ll use MPD for what it’s good at – but this is a better interface than Plex for listening to streaming music from home (so far).
CherryMusic depends on Python. Although it also runs with Python 2, Python 3 is recommended for best performance and all features.
sudo apt-get install python3
CherryMusic has several optional dependencies, which should be installed for a seamless user experience:
sudo apt-get install mpg123 faad vorbis-tools flac imagemagick lame python3-unidecode
Optionally, you can replace the packages
ffmpeg if you like. The advantage with ffmpeg is that you can also decode WMA files. If you are not running a headless server, consider installing “python3-gi”, which allows you to use CherryMusic’s GTK system tray icon.
Configuration and setup
For security reasons it it highly recommended to run CherryMusic under a dedicated Linux user. First, create the user “cherrymusic”:
Now, switch to the newly created user:
There are two branches of CherryMusic: the stable main release (“master”) and the development version, called “devel”. I highly recommend the development branch, as it often is several steps ahead of the master release and provides all the new features. In this guide I also chose the devel branch. However, if you insist on using the master release, simply replace all occurrences of
Now, get CherryMusic:
git clone --branch devel git://github.com/devsnd/cherrymusic.git ~/cherrymusic-devel
This command will download the develop branch of CherryMusic and place it in your home directory.
Due to a shortcoming in Debian, the repositories do not provide a recent version of the package
cherrypy and the package
stagger is not available in the Debian repositories at all. However, they can be fetched locally and simply put into the CherryMusic directory. CherryMusic has a build-in function, that checks if those two packages are available on the operating system and if necessary offers to automatically download and store them locally in the CherryMusic directory — without installing them on your system. This provides a clean way to get CherryMusic running on Debian. Simply change to the CherryMusic directory and start the server application with the
–help switch (you will be prompted then):
python3 ./cherrymusic --help
Now, do the initial start-up to generate the configuration and data files in your home directory:
This creates the configuration file
~/.config/cherrymusic/cherrymusic.conf and the directory
~/.local/share/cherrymusic/, where the user data is stored.
Before you head on, edit the configuration file to point to your music library and make any other changes.
CherryMusic uses a database to search and access files in your music collection. Before you can use CherryMusic, you need to do an initial file database update:
python3 ./cherrymusic --update
To reflect changes in your music collection, you need to repeat this step every time you make changes to your music collection. On a standard computer, even very large music collections should not take longer than a few minutes.
Create a systemd service
CherryMusic doesn’t have a daemon, but we can fake it with a systemd script to start the service
Make sure you are logged in as someone with root or sudo rights (exit the cherrymusic user account if you’re still connected) and create the file
/etc/systemd/system/cherrymusic@.service with the following contents:
Enable and start CherryMusic
Enable the systemd service to start on each boot:
sudo systemctl enable cherrymusic@cherrymusic
Start the service
sudo systemctl start cherrymusic@cherrymusic
Open a web browser on a computer connected to the same LAN the CherryMusic server is in and go to
ip is the IP of the server and
port the port specified in the CherryMusic configuration file (defaults to “8080”).
Create an admin user and the basic setup is done.
Good news! The above instructions seem to work just fine on Ubuntu’s latest LTS