Ampache(1) is a Web-based Audio file manager.


Ampache is implemented with MySQL, and PHP. It allows you to view, edit, and play your audio files via the web. It has support for playlists, artist and album views, album art, random play, playback via Http, on the Fly Transcoding and Downsampling, Vote based playback, Mpd and Icecast, Integrated Flash Player, as well as per user themes and song play tracking. You can also Link multiple Ampache servers together using XML-RPC. Ampache supports GETTEXT translations and has a full translation of many languages.


The following scripts are included in Ampache and can be used to automate some aspects of Ampache.

You can automate the update of all, or some of your local catalogs by using the bin/ file. By default this will run a clean, verify and update on all of your local catalogs. You can optionally specify the name of the catalog and it will only update the specified catalog. Very useful when used with cron or crontab.

You can output all of the album art stored in ampache to the filesystem. It will output the image stored in the database to the directory of the first file in the album. This can cause problems f your files are not in their own directories. You can specify the filename to be written by modifying the config file options relating to album_art_preferred_filename. Ampache will by default output meta data directory files for linux.

If you would like to delete all of the disabled songs in Ampache you can run the bin/ to delete all of the songs that are disabled in Ampache. Naturally this requires the user you run the script as to have permissions to delete the files in question. By default this script will not work if you run it. You must open it and delete or comment out the line that says $debug=true for it to actually work.

You can have Ampache automatically rename and move all of your files based on the meta data in Ampache using the bin/ script. This requires write access to the files in question. The files will be renamed and moved based on their respective File and Folder patterns as defined by the catalog. Ampache will also by default sort your files into A-Z sub-folders to reduce the number of folders at the top level. You can turn this off by editing the file and setting the $alphabet_prefix to false, or commenting it out.

Ampache provides some additional tools to help you cope with Character set mis-matches. These scripts must be run from the command line. After making any changes to your tags or the filenames please make sure you update your catalog and that your local client has the character set and fonts required to display the tag information. This script looks through the path of your local catalogs for filenames who contain characters that do not exist in the currently configured site_charset. It will prompt you for a source character charset, if none is specified it will use the current output_encoding value from iconv().

You can also look at the raw tags inside a file by running the included file. This example takes advantage of the hexcat application to get the hex values of the output. You will need to compare the reported HEX value to the HEX value according to the defined charset.

php /bin/ [FILE]

This is used to migrate your ampache.cfg.php config file from php4 formating to php5 formating. This is done to decrease the parsing time of ampache.cfg.php. This is generally not needed unless you are upgrading from to 3.4.x. debian/ampache.postinst runs this script automatically if needed.


php /usr/share/ampache/www/bin/
php /usr/share/ampache/www/bin/  [path to music file]




Ampache was written by Karl Vollmer <[email protected]>

This manual page was written by Charlie Smotherman
<c[email protected]>, for the Debian project and Karl Vollmer.