There are several ways to install Mopidy. What way is best depends upon your OS and/or distribution. If you want to contribute to the development of Mopidy, you should first read this page, then have a look at Running Mopidy from Git.

Debian/Ubuntu: Install from

If you run a Debian based Linux distribution, like Ubuntu, the easiest way to install Mopidy is from the Mopidy APT archive. When installing from the APT archive, you will automatically get updates to Mopidy in the same way as you get updates to the rest of your distribution.

  1. Add the archive’s GPG key:

    wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -
  2. Add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list, or if you have the directory /etc/apt/sources.list.d/, add it to a file called mopidy.list in that directory:

    # Mopidy APT archive
    deb stable main contrib non-free
    deb-src stable main contrib non-free

    For the lazy, you can simply run the following command to create /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mopidy.list:

    sudo wget -q -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mopidy.list
  3. Install Mopidy and all dependencies:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install mopidy

    Note that this will only install the main Mopidy package. For e.g. Spotify or SoundCloud support you need to install the respective extension packages. To list all the extensions available from, you can run:

    apt-cache search mopidy

    To install one of the listed packages, e.g. mopidy-spotify, simply run:

    sudo apt-get install mopidy-spotify

    For a full list of available Mopidy extensions, including those not installable from, see Extensions.

  4. Before continuing, make sure you’ve read the Debian package section to learn about the differences between running Mopidy as a system service and manually as your own system user.

  5. Finally, you need to set a couple of config values, and then you’re ready to run Mopidy.

When a new release of Mopidy is out, and you can’t wait for you system to figure it out for itself, run the following to upgrade right away:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Raspberry Pi running Debian

We have a guide for installing a Raspberry Pi from scratch with Debian/Raspbian and Mopidy. See Installation on Raspberry Pi.

Arch Linux: Install from AUR

If you are running Arch Linux, you can install Mopidy using the mopidy package found in AUR.

  1. To install Mopidy with all dependencies, you can use for example yaourt:

    yaourt -S mopidy

    To upgrade Mopidy to future releases, just upgrade your system using:

    yaourt -Syu
  2. Optional: If you want to use any Mopidy extensions, like Spotify support or scrobbling, AUR also has packages for several Mopidy extensions.

  3. Finally, you need to set a couple of config values, and then you’re ready to run Mopidy.

OS X: Install from Homebrew and pip

If you are running OS X, you can install everything needed with Homebrew and pip.

  1. Install Homebrew.

    If you are already using Homebrew, make sure your installation is up to date before you continue:

    brew update
    brew upgrade
  2. Mopidy requires GStreamer 0.10, but Homebrew’s main formula repo has upgraded its GStreamer packages to 1.0. Thus, you’ll need to add an alternative formula repo (aka “tap”) that has the old GStreamer formulas:

    brew tap homebrew/versions
  3. Install the required packages from Homebrew:

    brew install gst-python010 gst-plugins-good010 gst-plugins-ugly010
  4. Make sure to include Homebrew’s Python site-packages directory in your PYTHONPATH. If you don’t include this, Mopidy will not find GStreamer and it will crash.

    You can either amend your PYTHONPATH permanently, by adding the following statement to your shell’s init file, e.g. ~/.bashrc:

    export PYTHONPATH=$(brew --prefix)/lib/python2.7/site-packages:$PYTHONPATH

    Or, you can prefix the Mopidy command every time you run it:

    PYTHONPATH=$(brew --prefix)/lib/python2.7/site-packages mopidy
  5. Next up, you need to install some Python packages. To do so, we use pip. If you don’t have the pip command, you can install it now:

    sudo easy_install pip
  6. Then, install the latest release of Mopidy using pip:

    sudo pip install -U mopidy
  7. Optionally, install additional extensions to Mopidy.

    For HTTP frontend support, so you can run Mopidy web clients:

    sudo pip install -U mopidy[http]

    For playing music from Spotify:

    brew install libspotify
    sudo pip install -U mopidy-spotify

    For scrobbling to

    sudo pip install -U mopidy-scrobbler

    For more extensions, see Extensions.

  8. Finally, you need to set a couple of config values, and then you’re ready to run Mopidy.

Otherwise: Install from source using pip

If you are on on Linux, but can’t install from the APT archive or from AUR, you can install Mopidy from PyPI using pip.

  1. First of all, you need Python 2.7. Check if you have Python and what version by running:

    python --version
  2. When you install using pip, you need to make sure you have pip. You’ll also need a C compiler and the Python development headers to build pyspotify later.

    This is how you install it on Debian/Ubuntu:

    sudo apt-get install build-essential python-dev python-pip

    And on Arch Linux from the official repository:

    sudo pacman -S base-devel python2-pip

    And on Fedora Linux from the official repositories:

    sudo yum install -y gcc python-devel python-pip


    On Fedora Linux, you must replace pip with pip-python in the following steps.

  3. Then you’ll need to install GStreamer 0.10 (>= 0.10.31, < 0.11), with Python bindings. GStreamer is packaged for most popular Linux distributions. Search for GStreamer in your package manager, and make sure to install the Python bindings, and the “good” and “ugly” plugin sets.

    If you use Debian/Ubuntu you can install GStreamer like this:

    sudo apt-get install python-gst0.10 gstreamer0.10-plugins-good \
        gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-tools

    If you use Arch Linux, install the following packages from the official repository:

    sudo pacman -S gstreamer0.10-python gstreamer0.10-good-plugins \

    If you use Fedora you can install GStreamer like this:

    sudo yum install -y python-gst0.10 gstreamer0.10-plugins-good \
        gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-tools

    If you use Gentoo you need to be careful because GStreamer 0.10 is in a different lower slot than 1.0, the default. Your emerge commands will need to include the slot:

    emerge -av gst-python gst-plugins-bad:0.10 gst-plugins-good:0.10 \
        gst-plugins-ugly:0.10 gst-plugins-meta:0.10

    gst-plugins-meta:0.10 is the one that actually pulls in the plugins you want, so pay attention to the use flags, e.g. alsa, mp3, etc.

  4. Install the latest release of Mopidy:

    sudo pip install -U mopidy

    To upgrade Mopidy to future releases, just rerun this command.

    Alternatively, if you want to track Mopidy development closer, you may install a snapshot of Mopidy’s develop Git branch using pip:

    sudo pip install --allow-unverified=mopidy mopidy==dev
  5. Optional: If you want to use the HTTP frontend and web clients, you need some additional dependencies:

    sudo pip install -U mopidy[http]
  6. Optional: If you want Spotify support in Mopidy, you’ll need to install libspotify and the Mopidy-Spotify extension.

    1. Download and install the latest version of libspotify for your OS and CPU architecture from Spotify.

      For libspotify 12.1.51 for 64-bit Linux the process is as follows:

      tar zxfv libspotify-12.1.51-Linux-x86_64-release.tar.gz
      cd libspotify-12.1.51-Linux-x86_64-release/
      sudo make install prefix=/usr/local

      Remember to adjust the above example for the latest libspotify version supported by pyspotify, your OS, and your CPU architecture.

    2. If you’re on Fedora, you must add a configuration file so can be found:

      echo /usr/local/lib | sudo tee /etc/
      sudo ldconfig
    3. Then install the latest release of Mopidy-Spotify using pip:

      sudo pip install -U mopidy-spotify
  7. Optional: If you want to scrobble your played tracks to, you need to install Mopidy-Scrobbler:

    sudo pip install -U mopidy-scrobbler
  8. Optional: To use Mopidy-MPRIS, e.g. for controlling Mopidy from the Ubuntu Sound Menu or from an UPnP client via Rygel, you need some additional dependencies and the Mopidy-MPRIS extension.

    1. Install the Python bindings for libindicate, and the Python bindings for libdbus, the reference D-Bus library.

      On Debian/Ubuntu:

      sudo apt-get install python-dbus python-indicate
    2. Then install the latest release of Mopidy-MPRIS using pip:

      sudo pip install -U mopidy-mpris
  9. For more Mopidy extensions, see Extensions.

  10. Finally, you need to set a couple of config values, and then you’re ready to run Mopidy.