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 things are there. Enough for me to use it exclusively. Note that since I only use the filesystem browsing mode, that’s also the only thing I care to implement for the time being.



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

Building and Running

Build dependencies: CMake, pkg-config, help2man, liberty (included), termo (included)
Runtime dependencies: ncursesw, libunistring, cURL

$ 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

Note that for versions of CMake before 2.8.9, you need to prefix cpack with fakeroot or file ownership will end up wrong.

Having the program installed, create a configuration file and run it.


Create ~/.config/nncmpp/nncmpp.conf with contents like the following:

settings = {
	address    = "localhost:6600"
	password   = ""
	root       = "~/Music"
colors = {
	normal      = ""
	highlight   = "bold"
	elapsed     = "reverse"
	remains     = "ul"
	tab_bar     = "reverse"
	tab_active  = "ul"
	even        = ""
	odd         = ""
	selection   = "reverse"
	multiselect = "-1 6"
	scrollbar   = ""
streams = {
	"dnbradio.com" = "http://www.dnbradio.com/hi.m3u"
	"BassDrive.com" = "http://bassdrive.com/v2/streams/BassDrive.pls"

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.