Cantata – Feature-rich client for Music Player Daemon

Other Features

Cantata offers a good range of features, some of which are Linux only.

Here are some of its other noteworthy features.

  • Full screen mode.
  • Search for music in your library using MPD’s search mechanism.
  • USB-Mass-Storage and MTP device support.
  • Audio CD ripping and playback. Cantata reads the data from the CD and sends it to MPD via its built-in HTTP server as a WAV file.
  • Parses CUE files.
  • Gapless playback, crossfading between tracks, and replay gain, the latter normalizes the perceived loudness of audio formats such as MP3 and Ogg Vorbis.
  • Playback of non-MPD songs via a simple in-built HTTP server.
  • MPRISv2 DBUS interface. The Media Player Remote Interfacing Specification is a standard D-Bus interface which aims to provide a common programmatic API for controlling media players.
  • Scrobbling – To “scrobble” a song means that when you listen to it, the name of the song is sent to a web site (such as and added to your music profile.
  • Ratings support.
  • Multimedia keys – uses the GNOME settings daemon’s MediaKeys interface.
  • Uses Qt 5’s translation framework.

Next page: Page 6 – Configuration Options

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Song Information
Page 4 – Internet Streaming
Page 5 – Other Features
Page 6 – Configuration Options
Page 7 – Summary

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  1. It fails at the first page. What the hell do I put for ‘host’ when I want my own music on my own machine? Never been asked before on any music program.

  2. The MPD server can run in two “connection” type modes – either a socket (eg /run/mpd/mpd.socket) [restricts connections to access permissions on socket and directory] or via a TCP/IP port associated with the IP of localhost ( [restricts connections to only local users) or with the IP of the network interface (to allow remote connections).

    If using the socket approach and systemd, MPD will stay off until activated by a connection on the socket — this is useful if you need mpd to be available but not always running. In this case you enter the patht to the socket in the Cantata input field rather than a host name and you do not need a password. It is not immediately obvious that a path name rather than a host name can be a valid entry.

    Which method for connection is determined by the value of the “bind_to_address” parameter in the MPD configuration file, either the path to the socket or the IP address (or associated host name) of the interface to use.

    And now the really bad, devastating, grim news for all afficianados of Cantata.

    Cantata is DEAD and will become subject to bitrot unless somebody else is prepeared to steo up tot he plate.

    From the Canata page on Github

    commit af04723c0ca7854df53562ed8226fd324d6a23cd

    March 2nd, 2022

    After 10 years, development of Cantata has now ceased, and this repository is read-only. v2.5.0 is the last released version.

    1. It’s been on the cards for years. The sole developer of Cantata openly stated he hasn’t used this software for 4 years, and it’s been in maintenance mode for ages.

      That’s the nature of open source software. A lot of software fades away particularly when there is only one person coding the project.

      The good open source software can sometimes be forked and development continues. If not, the software will probably carry on working for some time.

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