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Adapted from [1]; one disadvantage with the above is that it adds the song to the playlist, rather than playing an already-existing song. This would be undesirable for users who have one playlist of all their music.

mpc play `mpc playlist | dmenu -b -nb "#000" -nf "#7af" -sb "#000" -sf "#bdf" -p "Find:" | cut -d')' -f1`

You'll need to save this as some_file and then chmod +x some_file, then bind it to a key; keybindings vary by wm/de. It is probably not as fast as it could be, but it works nonetheless.

UPDATE (november 27, 2009) :
Since ba8daca21a8d2beb8e4267015da5fce42c6aaed0, mpc no more prints the song number, the following workaround it :

mpc play $(sed -n "s@^ *\([0-9]\+\);$(mpc playlist|dmenu -i -p 'song name'||echo ";;;")@\1@p" < <(mpc playlist|nl -s ';'))

UPDATE (Octuber, 2015)

Yet another workaround is (the sed one couldn't select song with weird names)

song="$(mpc playlist | dmenu -i -p 'song name')" || exit 1
song="$(mpc playlist | awk '{if($0 == "'"${song}"'") {print NR}}')"
[ -z "${song}" ] && exit 1 || mpc play "${song}"

Another newer script was written by Scj:Edit

1) make sure you have a patched dmenu with the vertical hack

(can be dowloaded from [2])

2) install gawk and socat

In ubuntu issue:

apt-get install gawk socate

3) paste the following script in the demnu script you want to run (and bind to a key):


dmenu_opts="-xs -b -i -l 15"

mpd()   { socat - tcp-connect:localhost:6600 ; } 
query() { echo $* | mpd ; }
get()   { grep "^$1:" | sed 's|^'$1': \(.*\)|\1|' ; }

  case "$(echo -e "album\ntrack" | dmenu $dmenu_opts -p "pick what?")" in
    "album")  query list filename album "\"$(query list album | get Album | dmenu $dmenu_opts -p "pick album")"\" | get file ;;
    "track")  query listall | get file | dmenu $dmenu_opts -p "select song" ;;
    *) exit 1;;

add()     { gawk 'BEGIN {print "command_list_begin"}      {printf "addid \"%s\"\n", $0}             END {print "command_list_end"}' ; }
queue()   { gawk 'BEGIN {i=0;print "command_list_begin"}  /Id:/ {i--;printf "moveid %d %d\n",$2,i}  END {print "command_list_end"}' ; }

pick | add | mpd | queue | mpd

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muss is a simple and fast music player interface built with dmenuEdit

  • creates a new playlist with ALL matching items from dmenu (requires small patch to dmenu 4.1.1)
  • can work entirely from command line (without dmenu at all) to search collection for matches with keywords

for documentation and code, see

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