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Nordavind is a web based audio player.

The UI is inspired by foobar2000, or rather, my particular foobar2000 setup (Nordavind doesn’t offer the extreme flexibility that foobar2000 has).

For a general impression, check out the screenshots

Current status: It's usable (I use it almost daily), but not as polished as I'd like it to be, which is why there isn't a `1.0 release' yet.

Browser support

Nordavind works best in Firefox, other current browsers (Opera, Chrome, IE10) also work, but experience minor issues. At the moment adding features, tweaking the interface, and fixing real bugs is a higher priority than dealing with various browser quirks (Firefox just happens to be the only browser that works without fizzle).

Browsers that will never-ever work are Internet Explorer 8 and Safari 5.

Audio codecs

Nordavid uses the HTML5 <audio> element, while all current browsers support this reasonably well, there are some difference, notably, in the supported codecs.

  • Firefox and Opera will play Ogg Vorbis files
  • Internet Explorer and Safari will play MP3 files
  • Chrome will play both

Nordavind will transparently convert files for you, but you should be aware that converting from MP3 to Ogg Vorbis (or vice versa) will reduce audio quality even at fairly high bitrates because you’re converting from one lossless format to another. So you may want to choose your browser depending on the format of you music collection.

Note that converting FLAC to either format is fine.




  • Pillow or any other PIL-compatible library (there are several), this is used to scale large covers to a reasonable size, if not installed, large covers simply won't be displayed
  • If you want to convert from FLAC to Ogg Vorbis: flac and oggenc
  • If you want to convert from FLAC to MP3: flac and lame
  • If you want to convert from MP3 to Ogg Vorbis: mpg123 and oggenc
  • If you want to convert from Ogg Vorbis to MP3: oggdec and lame


You almost certainly want to edit config.cfg and edit at least the password and musicpath options.


Run to start the server. You can optionally add an address:port to listen on (defaults to

Note that Nordavind only supports a single user; you can’t use the same installation with multiple users.

Adding your music collection

There are two scripts to update your music collection:

  • Does a full update (add new track, update existing, and remove deleted tracks)
  • Only add new tracks; this is significantly faster

Both scripts accept a single argument, which is a directory in your musicdir, if given, only that directory will be updated.

These scripts may give harmless warnings; they're from taglib, You can safely ignore them (doesn't seem like they can can be disabled...)

Using Nordavind

A pane (library, playlist, player, info) needs to have focus for it to receive keybinds.


  • The tab key cycles focus between playlist, library, filter, and the player buttons


  • Doubleclicking an artist will open/close it

  • Doubleclicking an album will append it to the playlist

  • Middleclicking either an artist or album will append it to the playlist (note that there's no reliable way to prevent the default action on middle click, so this may do unexpected things)

  • Typing any text while the library is focused will highlight whatever you’re typing (similar to many native desktop applications)


  • You can select multiple rows with the shift & ctrl modifier keys

  • Arrow keys, page{up,down}, home, and end all work as expected.

  • ctrl+a selects everything


  • Click on the album to get a larger view


Nothing yet...


Version 1.0, TODO

  • Initial release


Copyright © 2013-2014 Martin Tournoij
MIT license applies

Nordavind includes (in whole, or code based on):

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