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Spotimeta - Spotify metadata search and lookup


Spotimeta is a simple library for getting data from Spotify's metadata API. Available functions is searching for artists, albums and tracks, as well as looking up the same based on Spotify URIs. The data is returned as simple python dictionaries.


This product uses a SPOTIFY API but is not endorsed, certified or otherwise approved in any way by Spotify. Spotify is the registered trade mark of the Spotify Group.

For more information about the metadata API, see


>>> import spotimeta

Search for a track

>>> search = spotimeta.search_track("Trip back to childhood")
>>> search["total_results"]

Print the artist of that track

>>> artist = search["result"][0]["artist"]
>>> artist["name"]
u'St-Petersburg Ska-Jazz Review'

Look up more information about that artist:

>>> lookup = spotimeta.lookup(artist["href"], detail=1)
>>> for album in lookup["result"]["albums"]:
...     album["name"]
u'Too Good To Be True'
u'Too Good To Be True'
u'Live At The Red Club'

It's also possible to look up metadata using spotify URLs:

>>> track = spotimeta.lookup("")
>>> print track["result"]["artist"]["name"], "-", track["result"]["name"]
Kings Of Leon - Closer

For anything but the simples use-cases one should use caching. Caching is enabled by making a Metadata instance and passing it something that is a mapping type. For instance a dictionary:

>>> metacache = {}
>>> metadata = spotimeta.Metadata(cache=metacache)

The metadata instance has exactly the same methods as the module itself. Caching happens automatically as long as there is a cache object set.

>>> data = metadata.lookup("spotify:track:3kofFW93aMr28qx1BKps7A")
>>> data = metadata.lookup("spotify:track:3kofFW93aMr28qx1BKps7A")

This will only cause a single request. Data is cached for as long as the Expiry header on the first request says it should.

The resolver part of the module is an experimental addition that queries the Metadata API multiple times and orders results based on an edit distance measure.

>>> import spotimeta.resolver
>>> r = spotimeta.resolver.Resolver()
>>> r.multiquery(artist='Bjork', album='Post', track='Army of Me')


  • Sphinxify docs
  • Testcases for search, not just search parser
  • Deal with all the fixmes


See the CHANGELOG file


The author is Rune Halvorsen <>. The project resides at . If you find bugs, or have feature requests, please report them in the project site issue tracker. Patches very welcome.

Also, see AUTHORS file for full list of contributors


This software is licensed under the New BSD License. See the LICENCE file in the top distribution directory for the full license text.