Spfy is a command-line tool for generating XSPF playlists from metadata stored in several popular audio formats and is developed entirely in Ruby. It takes one or more local directory paths as input, extracts metadata tags from any audio files that it encounters, and generates a valid XSPF playlist.
A working Ruby installation (version 1.9 or greater) is required for Spfy to work, but this is outside the scope of this guide. For more information refer to the official installation procedure.
With the prerequisites above taken care of Spfy can be installed with the following command:
$ gem install spfy
By default, Spfy will output a formatted XSPF playlist to the standard output stream that will include location, title, creator, album, and trackNum elements for each audio file where available.
The general syntax for Spfy is
spfy [options] dir1 ... dirN, where dir1 ... dirN is one or more paths to directories containing audio files.
$ spfy ~/music
..will produce the following output (where ~/music contains one audio file with valid metadata):
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <playlist version="1" xmlns="http://xspf.org/ns/0/"> <trackList> <track> <location>file:///Users/spfy/music/03%20A%20Stitch%20In%20Time.mp3</location> <title>A Stitch In Time</title> <creator>The Smashing Pumpkins</creator> <album>Teargarden by Kaleidyscope</album> <trackNum>3</trackNum> </track> </trackList> </playlist>
Spfy supports multiple directory paths (e.g.
spfy /dir1 /dir2) and traverses each directory recursively by default. Unsupported files and empty directories in a directory tree are silently ignored and will not impact Spfy's output.
Command-line arguments allow you to control which elements Spfy outputs:
-f, --no-location Suppress file location output -t, --no-title Suppress track title in output -a, --no-artist Suppress artist name in output -l, --no-album Suppress album name in output -n, --no-tracknum Suppress track number in output
For additional options use
Spfy is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
Spfy uses the following third party software components:
- taglib-ruby by Robin Stocker