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Guayadeque: Conky integration via MPRIS daemon

conky_mate_2013I switched to Mate desktop environment recently and chose Guayadeque as my new main media player since it seems to be a very promising project and offers a whole lot of cool features.

Lately I decided to integrate the players information into my conky setup. A short search on startpage (ixquick) examined a ready-to-use conkyGuayadeque integration script. Unfortunately the performance of Guayadeque is abysmal when it comes down to DBus integration, I made some test on my own via python-dbus and Bash and it turned out that a single request can use up to 300ms until Guayadeque decides to spit out the information. Since I wanted to see the status, the repeat setting, a progress bar and some meta information like artist, title, album, rating, the conkyGuayadeque script blocked my whole Conky for about 3 to 4 seconds which is far from acceptable.

So I wrote a completely new event driven daemon reacting on Guayadeques DBus signals providing a bunch of text file objects in ~/.mpris/guayadeque which can easily be read by conky without any overhead. The performance of the daemon stays far below noticeable even if the player is running and a steady progress/percent file is written so I have my conky performance back together with all my desired information from Guayadeque.

Since the script works along the MPRIS v1 standard it should work together with other MPRIS-enabled players, too as long as they provide a MPRIS DBus interface.

Start the daemon along with your other autostart files and it will automatically wait for Guayadeque to appear on the bus. If you want to try other players e.g. rhythmbox, you can start it like that:

mpris player=rhythmbox

It will create ~/.mpris/rhythmbox and place all status information there. Without this argument „guayadeque“ is the default player (and output folder).

If you want to see the actually playing title, simply do a

cat ~/.mpris/guayadeque/title

If you want to show the gathered information in conky, here’s an example taken from my actual conky config shown in the screenshot on the right:

${voffset 5}${font Sans:size=18}${exec cat ~/.mpris/guayadeque/stateChar}${font}${voffset -5} ${font Ubuntu:size=12}Player${font}${alignr}(Repeat: ${exec cat ~/.mpris/guayadeque/repeatText})
$hr
Artist:${alignr}${exec cat ~/.mpris/guayadeque/artist}
Title:${alignr}${exec cat ~/.mpris/guayadeque/title}
Album:${alignr}${exec cat ~/.mpris/guayadeque/album}
Rating:${font Sans}${alignr}${exec cat ~/.mpris/guayadeque/stars}${font}
${execbar cat ~/.mpris/guayadeque/percent}

The whole thing is kind of quick’n’dirty by now but it’s doing its job well. Things missing:

  • A sophisticated signal handler for killing the thread (e.g. doing some cleanup)
  • Testing other MPRIS enabled players
  • Perhaps MPRIS v2 standard support

And here we go with the script (depends on python-dbus). Download, mark as executable and add it to your autostart programs. Add the code (or similar) from above to your conky config and voilá.

The script can be used for other realtime purposes, too, take a look in ~/.mpris/[player]/ to see which informations you can get out of it.

There are some undocumented arguments for defining the output text or icons like star=*, stateText=None,Play,Pause,Stop aso.

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  3. Dippy

    Can you please share your conky script.

  4. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Dippy,

    very old version
    slightly old version
    actual version

    Best markus

  5. Dippy

    Thank you very much.

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