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glyrc - search engine for music-related metadata


glyrc GETTER [options]

where GETTER must be one of:

· cover

· lyrics

· artistphoto

· artistbio

· similarartists

· similarsongs

· albumreview

· albumlist

· tags

· relations

· tracklist

· guitartabs

· backdrops


-f --from String
Providers from where to get metadata. Refer to glyrc —list for a full list

-w --write Path
Write metadata to the dir d, or filename d, special values stdout, stderr and null are

Certain escapes are escaped inside the filename in the form :X:, where X may be one of:

· type : The getter used in this query (e.g. cover)

· artist : Artist - as passed by -a

· album : Album - as passed by -b

· title : Title - as passed by -t

· size : Size in bytes

· format : The image format or `txt' for textitems

· source : The source URL of this item

· prov : The Provider of this item

· cksum : a md5sum of the data

· rating : (Usually 0)

· duration : (Only for tracks) Duration in seconds

· number : An index incremented with each item (starting with 1)

The default format is
':artist::album::title::type::number:.:format:' Strings containing `/' are replaced with
`|' automatically, so —write ':artist:' for AC/DC will result in AC|DC

-n --number Integer
Download max. n items. Amount of actual downloaded items may be less.

-l --lang String
Language settings. Used by a few getters to deliever localized data. Given in ISO 639-1
codes like `de'

-o --only-lang
Only use providers that offer language specific data, this only applies for text items.

-z --fuzzyness Integer
Set threshold for level of Levenshtein algorithm.

-q --qsratio Float
How to weight quality/speed; 1.0 = full quality, 0.0 = full speed.

-x --plugmax Integer
Maximum number od download a plugin may deliever. Use to make results more vary.

-v --verbosity Integer
Set verbosity from 0 to 4. See online README for details.


-p --parallel Integer
Define the number of downloads that may be performed in parallel.

-u --useragent String
The useragent to use during HTTP requests

-r --redirects Integer
Define the number of redirects that are allowed.

-m --timeout Integer
Define the maximum number in seconds after which a download is cancelled.

-k --proxy String
Set the proxy to use in the form of [protocol://][user:pass@]yourproxy.domain[:port]


-d --download
Download Images.

-D --skip-download
Don't download images, but return the URLs to them (act like a search engine)

-a --artist String
Artist name to search for

-b --album String
Album name to search for

-t --title String
Songname to search for

-e --maxsize Integer
(images only) The maximum size a cover may have.

-i --minsize Integer
(images only) The minimum size a cover may have.

-F --formats String
A semicolon separated list of imageformats that are allowed. e.g.: “png;jpeg”

-8 --force-utf8
Forces utf8 encoding for text items, invalid encodings get sorted out


-L --list
List all fetchers and source providers for each and exit.

-h --help
This text you unlucky wanderer are viewing.

-V --version
Print the version string.

-U --update
Updates libglyr if new version is available.

-g --as-one
(Textitems only) Output all results as one (useful for tracklist and albumlist).

-G --no-as-one
Disables --as-one (Default)

-y --color
Enables colored output for glyrc (Default)

-Y --no-color
Prints no colored output

-s --musictree-path p
p is a path to your music directory. Glyr might fetch things like folger.jpg from there

-j --callback Command
Set a bash command to be executed when a item is finished downloading; The special string
<path> is expanded with the actual path to the data.


-c --cache folder
Creates or opens an existing cache at folder/metadata.db and lookups data from there.

cache select [Query]
Selects data from the cache; you can use any other option behind this.

cache delete [Query]
Instead of searching for this element, the element is deleted from the database. Needs

cache list
List all items in the database (including the artist / album / title / type). Needs


glyrc cover --artist SomeBand --album SomeAlbum


# Write found items to cache; create it if not existant
glyrc lyrics -a A -b B --cache /tmp

# List all in the cache
glyrc cache list --cache /tmp

# Delete artist/album
glyrc cache delete cover -a Equilibrium -b Sagas --cache /tmp

# Search for two items in cache and print them
glyrc cache select lyrics -a Knorkator -t 'A' -n 2 --cache /tmp

With each item received you get a link to the original source, please refer to the
individual terms of use, copying and distributing of this data might be not allowed.

A more detailed version of this help can be found online:


Christopher Pahl <[email protected]>, Etienne Millon.

May 9 2012 glyrc(1)

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