Code Quality Rank: L5
Programming language: PHP
License: GNU Affero General Public License v3.0
Tags: Media Streaming     Audio Streaming    
Latest version: v5.0.0-pre

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This cycle we have added support for multiple Album and Song artists. This allows multiple artists to be part of a single song/album object and is created from file tags.

We rely on 3 tags right now picard-docs

  • Artists: Array of Artist names that are looked up and matched to Song Artist (Ignored if count is the same as MusicBrainz Artist ID)
  • MusicBrainz Artist ID: Array of MBID values that denote Song Artist
  • MusicBrainz Release Artist ID: Array of MBID values that denote Album Artist

If these are not arrays, we try to split and create arrays to do the lookups The reason the regular artist and albumartist tags are ignored (for now) is due to how awful these fields can be. If you don't use these tags nothing will change and will function as normal.

To do a full catalog verify, disable catalog_verify_by_time in your config file.


Ampache is a web based audio/video streaming application and file manager allowing you to access your music & videos from anywhere, using almost any internet enabled device.

Ampache's usefulness is heavily dependent on being able to extract correct metadata from embedded tags in your files and/or the file name. Ampache is not a media organiser; it is meant to be a tool which presents an already organised collection in a useful way. It assumes that you know best how to manage your files and are capable of choosing a suitable method for doing so.

Recommended Version

The recommended and most stable version is the current stable release5 branch.

You get the latest version with recent changes and fixes but maybe in an unstable state from our develop branch. Scrutinizer Code Quality Code Coverage Codacy Badge Code Climate

If you want to run the last stable version release4 is still available


Please see the wiki and don't forget to check out the basic config guide after that.


  • A web server. All of the following have been used, though Ampache receives the most testing with Apache:

    • Apache
    • lighttpd
    • nginx
    • IIS
  • PHP 7.1-7.4 (Ampache 4.x.x)

  • PHP 7.4 (Ampache 5.0.x)

  • PHP 8.0 (Ampache 5.1.x)

  • PHP modules:

    • PDO
    • hash
    • session
    • json
    • intl
    • simplexml (optional)
    • curl (optional)
  • For FreeBSD The following php modules must be loaded:

    • php-xml
    • php-dom
    • php-intl
  • MySQL 5.x / MySQL 8.x / MariaDB 10.x


If you are upgrading from an older version of Ampache we recommend moving the old directory out of the way, extracting the new copy in its place and then copying the old /config/ampache.cfg.php, /rest/.htaccess, /channel/.htaccess, and /play/.htaccess files if any. All database updates will be handled by Ampache.


Ampache is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License v3 (AGPL-3.0-or-later) as published by the Free Software Foundation.

Ampache includes some external modules that carry their own licensing.


Ampache is currently translated (at least partially) into the following languages. If you are interested in updating an existing translation, simply visit us on Transifex. If you prefer it old school or want to work offline, take a look at /locale/base/TRANSLATIONS for more instructions.

Translation progress so far:



Thanks to all those who have helped make Ampache awesome: [Credits](docs/ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.md)

Contact Us

Hate it? Love it? Let us know! Dozens of people send ideas for amazing new features, report bugs and further develop Ampache actively. Be a part of Ampache with it's more than 10 years long history and get in touch with an awesome and friendly community!

Further Information and basic Help

  • Everything related to the Ampache Project can be found on our Public Repository
  • Want to know, how to get Apache to work or learn more about the functions? See our Documentation

We hope to see you soon and that you have fun with this Project!

[Team Ampache](docs/ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.md)

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Ampache README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.