Skip to content
Tags give the ability to mark specific points in history as being important
  • 0.17
    0.17 (2018-10-07)
    Per user libraries
    This release contains a big change in music management. This has a lot of impact
    on how Funkwhale behaves, and you should have a look at for information
    about what changed and how to migrate.
    - Per user libraries (#463, also fixes #160 and #147)
    - Authentication using a LDAP directory (#194)
    - Add configuration option to set Musicbrainz hostname
    - Add sign up link in the sidebar (#408)
    - Added a library widget to display libraries associated with a track, album
      and artist (#551)
    - Ensure from_activity field is not required in django's admin (#546)
    - Move setting link from profile page to the sidebar (#406)
    - Simplified and less error-prone nginx setup (#358)
    - Do not restart current song when rordering queue, deleting tracks from queue
      or adding tracks to queue (#464)
    - Fix broken icons in playlist editor (#515)
    - Fixed a few untranslated strings (#559)
    - Fixed splitted album when importing from federation (#346)
    - Fixed toggle mute in volume bar does not restore previous volume level (#514)
    - Fixed wrong env file URL and display bugs in deployment documentation (#520)
    - Fixed wrong title in PlayButton (#435)
    - Remove transparency on artist page button (#517)
    - Set sane width default for ui cards and center play button (#530)
    - Updated wrong icon and copy in play button dropdown (#436)
    - Fixed wrong URLs for docker / nginx files in documentation (#537)
    - Added a merge request template and more documentation about the changelog
    Using a LDAP directory to authenticate to your Funkwhale instance
    Funkwhale now support LDAP as an authentication source: you can configure
    your instance to delegate login to a LDAP directory, which is especially
    useful when you have an existing directory and don't want to manage users
    You can use this authentication backend side by side with the classic one.
    Have a look at
    for detailed instructions on how to set this up.
    Simplified nginx setup [Docker: Manual action required]
    We've received a lot of user feedback regarding our installation process,
    and it seems the proxy part is the one which is the most confusing and difficult.
    Unfortunately, this is also the one where errors and mistakes can completely break
    the application.
    To make things easier for everyone, we now offer a simplified deployment
    process for the reverse proxy part. This will make upgrade of the proxy configuration
    significantly easier on docker deployments.
    On non-docker instances, you have nothing to do.
    If you have a dockerized instance, here is the upgrade path.
    First, tweak your .env file::
        # remove the FUNKWHALE_URL variable
        # and add the next variables
        # add the following variable, matching the path your app is deployed
        # leaving the default should work fine if you deployed using the same
        # paths as the documentation
    Then, add the following block at the end of your docker-compose.yml file::
        # existing services
        # new service
          image: nginx
            - .env
            # Override those variables in your .env file if needed
            - "./nginx/funkwhale.template:/etc/nginx/conf.d/funkwhale.template:ro"
            - "./nginx/funkwhale_proxy.conf:/etc/nginx/funkwhale_proxy.conf:ro"
            - "${MUSIC_DIRECTORY_SERVE_PATH-/srv/funkwhale/data/music}:${MUSIC_DIRECTORY_SERVE_PATH-/srv/funkwhale/data/music}:ro"
            - "${MEDIA_ROOT}:${MEDIA_ROOT}:ro"
            - "${STATIC_ROOT}:${STATIC_ROOT}:ro"
            - "${FUNKWHALE_FRONTEND_PATH}:/frontend:ro"
            # override those variables in your .env file if needed
            - "${FUNKWHALE_API_IP}:${FUNKWHALE_API_PORT}:80"
          command: >
              sh -c "envsubst \"`env | awk -F = '{printf \" $$%s\", $$1}'`\"
              < /etc/nginx/conf.d/funkwhale.template
              > /etc/nginx/conf.d/default.conf
              && cat /etc/nginx/conf.d/default.conf
              && nginx -g 'daemon off;'"
            - api
    By doing that, you'll enable a dockerized nginx that will automatically be
    configured to serve your Funkwhale instance.
    Download the required configuration files for the nginx container:
    .. parsed-literal::
        cd /srv/funkwhale
        mkdir nginx
        curl -L -o nginx/funkwhale.template "|version|/deploy/docker.nginx.template"
        curl -L -o nginx/funkwhale_proxy.conf "|version|/deploy/funkwhale_proxy.conf"
    Update the funkwhale.conf configuration of your server's reverse-proxy::
        # the file should match something like that, upgrade all variables
        # between ${} to match the ones in your .env file,
        # and your SSL configuration if you're not using let's encrypt
        # The important thing is that you only have a single location block
        # that proxies everything to your dockerized nginx.
        sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/funkwhale.conf
        upstream fw {
            # depending on your setup, you may want to update this
            server ${FUNKWHALE_API_IP}:${FUNKWHALE_API_PORT};
        map $http_upgrade $connection_upgrade {
            default upgrade;
            ''      close;
        server {
            listen 80;
            listen [::]:80;
            server_name ${FUNKWHALE_HOSTNAME};
            location / { return 301 https://$host$request_uri; }
        server {
            listen      443 ssl;
            listen [::]:443 ssl;
            server_name ${FUNKWHALE_HOSTNAME};
            # TLS
            ssl_protocols TLSv1.2;
            ssl_ciphers HIGH:!MEDIUM:!LOW:!aNULL:!NULL:!SHA;
            ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;
            ssl_session_cache shared:SSL:10m;
            ssl_certificate     /etc/letsencrypt/live/${FUNKWHALE_HOSTNAME}/fullchain.pem;
            ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/${FUNKWHALE_HOSTNAME}/privkey.pem;
            # HSTS
            add_header Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=31536000";
            location / {
                include /etc/nginx/funkwhale_proxy.conf;
                proxy_pass   http://fw/;
    Check that your configuration is valid then reload:
        sudo nginx -t
        sudo systemctl reload nginx
  • 0.16.3
    0.16.3 (2018-08-21)
    Upgrade instructions are available at
    - Fixed front-end not contacting the proper path on the API (!385)
  • 0.16.2
    0.16.2 (2018-08-21)
    Upgrade instructions are available at
    - Ensure we always have a default api url set on first load to avoid displaying
      the instance picker (#490)
    - Fixed CLI importer syntax error because of async reserved keyword usage
  • 0.16.1
    0.16.1 (2018-08-19)
    Upgrade instructions are available at
    - Make funkwhale themable by loading external stylesheets (#456)
    - Add link to admin on "Staff member" button (#202)
    - Can now add a description to radios and better radio cards (#331)
    - Display track duration in track tables (#461)
    - More permissive default permissions for front-end files (#388)
    - Simpler configuration and toolchain for the front-end using vue-cli (!375)
    - Use Howler to manage audio instead of our own dirty/untested code (#392)
    - Fix alignment issue on top bar in Admin tabs (#395)
    - Fix Apache2 permission issue preventing `/media` folder from being served
      correctly (#389)
    - Fix loading on browse page lists causing them to go down, and dimming over
      the top bar (#468)
    - Fixed (again): administration section not showing up in sidebar after login
    - Fixed audio mimetype not showing up on track detail and list (#459)
    - Fixed broken audio playback on Chrome and invisible volume control (#390)
    - Fixed broken federation import on big imports due to missing transaction
      logic (#397)
    - Fixed crash on artist pages when no cover is available (#457)
    - Fixed favorited status of tracks not appearing in interface (#398)
    - Fixed invitation code not prefilled in form when accessing invitation link
    - Fixed typos in scheduled tasks configuration (#487)
    - Removed release date error in case of empty date (#478)
    - Removed white on white artist button on hover, on Album page (#393)
    - Smarter date parsing during import by replacing arrow with pendulum (#376)
    - Display public playlists properly for anonymous users (#488)
    - Added portuguese, spanish and german translations
    Custom themes for Funkwhale
    If you ever wanted to give a custom look and feel to your instance, this is now possible.
    Check if you want to know more!
    Fix Apache2 configuration file for media block [Manual action required]
    The permission scope on the current Apache2 configuration file is too narrow, preventing thumbnails from being served.
    On Apache2 setups, you have to replace the following line::
        <Directory /srv/funkwhale/data/media/albums>
        <Directory /srv/funkwhale/data/media>
    You can now restart your server::
        sudo systemctl restart apache2
  • 0.16
    0.16 (unreleased)
    Upgrade instructions are available at
    - Complete redesign of the library home and playlist pages (#284)
    - Expose ActivityPub actors for users (#317)
    - Implemented a basic but functionnal Github-like search on federated tracks
      list (#344)
    - Internationalized interface as well as translations for Arabic, French,
      Esperanto, Italian, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese and Swedish (#161, #167)
    - Users can now upload an avatar in their settings page (#257)
    - Added feedback when creating/updating radio (#302)
    - Apply restrictions to username characters during signup
    - Autoselect best language based on browser configuration (#386)
    - Can now order tracks on federated track list (#326)
    - Can now relaunch pending import jobs from the web interface (#323)
    - Ensure we do not display pagination on single pages (#334)
    - Ensure we have sane defaults for MEDIA_ROOT, STATIC_ROOT and
      MUSIC_DIRECTORY_PATH in the deployment .env file (#350)
    - Make some space for the volume slider to allow precise control (#318)
    - Removed django-cacheops dependency
    - Store track artist and album artist separately (#237) Better handling of
      tracks with a different artist than the album artist
    - The navigation bar of Library is now fixed (#375)
    - Use thumbnails for avatars and covers to reduce bandwidth
    - Ensure 750 permissions on CI artifacts (#332)
    - Ensure images are not cropped in queue (#337)
    - Ensure we do not import artists with empty names (#351)
    - Fix notifications not closing when clicking on the cross (#366)
    - Fix the most annoying offset in the whole fediverse (#369)
    - Fixed persistent message in playlist modal (#304)
    - Fixed unfiltered results in favorites API (#384)
    - Raise a warning instead of crashing when getting a broken path in file import
    - Remove parallelization of uploads during import to avoid crashing small
      servers (#382)
    - Subsonic API login is now case insensitive (#339)
    - Validate Date header in HTTP Signatures (#328)
    - Added troubleshotting and technical overview documentation (#256)
    - Arch Linux installation steps
    - Document that users can use Ultrasonic on Android (#316)
    - Fixed a couple of typos
    - Some cosmetic improvements to the doc
    - Arabic translation (!302)
    - Polish translation (!304)
    Library home and playlist page overhaul
    The library home page have been completely redesigned to include:
    - other users activity (listenings, playlists and favorites)
    - recently imported albums
    We think this new version showcases more music in a more useful way, let us know
    what you think about it!
    The playlist page have been updated as well.
    Internationalized interface
    After months of work, we're proud to announce our interface is now ready
    for internationalization.
    Translators have already started the work of translating Funkwhale in 8 different languages,
    and we're ready to add more as needed.
    You can easily get involved at
    Better handling of tracks with a different artist than the album artist
    Some tracks involve a different artist than the album artist (e.g. a featuring)
    and Funkwhale has been known to do weird things when importing such tracks, resulting
    in albums that contained a single track, for instance.
    The situation should be improved with this release, as Funkwhale is now able to
    store separately the track and album artist, and display it properly in the interface.
    Users now have an ActivityPub Actor [Manual action required]
    In the process of implementing federation for user activity such as listening
    history, we are now making user profiles (a.k.a. ActivityPub actors) available through federation.
    This does not means the federation is working, but this is a needed step to implement it.
    Those profiles will be created automatically for new users, but you have to run a command
    to create them for existing users.
    On docker setups::
        docker-compose run --rm api python script create_actors --no-input
    On non-docker setups::
        python script create_actors --no-input
    This should only take a few seconds to run. It is safe to interrupt the process or rerun it multiple times.
    Image thumbnails [Manual action required]
    To reduce bandwidth usage on slow or limited connexions and improve performance
    in general, we now use smaller images in the front-end. For instance, if you have
    an album cover with a 1000x1000 pixel size, we will create smaller
    versions of this image (50x50, 200x200, 400x400) and reference those resized version
    when we don't actually need the original image.
    Thumbnail will be created automatically for new objects, however, you have
    to launch a manual command to deal with existing ones.
    On docker setups::
        docker-compose run --rm api python script create_image_variations --no-input
    On non-docker setups::
        python script create_image_variations --no-input
    This should be quite fast but may take up to a few minutes depending on the number
    of albums you have in database. It is safe to interrupt the process or rerun it multiple times.
    Improved search on federated tracks list
    Having a powerful but easy-to-use search is important but difficult to achieve, especially
    if you do not want to have a real complex search interface.
    Github does a pretty good job with that, using a structured but simple query system
    This release implements a limited but working subset of this query system. You can use it only on the federated
    tracks list (/manage/federation/tracks) at the moment, but depending on feedback it will be rolled-out on other pages as well.
    This is the type of query you can run:
    - ``hello world``: search for "hello" and "world" in all the available fields
    - ``hello in:artist`` search for results where artist name is "hello"
    - ``spring in:artist,album`` search for results where artist name or album title contain "spring"
    - ``artist:hello`` search for results where artist name equals "hello"
    - ``artist:"System of a Down" domain:instance.funkwhale`` search for results where artist name equals "System of a Down" and inside "instance.funkwhale" library
    Ensure MEDIA_ROOT, STATIC_ROOT and MUSIC_DIRECTORY_* are set explicitely [Manual action required]
    In our default .env file, MEDIA_ROOT and STATIC_ROOT were commented by default, causing
    some deployment issues on non-docker setups when people forgot to uncomment them.
    From now on, those variables are uncommented, and will also be used on docker setups
    to mount the volumes automatically in the docker-compose.yml file. This has been a source
    of headache as well in some deployments, where you had to update both the .env file and
    the compose file.
    This also applies to in-place paths (MUSIC_DIRECTORY_PATH and MUSIC_DIRECTORY_SERVE_PATH),
    whose values are now used directly to set up the proper Docker volumes.
    This will only affect new deployments though. If you want to benefit from this on an
    existing instance, do a backup of your ``.env`` and ``docker-compose.yml`` files and apply the following changes:
    - Ensure ``MEDIA_ROOT`` is uncommented in your .env file and match the absolute path where media files are stored
      on your host (``/srv/funkwhale/data/media`` by default)
    - Ensure ``STATIC_ROOT`` is uncommented in your .env file and match the absolute path where static files are stored
      on your host (``/srv/funkwhale/data/static`` by default)
    - If you use in-place import:
        - Ensure MUSIC_DIRECTORY_PATH is uncommented and set to ``/music``
        - Ensure MUSIC_DIRECTORY_SERVE_PATH is uncommented and set to the absolute path on your host were your music files
          are stored (``/srv/funkwhale/data/music`` by default)
    - Edit your docker-compose.yml file to reflect the changes:
        - Search for volumes (there should be two occurences) that contains ``/app/funkwhale_api/media`` on the right side, and
          replace the whole line with ``- "${MEDIA_ROOT}:${MEDIA_ROOT}"``
        - Search for a volume that contains ``/app/staticfiles`` on the right side, and
          replace the whole line with ``- "${STATIC_ROOT}:${STATIC_ROOT}"``
        - If you use in-place import, search for volumes (there should be two occurences) that contains ``/music:ro`` on the right side, and
          replace the whole line with ``- "${MUSIC_DIRECTORY_SERVE_PATH}:${MUSIC_DIRECTORY_PATH}:ro"``
    In the end, the ``volumes`` directives of your containers should look like that::
            - "${MEDIA_ROOT}:${MEDIA_ROOT}"
            - "${MEDIA_ROOT}:${MEDIA_ROOT}"
            - "${STATIC_ROOT}:${STATIC_ROOT}"
            - ./front/dist:/frontend
    Removed Cacheops dependency
    We removed one of our dependency named django-cacheops. It was unly used in a few places,
    and not playing nice with other dependencies.
    You can safely remove this dependency in your environment with ``pip uninstall django-cacheops`` if you're
    not using docker.
    You can also safely remove any ``CACHEOPS_ENABLED`` setting from your environment file.
  • 0.15
    0.15 (2018-06-24)
    Upgrade instructions are available at
    - Added admin interface to manage import requests (#190)
    - Added replace flag during import to replace already present tracks with a new
      version of their track file (#222)
    - Funkwhale's front-end can now point to any instance (#327) Removed front-end
      and back-end coupling
    - Management interface for users (#212)
    - New invite system (#248) New invite system
    - Added "TV" to the list of highlighted words during YouTube import (#154)
    - Command line import now accepts unlimited args (#242)
    - Expose track files date in manage API (#307)
    - Fixed current track restart/hiccup when shuffling queue, deleting track from
      queue or reordering (#310)
    - Include user's current private playlists on playlist list (#302)
    - Remove link to generic radios, since they don't have detail pages (#324)
    - Document that Funkwhale may be installed with YunoHost (#325)
    - Documented a saner layout with symlinks for in-place imports (#254)
    - Upgrade documentation now use the correct user on non-docker setups (#265)
    Invite system
    On closed instances, it has always been a little bit painful to create accounts
    by hand for new users. This release solve that by adding invitations.
    You can generate invitation codes via the "users" admin interface (you'll find a
    link in the sidebar). Those codes are valid for 14 days, and can be used once
    to create a new account on the instance, even if registrations are closed.
    By default, we generate a random code for invitations, but you can also use custom codes
    if you need to print them or make them fancier ;)
    Invitations generation and management requires the "settings" permission.
  • 0.14.2
    0.14.2 (2018-06-16)
    .. warning::
        This release contains a fix for a permission issue. You should upgrade
        as soon as possible. Read the changelog below for more details.
    Upgrade instructions are available at
    - Added feedback on shuffle button (#262)
    - Added multiple warnings in the documentation that you should never run
      makemigrations yourself (#291)
    - Album cover served in http (#264)
    - Apache2 reverse proxy now supports websockets (tested with Apache 2.4.25)
    - Display file size in human format during file upload (#289)
    - Switch from BSD-3 licence to AGPL-3 licence (#280)
    - Ensure radios can only be edited and deleted by their owners (#311)
    - Fixed admin menu not showing after login (#245)
    - Fixed broken pagination in Subsonic API (#295)
    - Fixed duplicated websocket connexion on timeline (#287)
    - Improved documentation about in-place imports setup (#298)
    - Added Black and flake8 checks in CI to ensure consistent code styling and
      formatting (#297)
    - Added bug and feature issue templates (#299)
    Permission issues on radios
    Because of an error in the way we checked user permissions on radios,
    public radios could be deleted by any logged-in user, even if they were not
    the owner of the radio.
    We recommend instances owners to upgrade as fast as possible to avoid any abuse
    and data loss.
    Funkwhale is now licenced under AGPL-3
    Following the recent switch made by PixelFed
    (, we decided along with
    the community to relicence Funkwhale under the AGPL-3 licence. We did this
    switch for various reasons:
    - This is better aligned with other fediverse software
    - It prohibits anyone to distribute closed-source and proprietary forks of Funkwhale
    As end users and instance owners, this does not change anything. You can
    continue to use Funkwhale exactly as you did before :)
    Apache support for websocket
    Up until now, our Apache2 configuration was not working with websockets. This is now
    solved by adding this at the beginning of your Apache2 configuration file::
        Define funkwhale-api-ws ws://localhost:5000
    And this, before the "/api" block::
        # Activating WebSockets
        ProxyPass "/api/v1/instance/activity" ${funkwhale-api-ws}/api/v1/instance/activity
    Websockets may not be supported in older versions of Apache2. Be sure to upgrade to the latest version available.
    Serving album covers in https (Apache2 proxy)
    Two issues are addressed here. The first one was about Django replying with
    mixed content (http) when queried for covers. Setting up the `X-Forwarded-Proto`
    allows Django to know that the client is using https, and that the reply must
    be https as well.
    Second issue was a problem of permission causing Apache a denied access to
    album cover folder. It is solved by adding another block for this path in
    the Apache configuration file for funkwhale.
    Here is how to modify your `funkwhale.conf` apache2 configuration::
      <VirtualHost *:443>
        #Add this new line
        RequestHeader set X-Forwarded-Proto "https"
        # Add this new block below the other <Directory/> blocks
        # replace /srv/funkwhale/data/media with the path to your media directory
        # if you're not using the standard layout.
        <Directory /srv/funkwhale/data/media/albums>
          Options FollowSymLinks
          AllowOverride None
          Require all granted
    About the makemigrations warning
    You may sometimes get the following warning while applying migrations::
        "Your models have changes that are not yet reflected in a migration, and so won't be applied."
    This is a warning, not an error, and it can be safely ignored.
    Never run the ``makemigrations`` command yourself.
  • 0.14.1
    0.14.1 (2018-06-06)
    Upgrade instructions are available at
    - Display server version in the footer (#270)
    - fix_track_files will now update files with bad mimetype (and not only the one
      with no mimetype) (#273)
    - Huge performance boost (~x5 to x7) during CLI import that queries MusicBrainz
    - Removed alpha-state transcoding support (#271)
    - Broken logging statement during import error (#274)
    - Broken search bar on library home (#278)
    - Do not crash when importing track with an artist that do not match the
      release artist (#237)
    - Do not crash when tag contains multiple uuids with a / separator (#267)
    - Ensure we do not store bad mimetypes (such as application/x-empty) (#266)
    - Fix broken "play all" button that played only 25 tracks (#281)
    - Fixed broken track download modal (overflow and wrong URL) (#239)
    - Removed hardcoded size limit in file upload widget (#275)
    - Added warning about _protected/music location in nginx configuration (#247)
    Removed alpha-state transcoding (#271)
    A few months ago, a basic transcoding feature was implemented. Due to the way
    this feature was designed, it was slow, CPU intensive on the server side,
    and very tightly coupled to the reverse-proxy configuration, preventing
    it to work Apache2, for instance. It was also not compatible with Subsonic clients.
    Based on that, we're currently removing support for transcoding
    **in its current state**. The work on a better designed transcoding feature
    can be tracked in
    You don't have to do anything on your side, but you may want to remove
    the now obsolete configuration from your reverse proxy file (nginx only)::
        # Remove those blocks:
        # transcode cache
        proxy_cache_path /tmp/funkwhale-transcode levels=1:2 keys_zone=transcode:10m max_size=1g inactive=7d;
        # Transcoding logic and caching
        location = /transcode-auth {
            include /etc/nginx/funkwhale_proxy.conf;
            # needed so we can authenticate transcode requests, but still
            # cache the result
            set $query '';
            # ensure we actually pass the jwt to the underlytin auth url
            if ($request_uri ~* "[^\?]+\?(.*)$") {
                set $query $1;
            proxy_pass http://funkwhale-api/api/v1/trackfiles/viewable/?$query;
            proxy_pass_request_body off;
            proxy_set_header        Content-Length "";
        location /api/v1/trackfiles/transcode/ {
            include /etc/nginx/funkwhale_proxy.conf;
            # this block deals with authenticating and caching transcoding
            # requests. Caching is heavily recommended as transcoding
            # is a CPU intensive process.
            auth_request /transcode-auth;
            if ($args ~ (.*)jwt=[^&]*(.*)) {
                set $cleaned_args $1$2;
            proxy_cache_key "$scheme$request_method$host$uri$is_args$cleaned_args";
            proxy_cache transcode;
            proxy_cache_valid 200 7d;
            proxy_ignore_headers "Set-Cookie";
            proxy_hide_header "Set-Cookie";
            add_header X-Cache-Status $upstream_cache_status;
            proxy_pass   http://funkwhale-api;
        # end of transcoding logic
  • 0.14
    0.14 (2018-06-02)
    Upgrade instructions are available at
    - Admins can now configure default permissions that will be granted to all
      registered users (#236)
    - Files management interface for users with "library" permission (#223)
    - New action table component for quick and efficient batch actions (#228) This
      is implemented on the federated tracks pages, but will be included in other
      pages as well depending on the feedback.
    - Added a new "upload" permission that allows user to launch import and view
      their own imports (#230)
    - Added Support for OggTheora in import.
    - Autoremove media files on model instance deletion (#241)
    - Can now import a whole remote library at once thanks to new Action Table
      component (#164)
    - Can now use album covers from flac/mp3 metadata and separate file in track
      directory (#219)
    - Implemented getCovertArt in Subsonic API to serve album covers (#258)
    - Implemented scrobble endpoint of subsonic API, listenings are now tracked
      correctly from third party apps that use this endpoint (#260)
    - Retructured music API to increase performance and remove useless endpoints
    - Consistent constraints/checks for URL size (#207)
    - Display proper total number of tracks on radio detail (#225)
    - Do not crash on flac import if musicbrainz tags are missing (#214)
    - Empty save button in radio builder (#226)
    - Ensure anonymous users can use the app if the instance is configured
      accordingly (#229)
    - Ensure inactive users cannot get auth tokens (#218) This was already the case
      bug we missed some checks
    - File-upload import now supports Flac files (#213)
    - File-upload importer should now work properly, assuming files are tagged
    - Fixed a few broken translations strings (#227)
    - Fixed broken ordering in front-end lists (#179)
    - Fixed ignored page_size paremeter on artist and favorites list (#240)
    - Read ID3Tag Tracknumber from TRCK (#220)
    - We now fetch album covers regardless of the import methods (#231)
    - Added missing subsonic configuration block in deployment vhost files (#249)
    - Moved upgrade doc under install doc in TOC (#251)
    - Removed acoustid support, as the integration was buggy and error-prone (#106)
    Files management interface
    This is the first bit of an ongoing work that will span several releases, to
    bring more powerful library management features to Funkwhale. This iteration
    includes a basic file management interface where users with the "library"
    permission can list and search available files, order them using
    various criterias (size, bitrate, duration...) and delete them.
    New "upload" permission
    This new permission is helpful if you want to give upload/import rights
    to some users, but don't want them to be able to manage the library as a whole:
    although there are no controls yet for managing library in the fron-end,
    subsequent release will introduce management interfaces for artists, files,
    Because of that, users with the "library" permission will have much more power,
    and will also be able to remove content from the platform. On the other hand,
    users with the "upload" permission will only have the ability to add new
    Also, this release also includes a new feature called "default permissions":
    those are permissions that are granted to every users on the platform.
    On public/open instances, this will play well with the "upload" permission
    since everyone will be able to contribute to the instance library without
    an admin giving the permission to every single user.
    Smarter album cover importer
    In earlier versions, covers where only imported when launching a YouTube import.
    Starting from this release, covers will be imported regardless of the import mode
    (file upload, youtube-dl, CLI, in-place...). Funkwhale will look for covers
    in the following order:
    1. In the imported file itself (FLAC/MP3 only)
    2. In a cover.jpg or cover.png in the file directory
    3. By fetching cover art from Musibrainz, assuming the file is tagged correctly
    This will only work for newly imported tracks and albums though. In the future,
    we may offer an option to refetch album covers from the interface, but in the
    meantime, you can use the following snippet:
    .. code-block:: python
        # Store this in /tmp/
        from import Album, TrackFile
        from import update_album_cover
        albums_without_covers = Album.objects.filter(cover='')
        total = albums_without_covers.count()
        print('Found {} albums without cover'.format(total))
        for i, album in enumerate(albums_without_covers.iterator()):
            print('[{}/{}] Fetching cover for {}...'.format(i+1, total, album.title))
            f = TrackFile.objects.filter(track__album=album).filter(source__startswith='file://').first()
            update_album_cover(album, track_file=f)
    Then launch it::
        # docker setups
        cat /tmp/ | docker-compose run --rm api python shell -i python
        # non-docker setups
        source /srv/funkwhale/load_env
        source /srv/funkwhale/virtualenv/bin/activate
        cat /tmp/ | python shell -i python
        # cleanup
        rm /tmp/
    .. note::
        Depending on your number of albums, the previous snippet may take some time
        to execute. You can interrupt it at any time using ctrl-c and relaunch it later,
        as it's idempotent.
    Music API changes
    This release includes an API break. Even though the API is advertised
    as unstable, and not documented, here is a brief explanation of the change in
    case you are using the API in a client or in a script. Summary of the changes:
    - ``/api/v1/artists`` does not includes a list of tracks anymore. It was to heavy
      to return all of this data all the time. You can get all tracks for an
      artist using ``/api/v1/tracks?artist=artist_id``
    - Additionally, ``/api/v1/tracks`` now support an ``album`` filter to filter
      tracks matching an album
    - ``/api/v1/artists/search``, ``/api/v1/albums/search`` and ``/api/v1/tracks/search``
      endpoints are removed. Use ``/api/v1/{artists|albums|tracks}/?q=yourquery``
      instead. It's also more powerful, since you can combine search with other
      filters and ordering options.
    - ``/api/v1/requests/import-requests/search`` endpoint is removed as well.
      Use ``/api/v1/requests/import-requests/?q=yourquery``
      instead. It's also more powerful, since you can combine search with other
      filters and ordering options.
    Of course, the front-end was updated to work with the new API, so this should
    not impact end-users in any way, apart from slight performance gains.
    .. note::
        The API is still not stable and may evolve again in the future. API freeze
        will come at a later point.
    Flac files imports via upload
    You have nothing to do to benefit from this, however, since Flac files
    tend to be a lot bigger than other files, you may want to increase the
    ``client_max_body_size`` value in your Nginx configuration if you plan
    to upload flac files.
    Missing subsonic configuration bloc in vhost files
    Because of a missing bloc in the sample Nginx and Apache configurations,
    instances that were deployed after the 0.13 release are likely to be unable
    to answer to Subsonic clients (the missing bits were properly documented
    in the changelog).
    Ensure you have the following snippets in your Nginx or Apache configuration
    if you plan to use the Subsonic API.
        location /rest/ {
            include /etc/nginx/funkwhale_proxy.conf;
            proxy_pass   http://funkwhale-api/api/subsonic/rest/;
        <Location "/rest">
            ProxyPass ${funkwhale-api}/api/subsonic/rest
            ProxyPassReverse ${funkwhale-api}/api/subsonic/rest
  • 0.13
    0.13 (2018-05-19)
    Upgrade instructions are available at
    - Can now import and play flac files (#157)
    - Simpler permission system (#152)
    - Store file length, size and bitrate (#195)
    - We now have a brand new instance settings interface in the front-end (#206)
    - Disabled browsable HTML API in production (#205)
    - Instances can now indicate on the nodeinfo endpoint if they want to remain
      private (#200)
    - .well-known/nodeinfo endpoint can now answer to request with Accept:
      application/json (#197)
    - Fixed escaping issue of track name in playlist modal (#201)
    - Fixed missing dot when downloading file (#204)
    - In-place imported tracks with non-ascii characters don't break reverse-proxy
      serving (#196)
    - Removed Python 3.6 dependency (secrets module) (#198)
    - Uplayable tracks are now properly disabled in the interface (#199)
    Instance settings interface
    Prior to this release, the only way to update instance settings (such as
    instance description, signup policy, federation configuration, etc.) was using
    the admin interface provided by Django (the back-end framework which power the API).
    This interface worked, but was not really-user friendly and intuitive.
    Starting from this release, we now offer a dedicated interface directly
    in the front-end. You can view and edit all your instance settings from here,
    assuming you have the required permissions.
    This interface is available at ``/manage/settings` and via link in the sidebar.
    Storage of bitrate, size and length in database
    Starting with this release, when importing files, Funkwhale will store
    additional information about audio files:
    - Bitrate
    - Size (in bytes)
    - Duration
    This change is not retroactive, meaning already imported files will lack those
    informations. The interface and API should work as before in such case, however,
    we offer a command to deal with legacy files and populate the missing values.
    On docker setups:
    .. code-block:: shell
        docker-compose run --rm api python fix_track_files
    On non-docker setups:
    .. code-block:: shell
        # from your activated virtualenv
        python fix_track_files
    .. note::
        The execution time for this command is proportional to the number of
        audio files stored on your instance. This is because we need to read the
        files from disk to fetch the data. You can run it in the background
        while Funkwhale is up.
        It's also safe to interrupt this command and rerun it at a later point, or run
        it multiple times.
        Use the --dry-run flag to check how many files would be impacted.
    Simpler permission system
    Starting from this release, the permission system is much simpler. Up until now,
    we were using Django's built-in permission system, which was working, but also
    quite complex to deal with.
    The new implementation relies on simpler logic, which will make integration
    on the front-end in upcoming releases faster and easier.
    If you have manually given permissions to users on your instance,
    you can migrate those to the new system.
    On docker setups:
    .. code-block:: shell
        docker-compose run --rm api python script django_permissions_to_user_permissions --no-input
    On non-docker setups:
    .. code-block:: shell
        # in your virtualenv
        python api/ script django_permissions_to_user_permissions --no-input
    There is still no dedicated interface to manage user permissions, but you
    can use the admin interface at ``/api/admin/users/user/`` for that purpose in
    the meantime.
  • 0.12
    0.12 (2018-05-09)
    Upgrade instructions are available at
    - Subsonic API implementation to offer compatibility with existing clients such
      as DSub (#75)
    - Use nodeinfo standard for publishing instance information (#192)
    - Play button now play tracks immediately instead of appending them to the
      queue (#99, #156)
    - Fix broken federated import (#193)
    - Up-to-date documentation for upgrading front-end files on docker setup (#132)
    Subsonic API
    This release implements some core parts of the Subsonic API, which is widely
    deployed in various projects and supported by numerous clients.
    By offering this API in Funkwhale, we make it possible to access the instance
    library and listen to the music without from existing Subsonic clients, and
    without developping our own alternative clients for each and every platform.
    Most advanced Subsonic clients support offline caching of music files,
    playlist management and search, which makes them well-suited for nomadic use.
    Please head over :doc:`users/apps` for more informations about supported clients
    and user instructions.
    At the instance-level, the Subsonic API is enabled by default, but require
    and additional endpoint to be added in you reverse-proxy configuration.
    On nginx, add the following block::
        location /rest/ {
            include /etc/nginx/funkwhale_proxy.conf;
            proxy_pass   http://funkwhale-api/api/subsonic/rest/;
    On Apache, add the following block::
        <Location "/rest">
            ProxyPass ${funkwhale-api}/api/subsonic/rest
            ProxyPassReverse ${funkwhale-api}/api/subsonic/rest
    The Subsonic can be disabled at the instance level from the django admin.
    .. note::
        Because of Subsonic's API design which assumes cleartext storing of
        user passwords, we chose to have a dedicated, separate password
        for that purpose. Users can generate this password from their
        settings page in the web client.
    Nodeinfo standard for instance information and stats
    .. warning::
        The ``/api/v1/instance/stats/`` endpoint which was used to display
        instance data in the about page is removed in favor of the new
        ``/api/v1/instance/nodeinfo/2.0/`` endpoint.
    In earlier version, we where using a custom endpoint and format for
    our instance information and statistics. While this was working,
    this was not compatible with anything else on the fediverse.
    We now offer a nodeinfo 2.0 endpoint which provides, in a single place,
    all the instance information such as library and user activity statistics,
    public instance settings (description, registration and federation status, etc.).
    We offer two settings to manage nodeinfo in your Funkwhale instance:
    1. One setting to completely disable nodeinfo, but this is not recommended
       as the exposed data may be needed to make some parts of the front-end
       work (especially the about page).
    2. One setting to disable only usage and library statistics in the nodeinfo
       endpoint. This is useful if you want the nodeinfo endpoint to work,
       but don't feel comfortable sharing aggregated statistics about your library
       and user activity.
    To make your instance fully compatible with the nodeinfo protocol, you need to
    to edit your nginx configuration file:
    .. code-block::
        # before
        location /.well-known/webfinger {
            include /etc/nginx/funkwhale_proxy.conf;
            proxy_pass   http://funkwhale-api/.well-known/webfinger;
        # after
        location /.well-known/ {
            include /etc/nginx/funkwhale_proxy.conf;
            proxy_pass   http://funkwhale-api/.well-known/;
    You can do the same if you use apache:
    .. code-block::
        # before
        <Location "/.well-known/webfinger">
          ProxyPass ${funkwhale-api}/.well-known/webfinger
          ProxyPassReverse ${funkwhale-api}/.well-known/webfinger
        # after
        <Location "/.well-known/">
          ProxyPass ${funkwhale-api}/.well-known/
          ProxyPassReverse ${funkwhale-api}/.well-known/
    This will ensure all well-known endpoints are proxied to funkwhale, and
    not just webfinger one.
    - About nodeinfo:
  • 0.11
    0.11 (unreleased)
    Upgrade instructions are available at
    Special thanks for this release go to (@Hazmo on Gitlab)
    for bringing Apache2 support to Funkwhale and contributing on other issues.
    Thank you!
    - Funkwhale now works behind an Apache2 reverse proxy (!165)
      check out the brand new documentation at
      if you want to try it!
    - Users can now request password reset by email, assuming a SMTP server was
      correctly configured (#187)
    - Added a fix_track_files command to run checks and fixes against library
    - Avoid fetching Actor object on every request authentication
    - Can now relaunch errored jobs and batches (#176)
    - List pending requests by default, added a status filter for requests (#109)
    - More structured menus in sidebar, added labels with notifications
    - Sample virtual-host file for Apache2 reverse-proxy (!165)
    - Store high-level settings (such as federation or auth-related ones) in
      database (#186)
    - Ensure in place imported files get a proper mimetype (#183)
    - Federation cache suppression is now simpler and also deletes orphaned files
    - Fixed small UI glitches/bugs in federation tabs (#184)
    - X-sendfile not working with in place import (#182)
    - Added a documentation area for third-party projects (#180)
    - Added documentation for optimizing Funkwhale and reduce its memory footprint.
    - Document that the database should use an utf-8 encoding (#185)
    - Foundations for API documentation with Swagger (#178)
    Database storage for high-level settings
    Due to the work done in #186, the following environment variables have been
    Configuration for this settings has been moved to database, as it will provide
    a better user-experience, by allowing you to edit these values on-the-fly,
    without restarting Funkwhale processes.
    You can leave those environment variables in your .env file for now, as the
    values will be used to populate the database entries. We'll make a proper
    announcement when the variables won't be used anymore.
    Please browse
    for more information about instance configuration using the web interface.
    System emails
    Starting from this release, Funkwhale will send two types
    of emails:
    - Email confirmation emails, to ensure a user's email is valid
    - Password reset emails, enabling user to reset their password without an admin's intervention
    Email sending is disabled by default, as it requires additional configuration.
    In this mode, emails are simply outputed on stdout.
    If you want to actually send those emails to your users, you should edit your
    .env file and tweak the EMAIL_CONFIG variable. See :ref:`setting-EMAIL_CONFIG`
    for more details.
    .. note::
      As a result of these changes, the DJANGO_EMAIL_BACKEND variable,
      which was not documented, has no effect anymore. You can safely remove it from
      your .env file if it is set.
    Proxy headers for non-docker deployments
    For non-docker deployments, add ``--proxy-headers`` at the end of the ``daphne``
    command in :file:`/etc/systemd/system/funkwhale-server.service`.
    This will ensure the application receive the correct IP address from the client
    and not the proxy's one.
  • 0.10
    0.10 (2018-04-23)
    - Can now import files in-place from the CLI importer (#155)
    - Avoid downloading audio files multiple times from remote libraries (#163)
    - Better file import performance and error handling (#144)
    - Import job and batch API and front-end have been improved with better
      performance, pagination and additional filters (#171)
    - Increased max_length on TrackFile.source, this will help when importing files
      with a really long path (#142)
    - Player is back in Queue tab (#150)
    - Fail graciously when AP representation includes a null_value for mediaType
    - Fix sidebar tabs not showing under small resolution under Chrome (#173)
    - Fixed broken login due to badly configured Axios (#172)
    - Fixed broken playlist modal after login (#155)
    - Fixed queue reorder or track deletion restarting currently playing track
    - Radio will now append new track if you delete the last track in queue (#145)
    - Reset all sensitive front-end data on logout (#124)
    - Typos/not showing text due to i18n work (#175)
    - Better documentation for hardware requirements and memory usage (#165)
    In-place import
    This release includes in-place imports for the CLI import. This means you can
    load gigabytes of music into funkwhale without worrying about about Funkwhale
    copying those music files in its internal storage and eating your disk space.
    `This new feature is documented here <>`_
    and require additional configuration to ensure funkwhale and your webserver can
    serve those files properly.
    **Non-docker users:**
    Assuming your music is stored in ``/srv/funkwhale/data/music``, add the following
    block to your nginx configuration::
        location /_protected/music {
            alias   /srv/funkwhale/data/music;
    And the following to your .env file::
    **Docker users:**
    Assuming your music is stored in ``/srv/funkwhale/data/music``, add the following
    block to your nginx configuration::
        location /_protected/music {
            alias   /srv/funkwhale/data/music;
    Assuming you have the following volume directive in your ``docker-compose.yml``
    (it's the default): ``/srv/funkwhale/data/music:/music:ro``, then add
    the following to your .env file::
        # this is the path in the container
        # this is the path on the host
  • 0.9.1
    0.9.1 (2018-04-17)
    - Allow null values for musicbrainz_id in Audio ActivityPub representation
    - Fixed broken permission check on library scanning and too aggressive page
  • 0.9
    0.9 (2018-04-17)
    - Add internationalization support (#5)
    - Can now follow and import music from remote libraries (#136, #137)
    - Added a i18n-extract yarn script to extract strings to PO files (#162)
    - User admin now includes signup and last login dates (#148)
    - We now use a proper user agent including instance version and url during
      outgoing requests
    Federation is here!
    This is for real this time, and includes:
    - Following other Funkwhale libraries
    - Importing tracks from remote libraries (tracks are hotlinked, and only cached for a short amount of time)
    - Searching accross federated catalogs
    Note that by default, federation is opt-in, on a per-instance basis:
    instances will request access to your catalog, and you can accept or refuse
    those requests. You can also revoke the access at any time.
    Documentation was updated with relevant instructions to use and benefit
    from this new feature:
    Preparing internationalization
    Funkwhale's front-end as always been english-only, and this is a barrier
    to new users. The work make Funkwhale's interface translatable was started
    in this release by Baptiste. Although nothing is translated yet,
    this release includes behind the stage changes that will make it possible in
    the near future.
    Many thank to Baptiste for the hard work and for figuring out a proper solution
    to this difficult problem.
    Upgrade path
    In addition to the usual instructions from, non-docker users will have
    to setup an additional systemd unit file for recurrent tasks.
    This was forgotten in the deployment documentation, but recurrent tasks,
    managed by the celery beat process, will be needed more and more in subsequent
    releases. Right now, we'll be using to clear the cache for federated music files
    and keep disk usage to a minimum.
    In the future, they will also be needed to refetch music metadata or federated
    information periodically.
    Celery beat can be enabled easily::
        curl -L -o "/etc/systemd/system/funkwhale-beat.service" ""
        # Also edit /etc/systemd/system/
        # and ensure the Wants= line contains the following:
        # Wants=funkwhale-server.service funkwhale-worker.service funkwhale-beat.service
        nano /etc/systemd/system/
        # reload configuration
        systemctl daemon-reload
    Docker users already have celerybeat enabled.
  • 0.8
    0.8 (2018-04-02)
    - Add a detail page for radios (#64)
    - Implemented page title binding (#1)
    - Previous Track button restart playback after 3 seconds (#146)
    - Added credits to Francis Gading for the logotype (#101)
    - API endpoint for fetching instance activity and updated timeline to use this
      new endpoint (#141)
    - Better error messages in case of missing environment variables (#140)
    - Implemented a @test@yourfunkwhaledomain bot to ensure federation works
      properly. Send it "/ping" and it will answer back :)
    - Queue shuffle now apply only to tracks after the current one (#97)
    - Removed player from queue tab and consistently show current track in queue
    - We now restrict some usernames from being used during signup (#139)
    - Better error handling during file import (#120)
    - Better handling of utf-8 filenames during file import (#138)
    - Converted favicon from .ico to .png (#130)
    - Upgraded to Python 3.6 to fix weird but harmless weakref error on django task
    - Documented the upgrade process (#127)
    Preparing for federation
    Federation of music libraries is one of the most asked feature.
    While there is still a lot of work to do, this version includes
    the foundation that will enable funkwhale servers to communicate
    between each others, and with other federated software, such as
    Funkwhale will use ActivityPub as it's federation protocol.
    In order to prepare for federation (see #136 and #137), new API endpoints
    have been added under /federation and /.well-known/webfinger.
    For these endpoints to work, you will need to update your nginx configuration,
    and add the following snippets::
        location /federation/ {
            include /etc/nginx/funkwhale_proxy.conf;
            proxy_pass   http://funkwhale-api/federation/;
        location /.well-known/webfinger {
            include /etc/nginx/funkwhale_proxy.conf;
            proxy_pass   http://funkwhale-api/.well-known/webfinger;
    This will ensure federation endpoints will be reachable in the future.
    You can of course skip this part if you know you will not federate your instance.
    A new ``FEDERATION_ENABLED`` env var have also been added to control wether
    federation is enabled or not on the application side. This settings defaults
    to True, which should have no consequencies at the moment, since actual
    federation is not implemented and the only available endpoints are for
    testing purposes.
    Add ``FEDERATION_ENABLED=false`` to your .env file to disable federation
    on the application side.
    The last step involves generating RSA private and public keys for signing
    your instance requests on the federation. This can be done via::
        # on docker setups
        docker-compose run --rm api python generate_keys --no-input
        # on non-docker setups
        source /srv/funkwhale/virtualenv/bin/activate
        source /srv/funkwhale/load_env
        python generate_keys --no-input
    To test and troobleshoot federation, we've added a bot account. This bot is available at @test@yourinstancedomain,
    and sending it "/ping", for example, via Mastodon, should trigger
    a response.
  • 0.7
    0.7 (2018-03-21)
    - Can now filter artists and albums with no listenable tracks (#114)
    - Improve the style of the sidebar to make it easier to understand which tab is
      selected (#118)
    - On artist page, albums are not sorted by release date, if any (#116)
    - Playlists are here \o/ :tada: (#3, #93, #94)
    - Use django-cacheops to cache common ORM requests (#117)
    - Fixed broken import request admin (#115)
    - Fixed forced redirection to login event with
    - Fixed position not being reseted properly when playing the same track
      multiple times in a row
    - Fixed synchronized start/stop radio buttons for all custom radios (#103)
    - Fixed typo and missing icon on homepage (#96)
    - Up-to-date and complete development and contribution instructions in
      README.rst (#123)
  • 0.6.1
    0.6.1 (unreleased)
    - Can now skip acoustid on file import with the --no-acoustid flag (#111)
    - Added missing batch id in output during import (#112)
    - Added some feedback on the play button (#100)
    - Smarter pagination which takes a fixed size (#84)
    - Completely removed django-cachalot from the codebase (#110). You can safely
      remove the CACHALOT_ENABLED setting from your .env file
  • 0.6
    0.6 (2018-03-04)
    - Basic activity stream for listening and favorites (#23)
    - Switched to django-channels and daphne for serving HTTP and websocket (#34)
    Upgrades notes
    This version contains breaking changes in the way funkwhale is deployed,
    please read the notes carefully.
    Instance timeline
    A new "Activity" page is now available from the sidebar, where you can
    browse your instance activity. At the moment, this includes other users
    favorites and listening, but more activity types will be implemented in the
    Internally, we implemented those events by following the Activity Stream
    specification, which will help us to be compatible with other networks
    in the long-term.
    A new settings page has been added to control the visibility of your activity.
    By default, your activity will be browsable by anyone on your instance,
    but you can switch to a full private mode where nothing is shared.
    The setting form is available in your profile.
    Switch from gunicorn to daphne
    This release include an important change in the way we serve the HTTP API.
    To prepare for new realtime features and enable websocket support in Funkwhale,
    we are now using django-channels and daphne to serve HTTP and websocket traffic.
    This replaces gunicorn and the switch should be easy assuming you
    follow the upgrade process described bellow.
    If you are using docker, please remove the command instruction inside the
    api service, as the up-to-date command is now included directly in the image
    as the default entry point:
    .. code-block:: yaml
          restart: unless-stopped
          image: funkwhale/funkwhale:${FUNKWHALE_VERSION:-latest}
          command: ./compose/django/  # You can remove this line
    On non docker setups, you'll have to update the [Service] block of your
    funkwhale-server systemd unit file to launch the application server using daphne instead of gunicorn.
    The new configuration should be similar to this:
    .. code-block:: ini
        # adapt this depending on the path of your funkwhale installation
        ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/daphne -b ${FUNKWHALE_API_IP} -p ${FUNKWHALE_API_PORT} config.asgi:application
    Ensure you update funkwhale's dependencies as usual to install the required
    On both docker and non-docker setup, you'll also have to update your nginx
    configuration for websocket support. Ensure you have the following blocks
    included in your virtualhost file:
    .. code-block:: txt
        map $http_upgrade $connection_upgrade {
            default upgrade;
            ''      close;
        server {
            proxy_http_version 1.1;
            proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
            proxy_set_header Connection $connection_upgrade;
    Remember to reload your nginx server after the edit.
  • 0.5.4
    0.5.4 (2018-02-28)
    - Now stop running radio when clearing queue (#98)
    - Fixed queue skipping tracks (#91)
    - Now loop properly on queue when we only have one track (#95)