0.21-rc1 (2020-04-09)

Upgrade instructions are available at https://docs.funkwhale.audio/index.html, there are also additional operations you need to execute, listed in the changelog below (search "Manual action").

Channels and podcasts

Funkwhale 0.21 includes a brand new feature: Channels!

Channels can be used as a replacement to public libraries, to publish audio content, both musical and non-musical. They federate with other Funkwhale pods, but also other fediverse software, in particular Mastodon, Pleroma, Friendica and Reel2Bits, meaning people can subscribe to your channel from any of these software. To get started with publication, simply visit your profile and create a channel from there.

Each Funkwhale channel also comes with RSS feed that is compatible with existing podcasting applications, like AntennaPod on Android and, within Funkwhale, you can also subscribe to any podcast from its RSS feed!

Many, many thanks to the numerous people who helped with the feature design, development and testing, and in particular to the members of the working group who met every week for months in order to get this done, and the members of other third-party projects who took the time to work with us to ensure compatibility.

Redesigned navigation, player and queue

This release includes a full redesign of our navigation, player and queue. Overall, it should provide a better, less confusing experience, especially on mobile devices. This redesign was suggested 14 months ago, and took a while, but thanks to the involvement and feedback of many people, we got it done!

Improved search bar for searching remote objects

The search bar now support fetching arbitrary objects using a URL. In particular, you can use this to quickly:

  • Subscribe to a remote library via its URL
  • Listen a public track from another pod
  • Subscribe to a channel

Screening for sign-ups and custom sign-up form

Instance admins can now configure their pod so that registrations required manual approval from a moderator. This is especially useful on private or semi-private pods where you don't want to close registrations completely, but don't want spam or unwanted users to join your pod.

When this is enabled and a new user register, their request is put in a moderation queue, and moderators are notified by email. When the request is approved or refused, the user is also notified by email.

In addition, it's also possible to customize the sign-up form by:

  • Providing a custom help text, in markdown format
  • Including additional fields in the form, for instance to ask the user why they want to join. Data collected through these fields is included in the sign-up request and viewable by the mods

Federated reports

It's now possible to send a copy of a report to the server hosting the reported object, in order to make moderation easier and more distributed.

This feature is inspired by Mastodon's current design, and should work with at least Funkwhale and Mastodon servers.

Improved search performance

Our search engine went through a full rewrite to make it faster. This new engine is enabled by default when using the search bar, or when searching for artists, albums and tracks. It leverages PostgreSQL full-text search capabilities.

During our tests, we observed huge performance improvements after the switch, by an order of magnitude. This should be especially perceptible on pods with large databases, more modest hardware or hard drives.

We plan to remove the old engine in an upcoming release. In the meantime, if anything goes wrong, you can switch back by setting USE_FULL_TEXT_SEARCH=false in your .env file.

Enforced email verification

The brand new ACCOUNT_EMAIL_VERIFICATION_ENFORCE setting can be used to make email verification mandatory for your users. It defaults to false, and doesn't apply to superuser accounts created through the CLI.

If you enable this, ensure you have a SMTP server configured too.

User management through the server CLI

We now support user creation (incl. non-admin accounts), update and removal directly from the server CLI. Typical use cases include:

  • Changing a user password from the command line
  • Creating or updating users from deployments scripts or playbooks
  • Removing or granting permissions or upload quota to multiple users at once
  • Marking multiple users as inactive

All user-related commands are available under the python manage.py fw users namespace. Please refer to the Admin documentation for more information and instructions.

Progressive web app [Manual action suggested, non-docker only]

We've made Funkwhale's Web UI a Progressive Web Application (PWA), in order to improve the user experience during offline use, and on mobile devices.

In order to fully benefit from this change, if your pod isn't deployed using Docker, ensure the following instruction is present in your nginx configuration:

location /front/ {
    # Add the following line in the /front/ location
    add_header Service-Worker-Allowed "/";

Postgres docker changed environment variable [manual action required, docker multi-container only]

If you're running with docker and our multi-container setup, there was a breaking change starting in the 11.7 postgres image (https://github.com/docker-library/postgres/pull/658)

You need to add this to your .env file: POSTGRES_HOST_AUTH_METHOD=trust

Newer deployments aren't affected.

Upgrade from Postgres 10 to 11 [manual action required, docker all-in-one only]

With our upgrade to Alpine 3.10, the funkwhale/all-in-one image now includes PostgreSQL 11.

In order to update to Funkwhale 0.21, you will first need to uprade Funkwhale's PostgreSQL database, following the steps below:

# open a shell as the Funkwhale user
sudo -u funkwhale -H bash

# move to the funkwhale data directory
# (replace this with your own if you used a different path)
cd /srv/funkwhale/data

# stop the funkwhale container
docker stop funkwhale

# backup the database files
cp -r data/ ../postgres.bak

# Upgrade the database
docker run --rm 
    -v $(pwd)/data:/var/lib/postgresql/10/data 
    -v $(pwd)/upgraded-postgresql:/var/lib/postgresql/11/data 
    -e PGUSER=funkwhale 
    -e POSTGRES_INITDB_ARGS="-U funkwhale --locale C --encoding UTF8" 

# replace the Postgres 10 files with Postgres 11 files
mv data/ postgres-10
mv upgraded-postgresql/ data

Once you have completed the Funkwhale upgrade with our regular instructions and everything works properly, you can remove the backups/old files:

sudo -u funkwhale -H bash
cd /srv/funkwhale/data
rm -rf ../postgres.bak
rm -rf postgres-10


  • Support for publishing and subscribing to podcasts (#170)
  • Brand new navigation, queue and player redesign (#594)
  • Can now browse a library content through the UI (#926)
  • Federated reports (#1038)
  • Screening for sign-ups (#1040)
  • Make it possible to enforce email verification (#1039)
  • Added a new radio based on another user listenings (#1060)
  • User management through the server CLI


  • Added ability to reject library follows from notifications screen (#859)
  • Added periodic background task and CLI command to associate genre tags to artists and albums based on identical tags found on corresponding tracks (#988)
  • Added support for CELERYD_CONCURRENCY env var to control the number of worker processes (#997)
  • Added the ability to sort albums by release date (#1013)
  • Added two new radios to play your own content or a given library tracks
  • Advertise list of known nodes on /api/v1/federation/domains and in nodeinfo if stats sharing is enabled
  • Changed footer to use instance name if available, and append ellipses if instance URL/Name is too long (#1012)
  • Favor local uploads when playing a track with multiple uploads (#1036)
  • Include only local content in nodeinfo stats, added downloads count
  • Make media and static files serving more reliable when reverse proxy X_FORWARDED_* headers are incorrect (#947)
  • Order the playlist columns by modification date in the Browse tab (#775)
  • Reduced size of funkwhale/funkwhale docker images thanks to multi-stage builds (!1042)
  • Remember display settings in Album, Artist, Radio and Playlist views (#391)
  • Removed unnecessary "Federation music needs approval" setting (#959)
  • Replaced our slow research logic by PostgreSQL full-text search (#994)
  • Support autoplay when loading embed frame from Mastodon and third-party websites (#1041)
  • Support filtering playlist by name and several additional UX improvements in playlists modal (#974)
  • Support modifying album cover art through the web UI (#588)
  • Use a dedicated scope for throttling subsonic to avoid intrusive rate-limiting
  • Use same markdown widget for all content fields (rules, description, reports, notes, etc.)


  • Added missing manuallyApprovesFollowers entry in JSON-LD contexts (#961)
  • Fix issue with browser shortcuts such as search and focus URL not being recognised (#340, #985)
  • Fixed admin dropdown not showing after login (#1042)
  • Fixed an issue with celerybeat container failing to restart (#1004)
  • Fixed invalid displayed number of tracks in playlist (#986)
  • Fixed issue with recent results not being loaded from the API (#948)
  • Fixed issue with sorting by album name not working (#960)
  • Fixed short audio glitch when switching switching to another track with player paused (#970)
  • Improved deduplication logic to prevent skipped files during import (#348, #474, #557, #740, #928)
  • More resilient tag parsing with empty release date or album artist (#1037)
  • More robust importer against malformed dates (#966)
  • Removed "nodeinfo disabled" setting, as nodeinfo is required for the UI to work (#982)
  • Replaced PDF icon by List icon in playlist placeholder (#943)
  • Resolve an issue where disc numbers were not taken into consideration when playing an album from the album card (#1006)
  • Set correct size for album covers in playlist cards (#680)

Contributors to this release (translation, development, documentation, reviews, design, testing, third-party projects):

  • annando
  • Anton Strömkvist
  • Audrey
  • ButterflyOfFire
  • Ciarán Ainsworth
  • dashie
  • Eliot Berriot
  • Eloisa
  • eorn
  • Francesc Galí
  • GinnyMcQueen
  • guillermau
  • Haelwenn
  • jinxx
  • Jonathan Aylard
  • Keunes
  • M.G
  • marzzzello
  • Mathé Grievink
  • Mélanie Chauvel
  • Mjourdan
  • Morgan Kesler
  • Noureddine HADDAG
  • Noe Gaumont
  • Ollie
  • Peter Wickenberg
  • Renon
  • Satsuki Yanagi
  • Shlee
  • techknowlogick
  • ThibG
  • Tony Wasserka
  • unklebonehead
  • wakest
  • wxcafé
  • Xosé M