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WARNING This API is old! So this should only really be used to understand old programs.

API3 is XML only and will not be updated to support JSON responses.

Compatible Versions:

  • 5.2.0-release+
  • 6.x.x+
  • develop

Ampache Provides an API for pulling out it's meta data in the form of simple XML documents. This was originally created for use by Amarok, but there is no reason it couldn't be used to create other front-ends to the Ampache data. Access to the API is controlled by the Internal Access Control Lists. The KEY defined in the ACL is the passphrase that must be used to establish an API session. Currently all requests are limited to a maximum of 5000 results for performance reasons. To get additional results pass offset as an additional parameter. If you have any questions or requests for this API please submit a Feature Request. All dates in the API calls should be passed as ISO 8601 dates.

Sending Handshake Request

Multiple authentication methods are available, described in the next sections.

User / Password

The handshake is a combination of the following three things

  • Encoded Passphrase
  • Timestamp
  • Username

The key that must be passed to Ampache is SHA256(TIME+KEY) where KEY is SHA256('PASSWORD'). Below is a PHP example

$time = time();
$key = hash('sha256', 'mypassword');
$passphrase = hash('sha256', $time . $key);

Once you've generated the encoded passphrase, you can call the following URL (localhost/ampache is the location of your Ampache installation)


Api Key

The key that must be passed to Ampache is the API Key generated for a specific user (none by default, only the administrator can generate one). Then call the following URL (localhost/ampache is the location of your Ampache installation):


If you are using Ampache 4.0.0 and higher; the key can be passed to Ampache using SHA256(USER+KEY) where KEY is SHA256('APIKEY'). Below is a PHP example

$user = 'username';
$key = hash('sha256', 'myapikey');
$passphrase = hash('sha256', $user . $key);

HTTP Header Authentication

Ampache supports sending your auth parameter to the server using a Bearer Token.

Authorization: Bearer 000111112233334444455556667777788888899aaaaabbbbcccccdddeeeeeeff

Ampache scheme

To standardize how to transfer Ampache connection information, the following Ampache scheme is defined.


for example:

  • ampache://myuser:mypwd@localhost/ampache
  • ampache://yourapikey@localhost:993/ampache#ssl=true

Application Name

By default Ampache uses USER_AGENT as application name but this could also be defined through http query string. Add &client=YourAppName to override the application name. This parameter also works on stream sessions.


  • Latitude
  • Longitude
  • Place name

Optionally, you can also provide geolocation information &geo_latitude=$latitude&geo_longitude=$longitude, with an optional place name if you already know coordinates match &geo_name=$placename.


If your authenticated User and IP match a row in the Access List the following will be returned.


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
    <auth><%AUTHENTICATION TOKEN%></auth>

All future interactions with the Ampache API must include the AUTHENTICATION_TOKEN as a GET variable named auth.


All methods must be passed as action=METHODNAME. All methods except the handshake can take an optional offset=XXX and limit=XXX. The limit determines the maximum number of results returned. The offset will tell Ampache where to start in the result set. For example if there are 100 total results and you set the offset to 50, and the limit to 50 Ampache will return results between 50 and 100. The default limit is 5000. The default offset is 0.

You can also pass it limit=none to overcome the limit limitation and return all the matching elements.

For more in depth information regarding the different api servers you can view the following documentation pages.

Non-Data Methods

  • handshake
  • ping
  • url_to_song

Data Methods

  • artists
  • artist
  • artist_songs
  • artist_albums
  • albums
  • album
  • album_songs
  • tags
  • tag
  • tag_artists
  • tag_albums
  • tag_songs
  • songs
  • song
  • advanced_search
  • stats
  • playlists
  • playlist
  • playlist_songs
  • playlist_create
  • playlist_delete
  • playlist_add_song
  • playlist_remove_song
  • search_songs
  • videos
  • video
  • user
  • rate
  • followers
  • following
  • toggle_follow
  • last_shouts
  • timeline
  • friends_timeline

Control Methods

  • localplay
  • democratic

Request URL Examples

For the purpose of this example the Ampache host is 'localhost' and the path to Ampache is /ampache

Requesting all genres whose name starts with Rock



Requesting all song titles, with an offset of 5000