Nordavind is a web based audio player.

For a general impression, check out the screenshots

Current status: It’s usable (I use it almost daily), but not as polished as I’d like it to be, which is why there isn’t a `1.0 release’ yet.

Browser support

Nordavind works best in Firefox; WebKit browsers (eg. Chrome) are known to be broken, as WebKit doesn’t bufffer & seek properly (this seems to be a problem/bug on their side, near as I can figure out).
Other browsers may work, but aren’t tested. Feel free to report problems if you encounter them.

Browsers that will never work are Internet Explorer 8 and Safari 5.

Audio codecs

Nordavind will transparently convert FLAC, MP3, and OGG files for you so that your browser can play them, but you should be aware that converting from MP3 to Ogg Vorbis (or vice versa) will reduce audio quality even at fairly high bitrates because you’re converting from one lossy format to another. So you may want to choose your browser depending on the format of you music collection.

Note that converting FLAC to either format is fine.





You almost certainly want to edit config.cfg and edit at least the password and musicpath options.


Run serve.py to start the server. You can optionally add an address:port to listen on (defaults to

Adding your music collection

You can use update.py to update your music collection; by default, this does a full update (add new files, update existing files, remove deleted files, calculate replaygain if missing).

See update.py -h for some options.

Using Nordavind

A pane (library, playlist, player, info) needs to have focus for it to receive keybinds.






Nothing yet…


Version 1.0, TODO


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