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0.13 (2018-05-19)

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  • 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:

docker-compose run --rm api python fix_track_files

On non-docker setups:

# from your activated virtualenv
python fix_track_files


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:

docker-compose run --rm api python script django_permissions_to_user_permissions --no-input

On non-docker setups:

# 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 (2018-05-09)

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  • 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 Using Funkwhale from other 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.


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


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:

# 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:

# 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.


0.11 (2018-05-06)

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Special thanks for this release go to (@Hazmo on Gitlab) for bringing Apache2 support to Funkwhale and contributing on other issues. Thank you!



  • Added a fix_track_files command to run checks and fixes against library (#183)
  • 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 (#189)
  • 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 deprecated:


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 EMAIL_CONFIG for more details.


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 /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 (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 (#151)
  • 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 (2018-04-17)


  • Allow null values for musicbrainz_id in Audio ActivityPub representation
  • Fixed broken permission check on library scanning and too aggressive page validation

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 (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 (#131)
  • 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 (#121)


  • 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 Mastodon.

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 whether federation is enabled or not on the application side. This settings defaults to True, which should have no consequences 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.

To test and troubleshoot 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 (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 API_AUTHENTICATION_REQUIRED=False (#119)
  • 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 (2018-03-06)


  • 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 (2018-03-04)


  • Basic activity stream for listening and favorites (#23)
  • Switched to django-channels and daphne for serving HTTP and websocket (#34)

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 future.

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:

  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:

# 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 packages.

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:

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 (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)

0.5.3 (2018-02-27)


  • Added admin interface for radios, track files, favorites and import requests (#80)
  • Added basic instance stats on /about (#82)
  • Search now unaccent letters for queries like “The Dø” or “Björk” yielding more results (#81)


  • Always use username in sidebar (#89)
  • Click event outside of player icons (#83)
  • Fixed broken import because of missing transaction
  • Now always load next radio track on last queue track ended (#87)
  • Now exclude tracks without file from radio candidates (#88)
  • skip to next track properly on 40X errors (#86)


  • Switched to towncrier for changelog management and compilation

0.5.2 (2018-02-26)

  • Fixed broken file import due to wrong url (#73)
  • More accurate mimetype detection
  • Fixed really small size on small screens
  • Added masonry layout for artists, requests and radios (#68)
  • We now have a favicon!
  • Fixed truncated play icon (#65)

0.5.1 (2018-02-24)

  • Front: Fixed broken ajax call on radio builder (#69)
  • Front: Shuffle now restart next track from beginning (#70)
  • Front: volume slider should now have the same style everywhere (#72)

0.5 (2018-02-24)

  • Front: Now reset player colors when track has no cover (#46)
  • Front: play button now disabled for unplayable tracks
  • API: You can now enable or disable registration on the fly, via a preference (#58)
  • Front: can now signup via the web interface (#35)
  • Front: Fixed broken redirection on login
  • Front: Fixed broken error handling on settings and login form

About page:

There is a brand new about page on instances (/about), and instance owner can now provide a name, a short and a long description for their instance via the admin (/api/admin/dynamic_preferences/globalpreferencemodel/).


Basic transcoding is now available to/from the following formats : ogg and mp3.

This is still an alpha feature at the moment, please report any bug.

This relies internally on FFMPEG and can put some load on your server. It’s definitely recommended you setup some caching for the transcoded files at your webserver level. Check the the exemple nginx file at deploy/nginx.conf for an implementation.

On the frontend, usage of transcoding should be transparent in the player.

Music Requests:

This release includes a new feature, music requests, which allows users to request music they’d like to see imported. Admins can browse those requests and mark them as completed when an import is made.

0.4 (2018-02-18)

  • Front: ambiant colors in player based on current track cover (#59)
  • Front: simplified front dev setup thanks to webpack proxy (#59)
  • Front: added some unittests for the store (#55)
  • Front: fixed broken login redirection when 401
  • Front: Removed autoplay on page reload
  • API: Added a /instance/settings endpoint
  • Front: load /instance/settings on page load
  • Added settings to report JS and Python error to a Sentry instance This is disabled by default, but feel free to enable it if you want to help us by sending your error reports :) (#8)

0.3.5 (2018-01-07)

  • Smarter BACKEND_URL in frontend

0.3.4 (2018-01-07)

  • Fixed wrong URL construction in ajax call

0.3.3 (2018-01-07)

  • Users can now create their own dynamic radios (#51)


  • Fixed an issue in the main dockerfile


  • Revamped all import logic, everything is more tested and consistend
  • Can now use Acoustid in file imports to automatically grab metadata from musicbrainz
  • Brand new file import wizard


  • Shortcuts: can now use the f shortcut to toggle the currently playing track as a favorite (#53)
  • Shortcuts: avoid collisions between shortcuts by using the exact modifier (#53)
  • Player: Added looping controls and shortcuts (#52)
  • Player: Added shuffling controls and shortcuts (#52)
  • Favorites: can now modify the ordering of track list (#50)
  • Library: can now search/reorder results on artist browsing view (#50)
  • Upgraded celery to 4.1, added endpoint logic for fingerprinting audio files
  • Fixed #56: invalidate tokens on password change, also added change password form
  • Fixed #57: now refresh jwt token on page refresh
  • removed ugly dividers in batch import list
  • Fixed a few padding issues
  • Now persist/restore queue/radio/player state automatically
  • Removed old broken imports
  • Now force tests paths
  • Fixed #54: Now use pytest everywhere o/
  • Now use vuex to manage state for favorites
  • Now use vuex to manage state for authentication
  • Now use vuex to manage state for player/queue/radios

0.2.6 (2017-12-15)

  • Fixed broken Dockerfile

0.2.5 (2017-12-15)


  • Import: can now specify search template when querying import sources (#45)
  • Login form: now redirect to previous page after login (#2)
  • 404: a decent 404 template, at least (#48)


  • Player: better handling of errors when fetching the audio file (#46)
  • Csrf: default CSRF_TRUSTED_ORIGINS to ALLOWED_HOSTS to avoid Csrf issues on admin (#49)


  • Django 2 compatibility, lot of packages upgrades (#47)

0.2.4 (2017-12-14)


  • Models: now store relese group mbid on Album model (#7)
  • Models: now bind import job to track files (#44)


  • Library: fixen broken “play all albums” button on artist cards in Artist browsing view (#43)