Uploading Content To Funkwhale

To upload content to any Funkwhale instance, you need:

  1. An account on that instance

  2. Storage space

  3. A library

  4. Properly tagged files

  5. To upload your files

Storage space

Once you have an account on a Funkwhale instance, as a user, you are granted the default upload quota (1GB by default). This default quota can be increased, reduced or completely removed by your instance admins depending on their policy.

Additionally, instance admins can grant you storage space manually. Get in touch with them if you’d like some additional storage space.

You can view your current quota and usage at any time by visiting /content/libraries/ on your instance, or clicking the “Add content” link in the sidebar, then visiting the “Upload audio content” section.

Creating a library

In Funkwhale’s world, a library is a collection of audio files with an associated visibility level. A library can be:

  • Public: anyone can follow the library to automatically access its content (including users on other instances)

  • Local: other users from your instance can follow the library to automatically access its content

  • Private: nobody apart from you can access the library content

Regardless of visibility settings, you can share the library link to specific users and accept their follow request in order to grant then access to its content. Typically, this is useful when you have a private library you want to share with friends or family.

You can create your first library by visiting /content/libraries/ or clicking the “Add content” link in the sidebar, then visiting the “Upload audio content” section.

Before you upload your content, you need to know the content audience and license:

  • If the content is under an open license (like Creative Commons licenses), it’s usually fine to upload it in a public library

  • If you are uploading content purchased from other platforms or stores, you should upload it in a private library

Note

As a rule of thumb, only use public and local libraries for content for which you own the copyright or for content you know you can share with a wider audience.

Tagging files

Funkwhale relies on embedded file metadata (also known as tags) to infer the artist, album and track associated with a given upload. Most stores and platforms include those tags by default, but it’s possible the tags are missing or incomplete, in which case Funkwhale will not be able to process the upload and display an error.

The minimum required tags are:

  • Title

  • Artist

  • Album

However, Funkwhale can understand and use additional tags to enhance user experience and display more information. The full list of supported tags is available below:

The easiest way to inspect and edit file tags is with MusicBrainz Picard, a free software, that works on Windows, MacOS and Linux. Picard is able to automatically tag many files, and include non-necessary but nice to have information, such as album covers. For a guide on tagging content with Picard, see Tagging Music With MusicBrainz Picard.

Uploading your files

Once you’ve chose the library and have properly tagged files, you can start the actual upload. Simply visit /content/libraries/ or click the “Add content” link in the sidebar, then visit the “Upload audio content” section. Click on the “Upload” button next to the library of your choice, and follow the instructions.

You can queue as many files as you want for the upload, simply leave your browser window open on the upload page until all files are uploaded.

By default, Funkwhale accepts files up to 100MB in size, but this limit can be increased or reduced by instance admins.

Once uploaded, your files should be processed shortly. It’s usually a matter of seconds, but can vary depending on server load.

Removing files

If you want to remove some of the files you have uploaded, visit /content/libraries/tracks/ or click “Add content” in the sidebar then “Tracks” in the top menu. Then select the files you want to delete using the checkboxes on the left ; you can filter the list of files using a search pattern. Finally, select “Delete” in the “Action” menu and click “Go”.

This operation does not remove metadata, meaning that deleted tracks will remain visible in your library. They just won’t be playable anymore.

Common errors during import

Invalid metadata

This error occurs when the uploaded file miss some mandatory tags, or when some tags have incorrect values (e.g an empty title or artist name).

To fix this issue, please retag the file properly as described in Tagging files and reupload it.

Unknown error

This error can happen for multiple reasons and likely indicates an issue with the Funkwhale server (e.g. misconfiguration) or with Funkwhale itself.

If the issue persists when you relaunch the import, get in touch with our instance admin or open a support thread on our forum.