pykaraoke_mini - free CDG/MIDI/MPEG karaoke player
pykaraoke is a free karaoke player for Linux, FreeBSD and Windows. You
can use this program to play your collection of CDG, MIDI and MPEG
* CDG (MP3+G, OGG+G) playback - Play standard CDG karaoke files
* MIDI (.MID/.KAR) playback - Play MIDI format karaoke files
* MPEG playback - Play karaoke songs and movies in MPEG format
* Playlist - Queue up songs, sit back and enjoy
* Searchable song database - Easily find your songs from the main
* Search inside ZIP files - Play MP3+G/MIDI files wrapped in ZIP
* Cross-platform - Runs on Linux, FreeBSD and Windows
pykaraoke_mini is a frontend for the pycdg and pympg karaoke players.
It is similar to pykaraoke.py, but it is designed for use on small
portable devices rather than PC’s. In particular, it could be useful
on any device lacking a keyboard and mouse.
It presents a scrolling list of songs to choose from, sorted by title,
artist, or filename. It works within the same pygame window used to
render the karaoke songs themselves, so the scrolling interface is not
available while a song is being performed. The biggest strength of
pykaraoke_mini is that it does not rely on a keyboard or a windowing
interface, so it is ideal for use with a joystick or even an IR remote
control in a bar.
Unlike pykaraoke, pykaraoke_mini does not store a database of song
files, nor does it search around through different folders to find your
song files. Instead, it is your responsibility to build a catalog
file, which is a text file that contains one line per each song. Each
line should be of the form:
filename <tab> title <tab> artist
You can include international characters by encoding the file in UTF-8.
All three of these fields will be presented to the user in the
scrolling list. The filename is assumed to be relative to the catalog
If you like, you can maintain multiple different catalog files ofthis
form, which will allow you to run pykaraoke_mini with different subsets
of your song files. Use the --catalog command-line option to specify
the full path to your catalog file; the default filename is
While navigating the scrolling menu, the following keys are available:
up / down : scroll through the list. Hold the button down to
scroll very rapidly.
pageup / pagedown : scroll a page at a time.
enter : select the highlighted song for performance.
tab : change the sort mode between title, artist, and filename.
The current sort key is displayed first for each file.
+ / - : enlarge or reduce the font scale. This also affects the
font scale when a MIDI file is selected (but does not affect CDG or MPG
a-z : search for a song beginning with the indicated letter. If
you type multiple letters, search for a song beginning with the string
You can find PyKaraoke’s home page at: http://www.kibosh.org/pykaraoke/
PyKaraoke was written by Kelvin Lawson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
and William Ferrell <email@example.com>.
This manual page was written by Miriam Ruiz <firstname.lastname@example.org>, for
the Debian project (but may be used by others).
july 16, 2006 PYKARAOKE(6)