Install CherryMusic on Windows for Personal Spotify Server

windowsi-cherrymusic-spotifyEver wanted to turn your own personal music collection into your own private Spotify-like service? You can do that with CherryMusic, a program written in python which runs a server that provides an HTML5 interface for playing back your music from anywhere. If you set up free Dynamic DNS, you can literally listen to your music library from any computer or device with a web browser and internet connection. This will not work with DRM protected material so only personally ripped mp3s, oggs and flac files will work. This guide was tested on Windows 8.1 64-bit but should work on Windows 7, 8, 10 and Server editions including 32 bit flavors of Microsoft’s operating systems.

Here is a screenshot of what the CherryMusic interface will look like on your computer when you access your music collection. You can even create additional users and grant them access to your audio files as well.

cherrymusic interface screenshot

Install CherryMusic on Windows for Personal Spotify Server

Install Git

Download gitshell and run it. You will see this wizard.

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Accept the license

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Choose the install location

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Uncheck these options Additional icons and Windows Explorer integration. You won’t need them. You can uncheck the bottom ones as well.

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Leave the start menu folder as is or change it to your liking

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This is important, for Adjusting your PATH environment, choose Use Git from the Windows Command Prompt

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This is less important but I chose the top option Checkout Windows-style. It only matters if you are using git to create programs.

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Unless you want to see the Release Notes uncheck it and click Finish

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Run Command Prompt as Administrator and git clone the latest CherryMusic to c:\CherryMusic or another path you choose

git clone c:\CherryMusic

Install Python 2.7.x

Download Python 2.7 32-bit or 64-bit which will work on 64 or 32 bit systems

Run the installer, for the most part you just click Next through the Wizard

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The guide will assume you are installing to C:\Python27

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In the Customize Python 2.7.x enable Add python.exe to Path.

This allows you to run python from the command prompt in Windows.

Click Next

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Click Finish to exit

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Install ImageMagick

ImageMagick processes images, for CherryMusic it resizes album and musician cover art.

The current version of ImageMagick is available here. For 64-bit the filename was ImageMagick-6.9.1-2-Q16-x64-dll.exe

For 32-bit systems the filename is ImageMagick-6.9.1-2-Q16-x86-dll.exe for 64-bit though any version should work.

You can download from HTTP or FTP.

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Make sure Add application directory to your system path

You do not need a desktop icon so you can uncheck that as well.

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Install Python Libraries

Installing python libraries is very simple to do with Python 2.7.9 using pip.

Open a Command Prompt running as Administrator

Install CherryPy like this

pip install CherryPy

Install ImageMagick library for Python

pip install Wand

Install Codecs

Install lamemp3

Grab Lame_v3.99.3_for_Windows.exe from here

Install to c:\CherryMusic\codecs or wherever you want, if you use a folder different from this you will need to adjust for the other codec steps

We need to add a path variable for the codecs folder so that CherryMusic can call the encoders without knowing the absolute path to the installations. When you have set a path variable, any executable files can be run from the command line no matter which folder you are currently in.

To add the path variable for the CherryMusic codecs enter this command in the command prompt, alternatively hit Windows Key+R or Start -> Run and enter


Click Advanced and then under Startup and Recovery click Environment Variables

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Under System Variables, scroll down to Path and click Edit

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Under Variable value scroll all the way to the right and, without adding a space after the existing last character, add ;c:\CherryMusic\codecs and click OK.

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Click OK and OK again to get out of System Properties

Install OGG

If you have OGG audio files you need these packages

I used Oggenc2.87 using libVorbis v1.3.5 – the generic should work for both 32 and 64-bit versions from here

Unzip contents so the path of oggenc2.exe is C:\CherryMusic\codecs or wherever you choose and rename oggenc2.exe to oggenc.exe

Grab the oggdec file from here and unzip the contents to C:\CherryMusic\codecs

Install FLAC codecs

If you have Flac encoded media, you need to get codecs from here

Open the zip and go into the flac 1.3.1-win folder, then into the Win32 or Win64 subfolder depending on which Windows version you use. Unzip the flac.exe file to C:\CherryMusic\codecs

Set up CherryMusic

Back in Command Prompt, close it and open a new command prompt session as an Administrator to refresh the Path variable we set

Try and run the CherryMusic initial setup

python C:\CherryMusic\cherrymusic --setup --port 7600

Browse to the IP address of your CherryMusic server at http://ip.address:7600

Create a username and password for the admin account and choose your music library

Use Ctrl+C or Ctrl+Z in the Command prompt to stop the CherryMusic process

Then run it again and try to access it using the IP and port again, kill the process in the command prompt after you verify it loads with Ctrl+C

python C:\CherryMusic\cherrymusic

Install CherryMusic System Service

Create a system service for CherryMusic so it runs on boot, will work on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Server editions. I expect it to work on Windows 10 as well.

N.B. In order for this to work you must have a password set on your account, do this now and reboot your machine before proceeding if you are currently passwordless.

Download NSSM and open the zip file in WinRAR or some other packaging program.

In the zip file there are two folders, go into Win32 if you are on 32-bit or Win64 if on 64-bit.

Find and place the nssm.exe from either the Win32 or Win64 folder in c:\Windows\system32

In the Command Prompt running as Administrator, enter this command to create the CherryMusic service using nssm.

nssm install CherryMusic

You will see this window, under Application for Path browse to C:\Python27\python.exe

For Arguments type c:\CherryMusic\cherrymusic

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Click the Log on tab and click This account, enter your current User account and password.

Click Install service

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You will now need to go start the service. Right click on My Computer or This PC and Choose Manage

Under Services and Applications choose Services

Scroll down until you find CherryMusic, right click and choose Start

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Reboot your machine and CherryMusic will autostart.

Troubleshooting CherryMusic on Windows

If you ever see this error

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "cherrymusic", line 223, in 
  File "c:\CherryMusic\cherrymusicserver\", line 259, in start_server
  File "c:\CherryMusic\cherrymusicserver\", line 309, in __init__
  File "c:\CherryMusic\cherrymusicserver\", line 334, in create_pid_file
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'getpgid'

Make sure Hidden items are visible (in Windows 8 under view check hidden items) Go to c:\Users\HTPCGuides\AppData\Roaming and delete the cherrymusic folder

Rerun the setup

python C:\CherryMusic\cherrymusic --setup --port 7600