Advanced usage

This section is for all the technobabble and other stuff we talked about in various other sections.


Karaoke Mugen stores its user data :

  • In the KaraokeMugen folder at the root of your user folder (C:\Users\<username> on Windows, /Users/<username> on Mac, /home/<username> on Linux) if you used the Karaoke Mugen Installer.
  • In the app folder at the root of the application if you used a portable package.

This is where you'll find the configuration file, as well as your downloaded songs, the playlist medias, backgrouns, etc.


Karaoke Mugen stores its data in a PostgreSQL database in the db/postgres folder.

KM's binary package includes a PostgreSQL server launched along with the app, so you don't have to worry about it. You can still use your own PostgreSQL server if you'd like by following the instructions in the configuration section.

When updating Karaoke Mugen, the database is also u pdated automatically.


Here are the command line options for Karoke Mugen

  • --help : Displays a help message
  • --version : Displays current version
  • --cli : Starts Karaoke Mugen without any Electron window.
  • --debug : Displays debug messages in the console (these are normally only visible in the log files)
  • --generate : Generates a database then quits. This will overwrite the database if it exists.
  • --validate : Tests and validates karaoke found in the data folders (app/data by default). This is already done through generation. The only difference here is that it doesn't touch your existing database and can be faster.
  • --test : Runs in test mode, used with the unit tests ran via the yarn test command (only for devs.)
  • --demo : Tourne en mode demo, utilisé pour la demo disponible depuis le site. Cela désactive l'interface d'admin, empêche les modifications de mot de passe et désactive le player.
  • --config file : Specify a config file to use. Replace file with any file you'd want to use instead of config.yml
  • --updateBase : Updates the karaoke base in your data folders and triggers a new database generation.
  • --noMedia : If used with --generate or --validate, this won't throw errors if video files can't be found. A single warning message will be displayed, at least.
  • --noBrowser : Does not try to open a browser on launch.
  • --strict : If used with --generate or --validate, this will throw errors if .kara files are modified during the generation. (this means one or more metadata are wrong/missing)
  • --reset : Resets all user data. Warning, this will remove EVERYTHING, users, playlists, etc.
  • --profiling : Displays profiling data in console
  • --sql : Enables SQL logs (in debug)
  • --dumpDB : Creates a database backup in the karaokemugen.sql file and closes the app.
  • --restoreDB : Restores a database backup from the karaokemugen.sql file and closes the app.
  • --forceAdminPassword <password> : Change the admin account's password. Replace <password> by what you want to set it to.
  • --updateMedias : Only updates media files.
  • --noBaseCheck : Do not check base files on startup. It allows for a faster startup if you're sure your files have not changed.
  • --noPlayer : Do not start up the player on startup to save some time. The player will be started by KM whenever you'll need it.


Karaoke Mugen uses a configuration file called config.yml located in its data folder.

If this file doesn't exist, it will revert to default settings. You can see which are these settings by reading the config.sample.yml file provided.

When you modify a setting via the admin panel a config.yml file is written (or modified if it exists already) with the new settings, but not everything can be configured from the interface.

This section describes the app's config file. You shouldn't have to touch it yourself except for advanced use. You can edit most settings through the operator interface. More advanced options are available via the system panel.


General settings are stored here

  • FirstRun : Set to false by Karaoke Mugen to remember it's not the first time the application has been run. If set to false, tutorial won't be triggered, and admin password won't be reset.
  • JwtSecret : Secret identifier used to salt user authentification tokens
  • QuickStart : Boolean to tell if app should start quickly or not (disables base check)
    • This implies the app does not check your database on startup, which can lead to coherence issues. You should regenerate your database manually using the button in the system panel.


Online settings are stored here.

  • URL : Defines if your instance should publish its Internet and local IPs to Karaoke Mugen Server, by default This allows your users to access your instance via as long as they're at least logged on your Wifi network.
    • false : URL shortener disabled
    • true : Send IP info to Host.
  • Remote : Defines if the instance is available remotely via the proxy system defined in the Host option. This allows you to share access to your Karaoke Mugen instance without exposing ports on your network.
  • Stats : Sends (or not) usage satistics to Karaoke Mugen Server.
    • undefined : User will be asked to make a choice on startup
    • false : No data will be sent.
    • true : Stats will be sent.
  • Host : Karaoke Mugen Server hostname to connect to for online functionality. This will also replace the URL displayed on the player's screen. By default it's
  • Users : Allows user to create and login online accounts.
    • false : Users will only able to use local accounts. if an online account is already created on your instance, its name will become For example
    • true : Users can connect with their online accounts.


Defines what is going to be automatically updated :

All values are at true by default.

  • App : Checks if an update is available.
  • Intros : Should intros be updated automatically from Shelter's Gitlab?
  • Jingles : Same with jingles.
  • Encores : Same.
  • Outros : Same.
  • Sponsors : Same.


Web interface settings

  • AuthExpireTime : Time in minutes before a user is marked as not connected to the interface anymore. It won't count as a active user anymore.
  • Mode : Interface mode
    • 0 : Interface is closed to all users except admins
    • 1 : Interface is restricted. Users cannot add songs anymore and can only see the currently playing song and playlist.
    • 2 : Interface fully operational (default)
  • Port : Network port to use for KM's interface.
  • SeriesLanguageMode : Display mode for language of series names
    • 0 : Series will have its original title (in japanese romaji for an anime)
    • 1 : Series will have its name depending on the song's language (fallback to english then original)
    • 2 : Series will have its name depending on system language (fallback to english, etc.)
    • 3 : Series will have its name depending on user's browser language (...)


  • AllowNicknameChange :
    • false : Users cannot change nicknames
    • true : Users can change their nicknames (default)


  • OpenInElectron :
    • false : All links clicked in the Electron window will open a browser.
    • true : All links clicked in the Electron window will remain in there.


Karaoke session specific settings

  • AutoPlay : If no song is being played, playback will start as soon as a song is added to the list.
    • false : Starting playback is manual (default)
    • true : Playback automatically starts if a song is added
  • ClassicMode : If enabled, playback will stop after each song, allowing only the admin or the user who requested the next song to start playing again from their device.
    • false : Classic mode disabled
    • true : Classic mode enabled
  • CreatePreviews :
    • false : No preview video will be created
    • true : At startup, Karaoke Mugen will verify if some songs need to have their video preview generated. If some previews are missing, KM will create them with FFMPEG. This can last for a while seeing how many songs with have in the database at the moment. Preview creation cannot be interrupted, but if you close KM and start it again, it will resume where it left off.
  • ProgressBarDock : (boolean) Displays a progress bar for playback and database generation in the macOS Dock or Windows task bar.
  • Private :
    • false : Public karaoke. User submissions go to the public playlist.
    • true : Private karaoke. User submissions go to the current playlist. (by default)
  • Repeat :
    • false : Playback stops when reaching the end of the current playlist (by default).
    • true : Playback continues by looping through the playlist.
  • SmartInsert :
    • false : Smart Insert is disabled.
    • true : Smart Insert is enabled when in private mode. this will favor people who haven't added many songs, for example.


  • Avatar : Display a user's avatar in the bottom right corner with song information on screen.
    • false : Do not display avatar picture
    • true : Display avatar picture (Nickname needs to be true)
  • Nickname :
    • false : Player won't display nickname and avatar
    • true : Player will display nickname of the person who requested a song.
  • Enabled :
    • false : No QR Code or URL will be displayed during song playback.
    • true : Connection information is displayed (default)
  • QRCode : Display QR Code between pauses
    • false : No
    • true : Yes
  • Message : Message to display next to the interface URL. Examples : - 1 euro per song!
    • Wifi network: Jonetsu
  • Host : If empty, your IP address will be automatically detected, but this detection can sometimes fail : this setting allows you to force a specific IP to use.


  • Enabled : Public votes
    • false : No
    • true : Yes
  • Choices : Number of songs to suggest in the poll
  • Timeout : Poll duration. Poll will end at this many seconds, or before the last 10 seconds of a song.


A freed song doesn't count anymore towards a user's quota.

  • Songs : Number of songs someone can suggest in public or private mode.
  • Time : Time bank in seconds for every user
  • Type : Quota type to use. This is checked when someone tries to add a song.
    • 0 : No quota
    • 1 : Number of songs
    • 2 : Time bank
  • FreeAutoTime : Time in minutes before a song is automatically freed (60 mintues by default)
  • FreeUpVotes :
    • false : Likes won't allow users to get their songs freed.
    • true : Users who have a "liked" song get it freed from their quota.
  • FreeUpVotesRequiredPercent : Percentage (0-100) of likes required to get a song freed. It's the percentage of people marked as connected to the app at a given time.
  • FreeUpVotesRequiredMin : Minimum number of likes required for a song to be freed.


The Streamer Mode displays poll results during song pauses, and can also allow Twitch chatters to submit their votes. It also adds a configurable pause inbetween songs.

  • Enabled : true or false depending on if you want that mode or not
  • PauseDuration : In seconds.
  • Enabled : true or false depending on if you're using Twitch Chat or not
  • OAuth : Your OAuth token for Twitch
  • Channel : Twitch channel for the bot to join


  • mpvVideoOutput : You can specify a video driver for mpv here. If under Windows you see a blue window when launching Karaoke Mugen, put direct3d in this.
  • Background : Name of an image file to use for the player's background.
    • If nothing is specified, Karaoke Mugen will choose a random background in the app/background folder.
    • If no background is found in the folder, the default one will be used.
  • FullScreen : This setting is ignored if PIP.Enabled is set to true.
    • false : Player is in windowed mode (default)
    • true : Player is in fullscreen
  • Monitor :
    • false : Monitor is disabled (default)
    • true : The monitor is displayed. It's a second player window synced with the first one. It allows the karaoke operator to see what's being played on the main screen.
  • Borders :
    • false : The window has no borders (looks smaller)
    • true : The window has borders and a titlebar.
  • NoHud :
    • false : mpv's HUD is enabled
    • true : mpv's HUD is hidden (default)
  • NoBar :
    • false : mpv's progress bar is displayed when you seek inside the video.
    • true : mpv's progress bar is never displayed.
  • Screen : screen number on which mpv should display your karaoke.
    • 0 : first screen (main screen) (default).
    • 1 : second screen.
    • 2 : third screen.
    • ...
    • 9 : Let the player choose
  • StayOnTop :
    • false : mpv won't stay on top of other windows
    • true : mpv will stay on top of other windows (default)
  • VisualizationEffects :
    • false : Visualization effects are disabled.
    • true : Visualization effects are shown during mp3 playback.s.


  • Enabled :
    • false : Disables Picture in picture mode
    • true : Enables Picture in picture mode (default)
  • Size : if PIP mode is enabled, this is the percentage of the screen in size the player window should cover.
  • PositionX : Defines mpv's horizontal position by default
    • Left
    • Center
    • Right
  • PositionY : Defines mpv's vertical position by default
    • Top
    • Center
    • Bottom


  • AllowDuplicates : A song can be added more than once if this setting is set to true (only on non-public playlists)
  • MaxDejaVuTime : A song is marked as "deja vu" if it's been played less than xx minutes ago (60 by default)
  • RemovePublicOnPlay : Remove songs from public playlists as soon as they're played.


  • Hide :
    • false : Mystery songs are visible (default)
    • true : Mystery songs are hidden, they won't appear in a playlist to the public
  • AddedSongVisibilityAdmin :
    • false : Songs added by admin are set to mysterious automatically
    • true : Songs added by admin are visible
  • AddedSongVisibilityPublic :
    • false : Songs added by public are set to mysterious automatically
    • true : Songs added by public are visible


For every item there are three settings :

  • Enabled : Enable or disable the media with a boolean.
  • File : Filename to use for that media during playback. If none is set, KM will select a file at random.
  • Message : An optional message to display on the screen while the media plays

For sponsors and jingles :

  • Interval : Number of songs before that media is played

Medias can be Intros, Outros and Encores. Example :

      Enabled: true
      File: PS1-Nanami.mp4
      Enabled: false
      File: Byebye.mp4
      Enabled: false
      File: encoru.mp4



These are the paths to various binaries needed by Karaoke Mugen. Each binary has three settings : Windows, OSX and Linux. Binaries are Player, ffmpeg, and Postgres. For Postgres it's the folder where all binaries should be available. For the others, an executable is expected.

Example :

      Linux: /usr/bin/mpv
      OSX: app/bin/
      Windows: app/bin/mpv.exe


How to access your database. You can usually leave all the defaults. If you use your own PostgreSQL server, put bundledPostgresBinary to false and modify whatever is needed (like the password). superuser and superuserPassword aren't used in that case.

    bundledPostgresBinary: false
    database: 'karaokemugen_app'
    host: 'localhost'
    password: 'musubi'
    port: 5432
    schema: 'public'
    superuser: 'postgres'
    superuserPassword: null
    user: 'karaokemugen_app'

Everything's pretty explicit. Edit the settings you need to.


All your repositories are configured here.

Example repository :
  • Enabled :
    • true : Repository will be used for generation and online updates
    • false : Repository will NOT be used for generation and online updates. Its songs won't appear in database anymore.
  • Name : Repository name. Must match the name in the .kara.json and .tag.json files present. For online repositories this is usually a domain name.
  • Online :
    • true : The repository is an online one and will be queried during online updates
    • false : The repository is local and only contains local songs not meant to be uploaded to an online repository.
  • Path : Paths for each data folder :
  • Karas : Folders where to look for .kara files.
  • Lyrics : Folders where to look for .ass files.
  • Medias : Folders where to look for media files.
  • Series : Folders where .series.json files are stored
  • Tags : Folders where .tag.json files are stored


Some paths here can have multiple entries. These are Backgrounds, Jingles, Karas, Lyrics, Medias and Tags. All those paths are relative to the data folder but you can still specify absolute paths.

When searching for a file in these, Karaoke Mugen will go through every entry of the list.

  • Avatars : Folder where avatars are stored
  • Backgrounds : Folders where backgrounds are stored.
  • DB : Folder where the database(s) are stored.
  • Import : Folder where karaokes can be imported from
  • Jingles : Folders where to look for jingles.
  • Intros : Folders where to look for intros.
  • Sponsors : Folders where to look for sponsors
  • Outros : Same thing for outros
  • Encores : ... and encores videos !
  • Previews : Folder where previews are stored (about 500Kb per song)
  • Temp : Temporary folder. It is cleaned on startup.
  • SessionExports : Path where to store Session .csv exports.
  • MediasHTTP: URL where songs are stored. If they are not availeble in the Medias folders, Karaoke Mugen will try to stream them from that URL.


In addition to the various customization settings you'll find in the config file, you can change a few other things in Karaoke Mugen to fit your needs :


By default, Karaoke Mugen will use its own wallpaper depending on which version you're using. You can still specify yours through the Background setting or simply by dropping wallpapers of your choice in jpg, png or gif formats in the backgrounds folder.

Karaoke Mugen will display them randomly at every pause.

Playlist medias

If you want to put a little spice in your karaoke, you can play jingles or sponsors every XX songs (via the Medias settings). There are also introductions, outros, and encores. All these videos are stored in the data folder

The Karaoke Mugen community has a few jingles they share, but you can use yours. If an .ass file with the same name as a media file is present, it'll be played along.

These medias can be downloaded on our Gitlab. Place them in their respective folders once unzipped. They are automatically downloaded by Karaoke Mugen, too.