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    Discord Player

    Complete framework to facilitate music commands using discord.js.

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    Install discord-player

    $ npm install --save discord-player

    Install @discordjs/opus

    $ npm install --save @discordjs/opus

    Install FFmpeg or Avconv


    • Simple & easy to use 🤘
    • Beginner friendly 😱
    • Audio filters 🎸
    • Lightweight ☁️
    • Custom extractors support 🌌
    • Multiple sources support
    • Play in multiple servers at the same time 🚗
    • Does not inject anything to discord.js or your discord.js client 💉
    • Allows you to have full control over what is going to be streamed 👑


    Getting Started

    First of all, you will need to register slash commands:

    const { REST } = require("@discordjs/rest");
    const { Routes } = require("discord-api-types/v9");
    const commands = [{
        name: "play",
        description: "Plays a song!",
        options: [
                name: "query",
                type: "STRING",
                description: "The song you want to play",
                required: true
    const rest = new REST({ version: "9" }).setToken(process.env.DISCORD_TOKEN);
    (async () => {
      try {
        console.log("Started refreshing application [/] commands.");
        await rest.put(
          Routes.applicationGuildCommands(CLIENT_ID, GUILD_ID),
          { body: commands },
        console.log("Successfully reloaded application [/] commands.");
      } catch (error) {

    Now you can implement your bot's logic:

    const { Client, Intents } = require("discord.js");
    const client = new Discord.Client({ intents: [Intents.FLAGS.GUILDS, Intents.FLAGS.GUILD_MESSAGES, Intents.FLAGS.GUILD_VOICE_STATES] });
    const { Player } = require("discord-player");
    // Create a new Player (you don't need any API Key)
    const player = new Player(client);
    // add the trackStart event so when a song will be played this message will be sent
    player.on("trackStart", (queue, track) =>`🎶 | Now playing **${track.title}**!`))
    client.once("ready", () => {
        console.log("I'm ready !");
    client.on("interactionCreate", async (interaction) => {
        if (!interaction.isCommand()) return;
        // /play track:Despacito
        // will play "Despacito" in the voice channel
        if (interaction.commandName === "play") {
            if (!interaction.member.voice.channelId) return await interaction.reply({ content: "You are not in a voice channel!", ephemeral: true });
            if ( && interaction.member.voice.channelId !== return await interaction.reply({ content: "You are not in my voice channel!", ephemeral: true });
            const query = interaction.options.get("query").value;
            const queue = player.createQueue(interaction.guild, {
                metadata: {
            // verify vc connection
            try {
                if (!queue.connection) await queue.connect(;
            } catch {
                return await interaction.reply({ content: "Could not join your voice channel!", ephemeral: true });
            await interaction.deferReply();
            const track = await, {
                requestedBy: interaction.user
            }).then(x => x.tracks[0]);
            if (!track) return await interaction.followUp({ content: `❌ | Track **${query}** not found!` });
            return await interaction.followUp({ content: `⏱️ | Loading track **${track.title}**!` });

    Supported websites

    By default, discord-player supports YouTube, Spotify and SoundCloud streams only.

    Optional dependencies

    Discord Player provides an Extractor API that enables you to use your custom stream extractor with it. Some packages have been made by the community to add new features using this API.

    @discord-player/extractor (optional)

    Optional package that adds support for vimeo, reverbnation, facebook, attachment links and lyrics. You just need to install it using npm i --save @discord-player/extractor (discord-player will automatically detect and use it).

    @discord-player/downloader (optional)

    @discord-player/downloader is an optional package that brings support for +700 websites. The documentation is available here.

    Examples of bots made with Discord Player

    These bots are made by the community, they can help you build your own!


    Smooth Volume

    Discord Player will by default try to implement this. If smooth volume does not work, you need to add this line at the top of your main file:

    // CJS
    // ESM
    import "discord-player/smoothVolume"

    ⚠️ Make sure that line is situated at the TOP of your main file.

    Use cookies

    const player = new Player(client, {
        ytdlOptions: {
            requestOptions: {
                headers: {
                    cookie: "YOUR_YOUTUBE_COOKIE"

    Use custom proxies

    const HttpsProxyAgent = require("https-proxy-agent");
    // Remove "user:pass@" if you don't need to authenticate to your proxy.
    const proxy = "http://user:pass@";
    const agent = HttpsProxyAgent(proxy);
    const player = new Player(client, {
        ytdlOptions: {
            requestOptions: { agent }

    You may also create a simple proxy server and forward requests through it. See for more info.

    Custom stream Engine

    Discord Player by default uses node-ytdl-core for youtube and some other extractors for other sources. If you need to modify this behavior without touching extractors, you need to use createStream functionality of discord player. Here's an example on how you can use play-dl to download youtube streams instead of using ytdl-core.

    const playdl = require("play-dl");
    // other code
    const queue = player.createQueue(..., {
        async onBeforeCreateStream(track, source, _queue) {
            // only trap youtube source
            if (source === "youtube") {
                // track here would be youtube track
                return (await, { discordPlayerCompatibility : true })).stream;
                // we must return readable stream or void (returning void means telling discord-player to look for default extractor)

    <Queue>.onBeforeCreateStream is called before actually downloading the stream. It is a different concept from extractors, where you are just downloading streams. source here will be a video source. Streams from onBeforeCreateStream are then piped to FFmpeg and finally sent to Discord voice servers.


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