FLOSS alternative to subsonic, supporting its many clients.


the default login is admin/admin.
password can then be changed from the web interface

...from source

$ apt install build-essential git sqlite libtag1-dev ffmpeg libasound-dev # for debian like
$ pacman -S base-devel git sqlite taglib ffmpeg alsa-lib                  # for arch like
$ go get go.senan.xyz/gonic/cmd/gonic
$ export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/go/bin
$ gonic -h # or see "configuration options below"

note: unfortunately if you do this above, you'll be compiling gonic locally on your machine
(if someone knows how I can statically link sqlite3 and taglib, please let me know so I can distribute static binaries)

...with docker x86_64

the image is available on dockerhub as sentriz/gonic

# example docker-compose.yml

version: '2.4'
    image: sentriz/gonic:latest
    - TZ
    # optionally, see more env vars below
    - 80
    - ./data:/data                # gonic db etc
    - /path/to/music:/music:ro    # your music
    - /path/to/podcasts:/podcasts # your podcasts
    - /path/to/cache:/cache       # transcode / covers / etc cache dir

    # set the following two sections if you've enabled jukebox
    - audio
    - /dev/snd:/dev/snd

then start with docker-compose up -d

...with docker arm / raspberry pi

please see ugeek/gonic

...with systemd

example by @IUCCA, tested on Ubuntu 18.04

  1. add a repository with the latest Version of golang and install the prerequisites
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:longsleep/golang-backports
$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
$ sudo apt install build-essential git sqlite libtag1-dev ffmpeg libasound-dev golang
  1. download and compile gonic in the home directory
$ go get go.senan.xyz/gonic/cmd/gonic
  1. add a gonic user and create a directory for the server
$ sudo mkdir -p /var/gonic/
$ sudo adduser --disabled-login --gecos "" gonic
$ sudo mv go/bin/gonic /var/gonic/
$ sudo wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/sentriz/gonic/master/contrib/config -O /var/gonic/config
$ sudo chmod -R 750 /var/gonic/
$ sudo chown -R gonic:gonic /var/gonic/
  1. add your music-path to the config file
$ sudo nano /var/gonic/config
  1. setup systemd service
$ sudo wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/sentriz/gonic/master/contrib/gonic.service -O /etc/systemd/system/gonic.service
$ sudo systemctl daemon-reload
$ sudo systemctl enable --now gonic


configuration options

env var command line arg description
GONIC_MUSIC_PATH -music-path path to your music collection
GONIC_PODCAST_PATH -podcast-path path to a podcasts directory
GONIC_CACHE_PATH -cache-path path to store audio transcodes, covers, etc
GONIC_DB_PATH -db-path optional path to database file
GONIC_LISTEN_ADDR -listen-addr optional host and port to listen on (eg., (default
GONIC_PROXY_PREFIX -proxy-prefix optional url path prefix to use if behind reverse proxy. eg /gonic (see example configs below)
GONIC_SCAN_INTERVAL -scan-interval optional interval (in minutes) to check for new music (automatic scanning disabled if omitted)
GONIC_JUKEBOX_ENABLED -jukebox-enabled optional whether the subsonic jukebox api should be enabled
GONIC_GENRE_SPLIT -genre-split optional a string or character to split genre tags on for multi-genre support (eg. ;)


example nginx config with GONIC_PROXY_PREFIX

  location /gonic/ {
      proxy_pass http://localhost:4747/;
      # set "Secure" cookie if using HTTPS
      proxy_cookie_path / "/; Secure";
      # set "X-Forwarded-Host" header for last.fm connection callback
      proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Host $host;

directory structure

when browsing by folder, any arbitrary and nested folder layout is supported. with one exception: albums must be contained in a single folder

please see here for more context

├── drum and bass
│   └── Photek
│       └── (1997) Modus Operandi
│           ├── 01.10 The Hidden Camera.flac
│           ├── 02.10 Smoke Rings.flac
│           ├── 03.10 Minotaur.flac
│           └── folder.jpg
└── experimental
    └── Alan Vega
        ├── (1980) Alan Vega
        │   ├── 01.08 Jukebox Babe.flac
        │   ├── 02.08 Fireball.flac
        │   ├── 03.08 Kung Foo Cowboy.flac
        │   └── folder.jpg
        └── (1990) Deuce Avenue
            ├── 01.13 Body Bop Jive.flac
            ├── 02.13 Sneaker Gun Fire.flac
            ├── 03.13 Jab Gee.flac
            └── folder.jpg