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A self-hostable, statically generated bandcamp alternative — as recently announced on mastodon
Faircamp takes a directory on your disk - your Catalog - and from it produces a fancy-looking (and technically simple and completely static) website, which presents your music in a way similar to how popular commercial service bandcamp does it.
You can upload the files faircamp generates to any webspace - no database and no programming language support (PHP or such) is required. If your webspace supports SSH access, faircamp can be configured to upload your website for you automatically, otherwise you can use FTP or whichever means you prefer to do that manually.
Your catalog is a set of directories with a structure of your choosing, the only convention you need to follow is that directories that directly contain audio files will be presented as releases (thinks albums, singles and playlists) with their own page. Faircamp will automatically gather metadata from your audio files and make good use of it - if your audio files are properly tagged and there are cover images within each release directory you will likely get an end result that is pretty much perfect the first time you run faircamp.
Besides the audio and image files in your catalog faircamp allows you to put simple text files - so called manifests - inside your directories. In these manifests you can set and override options (e.g. which download formats a release should have) that are applied to all files within the same directory and below. So by putting a manifest in the top level directory of your catalog you can at once set an option for all of your releases, and by placing manifests further down in the directory structure, you can make specific adjustments all the way down to the release (single, album, playlist) level - and within the manifest itself also down to the track (single song or recording within a release) level.
Current development state
Faircamp already does a lot of things (reading, transcoding, zipping, caching, rendering, deploying), and for testing purposes faircamp can be stably run on the main branch. For anything productive you will want to wait a few more weeks though, as as of yet faircamp also does not yet do anything really well - for now it's a prototype and a demo!
This documentation is still incomplete, in parts potentially inaccurate and subject to change.
faircamp --help for up-to-date information on that.
To specify metadata and settings create files with the extension
.eno and any
filename of your choosing anywhere inside the catalog. Each manifest applies to
the folder it is contained in, as well as (recursively) to all subfolders
therein. Manifests located deeper down in the folder hierarchy can override
metadata and settings specified in manifests in folders above.
catalog/ ├─ my_top_level_manifest.eno ├─ release_a/ │ ├─ my_release_manifest_a.eno │ ├─ track_a1.mp3 │ ├─ track_a2.mp3 │ └─ track_a3.mp3 └─ release_b/ ├─ my_release_manifest_b.eno ├─ track_b1.mp3 ├─ track_b2.mp3 └─ track_b3.mp3
In the example above, everything defined in
to everything within
my_release_manifest_a.eno can selectively override certain things for
everything in its containing folder
release_a, as likewise
my_release_manifest_b.eno can selectively override certain things for
everything in its containing folder
Manifest options by example
This demonstrates a subset of available options. None of them are required to get started and depending on your usecase you might only need very few of them in the end as well.
Note that manifest lines such as
# catalog are not comments but denote sections (and instead
> these are comments).
Here you can set the title of your site (which appears at the title of browser tabs, inside the RSS feed, etc.), as well as the global about page text for your site.
# catalog -- text My self hosted faircamp site, which presents some of my awesome music. Nice of you to stop by! -- text title: My awesome music
By default only streaming is enabled, so you need to specify the
price option to enable downloading.
# download > Use this to disable downloading for specific releases when it has been enabled in a manifest above in the hierarchy disabled > This enables downloading unconditionally without asking for recompensation free > All enabled for demonstration purposes (in practice less is recommended, e.g. flac and mp3) formats: - aac - aiff - flac - mp3_320 - mp3_v0 - ogg_vorbis - wav > This enables downloads behind a soft (i.e. not technically enforced) paycurtain price: RUB 700+
price option accepts an ISO 4217 currency code and a price range such as:
USD 0+(Name your price, including zero dollars as a valid option)
3.50 EUR(Exactly 3.50 euros)
KRW 9080(Exactly 9080 south korean won)
INR 230+(230 indian rupees or more)
JPY 400-800(Between 400 and 800 japanese yen)
Note that in practice you won't use
price in the same manifest because these options mutually exclude each other, they are just shown here together for demonstration purposes.
You need to specify the base url under which you're hosting your faircamp site in order for the RSS feed to be generated. The image for the feed is optional.
# feed base_url: https://myawesomemusic.site/ image: exported_logo_v3.jpg
This allows you to configure a language code (used e.g. for the RSS feed metadata) and more importantly to switch from left-to-right to right-to-left presentation for e.g. arabic and hebrew scripts.
# localization language = he writing_direction = rtl
This sets payment options that are shown when someone wants to buy one of your releases. For liberapay just provide your account name.
# payment liberapay: ThatAwesomeArtist42 -- custom I'm playing a show at *Substage Indenhoven* on Dec 19th - you can get the digital album now and meet me at the merch stand in december in person to give me the money yourself! -- custom -- custom If you're in europe you can send the money via SEPA, contact me at [email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll send you the account details. -- custom
Release artists and titles are automatically derived from audio file metadata, however as you will possibly want to provide a textual description or tweak the displayed title and artists for display in the browser, such data can be provided through the manifests.
# release artist: Heston Exchange -- text Recorded in the summer of '94 at West Callaghan Ranch, XE. -- text title: Ape Affairs (Bonus Track Edition)
You can optionally set the encoding quality for streaming in the browser from
standard (the default) to
transparent option uses significantly more bandwidth (and consequently produces more CO2) and people on slow connections might not wait for your files to load (i.e. you might lose potential future fans that way), therefore it is not recommended to change this without an actual, good reason.
# streaming quality: standard
You can adjust the visual appearance of your faircamp site to your liking. A background_image can be specified, the base theme can be chosen from dark and light, the accent color used in the theme can be set through hue (0-360) and a hue_spread (e.g. -12, 3, 320) can be defined, which makes the site more colorful (where 0 = mono-colored). In order for hue_spread to have an effect, make sure to turn up tint_back (0-100) and/or tint_front (0-100) to add a varyingly strong color tint to either the background, or the elements in the foreground (most prominently: text).
# theme background_image: squiggly_monsters_texture.jpg base: dark hue: 13 hue_spread: 0 tint_back: 0 tint_front: 0
Advanced control over caching strategy
# cache optimization: [delayed|immediate|manual|wipe]
Faircamp maintains an asset cache that holds the results of all computation-heavy build artifacts (transcoded audio files, images, and compressed archives). By default this cache uses a delayed optimization strategy: Any asset that is not directly used in a build gets marked as stale and past a certain period (e.g. 24 hours) gets purged from the cache during a follow-up build (if it is not meanwhile reactivated because it's needed again). This strikes a nice balance for achieving instant build speeds during editing (after assets have been generated initially) without inadvertently growing a storage resource leak in a directory you don't ever look at normally.
If you're short on disk space you can switch to
immediate optimization, which purges stale assets right after each build (which might result in small configuration mistakes wiping assets that took long to generate as a drawback).
If you're even shorter on disk space you can use
wipe optimization, which just completely wipes the cache right after each build (so everything needs to be regenerated on each build).
If you're more the structured type you can use
manual optimization, which does not
automatically purge anything from the cache but instead prints back reports on stale
assets after each build and lets you use
faircamp --optimize-cache and
faircamp --wipe-cache appropriately whenever you're done with your changes and don't expect to generate
any new builds for a while.
Faircamp compiles on recent stable rust, its only runtime requirement is that
you have FFmpeg installed, such that
ffmpeg -version called in a terminal
at any location confirms ffmpeg being available. On Linux you can use your distro's
package manager to install
ffmpeg, it's readily available on all major distros.
Faircamp has so far only been tested on Linux - architecturally there should be no blockers for running faircamp on other platforms though (e.g. BSD, maOS, Windows).
Note that faircamp is still in alpha development and you're running it at your own risk.
Run this to build and install faircamp on your system:
cargo install --path .
Then run it inside a directory that contains directories that contain audio files:
With its default settings, faircamp will create a
.faircamp_build and a
.faircamp_cache folder inside the directory you called it from. As you might have guessed you will want to open
.faircamp_build/index.html inside your browser after building is complete.
faircamp -h to get some help on command line options (there are a few already).
To get faircamp off your system again, simply run:
cargo uninstall faircamp
Faircamp is licensed under the GPLv3+.