LavaPlayer - Audio player library for Discord

LavaPlayer is an audio player library written in Java which can load audio tracks from various sources and convert them into a stream of Opus frames. It is designed for use with Discord bots, but it can be used anywhere where Opus format output is required.

Please read the FAQ in case of issues.

Maven package

Replace x.y.z with the latest version number: Bintray

Using in Gradle:

repositories {

dependencies {
  implementation 'com.sedmelluq:lavaplayer:x.y.z'

Using in Maven:



Supported formats

The set of sources where LavaPlayer can load tracks from is easily extensible, but the ones currently included by default are:

The file formats that LavaPlayer can currently handle are (relevant for file/url sources):

Resource usage

What makes LavaPlayer unique is that it handles everything in the same process. Different sources and container formats are handled in Java, while decoding and encoding of audio are handled by embedded native libraries. This gives it a very fine-grained control over the resources that it uses, which means a low memory footprint as well as the chance to skip decoding and encoding steps altogether when the input format matches the output format. Some key things to remember:


Precise seeking support

Seeking is supported on all non-stream formats and sources. When a seek is performed on a playing track, the previously buffered audio samples will be provided until the seek is finished (this is configurable). When a seek is performed on a track which has not yet started, it will start immediately from the chosen position.

Due to media containers supporting seeking at different resolutions, the position that a media player can start reading data from might be several seconds from the location that the user actually wanted to seek to. LavaPlayer handles it by remembering the position where it was requested to seek to, jumping to the highest position which is not after that and then ignoring the audio until the actual position that was requested. This provides a millisecond accuracy on seeking.

Easy track loading

When creating an instance of an AudioPlayerManager, sources where the tracks should be loaded from with it must be manually registered. When loading tracks, you pass the manager an identifier and a handler which will get asynchronously called when the result has arrived. The handler has separate methods for receiving resolved tracks, resolved playlists, exceptions or being notified when nothing was found for the specified identifier.

Since the tracks hold only minimal meta-information (title, author, duration and identifier), loading playlists does not usually require the library to check the page of each individual track for sources such as YouTube or SoundCloud. This makes loading playlists pretty fast.

Load balancing

LavaPlayer includes the support for delegating the decoding/encoding/resampling operations to separate nodes running the lavaplayer-node Spring Boot application. These can be easily enabled by calling:

manager.useRemoteNodes("somehost:8080", "otherhost:8080")

The library will automatically assign the processing of new tracks to them by selecting a node based on the number of tracks they are currently processing and the CPU usage of the machine they are running on.


Any source that implements the AudioSourceManager interface can be registered to the player manager. These can be custom sources using either some of the supported containers and codecs or defining a totally new way the tracks are actually executed, such as delegating it to another process, should the set of formats supported by LavaPlayer by default not be enough.


Creating an audio player manager

First thing you have to do when using the library is to create a DefaultAudioPlayerManager and then configure it to use the settings and sources you want. Here is a sample:

AudioPlayerManager playerManager = new DefaultAudioPlayerManager();

There are various configuration settings that can be modified:

If possible, you should use a single instance of a player manager for your whole application. A player manager manages several thread pools which make no sense to duplicate.

Creating an audio player

Once you have a player manager, you can create players from it. Generally you would want to create a player per every different target you might want to separately stream audio to. It is totally fine to create them even if they are unlikely to be used, as they do not use any resources on their own without an active track.

Creating a player is rather simple:

AudioPlayer player = playerManager.createPlayer();

Once you have an instance of an audio player, you need some way to receive events from it. For that you should register a listener to it which either extends the AudioEventAdapter class or implements AudioEventListener. Since that listener receives the events for starting and ending tracks, it makes sense to also make it responsible for scheduling tracks. Assuming TrackScheduler is a class that implements AudioEventListener:

TrackScheduler trackScheduler = new TrackScheduler(player);

Now you have an audio player capable of playing instances of AudioTrack. However, what you don't have is audio tracks, which are the next things you have to obtain.

Loading audio tracks

To load a track, you have to call either the loadItem or loadItemOrdered method of an AudioPlayerManager. loadItem takes an identifier parameter and a load handler parameter. The identifier is a piece of text that should identify the track for some source. For example if it is a YouTube video ID, then YouTube source manager will load it, if it is a file path then the local file source will load it. The handler parameter is an instance of AudioLoadResultHandler, which has separate methods for different results of the loading process. You can either have a dedicated class for this or you can simply pass it an anonymous class as in the next example:

playerManager.loadItem(identifier, new AudioLoadResultHandler() {
  public void trackLoaded(AudioTrack track) {

  public void playlistLoaded(AudioPlaylist playlist) {
    for (AudioTrack track : playlist.getTracks()) {

  public void noMatches() {
    // Notify the user that we've got nothing

  public void loadFailed(FriendlyException throwable) {
    // Notify the user that everything exploded

Most of these methods are rather obvious. In addition to everything exploding, loadFailed will also be called for example when a YouTube track is blocked or not available in your area. The FriendlyException class has a field called severity. If the value of this is COMMON, then it means that the reason is definitely not a bug or a network issue, but because the track is not available, such as the YouTube blocked video example. These message in this case can simply be forwarded as is to the user.

The other method for loading tracks, loadItemOrdered is for cases where you want the tracks to be loaded in order for example within one player. loadItemOrdered takes an ordering channel key as the first parameter, which is simply any object which remains the same for all the requests that should be loaded in the same ordered queue. The most common use would probably be to just pass it the AudioPlayer instance that the loaded tracks will be queued for.

Playing audio tracks

In the previous example I did not actually start playing the loaded track yet, but sneakily passed it on to our fictional TrackScheduler class instead. Starting the track is however a trivial thing to do:


Now the track should be playing, which means buffered for whoever needs it to poll its frames. However, you would need to somehow react to events, most notably the track finishing, so you could start the next track.

Handling events

Events are handled by event handlers added to an AudioPlayer instance. The simplest way for creating the handler is to extend the AudioEventAdapter class. Here is a quick description of each of the methods it has, in the context of using it for a track scheduler:

public class TrackScheduler extends AudioEventAdapter {
  public void onPlayerPause(AudioPlayer player) {
    // Player was paused

  public void onPlayerResume(AudioPlayer player) {
    // Player was resumed

  public void onTrackStart(AudioPlayer player, AudioTrack track) {
    // A track started playing

  public void onTrackEnd(AudioPlayer player, AudioTrack track, AudioTrackEndReason endReason) {
    if (endReason.mayStartNext) {
      // Start next track

    // endReason == FINISHED: A track finished or died by an exception (mayStartNext = true).
    // endReason == LOAD_FAILED: Loading of a track failed (mayStartNext = true).
    // endReason == STOPPED: The player was stopped.
    // endReason == REPLACED: Another track started playing while this had not finished
    // endReason == CLEANUP: Player hasn't been queried for a while, if you want you can put a
    //                       clone of this back to your queue

  public void onTrackException(AudioPlayer player, AudioTrack track, FriendlyException exception) {
    // An already playing track threw an exception (track end event will still be received separately)

  public void onTrackStuck(AudioPlayer player, AudioTrack track, long thresholdMs) {
    // Audio track has been unable to provide us any audio, might want to just start a new track

JDA integration

To use it with JDA 4, you would need an instance of AudioSendHandler. There is only the slight difference of no separate canProvide and provide methods in AudioPlayer, so the wrapper for this is simple:

public class AudioPlayerSendHandler implements AudioSendHandler {
  private final AudioPlayer audioPlayer;
  private AudioFrame lastFrame;

  public AudioPlayerSendHandler(AudioPlayer audioPlayer) {
    this.audioPlayer = audioPlayer;

  public boolean canProvide() {
    lastFrame = audioPlayer.provide();
    return lastFrame != null;

  public ByteBuffer provide20MsAudio() {
    return ByteBuffer.wrap(lastFrame.getData());

  public boolean isOpus() {
    return true;