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OpenAudioMc supports multiple file formats for your sounds, these are:

Random media and Playlists.

You might want to shake things up a little every once in a while by assigning random sounds to a region, command or whatever. You can simply do this by stringing multiple sources in a JSON array, so you’d enter something like ["",""] instead of your singular source. The client will choose a random sound from the list when the media is requested to start. Randomized media with looping tags will reselect their source every time they loop, functioning like a playlist.

Playback Options

The OpenAudioMc audio format is what’s being used throughout the network. It contains the source, and a UNIX timestamp for when the command was executed. This is defined by the plugin and does NOT get changed anywhere further on in the process.

Other optional metadata included:

All the optional tags should be included in the Play command as a JSON object with the spaces left out, so a fully decked out argment would look like


What to use when

Source Pros Cons Example usecase
Direct MP3 - Fast
- Reliable
- Scalable
- No strings attached
- Requires webserver Best for usecases where timing and reliability is important.
(like Ride, Areas, etc etc)
Google Drive - Easy to use
- Easy to share
- Free
- Not particularly fast
- Links can expire
For quick and easy file hosting.
(Event music, sound effects, etc etc)
DropBox - Fast
- Easy to use
- Free
- Url may need manual edits
- Links may be blocked when used often
For general purpose audio hosting.
(Same as Direct MP3 but on a smaller scale)
SoundCloud - Stupidly Simple - Not particularly fast
- Some artists prohibit the use of their songs
Easy music sharing and playback.
(Same as Direct MP3, but on a small scale)
YouTube - Stupidly Simple
- Reliable
- Playback isn’t instant
- Delay may cause timing issues
Simple area music, sound effects, dialogue, etc etc


It is possible to add support for other sources as well. OpenAudioMc has a java api to add support for url manipulations. This means that there are add-on plugins like OpenAudioMc-Youtube to expand the feature set with an alternative youtube engine.