npm i lyrics-js


Get current Spotify or iTunes track lyrics from a scraper (Genius)

by Shahyar G

0.0.2 (see all)License:ISCTypeScript:Not FoundCategories:Vanilla JavaScript Lyrics API
npm i lyrics-js

Scrape lyrics for a song by "Artist - Title", either straight from the command line, or in Node.js. Currently only supports Genius lyrics.


Binary Use (macOS)

Get an API token for api.genius.com, and then put it in config.json as { "genius": { "token": "foobar" } }.

Then, run ./bin/lyrics. This only works on macOS, as it uses AppleScript to find out the active track.

Library Use

const Lyrics = require('lyrics');

const fetcher = new Lyrics({
    genius: {
        token: 'foobar'

// Get lyrics for a specific track (artist, title)
fetcher.getTrackLyrics('Noah', 'Chef')
  .then(lyrics => console.log(lyrics))
  .catch(err => console.error(err));

// Get lyrics for the current track active in Spotify or iTunes (macOS only)
fetcher.getCurrentTrackLyrics(['Spotify', 'iTunes'])
  .then(lyrics => console.log(lyrics))
  .catch(err => console.error(err));

// Find out the currently active track in Spotify or iTunes (macOS only)
fetcher.getCurrentTrack(['Spotify', 'iTunes'])
  .then(({ artist, title }) => console.log(artist, title))
  .catch(err => console.error(err));


The config.json for bin/lyrics and the config object passed to Lyrics on construction are one and the same. They accept the following:

    "genius": {
        "token": String // Token for api.genius.com
    "log": Boolean // Whether to log debug info to console (default: true)

OS support for current track detection

macOS (OS X)

macOS is natively supported using AppleScript to get the current track from Spotify or iTunes.


In Linux, you can get the current track using D-Bus, as Spotify implements the Media Player Remote Interfacing Specification (MPRIS). I have not tested it, but mpris-service is an available package.


There isn't a an osascript or D-Bus equivalent way of getting the current track from Spotify in Windows at the moment, as far as I know. The Spotify Web API also does not have an endpoint to get the /current/ track, though it does have an endpoint to fetch the last 50 played tracks -- but this does not include the current one, nor does it include any that played for less than 30 seconds.

Update 2019: You can use Spotify's /v1/me/player/currently-playing API endpoint. https://developer.spotify.com/documentation/web-api/reference/player/get-the-users-currently-playing-track/