rakyll / portmidi

Go bindings for libportmidi

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Want to output to an MIDI device or listen your MIDI device as an input? This package contains Go bindings for PortMidi. libportmidi (v. 217) is required as a dependency, it's available via apt-get and brew.

apt-get install libportmidi-dev
# or
brew install portmidi

Or, alternatively you can download the source and build it by yourself. See the instructions on PortMidi homepage.

In order to start, go get this repository:

go get github.com/rakyll/portmidi




About MIDI Devices

portmidi.CountDevices() // returns the number of MIDI devices
portmidi.Info(deviceID) // returns info about a MIDI device
portmidi.DefaultInputDeviceID() // returns the ID of the system default input
portmidi.DefaultOutputDeviceID() // returns the ID of the system default output

Write to a MIDI Device

out, err := portmidi.NewOutputStream(deviceID, 1024, 0)
if err != nil {

// note on events to play C major chord
out.WriteShort(0x90, 60, 100)
out.WriteShort(0x90, 64, 100)
out.WriteShort(0x90, 67, 100)

// notes will be sustained for 2 seconds
time.Sleep(2 * time.Second)

// note off events
out.WriteShort(0x80, 60, 100)
out.WriteShort(0x80, 64, 100)
out.WriteShort(0x80, 67, 100)


Read from a MIDI Device

in, err := portmidi.NewInputStream(deviceID, 1024)
if err != nil {
defer in.Close()

events, err := in.Read(1024)
if err != nil {

// alternatively you can filter the input to listen
// only a particular set of channels
in.SetChannelMask(portmidi.Channel(1) | portmidi.Channel.(2))
in.Read(1024) // will retrieve events from channel 1 and 2

// or alternatively listen events
ch := in.Listen()
event := <-ch


Cleanup your input and output streams once you're done. Likely to be called on graceful termination.



Go bindings for libportmidi

License:Apache License 2.0


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