Icecast 2 Admin Interface
This section contains information about the admin interface of icecast. Through this interface the user can manipulate many server features. From it you can gather statistics, mov e listeners from mountpoint to mountpoint, disconnect connected sources, disconnect connected listeners, and many other activities. Each function is enumerated here as well as an example usage of the function.
Each of these functions requires authentication via the <admin-username> and <admin-password> specified in the icecast config file. It is also important to note that in all the examples 192.168.1.10 is used as the example host and 8000 is used as the example port for the icecast server.
Admin Functions (mount specific)
All these admin functions are mount specific in that they only apply to a particular mountpoint (as opposed to applying to the entire server). Each of these functions requires a mountpoint to be specified as input.
This function provides the ability for either a source client or any external program to update the metadata information for a particular mountpoint. Currently the only metadata supported is song title and only for MP3 streams.
This function provides the ability for either a source client or any external program to update the "fallback mountpoint" for a particular mountpoint. Fallback mounts are those that are used in the even of a source client disconnection. If a source client disconnects for some reason that all currently connected clients are sent immediately to the fallback mountpoint.
This function lists all the clients currently connected to a specific mountpoint. The results are sent back in XML form.
Move Clients (Listeners)
This function provides the ability to migrate currently connected listeners from one mountpoint to another. This function requires 2 mountpoints to be passed in: mount (the *from* mountpoint) and destination (the *to* mountpoint). After processing this function all currently connected listeners on mount will be connected to destination. Note that the destination mountpoint must exist and have a sounce client already feeding it a stream.
Kill Client (Listener)
This function provides the ability to disconnect a specific listener of a currently connected mountpoint. Listeners are identified by a unique id that can be retrieved by via the "List Clients" admin function. This id must be passed in to the request. After processing this request, the listener will no longer be connected to the mountpoint.
This function will provide the ability to disconnect a specific mountpoint from the server. The mountpoint to be disconnected is specified via the variable "mount".
Admin Functions (general)
This admin function provides the ability to query the internal statistics kept by the icecast server. Almost all information about the internal workings of the server such as the mountpoints connected, how many client requests have been served, how many listeners for each mountpoint, etc, are available via this admin function.
Note that this admin function can also be invoked via the http://server:port/admin/stats.xml syntax, however this syntax should not be used and will eventually become deprecated.
This admin function provides the ability to view all the currently connected mountpoints.
Web-Based Admin Interface
As an alternative to manually invoking these URLs, a web-based admin interface was developed. This interface provides the same functions that were identified and described above but presents them in a little nicer way. The Web-Based Admin Interface to icecast is shipped with icecast provided in the "admin" directory and comes ready to use. All the user needs to do is set the path to this directory in the config file via the <adminroot> config variable.
The Web-Based Admin Interface is a series of XSLT files which are used to display all the XML obtained via the URL admin interface. This can be changed and modified to suit the user's need. Knowledge of XSLT and transformations from XML to HTML are required in order to make changes to these scripts.
The main URL for the Web-Based Admin Interface is
From this URL all of the other admin functions can be exercised.