Kashi: Show Current Song Lyrics on Touch Bar (Spotify / iTunes / Youtube)

UPDATE (6/23/2019): Kashi will now also show the lyrics on Touch Bar when watching YouTube on Chrome or Safari (demo video below).

  • In order to do this, Youtube must be on the active tab.
  • If a browser and a player are open at the same time, Kashi will prioritize the player if it is playing music.

Hi BTT community,

This is my first BTT plugin/preset. Since the community is already so great at making visually pleasing presets, I thought I'd focus on function rather than form. As an audiophile, I wanted my project to be music-related, so I ended up making "Kashi".

Kashi is a widget that display the lyrics of the current song playing on Spotify, iTunes, or Youtube on the Touch Bar. Here are some videos of it in action:

Spotify & iTunes:


Set-up is explained in the ReadMe, but basically there are a few Python 3 modules that need to be installed for the widget to work.

Thanks for taking the time to read this!
All questions and comments are welcome.

@nemobushido Hi I'm super excited to get your preset running. I either get an error on my touch bar that 'false is not defined', easily fixed by changed 'false' to 'False'. After that, the module just doesn't load on the touch bar.

Line: "BTTTouchBarAppleScriptStringRunOnInit"

Just confirming, but have you installed Python 3 and the required dependencies? You may need to install them globally to access them from BTT.

Also, check that the line below points to the proper path where your python3 installation lives.

"BTTShellScriptWidgetGestureConfig" : "/usr/local/bin/python3:::-c",

For debugging, you can execute the script from Terminal and see if it prints the correct lyrics in console:

python3 kashi.py

or if you are not in the same folder as the script,

python3 /folderpath/kashi.py

Uncomment (delete '#' in front of) certain lines of code to check data flow.

For example you can target the player data,


or data from the API response:

print("\nHits:", hits)
print('\nGenius Artist: ' + genius_artist + '\nGenius Song: ' + genius_song + '\nGenius URL: ' + genius_url + '\n')

If Terminal shows no issue, the widget should simply work by copy pasting the JSON into the settings: kashi.json.

Thanks for getting back to me. Testing the print statements: all of them work and dispense the correct lyrics in terminal, which seems to suggest that the python modules are set up correctly (the path for python3 is also correct). Copying and pasting the JSON into the settings seems to create the same result: just blank Touch Bar space, not even a button as far as I can tell.

I see. Then it must be how your bar is set up. Can you make sure that the widget is checked "Visible", item placement is "Scrollable Main Container", and that no other widgets occupy the same space? Having a left and a right one is OK.

Please see below:

Widget is checked visible and item placement is a Scrollable Main Container. I turned off all my other widgets, so nothing should be interfering...

Hm, I'm a bit stumped. Thanks for your persistence.

Could you try creating the widget from scratch? Create a new "Run Shell Script And Show Return Value" script widget and confirm that it's showing text. Then copy+paste the .py script (Parameter = "-c").

Hello, really great work! I am just having some trouble getting the lyrics to scroll as the song play. If you could help that would be awesome!