FAQ: How do I use Roon and HQPlayer together?

FAQ: How do I use Roon and HQPlayer together?

HQPlayer Integration

Roon can stream directly to HQPlayer, whether both applications are running on the same machine or if they're on different machines on your network. 
HQPlayer 3.12.0 or higher is required

Setting Up Roon And HQPlayer

To set up Roon to output to HQPlayer follow these steps: - In order to connect to HQPlayer using any address other than `localhost` or ``, you must enable the "Allow control from network" feature in HQPlayer. This is the globe icon on the far right-hand side of the HQPlayer toolbar:


  1. In Roon, go to Settings/Setup/HQPlayer and click "Add HQPlayer".
  2. Choose HQPlayer from the *Add Network Device* dropdown
  3. Enter the network address where HQPlayer is running
    1. If HQPlayer is running on the same computer as your Roon Core, you'll want to leave the default `localhost` value, then press Add
    2. If HQPlayer is running on your network but on a *different* computer, enter the local IP address and press Add
You can find out your IP address by following the instructions here -- just make sure to use your local IP address, as opposed to your external/public IP address.
  1. Finally, choose HQPlayer from your Zones menu

Notes for Roon/HQPlayer

  1. When controlling HQPlayer from Roon, use the transport controls within Roon. If Roon detects that you've manipulated transport controls from HQPlayer, it will stop the music and release control of HQPlayer.
  2. An HQPlayer instance can only be controlled by one external piece of software at a time. This is an HQPlayer limitation. If you attempt to initiate control from another piece of software, Roon will lose control of the HQPlayer.
  3. HQPlayer filter settings can be adjusted from within HQPlayer. This works best if you first press the "stop" button in HQPlayer, then make the adjustments you want, then proceed in using Roon.
  4. If you're using a device in HQPlayer, make sure that the device is disabled in Roon's audio settings. Both Roon and HQPlayer expect to have exclusive access to the device, and they might conflict if you have both set to use it at the same time.

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