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Importing Music

Adding files to the Serato DJ Lite Library


The easiest way to load music from your computer into your library is by using the Files button.

1. Click on the FILES button to open the files panel. The left side of this window displays various locations on your computer hard drive (and external drives if you have one). Click on these locations to navigate your computer and find your music. By default, your music will usually be found in the “Music” inside your user folder.

2. Once you have located your music, drag the folder or files you want to import onto the “All...” icon. This is located to the left of your screen at the top of the crates and playlist window.

If you wish to import all of your music, just drag your whole music folder onto this icon. This will import any compatible file contained in this master folder from your hard drive into the Serato DJ Lite Library.

TIP: You can also import by dragging files and folders directly from Windows Explorer (PC version) or Finder (Mac version) into the Serato DJ Lite library.

Loading a file to either deck from the files panel will automatically add it to your library.
TIP: Dragging a folder into the crates view will instantly create a crate.


Serato DJ Lite doesn’t copy the music into the application, it references the music files where it currently lives on your hard drive. If you move your music files to a different location, Serato DJ Lite will show these as missing files in your Library.


External Hard Drives

Any external hard drive connected to your computer will show in the files panel. You can add files to your library from an external drive just like you would do when importing from the internal hard drive of your computer.

If the external hard drive is not connected when you run Serato DJ Lite any files added from this drive will not display in your library.

The library information for files on your external drive is stored on the external drive itself. This means if you add tracks on an external drive to your library and then plug that external drive into another machine running Serato DJ Lite, the crates and tracks will automatically be visible in the other machine’s library.

Showing your iTunes Library

Serato DJ Lite can import your iTunes library allowing you to play your iTunes music and access playlists. To enable this feature go to the Setup screen, open the Library + Display tab and check the Show iTunes library box.

Please note that files from the Apple Music streaming service are not compatible with Serato DJ.

NOTE: Apple's Music application has replaced iTunes with macOS 10.15 Catalina. If you are using this macOS version, please ensure you have set up the Music application (iTunes) as per the Using Apple's Music application (iTunes) on macOS 10.15 Catalina with Serato DJ software guide here..

How to get music from CDs into Serato DJ Lite

We suggest you use a 3rd party application to convert your audio CDs into a suitable file type for Serato DJ Lite. We recommend 320kbps MP3 files for a good balance of audio quality and file size. Serato DJ Lite can play Audio CDs direct from your computer’s CD ROM or DVD drive, however, playback performance can be impeded by the speed of the drive and computer.

NOTE: We recommend ripping your CDs rather than trying to play from them directly.

Supported File Types

The following file types are supported in Serato DJ Lite:

.MP3, .OGG, .AAC, .M4A, .ALAC (Mac & Windows 10 only), .FLAC, .AIFF, .WAV, .WL.MP3

Fixed and variable bit rate (VBR) files are both supported. Tracks protected by DRM are not compatible with Serato DJ Lite.

Music Streaming

Serato DJ Lite supports streaming of audio from within your library, via several streaming providers.


About Corrupt Files

This icon means that Serato DJ Lite has detected some corruption in the file. It is possible this file may not play correctly, and/or make your library unstable. If possible, re-encode the MP3 or remove from the library. Corrupt files can cause issues, it’s best to remove them as soon as possible. Hover your mouse over the status icon for information on what type of corruption was found.

Serato Demo Tracks

The Serato DJ Lite Installer includes 6 Serato Demo Tracks. These files are automatically imported into the Serato DJ Lite library when launching the software for the first time.