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Plays various sound files.

29 March 2008
ALSAPLAYER(1) General Commands Manual ALSAPLAYER(1)


alsaplayer - plays various sound files


alsaplayer [options] [ filename ...]


This manual page documents briefly the alsaplayer command. This manual page was written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution because the original program does not have a manual page. alsaplayer is a generic music player that can play back a large amount of file formats. If files are specified on the command line, these files are played. Otherwise alsaplayer plays its playlist from its last run, if any.


Play the specified file(s). Can be a file or an URL. CD.cdda Special filename. Play a CD. /dev/cdrom will be used by default. Otherwise, AlsaPlayer will use the device specified in your config file (usually ~/.alsaplayer/config).


These programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of options is included below. -c, --config <file> Use the given config file for this session. -h, --help Print this help message. -i, --interface <interface> Use the specified interface instead of the default one. -I, --script <file> Specify the script to pass to the interface plugin. -l, --startvolume <vol> Start with this volume [default=1.0]. -p, --path <path> Set the path alsaplayer looks for add-ons. -q, --quiet Quiet operation, no output. -s, --session-name name Name this session "name" -v, --version Print version of this program. --verbose Be verbose about the output. --nosave Do not save playlist content at exit. Player control: -n, --session # Select session # [default=0] -e, --enqueue file(s) Enqueue file(s) in a running alsaplayer. -E, --replace file(s) Clears and queues file(s) in a running alsaplayer. --status Get some information about the session. --volume # Set software volume [0.0-1.0]. --start Start playing. --stop Stop playing. --pause Pause/unpause playing. --prev Jump to the previous track. --next Jump to the next track. --seek <second> Jump to the specified second in the current track. --relative <second> Jump <second> seconds from current position. --speed <value> Set the playback speed with -10 <= <value> <= 10. 1.0 = normal speed, -1.0 = nor‐ mal speed backwards. Be aware that alsaplayer respect your LOCALE. That implies that the decimal point will vary accordingly. I.e., with french LOCALE, a valid speed value is 1,5 and not 1.5. --jump # Jump to the specified playlist track. --clear Clear the whole playlist --quit Quit the session. Sound driver options: -d, --device string Select the specific device for the output plugin. For the ALSA plugin, the default is "default". For the JACK plugin, the default is "alsa_pcm:play‐ back_1,alsa_pcm:playback_2". -f, --fragsize # Set fragment size in bytes [default=4096]. -F, --frequency # Set the output frequency [default=44100]. -g, --fragcount # Fragment count [default=8]. -r, --realtime Enable realtime scheduling. To use this as a normal user, alsaplayer must be SUID root. -o, --output [alsa|esound|jack|nas|null|oss|sgi|sparc] Use the specified output driver. Experimental options: -S,--loopsong Loop the file. -P,--looplist Loop the playlist. -x,--crossfade Crossfade playlist entries.


For use with JACK, -F <sample_rate> is mandatory for best results. The value of sample rate must be the same as the one used by jackd. If you forget the -F parameter, the sound can be very bad. The only remedy at that time is to restart both jackd and AlsaPlayer.


With the daemon interface, it is mandatory to add the -s option. You must process in two steps to get sound with it. First launch the daemon: alsaplayer -i daemon -s <name> and then add some song: alsaplayer -e <> GTK+ INTERFACE The gtk+ interface provide some basic keyboard controls: v Stop x Play c Pause b Next Song z Previous Song g Seek Forward a Seek Backward f Forward Play s Reverse Play t Speed Up one musical semitone. (handy for changing the key the song is played back in) q Speed Down one musical semitone. h Speed Up one comma. (handy to tune the song instead of the guitar when playing at the same time as listening) i Speed Down one comma. r Volume Up w Volume Down l Loop


AlsaPlayer have a preferences file located in ~/.alsaplayer/config. To modify the prefer‐ ences setting by hand, you must exit from the running program and edit this file. The default value is put in the description below when appropriate: General settings main.default_interface=gtk2 Specify the default interface. main.default_output=alsa Specify the default sound server. main.multiopen=true Specify if it is possible to run multiple AlsaPlayer instances. main.period_count=8 Number of periods in the sound buffer main.period_size=4096 Frames per period in the sound buffer main.play_on_start=false Start playing at launch time Output settings jack.output1=alsa_pcm:playback_1 Output device 1 when using JACK sound server jack.output2=alsa_pcm:playback_2 Output device 2 when using JACK sound server Input settings Server used by the cdda input module to retrieve the cddb information. cdda.cddb_serverport=80 Port used by the cdda input module to retrieve the cddb information. cdda.device=/dev/cdrom Device used by the cdda input module to retrieve the CD. cdda.do_cddb_lookup=true Must AlsaPlayer retrieve or not the cddb information. http.buffer_size=1048576 Size of the input buffer when <filename> is an URL. mad.parse_id3=true Parse or not the Id3 tags. GTK+ interface settings gtk2_interface.background_colour=#000000 Default background color of the interface. The playlist windows will use the back‐ ground color from your gtk+ theme. gtk2_interface.default_play_path=~/ Default path used by the Add file function gtk2_interface.default_playlist_add_path=/ Default path used by the Add file function in the Playlist window gtk2_interface.default_playlist_load_path=/ Default path used by the Load playlist function gtk2_interface.default_playlist_save_path=/ Default path used by the Save playlist function gtk2_interface.font_colour=#ffffff Default font color of the interface. The playlist windows will use the font color from your gtk+ theme. gtk2_interface_font= Default font of the interface. The playlist windows will use the font from your gtk+ theme. The main window will also use that font if none is specified. gtk2_interface.height=118 Default height of the interface. gtk2_interface.loop=0 Start in loop mode. gtk2_interface.play_on_add=false Jump playing to a new song when added. gtk2_interface.play_on_title=false Show song title in title bar. gtk2_interface.playlist_active=false Launch or not the playlist window at start up. gtk2_interface.playlist_height=0 Default height of the playlist window. This value combined with the defaukt value of gtk2_interface.height correspond to no visible playlist. gtk2_interface.sopeswindow_active=false Launch or not the scopes selector window at start up. gtk2_interface.smooth_transition=false Will functions such as pause use a smooth speed transition. gtk2_interface.width=529 Width of the interface. XOSD interface settings xosd_interface.color=#55ff55 Colour used by the XOSD interface. xosd_interface.font=-adobe-helvetica-medium-r-normal-*-24-*-*-*-*-*-*-* xosd_interface.h_offset=20 Display horizontal offset from the left of the screen xosd_interface.timeout=5 Set the display time. xosd_interface.v_offset=20 Display vertical offset from the top of the screen Scopes settings Launch or not the blurscope plugin at start up. Launch or not the fftscope plugin at start up. Launch or not the levelmeter scope plugin at start up. Launch or not the logbar scope plugin at start up. Launch or not the monoscope scope plugin at start up. Launch or not the spectrumgl scope plugin at start up. opengl_spectrum.height=480 Height of the spectrumgl scope plugin opengl_spectrum.width=640 Width of the spectrumgl scope plugin Launch or not the spacescope plugin at start up. Launch or not the synaescope plugin at start up.


mikmod(1), mpg123(1).


This manual page was written by Ivo Timmermans <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others). FILENAME, GTK, DAEMON INTERFACE and PREFERENCES sec‐ tions added by Dominique Michel <> from the Alsaplayer team.
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