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audacious2: an advanced audio player.


audacious2 - an advanced audio player.


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Audacious is a free advanced audio player for Linux and many other UNIX-compatible systems. It focuses on low resource usage, high audio quality, and support for a wide range of audio formats. It was originally based on Beep Media Player, which was in turn based on XMMS.


Getting help:

-?, --help
Show a brief list of options.

Show a complete list of options.

Show a list of GTK+-related options.

Show a list of session management options.

Opening files:

-e, --enqueue
Add the files on the command line to the current playlist but do not start playback.

-E, --enqueue-to-temp
Add the files on the command line to a temporary playlist and start playback.

Controlling playback:

-p, --play
If currently playing, go to the beginning of the song; otherwise, begin playing.

-u, --pause
Stop playing.

-t, --play-pause
If currently playing, stop playing; otherwise, begin playing.

-s, --stop
Stop playing and go to the beginning of the song.

-r, --rew
Go to the previous song in the playlist.

-f, --fwd
Go to the next song in the playlist.


-v, --version
Show the installed version of Audacious.

-i, --interface newui | skinned | headless
Start Audacious with the given interface. "newui" is the native GTK+ interface. "skinned" is an interface which uses Winamp Classic skins. (Skins can be placed in ${prefix}/share/audacious/Skins, ~/.local/share/audacious/Skins, and the folder specified by the environment variable SKINSDIR. They can be unarchived or in the following archive formats: .zip, .wsz, .tgz, .tar.gz, and .tar.bz2.) In "headless" mode, Audacious starts without a user interface. In this mode, it can only be controlled from the command line or by a compatible client program.

-m, --show-main-window
Show the Audacious window if it is hidden and bring it to the top.


--display DISPLAY
Start Audacious on the given X display.

--screen SCREEN
Start Audacious on the given X screen.

Use synchronous X calls.

--name NAME
Set Audacious's program name (for use by the window manager).

--class CLASS
Set Audacious's program class (for use by the window manager).

--gtk-module MODULE
Load a GTK+ module manually.

Treat all warnings as fatal errors.

Session management:

Do not connect to the session manager.

--sm-client-id ID
Set session management ID.

--sm-client-state-file FILE
Load saved configuration from FILE.


z                       Previous song

x                      Play

c, Space               Pause

v                      Stop

b                      Next song

Right arrow            Seek forward 5 seconds

Left arrow             Seek backward 5 seconds

Control + z            Go to beginning of playlist

Escape                 Scroll to current song

Control + a            Select all songs in playlist

Shift + Control + a    Cancel selection

s                      Toggle shuffle

r                      Toggle repeat

Control + n            Toggle advancing in playlist

Control + m            Toggle stopping after current song

Control + e            Show elapsed time

Control + r            Show time remaining

Alt + e                Show/hide playlist

Alt + g                Show/hide equalizer

Control + o            Toggle windows always on top

Control + s            Toggle windows on all workspaces

Control + w            Toggle rolling up main window

Control + Alt + w      Toggle rolling up equalizer

Shift + Control + w    Toggle rolling up playlist

Control + d            Toggle double size

i                      Display Song Information dialog

Control + j            Display Jump to Time dialog

j                      Display Jump to Song dialog

Control + f            Display Search dialog

l                      Display Open dialog

f                      Display Add dialog

Control + l            Display Open Internet Address dialog

Control + h            Display Add Internet Address dialog

Control + p            Display Preferences dialog


User's Audacious configuration.
Default playlist usually loaded on startup.
User's set of Audacious-specific GTK+ config settings. Options such as widget color and fonts sizes can be set here.
~/.local/share/audacious/Skins, ${prefix}/share/audacious/Skins
Default location(s) where Audacious should look for skinfiles.
Location of user-installed plugins.


Colon separated list of paths where Audacious should look for skinfiles.
Tar command supporting GNU tar style decompression. Used for unpacking gzip and bzip2 compressed skins. Default is tar.
Command for decompressing zip files (skins). Default is unzip.