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xmms2d: XMMS2 daemon which handles the playback of music and storage of music metadata


xmms2d - XMMS2 daemon which handles the playback of music and storage of music metadata


xmms2d [ -vqn ] [ -? / --help ] [ -V / --version ] [ -p plugin_path / --plugindir= plugin_path ] [ -o output_plugin / --output= output_plugin ] [ -c path_to_config_file / --conf= path_to_config_file ] [ -s fd / --status-fd= fd ]


XMMS2 is a redesign of the XMMS (http://www.xmms.org) music player. It features a client-server model, allowing multiple (even simultaneous!) user interfaces, both textual and graphical. All common audio formats are supported using plugins. On top of this, there is a flexible media library to organise your music.

xmms2d is the daemon through which XMMS2 clients playback and manage music. A client library provided allows third parties to easily write XMMS2 clients, especially using the Python and Ruby bindings.

xmms2d uses a three part method to playback music. Music is accessed from disk or network using a transport plugin, the data is then passed on to a decoder plugin which decodes the audio into a form that can be played back by an output plugin.

xmms2d includes command line options to change the way in which the daemon functions.

Increases the vebosity of xmms2d
Decrease the verbosity of xmms2d
-V | --version
Returns the XMMS2 version
-? | --help
Displays basic help information for xmms2d
-n | --no-logging
Disables logging
-o output_plugin | --output=output_plugin
Specifies a different output plugin to use in place of the default
-p plugin_path | --plugindir=plugin_path
Specifies a different plugin directory path than the default
-c path_to_config_file | --conf=path_to_config_file
Specifies a path to an alternative configuration file
-s fd | --status-fd=fd
Specifies a file descriptor to write to when started


XMMS2 clients uses IPC sockets to communicate with xmms2d. These IPC sockets are specified in a URL based format with three possible transport methods: unix, tcp, and tcp6.

The TCP methods allow clients to connect over IPv4 and IPv6 to xmms2d and therefore allow remote control of XMMS2.

A typical IPC socket path using TCP would be:

The UNIX transport method is for local clients only and creates a file through which XMMS2 clients can access xmms2d.

A typical IPC socket path using the UNIX transport would be:


$HOME/.config/xmms2/medialib.db or $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/xmms2/medialib.db
An sqlite3 database that includes information about each song that has been added to the XMMS2 media library
$HOME/.config/xmms2/xmms2.conf or $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/xmms2/xmms2.conf
An XML formatted configuration file that allows you to change the default settings of xmms2d
$HOME/.config/xmms2/startup.d or $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/xmms2/startup.d
A directory populated with programs that run when xmms2d is executed
$HOME/.config/xmms2/shutdown.d or $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/xmms2/shutdown.d
A directory populated with programs that run when xmms2d is shutdown correctly
The typical location for the UNIX IPC Socket. USER is the name of the user that executed xmms2d.


The path where the xmms2 configuration files and resources are located


The XMMS2 Project was started by Tobias Rundström and Anders Gustafsson. It is developed with their lead by a small group of contributers from all over the world.


This manual page was written by Alexander Botero-Lowry <alex [at] foxybanana.com>