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audacious - Man Page

an advanced audio player.

Examples (TL;DR)


audacious [option ...] [file ...]


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

-h,  --help

Show a brief list of 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 the “Now Playing” playlist and start playback.

Controlling playback

-p,  --play

Start playback.  If paused, playback will resume from the same point.  If already active and not paused, it will restart from the beginning of the song.

-u,  --pause

Pause playback, or resume if already paused.

-t,  --play-pause

Equivalent to --pause if playback is active, otherwise --play.

-s,  --stop

Stop playback.

-r,  --rew

Skip to the previous song in the playlist.

-f,  --fwd

Skip to the next song in the playlist.


-m,  --show-main-window

Show the Audacious window if it is hidden and bring it to the top.

-j,  --show-jump-box

Show the Jump to Song window.

-H,  --headless

Start in command-line mode; i.e., without any graphical user interface.

-q,  --quit-after-play

Exit as soon as playback stops, or immediately if there is nothing to play.

-v,  --version

Print version information and exit.

-V,  --verbose

Print debugging output while running (may be used twice for even more output).

-N,  --new-instance

Starts a new instance.  The second instance started may be controlled with audtool -2, the third with audtool -3, etc. (up to 9 instances).


Control + ReturnPlay
Space, Control + ,Pause
Control + .Stop
Alt + UpPrevious song
Alt + DownNext song
Right arrowSeek forward (by default 5 seconds)
Left arrowSeek backward (by default 5 seconds)
EscapeScroll to current song
Control + aSelect all songs in playlist
Shift + Control + aCancel selection
Control + + (plus)Increase volume 5 percent
Control + - (minus)Decrease volume 5 percent
Control + sToggle shuffle
Control + rToggle repeat
Control + nToggle advancing in playlist
Control + mToggle stopping after current song
Control + eDisplay Equalizer
Control + yDisplay Search Tool
Control + iDisplay Song Information dialog
Control + kDisplay Jump to Time dialog
Control + jDisplay Jump to Song dialog
Control + pDisplay Playlist Manager dialog
Control + uDisplay Queue Manager dialog
Control + oDisplay Open Files dialog
Shift + Control + oDisplay Add Files dialog
Control + lDisplay Open URL dialog
Shift + Control + lDisplay Add URL dialog


~/.config/audacious/config, ~/.config/audacious-2/config, etc.

Configuration file for each Audacious instance.

~/.config/audacious/playlists, ~/.config/audacious-2/playlists, etc.

Folders in which playlists are stored.

~/.local/share/audacious/Skins, share/audacious/Skins

Default locations where Audacious should look for skin files.



Colon separated list of paths where Audacious should look for skin files.


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.

See Also




Referenced By

audtool(1), playerctl(1).

May 2016 Version 4.4 Audacious