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hydrogen - Man Page

a simple drum machine/step sequencer.


hydrogen [-v] [-h] -s file


Hydrogen 1.2.3 [http://www.hydrogen-music.org]. Copyright 2002-2008 Alessandro Cominu, Copyright 2008-2024 The hydrogen development team.

Hydrogen is an advanced drum machine for GNU/Linux. It's main goal is to bring professional yet simple and intuitive pattern-based drum programming.

Hydrogen comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions. See the file COPYING for details.


-P,  --data
PATH - Use an alternate system data path
-d,  --driver
AUDIODRIVER - Use the selected audio driver (jack, alsa, oss)
-s,  --song
FILE - Load a song (*.h2song) at startup
-p,  --playlist
FILE - Load a playlist (*.h2playlist) at startup
-k,  --kit
drumkit_name - Load a drumkit at startup
-i,  --install
FILE - install a drumkit (*.h2drumkit)
-n,  --nosplash - Hide splash screen
-V[Level], --verbose[=Level] - Print a lot of debugging info
Level, if present, may be None, Error, Warning, Info, Debug or 0xHHHH
-v,  --version
- Show version info
-h,  --help
- Show this help message



Defaults and startup settings for Hydrogen.


Can contains user's data such as drumkits, patterns, playlists, songs, ...



Path to LADSPA plugins.

Bugs & Features Request

If you find any bug or if you would like to propose a new feature, please report it to https://github.com/hydrogen-music/hydrogen/issues


The hydrogen development team. See complete list at Hydrogen's "About" Dialog. You can contact them at <hydrogen-devel@lists.sourceforge.net>.

Subscription to the mailing list can be done here :

http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/hydrogen-devel .


This manual page was written by Olivier Humbert <trebmuh@tuxfamily.org> as a part of the Hydrogen project.


January 2024 Hydrogen 1.2.3