rhythmbox-client - Man Page

controls a running instance of rhythmbox


rhythmbox-client [option...][file...]


rhythmbox-client is a tool for controlling an already running instance of rhythmbox. It's useful for remote control scripting, adding specific files to the library from the shell, or printing details of what's playing. It also has an interactive mode, useful for controlling playback remotely via ssh. Any files specified after the option arguments will be added to the library.  If the --enqueue option is given, the files will also be added to the play queue.



Show help options


Enable debug output


Do not start a new instance of rhythmbox


Quit rhythmbox


Start interactive mode --no-present Don't present an existing rhythmbox window


Jump to next song


Jump to previous song


Resume playback if currently paused


Pause playback if currently playing


Toggle play/pause mode


Stop playback if currently playing


Play a specified URI, importing it if necessary


Add specified tracks already in the library to the play queue


Empty the play queue before adding new tracks


Print the title and artist of the playing song


Print formatted details of the song (see Format Options below).


Set the playback volume


Increase the playback volume


Decrease the playback volume


Print the current playback volume


Select the source corresponding to a URI (device or mount point)


Select the source corresponding to a URI (device or mount point) and start playing from it if not already playing.


Select the source corresponding to a URI (device or mount point) and start playing from it.

Format Options


album title


album artist


album artist (lowercase)


album artist sortname


album artist sortname (lowercase)


album year


album genre


album genre (lowercase)


album disc number


album disc number, zero padded


stream title


track number (i.e 8)


track number, zero padded (i.e 08)


track title


track artist


track artist (lowercase)


track artist sortname


track artist sortname (lowercase)


track duration


track elapsed time

Variables can be combined using quotes. For example "%tn %aa %tt", will print

the track number followed by the artist and the title of the track.


This manual page was written by Sven Arvidsson <sa@whiz.se>, for the Debian system (but may be used by others).

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June 28, 2007 GNOME