cmus (C* MUsic Player) is a small, fast and powerful console audio player which supports most major audio formats. Various features include gapless playback, ReplayGain support, MP3 and Ogg streaming, live filtering, instant startup, customizable key-bindings, and vi-style default key-bindings.
Install the package, or AUR for the development version.
See the optional dependencies for available codecs and output plugins (installed can be listed with
Using cmus with ALSA
Install the package.
When using cmus with ALSA the default configuration does not allow playing music. What you might encounter when trying to start cmus is a blank terminal line with no output whatsoever. To fix it, create a new config file and set the following variables:
set output_plugin=alsa set dsp.alsa.device=default set mixer.alsa.device=default set mixer.alsa.channel=Master
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To configure cmus, see.
Cmus can be controlled externally through a unix-socket with
cmus-remote. This makes it easy to control playback through an external application or key-binding.
One such usage of this feature is to control playback in Cmus with the XF86 keyboard events. The following script when run will start Cmus in an xterm terminal if it is not running, otherwise it will will toggle play/pause:
#!/bin/sh if ! pgrep -x cmus ; then xterm -e cmus else cmus-remote -u fi
Copy the code above into a file
~/bin/cplay and make it executable.
Cmus does not support audio scrobbling itself, but there is third party solutions. Install AUR for Last.fm or Libre.fm scrobbling. For initial configuration run
cmusfm init and follow link to perform authentication.
By default cmusfm scrobbles to the Last.fm service. However, it is possible to change this behavior by modifying service-api-url and service-auth-url options in the configuration file (
~/.config/cmus/cmusfm.conf). Afterwards, one should reinitialize cmusfm
cmusfm init in order to authenticate with new scrobbling service. In order to use Libre.fm as a scrobbling service, one shall use configuration as follows:
service-api-url = "https://libre.fm/2.0/" service-auth-url = "https://libre.fm/api/auth"
Next step is to set cmusfm as status program for cmus. Execute command in main cmus window