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Music On Console is a lightweight music player similar to MPD, but unlike it, MOC comes with an interface and its server does not support remote access.


Install moc-pulseAUR or moc-pulse-svnAUR for the development version. To use the pulseaudio driver, go to #Using PulseAudio.


  • mocicon — GTK panel applet to control MOC || mociconAUR
  • eXo — Qt frontend to MOC, supports scrobbling || exo-playerAUR


Sample configuration files can be found in /usr/share/doc/moc/. On mocp first run, the ~/.moc/ directory is created. To configure, copy the examples to it and edit accordingly.

To use MOC with v4.1 OSS, see OSS#MOC.

To change the default key bindings, see /usr/share/doc/moc/keymap.example.

Using PulseAudio

Locate the variable SoundDriver and add PULSEAUDIO: to the front.


This ensures that PulseAudio gets loaded with first priority. Listing other sound drivers after this are fallbacks when the previous ones are not available.


To change directories with the arrow keys uncomment in ~/.moc/config:

Keymap = keymap

Edit the following in ~/.moc/keymap:

go_up = U LEFT
#seek_forward  = RIGHT
#seek_backward = LEFT

To speed up navigation and detach, set the following in ~/.moc/config:

ReadTags = no
ShowTime = no
TagsCacheSize = 0

systemd service

Enable this service for the respective user:

Description=MOC server

ExecStart=/usr/bin/mocp -S
ExecStop=/usr/bin/mocp -x



Several themes for the player GUI are available. To list the available themes and set one, use hotkey T. To set one to permanent use the configuration file ~/.moc/config.

Theme = laras_theme

A selection of example themes can be found in /usr/share/moc/themes/, the installation of mocp-themes-gitAUR adds more of them.

Since themes are just text files, it is easy to create new ones. User defined themes are expected in ~/.moc/themes/.

Example theme file:

background                     = white black
frame                          = white black
window_title                   = white black
directory                      = white black
selected_directory             = white black reverse
playlist                       = white black
selected_playlist              = white black reverse
file                           = white black
selected_file                  = white black reverse
selected_info                  = white black reverse
marked_file                    = white black bold
marked_selected_file           = white black reverse
info                           = white black
marked_info                    = white black bold
marked_selected_info           = white black reverse
status                         = white black
title                          = white black bold
state                          = white black
current_time                   = white black bold
time_left                      = white black bold
total_time                     = white black bold
time_total_frames              = white black
sound_parameters               = white black bold
legend                         = white black
disabled                       = white black
enabled                        = white black bold
empty_mixer_bar                = white black
filled_mixer_bar               = white black reverse
empty_time_bar                 = white black
filled_time_bar                = white black reverse
entry                          = white black
entry_title                    = white black
error                          = white black bold
message                        = white black
plist_time                     = white black


Run mocp to start the server and interface. Some useful default shortcuts (press h for more):

Start playing at this file or go to this directory Enter
Pause Space or p
Play next file n
Play previous file b
Silent seek forward by 5s ]
Silent seek backward by 5s [
Switch between playlist and file list Tab
Add a file/directory to the playlist a
Add a directory recursively to the playlist Shift+a
Delete an item from the playlist d
Clear the playlist Shift+c
Increase volume by 1% >
Decrease volume by 1% <
Increase volume by 5% . (period)
Decrease volume by 5% , (comma)
Set volume to 10% Alt+1
Set volume to 90% Alt+9
Detach MOC from the server q
Quit Shift+q
Tip: To not wait for detach (as it sometimes takes a moment), Ctrl+z can be used instead.

To shut down the server, run the mocp -x command.


mocp-scrobblerAUR is a (and scrobbler for MOC with support for now-playing notifications, daemonization and cache. It only depends on Python 3.

Note: To use instead of change hostname from to

Copy the example file to your user configuration directory:

mkdir ~/.mocpscrob/
cp /usr/share/doc/mocp-scrobbler/config.example  ~/.mocpscrob/config

Edit ~/.mocpscrob/config to add your login and password. The password variable will be replaced with password_md5 on the first run. Its value will be the original value hashed using MD5 algorithm. If you want to change password, just add again password with you new password, and password_md5 will be replaced.

To scrobble tracks, start mocp-scrobbler as daemon before mocp. You can also use an alias:

alias mocp='/usr/bin/ -d; mocp'

In January of 2016 updated their password requirements, with all new and updated passwords requiring the inclusion of one of the following characters !"#$%&'()*+,-./:;<=>?@[\]^_`{|}~, or a space. This is known to cause an authentication error with mocpscrob configurations which specify passwords not conforming to these new specifications. Changing one's password and updating the ~/.mocpscrob/config password accordingly resolves this issue.


MOC fails to start

If MOC fails to start, it is most probably because of something wrong in ~/.moc/. You can try to fix it, or simply delete the whole folder.

Strange characters

If you see strange-like characters displayed instead of the normal lines (vertical lines to separate space, etc.), you may have a font set incompatible to MOC. Either change the respective font, or edit .moc/config to use ASCII for drawing lines:

ASCIILines = no

FATAL_ERROR: Layout1 is malformed

If MOC crashes with this error, try adding either line to .moc/config:

Layout1 = directory(0,0,50%,100%): playlist(50%,0,100%,100%)


Layout1 = directory(0,0,50%,100%): playlist(50%,0,FILL,100%)

See original report and Debian bugs.

Bluetooth not working unless it is connected before MOC is started

When using pipewire, MOC defaults to JACK which appears to be the cause of this issue. Simply changing from jack to ALSA solves this issue through changing the following value within the configuration file:

Default value:


New value:


MOC picks the first working audio driver, thus ALSA will be picked first. This should fix the bluetooth issues.

See also