amarok [Qt-options] [KDE-options] [URL(s)]


Amarok is a powerful music player with an intuitive interface. It makes playing the music you love and discovering new music easier than ever before and it looks good doing it! Amarok is based on the powerful Qt 4 / KDE 4 technology platform and nicely integrates with KDE desktop.

Much work has been invested into integrating Amarok 2 with various Web services:

  • Ampache

  • Jamendo Service


  • Librivox

  • MP3tunes

  • Magnatune

  • OPML Podcast Directory

Amarok comes with a lot of features including but not limited to:

  • Scripts - enhance your Amarok experience with community developed scripts.

  • Dynamic Playlists - create playlists that automatically update.

  • Context View - customize interface with the Plasma powered Context View.

  • PopUp Dropper - simplify drag&drop actions with revolutionary menu system.

  • Multiple Language Translations

  • Collection Management - organizing your music collection has never been easier with Amarok's powerful tagging, renaming, and sorting abilities.

  • Database Importing - import collections from Amarok 1.4 or iTunes.

  • Scriptable Services - integrate other web services into Amarok.



URL(s) Files/URLs to open


-r, --previous

Skip backwards in playlist

-p, --play

Start playing current playlist

-t, --play-pause

Play if stopped, pause if playing


Pause playback

-s, --stop

Stop playback

-f, --next

Skip forwards in playlist

Generic options:


Show help about options


Show Qt specific options


Show KDE specific options


Show all options


Show author information

-v, --version

Show version information


Show license information


End of options

KDE options:

--caption <caption>

Use 'caption' as name in the titlebar

--icon <icon>

Use 'icon' as the application icon

--config <filename>

Use alternative configuration file


Disable crash handler, to get core dumps


Waits for a WM_NET compatible windowmanager

--style <style>

sets the application GUI style

--geometry <geometry>

sets the client geometry of the main widget - see man X for the argument format


Do not run in the background.

Qt options:

--display <displayname>

Use the X-server display 'displayname'

--session <sessionId>

Restore the application for the given 'sessionId'


Causes the application to install a private color map on an 8-bit display

--ncols <count>

Limits the number of colors allocated in the color cube on an 8-bit display, if the application is using the QApplication::ManyColor color specification


tells Qt to never grab the mouse or the keyboard


running under a debugger can cause an implicit -nograb, use -dograb to override


switches to synchronous mode for debugging

--fn, --font <fontname>

defines the application font

--bg, --background <color>

sets the default background color and an application palette (light and dark shades are calculated)

--fg, --foreground <color>

sets the default foreground color

--btn, --button <color>

sets the default button color

--name <name>

sets the application name

--title <title>

sets the application title (caption)

--visual TrueColor

forces the application to use a TrueColor visual on an 8-bit display

--inputstyle <inputstyle>

sets XIM (X Input Method) input style. Possible values are onthespot, overthespot, offthespot and root

--im <XIM server>

set XIM server


disable XIM


mirrors the whole layout of widgets


<file.qss> applies the Qt stylesheet to the application widgets


Alexandre 'Ain't afraid of no bugs' Oliveira <[email protected]>

Bart 'Where are my toothpicks' Cerneels <[email protected]>

Dan 'Hey, it compiled...' Meltzer <[email protected]>

Ian 'The Beard' Monroe <[email protected]>

Jeff 'IROCKSOHARD' Mitchell <[email protected]>

Leo Franchi <[email protected]>

Mark 'It's good, but it's not irssi' Kretschmann <[email protected]>

Maximilian Kossick <[email protected]>

Nikolaj Hald 'Also very hot' Nielsen <[email protected]>

Seb 'Surfin' down under' Ruiz <[email protected]>