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Audacious is a free advanced audio player for Linux and many other UNIX-compatible systems. It focuses on low resource usage, high audio quality, and support for a wide range of audio formats. It was originally based on Beep Media Player, which was in turn based on XMMS.


Getting help:

-h, --help

Show a brief list of options.

Opening files:

-e, --enqueue

Add the files on the command line to the current playlist but do not start playback.

-E, --enqueue-to-temp

Add the files on the command line to a temporary playlist and start playback.

Controlling playback:

-p, --play

If currently playing, go to the beginning of the song; otherwise, begin playing.

-u, --pause

If currently playing, pause; if paused, resume playing.

-t, --play-pause

If currently playing, pause; otherwise, begin playing.

-s, --stop

Stop playing and go to the beginning of the song.

-r, --rew

Go to the previous song in the playlist.

-f, --fwd

Go to the next song in the playlist.


-m, --show-main-window

Show the Audacious window if it is hidden and bring it to the top.

-j, --show-jump-box

Show the Jump to Song window.

-H, --headless

Start in command-line mode; i.e., without any graphical user interface.

-q, --quit-after-play

Exit as soon as playback stops, or immediately if there is nothing to play.

-v, --version

Print version information and exit.

-V, --verbose

Print debugging output while running.


z Previous song

x Play

c, Space Pause

v Stop

b Next song

Right arrow Seek forward 5 seconds

Left arrow Seek backward 5 seconds

Control + z Go to beginning of playlist

Escape Scroll to current song

Control + a Select all songs in playlist

Shift + Control + a Cancel selection

+ (plus) Increase volume 5 percent

- (minus) Decrease volume 5 percent

s Toggle shuffle

r Toggle repeat

Control + n Toggle advancing in playlist

Control + m Toggle stopping after current song

Control + e Show elapsed time

Control + r Show time remaining

Alt + e Show/hide playlist

Alt + g Show/hide equalizer

Control + o Toggle windows always on top

Control + s Toggle windows on all workspaces

Control + w Toggle rolling up main window

Control + Alt + w Toggle rolling up equalizer

Shift + Control + w Toggle rolling up playlist

i Display Song Information dialog

Control + j Display Jump to Time dialog

j Display Jump to Song dialog

Control + f Display Search dialog

l Display Open dialog

f Display Add dialog

Control + l Display Open Internet Address dialog

Control + h Display Add Internet Address dialog

Control + p Display Preferences dialog



User's Audacious configuration.


Default playlist usually loaded on startup.

~/.local/share/audacious/Skins, ${prefix}/share/audacious/Skins

Default location(s) where Audacious should look for skin files.


Location of user-installed plugins.



Colon separated list of paths where Audacious should look for skin files.


Tar command supporting GNU tar style decompression. Used for unpacking gzip and bzip2 compressed skins. Default is tar.


Command for decompressing zip files (skins). Default is unzip.

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