audacious(1) an advanced audio player.


audacious [option ...] [file ...]


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 the ``Now Playing'' playlist and start playback.

Controlling playback:

-p, --play
Start playback. If paused, playback will resume from the same point. If already active and not paused, it will restart from the beginning of the song.
-u, --pause
Pause playback, or resume if already paused.
-t, --play-pause
Equivalent to --pause if playback is active, otherwise --play.
-s, --stop
Stop playback.
-r, --rew
Skip to the previous song in the playlist.
-f, --fwd
Skip 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 (may be used twice for even more output).


Control + Return        Play

Space, Control + ,     Pause

Control + .            Stop

Alt + Up               Previous song

Alt + Down             Next song

Right arrow            Seek forward (by default 5 seconds)

Left arrow             Seek backward (by default 5 seconds)

Escape                 Scroll to current song

Control + a            Select all songs in playlist

Shift + Control + a    Cancel selection

Control + + (plus)     Increase volume 5 percent

Control + - (minus)    Decrease volume 5 percent

Control + s            Toggle shuffle

Control + r            Toggle repeat

Control + n            Toggle advancing in playlist

Control + m            Toggle stopping after current song

Control + e            Display Equalizer

Control + y            Display Search Tool

Control + i            Display Song Information dialog

Control + k            Display Jump to Time dialog

Control + j            Display Jump to Song dialog

Control + p            Display Playlist Manager dialog

Control + u            Display Queue Manager dialog

Control + o            Display Open Files dialog

Shift + Control + o    Display Add Files dialog

Control + l            Display Open URL dialog

Shift + Control + l    Display Add URL dialog


User's Audacious configuration.
Folder in which playlists are stored.
~/.local/share/audacious/Skins, ${prefix}/share/audacious/Skins
Default locations where Audacious should look for skin files.


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.