There are many popular audio players for linux; to name a few they would be XMMS, audacious, amarock . But all of these players are GUI-based; and they does not feel like ‘home’ when you are so addicted to using the command line. So i did some searching on possible options, and i found many. I’m only listing two of the best here, mplayer and Music On Console (Player) or MOC. The command line players have the advantage of less crashes, less usage of resources, playability in CUI only OS’s, remote logging to play sound files on a remote machine. The MPD (music player daemon) server can stream audio using any sound output server to a remote machine.
Music on Console (MOC or MOCP) (homepage)
The MOC has a decent UI for a CLI program. Consists of two panes, one displaying the music files in the current directory and the other showing the current playlist. Play stats and tag info are displayed in the bottom, with the progress bar. Navigation within playlist and song can be done using keyboard. It’s updated support for pulse, OSS and alsa output.
for debian based sytems use, sudo apt-get install moc
for rpm based systems, it is unlikely that moc would be on the repository. Try yum install moc and see. If that’s the case, we need to compile from source which can be downloaded from this link. You would need following packages
for mp3 support: yum install libmad-devel libid3tag-devel
for wma,mp4,aac,ra support: yum install ffmpeg-devel (This caused a compile error due to ffmpeg-devel relocating its .h files .. so please don’t do this if you know how to use linking). To activate support for other codecs, see README.
then decompress the file, go to the folder and type usual
./configure && make && install as root to compile and install. See my article on compiling from source for more information.
After installation to run, type
press q and type mocp -x to end program. Otherwise the server will still be running 🙂
This doesn’t need much introduction; which is as my perception is the best multimedia player ever, which can play videos too. Apart from the gmplayer (or mplayer-gui), the mplayer command can be used to play music on command line, with showing in depth info. Mplayer can play any audio file, it’s heavily stable and takes less resources. You can see my previous post on mplayer.
sudo apt-get install gmplayer (for debian based systems)
yum install mplayer-gui (for rpm based systems)
When I say “shockwave flash” people usually do not understand it. This is not the flash movies you find on youtube (.flv); these are .SWF files which works as animations, programs (ex: some games & programs you play in net). As Macromedia (now owned by Adobe) has 100% successful players for these, they are not open source! And i’m afraid they can’t play standalone flash programs (.exe) created for Windows in Linux ! (and Gnash can)
Gnash player evolved from the GameSWF, and now is the only active FOSS flash player project.
Gnash features (Version 0.8.3 which I have),
Plays SWF up to version 7
Plays .exe standalone SWF up to V7
Has plugins for Firefox and Konqueror
Plays some .flv files
And many exporting functions which i’m not used to that much. Click here to go to their homepage.
Gnash has .rpm packages for Fedora,Mandriva, Suse. It can be simply installed by (when you’re root)
yum install gnash
I have seen some .deb packages in the net, so ubuntu,mint,debian users can have a try
sudo apt-get gnash
For installing from the source, you can download the source for version 0.8.5 here. After untaring the file, typing
make install will do the job, for more information on how to compile from source click here.
After installing, you can use command
gnash <filename> to run a file
just typing gnash only will give you the command -flags help, which is very helpful for using powerful gnash command line functions. I’m not going to fill the space up here with them.
Gnash can render SWF on 3 different libraries. Default is the agg, which has the best quality and bug free output — but this may make it little bit slow, and requires some dependencies. (as the agg itself). Anyway, if you have a good VGA card and 100% working drivers, you may go for opengl. Just use
–enable-renderer=opengl when configuring (ex: ./configure –enable-renderer=opengl)
Same manner cairo can be used –enable-renderer=cairo
By default, gnash uses Gstreamer framework (Click about on Totem to see what you have) which is the most efficient. But you can use
if you have ffmpeg and SDL libraries installed. (This is not recommended).