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How to use MPlayer on the Command-line
What is mplayer?
Basically, mplayer is a command-line movie player packaged into most slackware installations; It happens to work like a champ with music files in addition to watching movies. Because mplayer doesn't strictly require a desktop environment to be running while playing music, it is quite light and is ideal for wimpier machines such as netbooks.
How to invoke mplayer
Below are a couple of basic ways of calling mplayer.
$ mplayer ~/music/foo.mp3 # Tell mplayer to play your favourite song.
$ mplayer ~/music/*.mp3 # Tell mplayer to play all of your mp3 files under your music directory.
Useful shortcut keys
While running, mplayer can be controlled by additional keyboard input.
Some simple but memorable shortcuts:
- spacebar - Toggles pause/play.
- return - Next track.
- ctrl+c - Escape/Quit.
Don't accidentally hit the arrow keys while mplayer is running; It will alter the audio playback speed (quite annoying).
You can also tell mplayer to play tracks from a playlist.
First you need to create a playlist file.
$ find . -type f -iname *.mp3 > my_list.txt
And then you can take the playlist and feed it into mplayer.
$ mplayer -playlist my_list.txt
If you're feeling frisky, you can also tell mplayer to shuffle your playlist as well.
$ mplayer -shuffle -playlist my_list.txt
Example Playlist Demonstration
The below terminal output demonstrates mplayer playlists in action.
[ roach@sepsis:msk ]$ find SchoolyardHeroes/Abominations/ -type f -iname *.mp3 > abominations.txt [ roach@sepsis:msk ]$ mplayer -playlist abominations.txt MPlayer 20101218-4.5.1 (C) 2000-2010 MPlayer Team Playing SchoolyardHeroes/Abominations/04 - Violence Is All The Rage.mp3. Audio only file format detected. Clip info: Title: Violence Is All The Rage Artist: Schoolyard Heroes Album: Abominations Year: 2007 Comment: Amazon.com Song ID: 20884756 Track: 4 Genre: Unknown ========================================================================== Opening audio decoder: [mp3lib] MPEG layer-2, layer-3 AUDIO: 44100 Hz, 2 ch, s16le, 256.0 kbit/18.14% (ratio: 32000->176400) Selected audio codec: [mp3] afm: mp3lib (mp3lib MPEG layer-2, layer-3) ========================================================================== AO: [oss] 44100Hz 2ch s16le (2 bytes per sample) Video: no video Starting playback... A: 20.8 (20.8) of 189.0 (03:09.0) 0.3%
Note: The above example's find command creates an unsorted playlist (which might not be what you're after).
- Written by aschyiel