XMMS2(1)                    General Commands Manual                   XMMS2(1)

       xmms2 - The official XMMS2 command line interface

       xmms2 [command] [arguments]
       xmms2 help [command]

       XMMS2 is a redesign of the XMMS (http://legacy.xmms2.org) music player.
       It features a client-server model, allowing multiple (even
       simultaneous!) user interfaces, both textual and graphical. All common
       audio formats are supported using plugins. On top of this, there is a
       flexible media library to organise your music.

       xmms2 is the official CLI XMMS2 client.

   Inline mode
       If xmms2 is passed a command as an argument, that command will be
       interpreted and xmms2 will exit after it is finished.

   Interactive mode
       xmms2 features a powerful shell-like environment via readline that
       allows the user to enter commands at a prompt and have the usual cool
       features such as pathname expansion and line editing.

       All commands accept the option -h/--help which displays the command's

       pattern refers to a collection definition. (See PATTERN below.)

       position is a pattern to match playlist positions. When absent in a
       command, the default is the end of the playlist. (See POSITION PATTERN

   General Commands
       add [ -f [-N] [-P] [-A key=value]... ] [-p playlist] [-n | -a position]
       [-o prop[,...]] [-j] arguments...
       add [-p playlist] [-n | -a position] [-o prop[,...]] [-j] pattern...

           Add media to a playlist. It will attempt to guess whether arguments
           constitute a pattern or represent file paths. This behaviour can be
           overridden by forcing the type with -f and -t. If file paths
           contain * or ?  characters, it will attempt to expand them. Failing
           to find a match the * and ? characters will be attempted to be
           added as a part of the URL.

           -f, --file
               Force treating arguments as file paths.

           -P, --pls
               Force treating arguments as playlist files. This option implies

           -t, --pattern
               Force treating arguments as a pattern.

           -N, --non-recursive
               Do not add directories recursively.

           -p, --playlist playlist
               Add media to playlist instead of the active playlist.

           -n, --next
               Add media after the current track.

           -a, --at position
               Add media at the given position.

           -A, --attribute key=value
               Add media with given key=value attribute. May occur multiple
               times. Only valid when adding new files to the media library.

           -o, --order prop[,...]
               Add media sorted by the given comma-separated list of
               properties. If a property is prefixed by -, media are sorted in
               reverse order on that property.

           -j, --jump
               Jump to and start playing the newly-added media.


           Exit the shell-like interface.

       help [-a] command

           Show the help on command. This is equivalent to command -h.  If
           command is an alias, show the alias definition.  If no command is
           provided, list all available commands.

           -a, --alias
               List available aliases if command is not provided. Otherwise,
               have no effect.

       info [pattern | positions...]

           Display the properties of all media matching pattern or at the
           given positions. Without argument, display the properties of the
           current track.

       jump [-b] pattern|position

           Jump to the first media matching pattern or to the given position.

           -b, --backward
               Jump backward to the first media matching the pattern

       list [-p name] [pattern | positions...]

           List the contents of a playlist (the active one by default).  If
           pattern is provided, contents are further filtered and only the
           matching media are displayed.

           -p, --playlist
               List playlist, instead of the active playlist.

       move [-p playlist] [-n | -a position] pattern | positions...

           Move entries inside a playlist (the active one by default).

           -p, --playlist playlist
               The playlist to act on.

           -n, --next
               Move the matching tracks after the current track.

           -a, --at position
               Move the matching tracks by an offset or to a position.

       next [offset]

           Jump to the next song. If offset is provided, act like jump


           Pause playback.


           Start playback.

       prev [offset]

           Jump to the previous song. If offset is provided, act like jump

       remove [-p playlist] pattern | positions...

           Remove the matching media from a playlist (the active one by

           -p, --playlist playlist
               Remove from playlist, instead of the active playlist.

       current [-r seconds] [-f format]

           Display playback status, either continuously or once.

           -r, --refresh seconds
               Set the delay, in seconds, between each refresh of the current
               playback metadata.  If 0, the metadata is only printed once
               (default) and the command exit immediately.  When in refresh
               mode, basic control is provided on the active playlist.

           -f, --format format
               Set the format string used to display status information,
               instead of the one from the configuration file (see FORMAT
               STRING below).

       search [-o prop1[,prop2...]] [-l prop1[,prop2...] ] pattern

           Search and print all media matching pattern.

           -o, --order prop1[,prop2...]
               Display search results sorted by the given list of properties.
               If a property is prefixed by '-', results are sorted in reverse
               order on that property.

           -l, --columns prop1[,prop2...]
               List of properties to use as columns.

       seek time | offset

           Seek to a relative or an absolute time in the current track.


           Stop playback.


           Toggle playback.

   Playlist Commands

       playlist clear [playlist]

           Clear a playlist. By default, clear the active playlist.

       playlist config [-t type] [-s history] [-u upcoming] [-i coll] [-j
       playlist] [playlist]

           Configure a playlist by changing its type, attributes, etc.  By
           default, configure the active playlist.

           -t, --type type
               Change the type of the playlist: list, queue, pshuffle.

           -s, --history size
               The size of the history of played tracks (for queue, pshuffle).

           -u, --upcoming upcoming
               Number of upcoming tracks to maintain (for pshuffle).

           -i, --input collection
               Input collection for the playlist (for pshuffle). Default to
               'All Media'.

           -j, --jumplist playlist
               Jump to another playlist when the end of the playlist is

       playlist create [-s] [-p playlist] name

           Create a new playlist.

           -s, --switch
               Switch to the newly created playlist.

           -p, --playlist playlist
               Copy the content of the playlist into the new playlist.

       playlist list [-a]

           List all playlists.

           -a, --all
               Include hidden playlists.

       playlist remove playlist

           Remove the given playlist.

       playlist rename [-f] [-p playlist] newname

           Rename a playlist.  By default, rename the active playlist.

           -f, --force
               Force the rename of the playlist, overwrite an existing
               playlist if needed.

           -p, --playlist
               Rename the given playlist.

       playlist shuffle [playlist]

           Shuffle a playlist.  By default, shuffle the active playlist.

       playlist sort [-p playlist] [prop] ...

           Sort a playlist. By default, sort the active playlist. Prefix
           properties by '-' for reverse sorting. If no properties are
           specified, the playlist is sorted by artist, album, and track

           -p, --playlist
               Rename the given playlist.

       playlist switch playlist

           Change the active playlist.

   Collection Commands

       collection config collection [attrname [attrvalue]]

           Get or set attributes for the given collection.  If no attribute
           name is provided, list all attributes.  If only an attribute name
           is provided, display the value of the attribute.  If both attribute
           name and value are provided, set the new value of the attribute.

       collection create [-f] [-e] [-c collection] name [pattern]

           Create a new collection.  If pattern is provided, it is used to
           define the collection.  Otherwise, the new collection contains the
           whole media library.

           -f, --force
               Force creating of the collection, overwrite an existing
               collection if needed.

           -c, --collection collection
               Copy an existing collection to the new one.

           -e, --empty
               Initialize an empty collection.

       collection list

           List all collections.

       collection show collection

           Display a human-readable description of a collection.

       collection remove collection

           Remove a collection.

       collection rename [-f] oldname newname

           Rename a collection.

           -f, --force
               Force renaming of the collection, overwrite an existing
               collection if needed.

   Server Commands

       server browse URL

           Browse a URL via the xform plugins available in the daemon.

       server config [name [value]]

           Get or set configuration values.  If no name or value is provided,
           list all configuration values.  If only a name is provided, display
           the content of the corresponding configuration value.  If both name
           and a value are provided, set the new content of the configuration

           The name of the configuration value is subject to shell wildcard
           expansion so that multiple values can be queried (but not set) at

       server import [-N] path

           Import new files into the media library.  By default, directories
           are imported recursively.

           -N, --non-recursive
               Do not import directories recursively.

       server plugins

           List the plugins loaded in the server.

       server property [-i | -s | -D] [-S] mid [name [value]]

           Get or set properties for a given media.  If no name or value is
           provided, list all properties.  If only a name is provided, display
           the value of the property.  If both a name and a value are
           provided, set the new value of the property.

           By default, set operations use source "client/xmms2-cli", while
           list and display operations use source-preference.  Use the
           --source option to override this behaviour.

           By default, the value will be used to determine whether it should
           be saved as a string or an integer.  Use the --int or --string flag
           to override this behaviour.

           -i, --int
               Force the value to be treated as integer.

           -s, --string
               Force the value to be treated as a string.

           -D, --delete
               Delete the selected property.

           -S, --source
               Property source.

       server rehash [pattern]

           Rehash the media matched by the pattern, or the whole media library
           if no pattern is provided

       server remove [pattern]

           Remove the matching media from the media library.

       server shutdown

           Shutdown the server.

       server stats

           Display statistics about the server: uptime, version, size of the
           medialib, etc.

       server sync

           Immediately save collections to disk. (Otherwise only performed on
           shutdown or 10 seconds after last change to collections.)

       server volume [-c name] [value]

           Get or set the audio volume (in a range of 0-100).  If a value is
           provided, set the volume to value. Otherwise, display the current
           volume.  By default, the command applies to all audio channels. Use
           the --channel flag to override this behaviour.  Relative changes to
           the volume are possible by prefixing value by + or -.

           -c, --channel
               Get or set the volume only for the named channel.

       Patterns are used to search for songs in the media library, some of
       these patterns may require escaping (with '\') depending on what shell
       is used. The properties can be found in the output of xmms2 info.


           Match songs whose property matches the string. A ? in the string
           indicates a single wildcard character, and a * indicates multiple
           wildcard characters.


           Match songs whose property fuzzily matches the string. Equal to
           matching by <property>:*<string>*.


           The operation can be <, <=, > or >=, the pattern will match songs
           whose property is a numerical value smaller, smaller or equal,
           bigger, bigger or equal in comparison to the number.


           Match songs which has the property.


           Match songs in the given collection. The namespace may be
           Playlists, or Collections.

       NOT <pattern>

           Match the complement of the pattern.

       <pattern> <pattern>
       <pattern> AND <pattern>

           Match songs that are matched by both patterns.

       <pattern> OR <pattern>

           Match songs that are matched by at least one of the two pattern.

       ( <pattern> )

           Match songs matched by the pattern, used for grouping AND and OR


           Match songs whose artist, title or album match the string.


           Match songs whose artist, title or album fuzzily matches the


           Match a specific media library id.

       Position patterns are used together with commands that operate on
       playlist content.


           Select playlist entries ranging from M positions before the current
           song, to N positions after. Both M and N may be omitted and will
           then default to 0.


           Select the song N positions before the current song.


           Select the song N positions after the current song.


           Select one to many playlist positions.

       Commands that output formatted metadata can be customized with the help
       of user-defined format strings like the following:

       ´${artist} - ${title}´

       When passed metadata the name of the artist and the title will be
       inserted into the resulting string. In addition to the metadata
       supplied from the media library the following list of properties are
       also available:


           The current playlist position.


           The playback status as a string (Stopped, Playing, Paused,


           The playtime of the currently playing song.


           The duration of the current song, as zero-padded minutes:seconds


           The minutes part, zero-padded, of the current song duration.


           The seconds part, zero-padded, of the current song duration.

       A list of command aliases are read from the configuration file in the
       section [alias] at runtime. The syntax of xmms2 aliases are somewhat
       similar to bash and other shells. An alias is defined by a list of
       semi-colon separated commands and arguments. Parameter expansion is
       supported (see Expansion below).

       The default configuration includes the following aliases:


           add -f -P $@


           playlist clear


           current -f $1




           server volume 0


           server shutdown


           seek 0


           stop ; playlist clear ; add $@ ; play

       Positional Parameters
           An alias can use positional parameters, for example:

           foo = add -f $1 $3

           foo ctkoz.ogg and slre.ogg

           Will result in:

           add -f ctkoz.ogg slre.ogg

       Special Parameters
               This expands to all parameters passed to the alias.

       All control characters are interpreted as expected, including ANSI
       escape sequences.

           Boolean, complete an abbreviation of a command and it's arguments.
           For example: `serv vol 42' will complete to `server volume 42'.
           (Note: Abbreviations must be non-ambiguous)

           Boolean, format list output similar to the classic cli.

           String to format classic list output with.

           Boolean, try to guess if the URL is a playlist and add accordingly.
           (Not reliable)

           File to save command history to.

           String to use to mark the current active entry in the playlist

           String to use as a prompt in INTERACTIVE MODE

           Boolean, if true xmms2 will attempt to start xmms2d(1) if it's not
           running already.

           Boolean, if true, xmms2 will display a greeting message and basic
           help when started in INTERACTIVE MODE

           String to format status output with.

           Default command history file if HISTORY_FILE is unset.

           The configuration file for xmms2

           Override the default connection path.

           To connect via IPv4

           To connect via IPv6

           To connect via unix socket

       Please report all bugs at http://bugs.xmms2.org

       Igor Assis, Anders Waldenborg, Anthony Garcia, Sebastien Cevey, and
       Jonne Lehtinen, Daniel Svensson, Raphaël Bois

       See the AUTHORS file in the XMMS2 source distribution for more info.

       The blame for this man page is on Anthony.

       If you contributed and feel you should be listed here please send me a