Sunday, April 12, 2015

How to Play Your Favorite Music From Linux Terminal

How to Listen Music from Terminal - For a long time I play music from linux console. It's very easy and simple. Music On Console is a lightweight music player which consists of 2 parts, a server (Moc) and a player/interface (Mocp).

First, I really like this little CLI music program, it does everything you want, most codecs are supported, and you can use an EQ and you can set up also LastFM. I'll tell MOC from the Debian Weezy.

Here's screenshot when I play some old song from linux console

Play Music From Console Linux

First thing of course install the app. Open terminal (ctrl+alt+T) and run this command :

apt-get install moc

If needed the ffmpeg plugin, we will also install :

apt-get install moc-ffmpeg-plugin

After all done, you can start MOC Player by type and run this command :

mocp

Enjoy your favorites music! If you're looking for clean music player on Linux you can read the tutorial at Install Tomahawk, A Modern and Powerful Music Player in Linux.

MOC (Music on Console) Keyboard Shortcut

To use and/or play mp3 / music files on terminal, you can't use your computer mouse. You must use the keyboard. So here are the lists keyboard shortcut :
  • q = Detach MOC from the server
  • ENTER = Start playing at this file or go to this directory
  • DOWN =  Move down in the menu
  • UP =    Move up in the menu
  • PAGE_DOWN = Move one page down
  • PAGE_UP = Move one page up
  • HOME = Move to the first item in the menu
  • END = Move to the last item in the menu
  • Q = Quit
  • s = Stop
  • n = Play next file
  • b = Play previous file
  • p SPACE =   Pause
  • f = Toggle ReadTags option
  • S = Toggle Shuffle
  • R = Toggle Repeat
  • X = Toggle AutoNext
  • TAB =   Switch between playlist and file list
  • l = Switch between layouts
  •  =  Switch on/off play time percentage
  • a = Add a file/directory to the playlist
  • C = Clear the playlist
  • A = Add a directory recursively to the playlist
  • Y = Remove playlist entries for non-existent files
  • < = Decrease volume by 1%
  • > = Increase volume by 1%
  • , = Decrease volume by 5%
  • . = Increase volume by 5%
  • RIGHT = Seek forward by n-s
  • LEFT = Seek backward by n-s
  • h ? = Show the help screen
  • M = Hide error/informative message
  • ^r ^l = Refresh the screen
  • r = Reread directory content
  • H = Toggle ShowHiddenFiles option
  • m = Go to the music directory (requires an entry in the config)
  • d = Delete an item from the playlist
  • g / =   Search the menu
  • V = Save the playlist
  • ^t = Toggle ShowTime option
  • ^f = Toggle ShowFormat option
  • o = Play from the URL
  • G = Go to the directory containing the currently played file
  • i = Go to a directory
  • U = Go to '..'
  • ^g ^n = Find the next matching item
  • ^x ESCAPE = Exit from an entry
  • ] = Silent seek forward by 5s
  • [ = Silent seek backward by 5s
  • M-1 = Set volume to 10%
  • M-2 = Set volume to 20%
  • M-3 = Set volume to 30%
  • M-4 = Set volume to 40%
  • M-5 = Set volume to 50%
  • M-6 = Set volume to 60%
  • M-7 = Set volume to 70%
  • M-8 = Set volume to 80%
  • M-9 = Set volume to 90%
  • ' = Mark the start of a block
  • " = Mark the end of a block
  • ! = Go to a fast dir 1
  • @ = Go to a fast dir 2
  • # = Go to a fast dir 3
  • $ = Go to a fast dir 4
  • % = Go to a fast dir 5
  • ^ = Go to a fast dir 6
  • & = Go to a fast dir 7
  • * = Go to a fast dir 8
  • ( = Go to a fast dir 9
  • ) = Go to a fast dir 10
  • UP = Go to the previous entry in the history (entry)
  • DOWN = Go to the next entry in the history (entry)
  • ^u = Delete to start of line (entry)
  • ^k = Delete to end of line (entry)
  • x = Toggles the mixer channel
  • w = Toggles the software-mixer
  • E = Toggles the equalizer
  • e = Reload EQ-presets
  • K = Select previous equalizer-preset
  • k = Select next equalizer-preset
  • J = Toggle mono-mixing
  • u = Move playlist item up
  • j = Move playlist item down
  • ^u = Add a URL to the playlist using entry
  • T = Switch to the theme selection menu
  • F1 = Execute ExecCommand1
  • F2 = Execute ExecCommand2
  • F3 = Execute ExecCommand3
  • F4 = Execute ExecCommand4
  • F5 = Execute ExecCommand5
  • F6 = Execute ExecCommand6
  • F7 = Execute ExecCommand7
  • F8 = Execute ExecCommand8
  • F9 = Execute ExecCommand9
  • F10 = Execute ExecCommand10
  • L = Display lyrics of the current song (if available)
  • P = Toggle displaying full paths in the playlist
  • z = Add (or remove) a file to (from) queue
  • Z = Clear the queue

You can't change theme permanently without adding new config file. It means when we quit from MOCP and re-open it always back to default theme (blue). So we post a new article to handle this. You can read at How to Change MOCP Default Theme Permanently.

So that's all I can write to play music from linux console. Hope help you and enjoyed reading this tutorial as much I’ve enjoyed writing it. Finally thanks for visiting Linuxslaves.

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