ogg123(1) Vorbis Tools ogg123(1)
ogg123 - plays Ogg Vorbis files
ogg123 [ -vqzVh ] [ -k seconds ] [ -x nth ] [ -y ntimes ] [ -b
buffer_size ] [ -d driver [ -o option:value ] [ -f filename ] ] file
... | directory ... | URL ...
ogg123 reads Ogg Vorbis audio files and decodes them to the devices
specified on the command line. By default, ogg123 writes to the stan-
dard sound device, but output can be sent to any number of devices.
Files can be read from the file system, or URLs can be streamed via
HTTP. If a directory is given, all of the files in it or its subdirec-
tories will be played.
Use an output audio buffer of approximately ’n’ kilobytes.
-@ playlist, --list playlist
Play all of the files named in the file ’playlist’. The
playlist should have one filename, directory name, or URL per
line. Blank lines are permitted. Directories will be treated
in the same way as on the command line.
-b n, --buffer n
Use an input buffer of approximately ’n’ kilobytes.
-p n, --prebuffer n
Prebuffer ’n’ percent of the input buffer. Playback won’t begin
until this prebuffer is complete.
-d device, --device device
Specify output device. See DEVICES section for a list of
devices. Any number of devices may be specified.
-f filename, --file filename
Specify output file for file devices. The filename "-" writes
to standard out. If the file already exists, ogg123 will over-
Show command help.
-k n, --skip n
Skip the first ’n’ seconds. ’n’ may also be in minutes:seconds
or hours:minutes:seconds form.
-K n, --end n
Stops playing ’n’ seconds from the start of the stream. ’n’ may
also have the same format as used in the --skip option.
-o option:value, --device-option option:value
Assigns the option option to value for the preceding device.
See DEVICES for a list of valid options for each device.
Quiet mode. No messages are displayed.
Display version information.
-x n, --nth
Play every ’n’th decoded block. Has the effect of playing audio
at ’n’ times faster than normal speed.
-y n, --ntimes
Repeat every played block ’n’ times. Has the effect of playing
audio ’n’ times slower than normal speed. May be with -x for
interesting fractional speeds.
Play files in pseudo-random order.
ogg123 supports a variety of audio output devices through libao. Only
those devices supported by the target platform will be available. The
-f option may only be used with devices that write to files.
null Null driver. All audio data is discarded. (Note: Audio data is
not written to /dev/null !) You could use this driver to test
raw decoding speed without output overhead.
oss Open Sound System driver for Linux and FreeBSD.
dsp DSP device for soundcard. Defaults to /dev/dsp.
sun Sun Audio driver for NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Solaris.
dev Audio device for soundcard. Defaults to
alsa Advanced Linux Sound Architecture.
card Sound card number. (Default = 0)
dev Device number on the sound card. (Default = 0)
Override the default buffer size (in bytes).
irix IRIX audio driver.
arts aRts Sound Daemon.
esd Enlightened Sound Daemon.
host The hostname where esd is running. This can
include a port number after a colon, as in
"whizbang.com:555". (Default = localhost)
au Sun audio file output. Writes the audio samples in AU format.
The AU format supports writing to unseekable files, like stan-
dard out. In such circumstances, the AU header will specify the
sample format, but not the length of the recording.
raw Raw sample output. Writes raw audio samples to a file.
Choose big endian, little endian, or native byte
order. (Default = "native")
wav WAV file output. Writes the sound data to disk in uncompressed
form. If multiple files are played, all of them will be con-
catenated into the same WAV file. WAV files cannot be written
to unseekable files, such as standard out. Use the AU format
The ogg123 command line is fairly flexible, perhaps confusingly so.
Here are some sample command lines and an explanation of what they do.
Play on the default soundcard:
Play all of the files in the directory ~/music and its subdirectories.
Play a file using the OSS driver:
ogg123 -d oss test.ogg
Pass the "dsp" option to the OSS driver:
ogg123 -d oss -o dsp:/dev/mydsp
Use the ESD driver
ogg123 -d esd test.ogg
Use the WAV driver with the output file, "test.wav":
ogg123 -d wav -f test.wav test.ogg
Listen to a file while you write it to a WAV file:
ogg123 -d oss -d wav -f test.wav test.ogg
Note that options apply to the device declared to the left:
ogg123 -d oss -o dsp:/dev/mydsp -d raw -f test2.raw -o byte-
Stress test your harddrive:
ogg123 -d oss -d wav -f 1.wav -d wav -f 2.wav -d wav -f 3.wav -d
wav -f 4.wav -d wav -f 5.wav test.ogg
Create an echo effect with esd and a slow computer:
ogg123 -d esd -d esd test.ogg
You can abort ogg123 at any time by pressing Ctrl-C. If you are play-
ing multiple files, this will stop the current file and begin playing
the next one. If you want to abort playing immediately instead of
skipping to the next file, press Ctrl-C within the first second of the
playback of a new file.
Note that the result of pressing Ctrl-C might not be audible immedi-
ately, due to audio data buffering in the audio device. This delay is
system dependent, but it is usually not more than one or two seconds.
Can be used to set the default output device for all libao pro-
Per-user config file to override the system wide output device
Piped WAV files may cause strange behavior in other programs. This is
because WAV files store the data length in the header. However, the
output driver does not know the length when it writes the header, and
there is no value that means "length unknown". Use the raw or au out-
put driver if you need to use ogg123 in a pipe.
Kenneth Arnold <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Stan Seibert <email@example.com>
Stan Seibert <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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