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ogg123(1)			 Vorbis	Tools			     ogg123(1)

       ogg123 -	plays Ogg Vorbis files

       ogg123  [  -vqrzZVh ] [ -k seconds ] [ -x nth ] [ -y ntimes ] [ -b buf-
       fer_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.

       --audio-buffer n
	      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.  HTTP-only

       -p n, --prebuffer n
	      Prebuffer	'n' percent of the input buffer.  Playback won't begin
	      until this prebuffer is complete.	 HTTP-only option.

       -d device, --device device
	      Specify  output  device.	 See DEVICES section for a list	of de-
	      vices.  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-
	      write it.

       -h, --help
	      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]
	      Sets the option option to	value for the preceding	 device.   See
	      DEVICES for a list of valid options for each device.

       -q, --quiet
	      Quiet mode.  No messages are displayed.

       -V, --version
	      Display version information.

       -v, --verbose
	      Increase verbosity.

       -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.

       -r, --repeat
	      Repeat playlist indefinitely.

       -z, --shuffle
	      Play files in pseudo-random order.

       -Z, --random
	      Play files in pseudo-random order	forever.

       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.

       Options supported by all	devices:

	      debug  Turn on debugging output [if any] for a chosen driver.

		     Force a specific output channel ordering for a given  de-
		     vice.   value is a	comma seperated	list of	AO style chan-
		     nel names,	eg, L,R,C,LFE,BL,BR,SL,SR.

		     Turn on verbose output for	a chosen driver. the -v	option
		     will also set the driver verbose option.

	      quiet  Force chosen driver to be completely silent.  Even	errors
		     will not produce any output. -q will also set the	driver
		     quiet option.

       aixs   AIX live output driver. Options:

		     Set AIX output device to value

       alsa   Advanced Linux Sound Architecture	live output driver. Options:

		     Override  the  default hardware buffer size (in millisec-

		     ALSA device label to use. Examples	include	"hw:0" for the
		     first  soundcard  and  "hw:1"  for	 the second.  The alsa
		     driver  normally  chooses	one  of	 "surround71",	 "sur-
		     round51", "surround40" or "default" automatically depend-
		     ing on number of output channels.	For more  information,

		     Override  the  default hardware period size (in microsec-

		     Override the default hardware period size	(in  microsec-

		     value is set to "yes" or "no" to override the compiled-in
		     default to	use or not use mmap  device  access.   In  the
		     past,  some  buggy	 alsa drivers have behaved better when
		     not using mmap access at the penalty of  slightly	higher
		     CPU usage.

       arts   aRts Sound Daemon	live output driver. Options:

		     value  is	set to "yes" or	"no" to	allow opening the aRts
		     playback device for multiply  concurrent  playback.   Al-
		     though  the  driver  works	 properly in multi mode, it is
		     known to occasionally crash the aRts server itself.   De-
		     fault behavior is "no".

       au     Sun  audio  file output.	Writes the audio samples in AU format.
	      The AU format supports writing to	unseekable files like standard
	      out.  In such circumstances, the AU header will specify the sam-
	      ple format, but not the length of	the recording.

       esd    Enlightened Sound	Daemon live output. Options:

		     value specifies the hostname where	esd is running.	  This
		     can   include   a	port  number  after  a	colon,	as  in
		     "".  (Default = localhost)

       irix   IRIX live	output audio driver.

       macosx MacOS X 'AUHAL' live output driver.  This	driver supports	 MacOS
	      X	10.5 and later (10.4 and earlier uses an earlier, incompatable
	      interface). Options:

		     Set the hardware buffer size to the equivalent  of	 value

       nas    Network Audio Server live	output driver. Options:

		     Set size of audio buffer on server	in bytes.

		     Set location of NAS server; See nas(1) for	format.

       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, versions 2, 3
	      and 4. Options:

		     DSP device	for soundcard.	Defaults to /dev/dsp.

       pulse  Pulseaudio live audio sound driver. Options:

		     Specifies location	 of  remote  or	 alternate  Pulseaudio

		     Specifies a non-default Pulseaudio	sink for audio stream.

       raw    Raw file output.	Writes raw audio samples to a file. Options:

		     Chooses  big endian ("big"), little endian	("little"), or
		     native ("native") byte order.  Default is native order.

       roar   Roar Audio Daemon	live output driver. Options:

		     Specifies location	of remote Roar server to use.

       sndio  OpenBSD SNDIO live output	driver.	Options:

		     Specifies audio device to use for playback.

       sun    Sun Audio	live output driver for NetBSD, OpenBSD,	 and  Solaris.

		     Audio device for soundcard.  Defaults to /dev/audio.

       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

       wmm    Windows  MultiMedia  live	output driver for Win98	and later. Op-

		     Selects audio device to use for playback by device	name.

		     Selects audio device to use for  playback	by  device  id
		     (card number).

       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:
	      ogg123 test.ogg

       Play all	of the files in	the directory ~/music and its subdirectories.
	      ogg123 ~/music

       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-
	      order:big	test.ogg

       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.

       Program Authors:
	      Kenneth Arnold <>
	      Stan Seibert <>

       Manpage Author:
	      Stan Seibert <>

       libao.conf(5), oggenc(1), vorbiscomment(1), ogginfo(1)

Xiph.Org Foundation		 2010 March 24			     ogg123(1)


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