playerdo / README.rst

So you use several media players, sometimes at the same time (like 'shell-fm' running in a terminal, and something else with a GUI), and sometimes you like to try out new media players for a while. And you want the the media buttons on your keyboard to Do The Right Thing without having to reprogram keyboard shortcuts. This package is a solution to that problem.

You can set up keyboard shortcuts to map the play/pause button to 'player_do playpause' etc, and player_do generally does the Right Thing.

There is a command 'install_gnome' to help set up keyboard shortcuts on GNOME.

The currently supported programs can be seen by running 'player_do help'. Those that have been tested include the following:

  • Audacious
  • Amarok
  • Banshee
  • Clementine
  • Exaile
  • Guayadeque
  • moc
  • Quodlibet
  • Rhythmbox
  • shell-fm
  • VLC (2.0 and later)

Many other players will be supported due to support for the MPRIS DBUS protocol, without a specific backend. If you only need support for those players, consider using MPRIS-remote.

To add more supported programs, see the existing code in the 'backends' directory. Patches gratefully received!

Source code: http://bitbucket.org/spookylukey/playerdo/src

Bug tracking: http://bitbucket.org/spookylukey/playerdo/issues

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