Global Hotkeys for iTunes

iTunes Global Hotkeys Plugin (ighp) for Windows enables the user to trigger different actions using predefined shortcuts even if the player is minimized or hidden.

Supported actions

The following commands are supported:

  • open configuration dialog
  • toggle play/pause
  • stop playing
  • advance to the next track in playlist
  • go back to previous track in playlist
  • toggle random on/off
  • toggle repeat on/off
  • clear rating for the selected song
  • set rating to one star
  • set rating to two stars
  • set rating to three stars
  • set rating to four stars
  • set rating to five stars
  • minimize/restore player window
  • increase volume level
  • decrease volume level
  • toggle mute/unmute

Download and Install

The latest release of the plugin can be found here. You can choose between the installer, the binary package or the source package. The source code can be compiled using Visual C++ 2005 Express and above. If you downloaded the dll files or the source code you must copy them to the iTunes plugins directory (C:\Program Files\iTunes\Plug-ins) and then configure the hotkeys.


You can define hotkeys in the configuration dialog. Use the default shortcut Ctrl + Shift + P to open the configuration dialog.


iTunes Global Hotkeys Plugin is released under the MIT/X Consortium License.