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cmus is a ncurses based music player with support for remote control. It uses plugins to support a multitude of media formats and works with many audio systems.


USE flags

USE flags for media-sound/cmus A ncurses based music player with plugin support for many formats

ao Use libao audio output library for sound playback global
cddb Access cddb servers to retrieve and submit information about compact disks global
cdio use libcdio for CD support local
cue enable CUE sheet parsing local
discid enable reading the ID of the inserted CD local
ffmpeg Enable ffmpeg/libav-based audio/video codec support global
libsamplerate Build with support for converting sample rates using libsamplerate global
mikmod Add libmikmod support to allow playing of SoundTracker-style music files global
modplug Add libmodplug support for playing SoundTracker-style music files global
mp4 Support for MP4 container format global
musepack Enable support for the musepack audio codec global
opus enable support for media-libs/opusfile local
pidgin install support script for net-im/pidgin local
tremor use libivorbis from media-libs/tremor instead of media-libs/libvorbis local
unicode Add support for Unicode global
vorbis Add support for the OggVorbis audio codec global
wavpack Add support for wavpack audio compression tools global


root #emerge --ask media-sound/cmus


Set the password for remote control:

set password=password

Set output plugin:

set output_plugin=pulse

Possible settings:

  • pulse
  • alsa
  • oss
  • sndio


As a server

Start in a detached app-misc/screen session

user $screen -d -m cmus --listen

The default setting is to listen on port 3000

user $cmus-remote --server --passwd password
For some reason passing localhost to cmus-remote does not work.

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