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       xine - a free video player


       xine [options] [MRL] ...


       This manual page documents briefly the xine audio/video player.

       xine  plays  MPEG  system  (audio  and  video) streams, mpeg elementary
       streams (e.g. .mp3 or .mpv files), mpeg transport streams,  ogg  files,
       avi  files, asf files, quicktime files, (S)VCDs and DVDs and many more.


       The programs follow the  usual  GNU  command  line  syntax,  with  long
       options  starting  with  two  dashes  (‘--’).  A summary of options are
       included below.  For a complete description,  see  README  and  FAQ  in
       /usr/share/doc/xine-ui or on the xine home page.

       -h, --help
              Show  summary of options and available output drivers (plugins).

              Set verbose level.

              Use config file instead of default one.

       -a, --audio-channel <num>
              Select the given audio  channel.  <num>  is  the  audio  channel
              number, default is 0.
              xine  0.5  and  newer  tries its best to collect all valid audio
              channels (ac3, mpeg audio, avi audio, ...) from the  stream  and
              maps them to "virtual channels" with channel numbers starting at

       -V, --video-driver <drv>
              Select video  driver.  Check  out  xine --help  for  a  list  of
              available video output plugins on your system. This selection is
              stored automatically in your ~/.xine/config so  you’ll  have  to
              specify the video driver only once.

       -A, --audio-driver <drv>
              Select  audio  driver.  Check  out  xine  --help  for  a list of
              available audio output plugins on your system. This selection is
              stored  automatically  in  your ~/.xine/config so you’ll have to
              specify the audio driver only once.

       -u, --spu-channel <num>
              Select subpicture (subtitle) channel. <num>  is  the  subpicture
              channel id, default is no subtitle (-1).

       -p, --auto-play=[f][F][h][w][q][d][v]
              Start playing immediately after start. Can be followed by:
              ‘f’ in fullscreen mode,
              ‘F’ in xinerama fullscreen mode,
              ‘h’ hide GUI (main panel, etc...),
              ‘w’ hide video output window,
              ‘q’ for quitting after playback,
              It is also possible to request the playlist from DVD ‘d’, or VCD
              ‘v’.  There is now a more generic option, --auto-scan, for  that
              (see below).

       -s, --auto-scan <plugin>
              Auto-scan  playlist  from named input plugin. Many plugins allow
              to read a default playlist, in order to  play  everything.  This
              works fine for DVDs or VCDs, for example. Giving this option has
              the same effect as pressing the according button on xine’s  main

              This  option is especially useful in combination with auto-play.
              You could start xine --auto-play --auto-scan  dvd  in  order  to
              play a whole DVD without having to press any additional buttons.
              This also works for plugins that are  not  supplied  with  xine,
              just give the name of the button that the desired plugin adds to
              the xine panel!

       -f, --fullscreen
              Switch xine to fullscreen mode on start (just like pressing ‘f’)

       -F, --xineramafull
              Switch  xine  to  xinerama  fullscreen  mode on start (just like
              pressing ‘F’).  That is to say, try to expand display on several
              screens. Screens to use are defined in config file.

       -g, --hide-gui
              Hide all GUI windows (except the video window) on start. This is
              the same as pressing ‘G’ within xine.

       -H, --hide-video
              Hide video output window.

       -L, --no-lirc
              Turn off LIRC support. This option is only available if xine has
              been compiled with LIRC support.

       --visual <visual-class-or-id>
              Try  to  use a specific X11 server visual for xine windows.  The
              <visual-class-or-id> parameter is either  the  name  of  an  X11
              visual  class  (StaticGray, GrayScale, StaticColor, PseudoColor,
              TrueColor  or  DirectColor)  or  the  hexadecimal  value  for  a
              specific X11 visual.

              When  used  with  a visual class name, xine tries to find such a
              visual with depth 15 or 16, 24, 32 or 8 (in  that  order).   The
              default  visual  class  used  by  xine  in absence of a --visual
              option is TrueColor.

              If no usable visual is found, xine falls  back  to  the  default
              visual used on the X11 server’s root window.

              When  using  an  X11  visual with changeable colors (colormaps),
              install a private colormap for xine. With  a  private  colormap,
              xine  can  allocate  more  colors  so that video output may look

       --keymap [=option]
              Display keymap. Option are:
              ‘default’ display default keymap table,
              ‘lirc’ display draft of a ~/.lircrc config file,
              ‘remapped’ user remapped keymap table,
              ‘file:<file>’ use file as keymap table,
              If no option is given, ‘default’ is selected.

       -n, --network
              Enable network remote control server.   To  use  network  remote
              control  server,  a  password  file is required.  If xine cannot
              find it, the server is stopped.  The syntax of the password file
              follows the (familiar) scheme <identification>:<password>. Since
              cryptography is subject to legal issues in some  countries,  the
              password  is  not encrypted and also transmitted unencrypted, so
              take care with remote connections.  Two (optional) generic rules
              are available as well (one at a time)
              ALL:ALLOW or ALL:DENY
              In  the  first  case,  all  clients  are  allowed to execute all
              available commands, without restriction.  In  the  second  case,
              no-one  is  allowed  to  execute any commands, except identified
              users (using ’identify’ command).

              If a password entry begins with an asterisk  ‘*’,  the  user  is
              blocked.  If  a  password  entry  is  empty,  the  full entry is
              ignored. Here is an example of a small ~/.xine/passwd file:


              This will allow only  ’daniel’  to  execute  commands,  after  a
              successfully identifying stage.

              The  default  port of the server is 6789, this number is totally
              arbitrary. You can connect the  server  using  a  simple  telnet
              telnet localhost 6789
              To  change  the  default  port,  you  can  (as  root)  edit your
              /etc/services, and add an entry like this:

              xinectl    7890/tcp        # xine control

              This will change the default port from 6789 to 7890, and  create
              a "human" service called xinectl.

              The server itself offers command help/syntax:
              help [command]
              Without  command  specified,  all  available  commands  will  be
              displayed.  If a command is  specified,  short  text  about  the
              command functionality will be given.
              syntax <command>
              Display the command syntax.

       -R, --root
              Use root window as video window.

       -G, --geometry <WxH[+X+Y]>
              You  can  set  video  output  size and position using the X like
              geometry (see X(7)).  X and Y offset are optional.

       -B, --borderless
              Remove borders of video output window, in windowed mode.

       -N, --animation <mrl>
              Specify one or more mrl to play with audio only streams.

       -P, --playlist <filename>
              Use file as playlist. Known formats are: asx, toxine, m3u,  pls,
              sfv and raw text file.

       -l, --loop [=mode]
              Set  playlist  loop  mode. If mode isn’t specified, mode loop is
              used. Possible modes are:
              loop: loop entire playlist.
              repeat: repeat current playlist entry.
              shuffle: select randomly an entry in playlist from those not yet
              shuffle+: same as shuffle, but indefinitely replay the playlist.

       --skin-server-url <url>
              Define the skin server url.

       --enqueue <mrl>...
              Enqueue one or more mrl in a running session (session 0).
              If you want to specify another session, use -S session=x option.

       -S, --session <option1,option2,...>
              Session managements. All options can be used more than one time,
              except session.
              Options are:
              session=n specify session <n> number,
              mrl=m     add mrl <m> to the playlist,
              audio=c   select audio channel (<c>: next or prev),
              spu=c     select spu channel (<c>: next or prev),
              volume=v  set audio volume (<v>: 0 to 100),
              amp=v     set audio amplification of instance (<v>: 0 to 200),
              loop=m    set loop  mode  (<m>:  none  loop  repeat  shuffle  or
              get_speed       get current speed status. Return values are:
                  - 1: error
                  - 2: stop
                  - 3: play
                  - 4: pause
                  - 5: slow4
                  - 6: slow2
                  - 7: fast2
                  - 8: fast4
              get_time[=p|pos]  get  current position status in seconds, or in
              position in stream (0..65535).
                <p> can be:
                  clear:     clear the playlist,
                  first:     play first entry in the playlist,
                  prev:      play previous playlist entry,
                  next:      play next playlist entry,
                  last:      play last entry in the playlist,
                  load:s:    load playlist file <s>,
                  stop:      stop playback at the end of the current playback,
                  cont:      continue playback at the end of current playback.
              There are also some self explanatory options.
                  play,  slow2,  slow4,  pause,  fast2,  fast4,  stop,   quit,
              fullscreen, eject.

       -Z     Don’t  automatically start playback, affect only auto-start when
              smart mode is used.

       -D, --deinterlace [post[:..][;]]
              Deinterlace video output. You can override configuration  option
              of  post(s)  used  to deinterlace the output picture. See --post
              for syntax.

       -r, --aspect-ratio <mode>
              Set aspect ratio of video output. <mode> can be:  auto,  square,
              4:3, anamorphic, dvb.

       --broadcast-port <port>
              Set  port  of  xine  broadcaster (master side), slave is started
              with ’xine slave://address:port’

              Don’t display the logo.

       -E, --no-reload
              Don’t reload old playlist. Playlist  is  saved  when  you  leave
              xine,  then  it  is  reloaded and played the next time you lanch
              xine. This feature can be disabled via setup window.

       --post <plugin>[:parameter=value][,...][;...]
              Load one or more post plugin(s). Parameters are comma separated.
              This  option can be used more than one time to chain two or more
              video postprocess plugins. You can specify two or  more  plugin,
              which may be separated by a semi-colon ’;’.

              Don’t  enable post plugin(s). This way, you can specify one more
              plugin to use, using the --post command line option,  but  don’t
              enable those effects.

              Don’t display the splash screen.

              Turn on controlling xine over STDIN.

       -T, --tvout<backend>
              Turn on TVout support. <backend> can be: nvtv, ati.

              Display  the  list of available plugins. Optional <type> can be:
              audio_out, video_out, demux, input,  sub,  post,  audio_decoder,

              Enable  bug report mode. It turn verbosity on, gather all output
              messages and write them to a file names BUG-REPORT.TXT. If <mrl>
              is given, xine will play that mrl then quit (like -pq does).

       If  you  don’t  specify  any  MRL,  you’ll  have  to  select  a file by
       drag’n-drop.  Dragging files from the GNOME Midnight  Commander  (gmc),
       Nautilus or Konqueror is known to work.

MRL (media resource locator)

       MRLs  are  similar to URLs in your web browser. They describe the media
       to read from. xine(5) describes them in some detail. xine  extends  the
       syntax as follows:

              This  is the xine-ui specific way to define the subtitle file to
              use. The filename will be extracted by the frontend, that permit
              to change it, save it in a playlist, etc...


       After a delimiting # you can add several stream parameters:

              video will be ignored

              audio will be ignored

       nospu  subpictures will be ignored

       demux:<demux name>
              specify the demux plugin to use

              set audio volume

              set audio dynamic range compression

       <config entry>:<config value>
              assign a new value to any config entry

       change configuration optionon the fly:
              You  can  change  a  configuration  option at anytime, using the
              special cfg:/ mrl style.  The syntax is:
                   cfg:/<config entry> : <config value>
              Unlike stream config option,  you  can  change  anything  before
              playing the stream.


       Many  features  can be controlled by pressing control keys. ‘M-’ is the
       Meta key (‘Alt’ key on PC keyboard), ‘C-’ is the  Control  ‘CTRL’  key,
       other  special  keys  are delimited by ‘<’ and ‘>’ characters, e.g. the
       ‘HOME’ key is displayed as <home>.  The default key bindings are:

              Start playback

              Playback pause toggle

       S      Stop playback

       t      Take a snapshot

       e      Eject the current medium

       <Next> Select and play next MRL in the playlist

              Select and play previous MRL in the playlist

       l      Loop mode toggle

       C-s    Scan playlist to grab stream infos

       C-a    Add a mediamark from current playback

       C-e    Edit selected mediamark

       <Left> Set position to -60 seconds in current stream

              Set position to +60 seconds in current stream

              Set position to -30 seconds in current stream

              Set position to +30 seconds in current stream

              Set position to -15 seconds in current stream

              Set position to +15 seconds in current stream

              Set position to -7 seconds in current stream

              Set position to +7 seconds in current stream

       C-0    Set position to beginning of current stream

       C-1    Set position to 10% of current stream

       C-2    Set position to 20% of current stream

       C-3    Set position to 30% of current stream

       C-4    Set position to 40% of current stream

       C-5    Set position to 50% of current stream

       C-6    Set position to 60% of current stream

       C-7    Set position to 70% of current stream

       C-8    Set position to 80% of current stream

       C-9    Set position to 90% of current stream

       <Up>   Increment playback speed

       <Down> Decrement playback speed

              Reset playback speed

       V      Increment audio volume

       v      Decrement audio volume

       C-V    Increment amplification level

       C-v    Decrement amplification level

       C-A    Reset amplification to default value

       C-m    Audio muting toggle

       <plus> Select next audio channel

              Select previous audio channel

              Select next sub picture (subtitle) channel

              Select previous sub picture (subtitle) channel

       i      Interlaced mode toggle

       a      Cycle aspect ratio values

       <less> Reduce the output window size by factor 1.2

              Enlarge the output window size by factor 1.2

       M-1    Set video output window to 50%

       M-2    Set video output window to 100%

       M-3    Set video output window to 200%

       z      Zoom in

       Z      Zoom out

       C-z    Zoom in horizontally

       C-Z    Zoom out horizontally

       M-z    Zoom in vertically

       M-Z    Zoom out vertically

       C-M-z  Reset zooming

       s      Resize output window to stream size

       f      Fullscreen toggle

       F      Xinerama fullscreen toggle

       b      Video window borders appearance toggle

              Jump to media Menu

       <F1>   Jump to Title Menu

       <F2>   Jump to Root Menu

       <F3>   Jump to Subpicture Menu

       <F4>   Jump to Audio Menu

       <F5>   Jump to Angle Menu

       <F6>   Jump to Part Menu

       <Keypad Up>
              Menu navigate up

       <Keypad Down>
              Menu navigate down

       <Keypad Left>
              Menu navigate left

       <Keypad Right>
              Menu navigate right

       <Keypad Enter>
              Menu select

       <Keypad Next>
              Jump to next chapter

       <Keypad Prior>
              Jump to previous chapter

       <Keypad Home>
              Select next angle

       <Keypad End>
              Select previous angle

       M-h    Visibility toggle of help window

       M-P    Visibility toggle of video post effect window

       C-M-P  Toggle post effect usage

       h      Visibility toggle of output window

       g      Visibility toggle of UI windows

       M-c    Visibility toggle of control window

       M-m    Visibility toggle of mrl browser window

       M-p    Visibility toggle of playlist editor window

       M-s    Visibility toggle of the setup window

       M-e    Visibility toggle of the event sender window

       M-t    Visibility toggle of analog TV window

       M-l    Visibility toggle of log viewer

       M-i    Visibility toggle of stream info window

       C-i    Display stream information using OSD

       M-k    Enter key binding editor

       C-o    Open file selector

       C-S    Select a subtitle file

       C-d    Download a skin from the skin server

       C-t    Display MRL/Ident toggle

              Grab pointer toggle

       0      Enter the number 0

       1      Enter the number 1

       2      Enter the number 2

       3      Enter the number 3

       4      Enter the number 4

       5      Enter the number 5

       6      Enter the number 6

       7      Enter the number 7

       8      Enter the number 8

       9      Enter the number 9

              Add 10 to the next entered number

              Set position in current stream to  numeric  percentage  See  the
              section on "Numeric Input" below.

       M-<Up> Set position forward by numeric argument in current stream

              Set position back by numeric argument in current stream

       m      Change audio video syncing (delay video)

       n      Change audio video syncing (delay audio)

       <Home> Reset audio video syncing offset

       M      Change subtitle syncing (delay video)

       N      Change subtitle syncing (delay subtitles)

       C-M-o  Toggle TV modes (on the DXR3)

       d      Switch Monitor to DPMS standby mode

       C-l    Stop playback after played stream

       q      Quit the program

   Third party plugins
       Following  shortcuts are used by third party plugins, generally for DVD

       <KeyPad Up>
              Up event.

       <KeyPad Down>
              Down event.

       <KeyPad Left>
              Left event.

       <KeyPad Right>
              Right event.

       <KeyPad Prior>
              Prior event.

       <KeyPad Next>
              Next event.

       <KeyPad End>
              Previous angle event.

       <KeyPad Home>
              Next angle event.

       <KeyPad Enter>
              Select event

   Synchronization fine tuning
       Some streams have bad timestamps, so synchronization fails. This can be
       tweaked using these keys:

       n      press if video lags behind audio

       m      press if video runs ahead of audio

       <home> press to reset audio/video offset to 0, so stream timestamps are

   Subtitle synchronization
       You can adjust subtitle synchronization by using these keys:

       M / N

   Numeric Input
       You can specify a numeric argument to be applied to a command typing in
       a  number and then entering a function key. For example entering "99/",
       that is, the number-9 key twice and then the slash key, you should seek
       99% of the current stream.

       The  new  VCD/SVCD  plugin allows some numeric input. Entering a number
       followed by the "Select event" (by default the keypad enter),  one  can
       go  to  a  specific  "Chapter" (track or entry) or selection number. As
       this is a relatively new feature, perhaps over time more  plugins  will
       make use of numeric selection.

       Other  commands  that can be numeric prefaced by a numeric argument are
       next/previous  MRL  (MRL_NEXT,   MRL_PRIOR),   next/previous   subtitle
       (SPU_NEXT, SPU_PRIOR), and next/previous audio channel (AUDIOCHAN_NEXT,
       AUDIOCHAN_PRIOR). With a numeric prefix, it is as  though  one  entered
       that command the number of times.  Here, the argument 0, since it would
       otherwise meaningless, is interpreted here to be 1 instead.

       Admittedly the use of numeric input here is of limited value. Over time
       perhaps  more  useful  commands  like specifying a specific or absolute
       MRL, subtitle or audio channel number will be implemented.


       ~/.xine/config  Main config file

       ~/.xine/keymap  Key bindings for xine-ui

       ~/.xine/passwd  Passwords file xine-ui

       ~/.xine/xinerc  Additional command line arguments
                       Each line specifies an additional command line argument
                       (one argument per line):
                       --geometry 720x576+0+0
                       -s DVD


       xine(5) for details of the MRL syntax

       The   programs   are   documented   fully   on   the  xine  home  page:


       This manual page was written by Siggi Langauf  <>,  for
       the    xine   project.   Lots   of   additions   by   Guenter   Bartsch
       <>,          Daniel          Caujolle-Bert
       <>,  Rocky  Bernstein <>, and
       Philipp Hahn <>.