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       pulse-cli-syntax - PulseAudio Command Line Interface Syntax






       PulseAudio  provides  a  simple  command  line language used by configuration scripts, the
       pacmd interactive shell, and the modules  module-cli  and  module-cli-protocol-{unix,tcp}.
       Empty lines and lines beginning with a hashmark (#) are silently ignored. Several commands
       are supported.

       Note that any boolean arguments can be given positively as '1', 't', 'y', 'true', 'yes' or
       'on'.  Likewise,  negative  values  can be given as '0', 'f', 'n', 'false', 'no' or 'off'.
       Case is ignored.


       help   Show a quick help on the commands available.


              Show all currently loaded modules with their arguments.

              Show all currently registered cards

       list-sinks or list-sources
              Show all currently registered sinks (resp. sources).

              Show all currently active clients.

       list-sink-inputs or list-source-outputs
              Show all currently active inputs to sinks a.k.a. playback streams (resp. outputs of
              sources a.k.a. recording streams).

       stat   Show some simple statistics about the allocated memory blocks and the space used by

       info or ls or list
              A combination of all status  commands  described  above  (all  three  commands  are


       load-module name [arguments...]
              Load  a module specified by its name and arguments. For most modules it is OK to be
              loaded more than once.

       unload-module index|name
              Unload a module, specified either by its index in the module list or its name.

       describe-module name
              Give information about a module specified by its name.


       set-sink-volume|set-source-volume index|name volume
              Set the volume of the specified sink (resp.  source).  You  may  specify  the  sink
              (resp.  source)  either  by  its  index in the sink/source list or by its name. The
              volume should be an integer value greater or equal than  0  (muted).  Volume  65536
              (0x10000)  is  'normal'  volume  a.k.a.  100%. Values greater than this amplify the
              audio signal (with clipping).

       set-sink-mute|set-source-mute index|name boolean
              Mute or unmute the specified sink (resp. source). You may specify the  sink  (resp.
              source)  either by its index or by its name. The mute value is either 0 (not muted)
              or 1 (muted).

       set-sink-input-volume|set-source-output-volume index volume
              Set the volume of a sink input (resp. source output) specified by  its  index.  The
              same volume rules apply as with set-sink-volume.

       set-sink-input-mute|set-source-output-mute index boolean
              Mute  or unmute a sink input (resp. source output) specified by its index. The same
              mute rules apply as with set-sink-mute.


       set-default-sink|set-default-source index|name
              Make a sink (resp. source) the default. You may specify the sink (resp. source)  by
              its index in the sink (resp. source) list or by its name.

              Note  that  defaults  may  be  overridden  by various policy modules or by specific
              stream configurations.

       set-card-profile index|name profile-name
              Change the profile of a card.

       set-sink-port|set-source-port index|name port-name
              Change the profile of a sink (resp. source).

       set-port-latency-offset card-index|card-name port-name offset
              Change the latency offset of a port belonging to the specified card

       suspend-sink|suspend-source index|name boolean
              Suspend (i.e. disconnect from the underlying hardware) a sink (resp. source).

       suspend boolean
              Suspend all sinks and sources.


       move-sink-input|move-source-output index sink-index|sink-name
              Move sink input (resp. source output) to another sink (resp. source).


       update-sink-proplist|update-source-proplist index|name properties
              Update the properties of a sink (resp. source) specified  by  name  or  index.  The
              property is specified as e.g. device.description="My Preferred Name"

       update-sink-input-proplist|update-source-output-proplist index properties
              Update the properties of a sink input (resp. source output) specified by index. The
              properties are specified as above.


              Lists the contents of the sample cache.

       play-sample name sink-index|sink-name
              Play a sample cache entry to a sink.

       remove-sample name
              Remove an entry from the sample cache.

       load-sample name filename
              Load an audio file to the sample cache.

       load-sample-lazy name filename
              Create a new entry in the sample cache, but don't load the sample immediately.  The
              sample  is loaded only when it is first used. After a certain idle time it is freed

       load-sample-dir-lazy path
              Load all entries in the specified directory into the sample cache as lazy  entries.
              A  shell  globbing  expression  (e.g.  *.wav)  may  be  appended to the path of the
              directory to add.


       kill-client index
              Remove a client forcibly from the server. There is no protection against the client
              reconnecting immediately.

       kill-sink-input|kill-source-output index
              Remove  a  sink input (resp. source output) forcibly from the server. This will not
              remove the owning client or any other streams opened by the same  client  from  the


       set-log-level numeric-level
              Change the log level.

       set-log-meta boolean
              Show source code location in log messages.

       set-log-target target
              Change the log target (null, auto, syslog, stderr, file:PATH).

       set-log-time boolean
              Show timestamps in log messages.

       set-log-backtrace num-frames
              Show backtrace in log messages.


       play-file filename sink-index|sink-name
              Play an audio file to a sink.

       dump   Dump the daemon's current configuration in CLI commands.

              Debug: Shows the current state of all volumes.

       shared Debug: Show shared properties.

       exit   Terminate  the  daemon.  If  you want to terminate a CLI connection ("log out") you
              might want to use ctrl+d


       In addition to the commands described above there are a few meta directives  supported  by
       the command line interpreter.

       .include filename|folder
              Executes  the  commands  from  the specified script file or in all of the *.pa file
              within the folder.

       .fail and .nofail
              Enable (resp. disable) that following failing commands will cancel the execution of
              the  current  script  file.  This is a ignored when used on the interactive command


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SEE ALSO, pacmd(1), pulseaudio(1)