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#1 2011-03-11 11:21:52

#! CrunchBanger
From: Outside the garden wall
Registered: 2009-08-21
Posts: 212

Full Control of VLC using hotkeys or cli

So I like VLC... alot...

I previously posted on how to control it using multimedia keys here.  This was a little hackish and I knew remote control using a unix socket existed.

So I got around to writing a script that provides access to every command available via the remote control interface and here it is.  The script itself contains instructions on usage.

So now someone can write some conky stuff to provide what's playing, progress etc.. hint hint smile

You need to install netcat-openbsd

apt-get install netcat-openbsd



####### ~/.bin/
# Purpose:      Control vlc using your multimedia keys or cli
# Author:
# Date:         11-03-2011
# Dependancies: netcat-openbsd
# Instructions: 
#   * Place this scipt in your path and make it executable.
#   * Open VLC.
#   * Go to Tools > Preferences and change "Show Settings" to "All".
#   * Drill down to "Interface" > "Main Inteface" and select "Remote
#     control interace".
#   * Drill down from "Main Interface" to RC and select "Fake TTY" and in
#     "UNIX socket command input" type in:  /tmp/vlc.sock
#   * Click Save.
#   * Restart VLC.
#   * Bind a shortcut key in you WM or DE for each command e.g. in
#     Openbox rc.xml's "keyboard" section and example is:
#   ...
#   <keybind key="XF86AudioPlay">
#      <action name="Execute">
#         <execute> pause</execute>
#      </action>
#   </keybind>
#   ...
#   you can of course execute these straight from the cli to test.
#   type " help" for details about the
#   available commands.
#   It is up to your imagination how you bind any other commands that
#   you would like to use.  I imagine some Conky goodness :)


case $1 in

        add)            command="add" ;; 
        enqueue)        command="enqueue" ;; 
        playlist)       command="playlist" ;; 
        search)         command="search" ;; 
        sort)           command="sort" ;; 
        sd)             command="sd" ;; 
        play)           command="play" ;; 
        stop)           command="stop" ;; 
        next)           command="next" ;; 
        prev)           command="prev" ;; 
        goto)           command="goto" ;; 
        repeat)         command="repeat" ;; 
        loop)           command="loop" ;; 
        random)         command="random" ;; 
        clear)          command="clear" ;; 
        status)         command="status" ;; 
        title)          command="title" ;; 
        title_n)        command="title_n" ;; 
        title_p)        command="title_p" ;; 
        chapter)        command="chapter" ;; 
        chapter_n)      command="chapter_n" ;; 
        chapter_p)      command="chapter_p" ;; 
        seek)           command="seek" ;; 
        pause)          command="pause" ;; 
        fastforward)    command="fastforward" ;; 
        rewind)         command="rewind" ;; 
        faster)         command="faster" ;; 
        slower)         command="slower" ;; 
        normal)         command="normal" ;; 
        rate)           command="rate" ;; 
        frame)          command="frame" ;; 
        fullscreen)     command="fullscreen" ;; 
        info)           command="info" ;; 
        stats)          command="stats" ;; 
        get_time)       command="get_time" ;; 
        is_playing)     command="is_playing" ;; 
        get_title)      command="get_title" ;; 
        get_length)     command="get_length" ;; 
        volume)         command="volume" ;; 
        volup)          command="volup" ;; 
        voldown)        command="voldown" ;; 
        adev)           command="adev" ;; 
        achan)          command="achan" ;; 
        atrack)         command="atrack" ;; 
        vtrack)         command="vtrack" ;; 
        vratio)         command="vratio" ;; 
        vcrop)          command="vcrop" ;; 
        vzoom)          command="vzoom" ;; 
        snapshot)       command="snapshot" ;; 
        strack)         command="strack" ;; 
        hotkey)         command="hotkey" ;; 
        menu)           command="menu" ;; 
        set)            command="set" ;; 
        save_env)       command="save_env" ;; 
        alias)          command="alias" ;; 
        description)    command="description" ;; 
        license)        command="license" ;; 
        help)           command="help" ;; 
        longhelp)       command="longhelp" ;; 
        logout)         command="logout" ;; 
        quit)           command="quit" ;; 
        shutdown)       command="shutdown" ;;
        *)              echo "Usage: $0 [command]" ;;


exec echo "${command}" | nc -U ${vlcSocket}

####### END #######

Last edited by jelloir (2011-03-11 11:53:55)


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#2 2012-01-05 00:47:54

New Member
From: Rondonópolis-MT Brasil
Registered: 2010-02-15
Posts: 5

Re: Full Control of VLC using hotkeys or cli

Cool! working here, thanks!

Just a little bug here, take a look on the strange character after music title: … 201221.png

The files are saved on a ntfs partition.

and when i change music, some status msg appears for a moment and then title music again, any clue?

Last edited by soyo (2012-01-05 00:49:09)

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#3 2014-08-12 14:15:25

New Member
From: Germany
Registered: 2014-08-12
Posts: 4

Re: Full Control of VLC using hotkeys or cli

I am new on this board and not sure if it's ok to post in year old threads here. If not I am sorry.
I just tried this and it still works great. I also kinda got around soyos issue, by changing the last line to

text=$(echo "${command}" | nc -U ${vlcSocket})
echo $(echo "${text%?}" | tr '\n' ' ')

It works because I have that strange character after every title and even the time.
The conkyrc for this is

${if_running vlc}
title:        $alignr${texeci 2 vlcnetcat get_title}
time:        $alignr${texeci 1 vlcnetcat get_time} /${texeci 2 vlcnetcat get_length} seconds${endif}


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