Ncmpc

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ncmpc is a terminal Music Player Daemon client made using ncurses. It allows you to browse your music collection and manage a playlist from the comfort of your favorite terminal emulator.

Features and usability

Ncmpc.jpg

ncmpc running in Cool-Retro-Term

There's not much to say about ncmpc beyond that it's probably the best choice if you really want to control Music Player Daemon from a terminal. You will probably find it very hard to use if you are used to or prefer graphical programs over terminal programs. It's probably fine if you like these kinds of programs.

ncmpc is highly configurable[1]

You can control most of MPD's functionality using keybindings. You can configure your own or use the defaults. There are a lot of keys you can use in ncmpc.

Ncmpc-keybindings.jpg

Notes

  1. See the ncmpc manual page for details

Links

The ncmpc homepage is at https://www.musicpd.org/clients/ncmpc/

Alternatives

Stand-alone music players:

Program rating framework database oriented
Audacious Yeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpg GTK no
Elisa Hyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpg Qt/KDE yes
Exaile Kim.Se-jeong.confused.jpgKim.Se-jeong.confused.jpg GTK yes
GNOME Music User-trash-full.png GTK/GNOME yes
Strawberry Hyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpg Qt yes

discontinued / abandoned / bankrupt & finished: Clementine | Amarok

Music Player Daemon clients:
mpd is a database-oriented music player daemon which can be controlled by numerous front-end programs.

Program rating framework type
Cantata Yeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpg Qt X11
GMPC Hyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpg GTK X11
mpc User-trash-full.png Command-line terminal
ncmpc Hyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpg ncurses terminal
xfmpc Kim.Se-jeong.confused.jpgKim.Se-jeong.confused.jpg GTK/Xfce X11

discontinued / abandoned / bankrupt & finished: Sonata | KMP | Glurp


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