Control interface to generic frontends The generic remote interface allows frontends to easily control mpg123 by commands through stdin/stdout. To start the generic remote interface, start mpg123 with parameter -R. In case of a frontend that starts mpg123 with the -s option to read the audio from stdout, the --remote-err option is automatically activated to send responses to stderr so that stdout stays clean for audio. (Still the case?) As an example it's used by IRMP3, a tool that allows you to control mpg123 with a standard infrared remote control. See for more information. You can also specify --fifo <path> to create a named pipe at <path> and listen on that for commands instead stdin. That way, you can deliberately control mpg123 by echoing into the named pipe from any terminal / program. The command respones are still sent to standard out or standard error (depending on -s or --remote-err switches). COMMAND CODES ------------- You can get this info via the control command "help". HELP/H: command listing (LONG/SHORT forms), command case insensitve LOAD/L <trackname>: load and start playing resource <trackname> LOADPAUSED/LP <trackname>: load but do not start playing resource <trackname> LOADLIST/LL <entry> <url>: load a playlist from given <url>, and display its entries, optionally load and play one of these specificed by the integer <entry> (<0: just list, 0: play last track, >0:play track with that position in list) PAUSE/P: pause playback STOP/S: stop playback (closes file) JUMP/J <frame>|<+offset>|<-offset>|<[+|-]seconds>s: jump to mpeg frame <frame> or change position by offset, same in seconds if number followed by "s" VOLUME/V <percent>: set volume in % (0..100...); float value RVA off|(mix|radio)|(album|audiophile): set rva mode EQ/E <channel> <band> <value>: set equalizer value for frequency band 0 to 31 on channel 1 (left) or 2 (right) or 3 (both) EQFILE <filename>: load EQ settings from a file SHOWEQ: show all equalizer settings (as <channel> <band> <value> lines in a SHOWEQ block (like TAG)) SEEK/K <sample>|<+offset>|<-offset>: jump to output sample position <samples> or change position by offset SCAN: scan through the file, building seek index SAMPLE: print out the sample position and total number of samples SEQ <bass> <mid> <treble>: simple eq setting... PITCH <[+|-]value>: adjust playback speed (+0.01 is 1 % faster) SILENCE: be silent during playback (meaning silence in text form) STATE: Print auxilliary state info in several lines (just try it to see what info is there). TAG/T: Print all available (ID3) tag info, for ID3v2 that gives output of all collected text fields, using the ID3v2.3/4 4-character names. The output is multiple lines, begin marked by "@T {", end by "@T }". ID3v1 data is like in the @I info lines (see below), just with "@T" in front. An ID3v2 data field is introduced via ([ ... ] means optional): @T ID3v2.<NAME>[ [lang(<LANG>)] desc(<description>)]: The lines of data follow with "=" prefixed: @T =<one line of content in UTF-8 encoding> meaning of the @S stream info: S <mpeg-version> <layer> <sampling freq> <mode(stereo/mono/...)> <mode_ext> <framesize> <stereo> <copyright> <error_protected> <emphasis> <bitrate> <extension> <vbr(0/1=yes/no)> The @I lines after loading a track give some ID3 info, the format: @I ID3:artist album year comment genretext where artist,album and comment are exactly 30 characters each, year is 4 characters, genre text unspecified. You will encounter "@I ID3.genre:<number>" and "@I ID3.track:<number>". Then, there is an excerpt of ID3v2 info in the structure @I ID3v2.title:Blabla bla Bla for every line of the "title" data field. Likewise for other fields (author, album, etc). RESPONSE CODES -------------- Note: mpg123 returns errors on stderr, so your frontend should look not only at stdout but also at stderr for responses. It is a good idea to use --remote-err and just look at stderr. @R MPG123 (ThOr) v7 Startup version message. Everything after MPG123 is auxilliary information about behaviour and command support, ID3v2 tag support is new in v3. @I ID3:<c> Status message after loading a song (ID3 song info) a = title (exactly 30 chars) b = artist (exactly 30 chars) c = album (exactly 30 chars) d = year (exactly 4 chars) e = comment (exactly 30 chars) f = genre (string) @I ID3.genre:<number> @I ID3.track:<number> Optional lines with additional ID3v1 info (if present): Genre ID and track number in set. @I ID3v2.title:<text> After loading a track with ID3v2 info, such lines occur for every line of the "title" data field and likewise for other fields (author, album, etc). @I Status message after loading a song (no ID3 song info) a = filename without path and extension @I LISTENTRY <n>: <url> printout of playlists loaded with LOADLIST @S ... Stream info at beginning of playback, meaning S <mpeg-version> <layer> <sampling freq> <mode(stereo/mono/...)> <mode_ext> <framesize> <stereo> <copyright> <error_protected> <emphasis> <bitrate> <extension> <vbr(0/1=yes/no)> @S <c> <d> <e> <f> <g> <h> <j> <k> <l> Status message after loading a song (stream info) a = mpeg type (string) b = layer (int) c = sampling frequency (int) d = mode (string) e = mode extension (int) f = framesize (int) g = stereo (int) h = copyright (int) i = error protection (int) j = emphasis (int) k = bitrate (int) l = extension (int) @F <c> <d> Status message during playing (frame info) a = framecount (int) b = frames left this song (int) c = seconds (float) d = seconds left (float) @P Playing status a = 0: playing stopped a = 1: playing paused a = 2: playing unpaused @E An error occured Errors may be also reported by mpg123 through stderr (without @E) a = error message (string) @J <n> Jumped to frame n. @RVA <mode> Switched to specified RVA mode. @V <volume>% Set volume to specified value (float, percent). @<x> : <y> : <z> Set equalizer value z for band y of channel x. @bass: mid: <m> treble: <t> Set simple equalizer control for bass, mid, treble. @T <response from TAG command> The output is multiple lines, begin marked by "@T {", end by "@T }". ID3v1 data is like in the @I info lines, just with "@T" in front. An ID3v2 data field is introduced via ([ ... ] means optional): @T ID3v2.<NAME>[ [lang(<LANG>)] desc(<description>)]: The lines of data follow with "=" prefixed: @T =<one line of content in UTF-8 encoding> EQUALIZER CONTROL (History) --------------------------- WARNING: The interpretation of the command arguments changed. The channel is either 1 or 2 or 3 (left, right, both). It used to be 0 or 1 for left or right but the change slipped through during libmpg123 work and now it is a fact. Sorry. Cold Feet Audio Patch for MPG123 10.07.2002 This is a dirty little hack to enable the equalizer in mpg123's generic_control interface. It works like this, there are two different channels on the equalizer and 32 frequencys. The hack just enables mpg123's built in equalizer to run real-time. We haven't built in any capability to save the eq, you're frontend will have to handle that part, and init the eq on the startup of mpg123. K, it works like this: #./mpg123 -R - <---- This command will start mpg123 in 'frontend' mode. If you want to send it some eq values you'd send it: eq X Y V[ENTER] X = The channel. It can be either 0 or 1. I haven't put any error checking in, so it probably wouldn't be a good idea to go out of bounds. (integer) Y = This is the frequency, it can be 0 to 31. 0 being closer to treble and 31 being closer to bass. (integer) V = The raw value of your equalizer setting. I've found that the values work best between 0.00 and 3.00. When mpg123 starts up, all of them are set to 1.00. OK, have fun! If you have any questions or found some bugs, please contact Thanks, nut Note by Thomas Orgis: The contact appears to be dead.