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xmms is a free, GUI based mp3 player that includes the following features:

  • can seek in files
  • shuffle and repeat play
  • fast jump in playlist
  • inclusion of playlist editor, spectrum analyzer and oscilloscope
  • a one line mode
  • timer elapsed/timer remaining
  • streaming/Shoutcast (1.0 or 1.1)/Icecast support
  • Gnome/Afterstep/WindowMaker dock app
  • GTK Interface for requesters (with theme support)
  • scroll wheel support
  • save to wav option
  • can save http streams to the hard drive

Currently XMMS plays MPEG layer 1/2/3, Ogg Vorbis, WAVx, all formats supported by libmikmod, and CD audio. XMMS has a plugin system for Input/Output/Effects etc, and through plugins it can play more sound formats such as AAC, AHX, Future Composer, SID etc.


User manual available in HTML from; User tutorial available in HTML format from


Download version 1.2.10 (stable)
released on 24 February 2004

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey8 January 2002

Leaders and contributors

Logan Hanks Contributor
Zinx Verituse Contributor
Thomas Nilsson Maintainer
Christopher Wilson Contributor
Derrik Pates Contributor
Havard Kvalen Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Bug Tracking,Developer,Support E-mail

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite glide
Weak prerequisite Thread Aware Xlibs
Weak prerequisite gnu gettext 0.10
Required to build gtk/glib 1.2.2 or later
Weak prerequisite linuxthreads 0.71
Weak prerequisite libmikmod
Weak prerequisite Mesa 3.0 or later

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 27 July 2005.


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