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GNU xhippo
GNU xhippo is a simple GTK-based playlist manager, designed to play music using mpg123, xmp, or most other commandline-based players while providing a friendly, clean X interface. It is localised in both English and German. Its interface is based upon the Amiga program HippoPlayer. It supports drag-and-drop, has optional GNOME support, and has a simple text-based playlist format compatible with many other players.


User guide included.

Xhippo works with mpg123, madplay, bplay, timidity, tracker, xmp, s3mod and almost any other command-line player. It automatically decides which player to use depending on a file's extension; the defaults are set in a config file. It uses textual playlist files, which are compatible with XMMS and other audio players, and can be easily generated with standard command-line tools. It also supports GTK drag-and-drop; you can drop files or directories into xhippo from any file manager supporting the standard protocol (gmc, Konqueror and ROX-Filer all work). Xhippo can optionally read ID3 tags in MP3 files using id3lib, and has a variety of playlist randomisation and sorting features. It supports GNU gettext localisation and comes with English and German translations.

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Download version 3.5 (stable)
released on 27 August 2007


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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv3orlaterJanet Casey1 February 2001

Leaders and contributors

Volker Assmann Contributor
Eric W. Brown Contributor
Martin Ward Contributor
Joseph Turian Contributor
Giles Radford Contributor
Matthew Slowe Contributor
Adam Sampson Maintainer
Ken Arromdee Contributor
Hubert Feyrer Contributor
Michael Ritzert Contributor
Ben Charlton Contributor
Kevin Everets Contributor
Jason Buberel Contributor
Pierre Ganty Contributor
Craig Knudsen Contributor
Kevin Lo Contributor
Jeff Covey Contributor
Rod Taylor Contributor
David Dorward Contributor
Markus Kohls Contributor
Jeff Weisberg Contributor

Resources and communication

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

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite autoconf
Weak prerequisite id3lib
Required to use gtk
Weak prerequisite Texinfo
Weak prerequisite automake

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 28 August 2007.


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