Here’s a quick guide on how to play music in the terminal with MPlayer.
Something like this should work on Debian-based GNU/Linux distros:
$ sudo apt update $ sudo apt install mplayer
I’m not sure how to install it on other operating systems (brew on Mac?), but the website has a downloads page.
cd into the
~/Music directory (or wherever you keep your music) and type something like:
$ mplayer some_directory/*
or the partial name of an artist with wildcards, like this for Soft Machine:
$ mplayer *Soft*
A playlist is just a text file with a list of music files to play. List your media files in a
.txt file and then run it like this:
$ mplayer -playlist some_playlist.txt
← and → move back and forward in a track.
< and > go to the previous and next tracks.
For more documentation, type this:
$ man mplayer
Other Terminal-Based Media Players
There are some other command line players with more features, but I’ve settled on mplayer at the moment, because it’s simple.