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C* Music Player (CMus) is a modular and very configurable ncurses-based audio player.

It has some interesting features such as a configurable colour scheme, mp3 and ogg streaming. It can be controlled with a UNIX socket, filters, album/artists sorting and a vi-like configuration interface.

It also features background playlist loading and a metadata cache make loading files very fast, as well as playqueue, playlist filters and a directory browser. Three playlist views are available: artist/album/track, shuffle list, and sorted list. There are also three play modes: all, artist, album.

 cmus 2.5.0

Free to download



Timo Hirvonen and contributors


System Requirements

mp4v2, faad

Support Sites:
Mailing List (Developers)

Selected Reviews:

Features include:

  • Input Plugins
    • FLAC
    • Ogg/Vorbis
    • MP3 (libmad)
    • Wav
    • AAC (libfaad)
    • MP4 (libfaad + libmp4v2)
    • .mod, .s3m, ... (libmodplug, mikmod)
    • .mpc, mpp, .mp+ (libmpcdec)
    • .wma (ffmpeg)
    • .wv (wavpack)
  • Output Plugins
    • ALSA
    • libao
    • ARTS
    • OSS
    • Sun
    • RoarAudio
    • WaveOut (Windows)
  • Playing
    • Album/artist modes; playing within one album or artist
    • Play queue
    • MP3 and Ogg streaming (Shoutcast/Icecast)
    • Powerful playlist filters
    • Resume support
  • Live filtering
  • Interface
    • Easy to use directory browser
    • Customizable colors
    • Dynamic keybindings
      You can bind a key to any command, :seek +1m for example
    • Vi / less style search mode
    • Vi style command mode with tab completion
  • Misc
    • Mutt-like short filters
    • Can run external commands for the currently selected files (tag-editor for example)
    • UTF-8 support
    • Can be controlled via UNIX socket using cmus-remote command
    • HTTP proxy support for streams

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