I recently switched back to VLC from MPD/MPC because VLC seems to play more formats and is easier to use/set-up. However I did want to keep my global keybindings, considering I couldn’t find an option in VLC to enable them and knowing that it has a D-Bus interface I decided to figure out how it works.
After some research I found out that VLC adheres to the “Media Player Remote Interfacing Specification” (or MPRIS for short) for its D-BUS commands, which can be found here. To use it you can use the command line utility to send D-Bus messages
dbus-send for example:
dbus-send --print-reply --session --dest=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.vlc /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.Stop
method return sender=:1.50 -> dest=:1.143 reply_serial=2
And stops the audio output.
The spec lists all the available commands however as I’ll only be using the
org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.* commands I made a simple wrapper script:
#!/bin/sh # Simple proxy script to interface with VLC over DBUS # Available commands can be found at http://specifications.freedesktop.org/mpris-spec/latest/Player_Node.html dbus-send --print-reply --session --dest=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.vlc /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.$1
Now I can simply call
vlc-proxy <command> to control VLC.
- Media Player Remote Interfacing Specification (http://specifications.freedesktop.org/mpris-spec/latest/index.html)