pavucontrol VS ncmpcpp

Compare pavucontrol vs ncmpcpp and see what are their differences.


Mirror of the PulseAudio Volume Control application (for bug reports and pull requests go to the website!) (by pulseaudio)


Featureful ncurses based MPD client inspired by ncmpc (by ncmpcpp)
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pavucontrol ncmpcpp
1 14
79 1,893
- 1.4%
0.0 0.0
2 months ago 23 days ago
C++ C++
GNU General Public License v3.0 only GNU General Public License v3.0 only
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Posts with mentions or reviews of pavucontrol. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-07-10.
  • Perks of having a LinuxAudio setup!
    14 projects | /r/linuxaudio | 10 Jul 2021
    PulseAudio: PulseAudio-ALSA-JACK Bridge (Comes out of the box with Cadence!) pavucontrol The rest of PulseAudio magic is done by playing with your files ;)


Posts with mentions or reviews of ncmpcpp. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-05-11.
  • Cozytile - A Cozy Qtile Rice
    9 projects | /r/qtile | 11 May 2023
    OS: Arch Linux WM: Qtile Panel: Qtile bar Launcher: Rofi Notification Daemon: Dunst Terminal: Alacritty Shell: Zsh Compositor: Picom File Manager: Nemo Music Player: Spotify & ncmpcpp
  • my first rice! :)
    12 projects | /r/bspwm | 23 Feb 2023
  • Control MPD with Emacs
    2 projects | /r/emacs | 5 Nov 2021
    An alternative Emacs client for MPD is Mingus (although i myself use the standalone ncurses client ncmpcpp).
  • Was told y'all might like my new laptop setup
    5 projects | /r/outrun | 1 Sep 2021
    The little one at the bottom right is mako, the music player is ncmpcpp and the music visualiser is cava
  • Cli music streaming
    13 projects | /r/commandline | 27 Aug 2021
    If you want to stream audio from a service like Spotify or SoundCloud, I can recommend Mopidy as a backend with a commandline frontend like ncmpcpp.
  • Perks of having a LinuxAudio setup!
    14 projects | /r/linuxaudio | 10 Jul 2021
    Music: Music Player Daemon (The ALSA of music players!) MOC (Terminal frontend for MPD) ncmpcpp (Anyone who tells you there's a better music player for Linux than this, is a scammer!) kunst (Even blind people need Album Art to listen music ;) Spicetify (Spicey Spotify with pywal!)
  • [dwm] Lakeside
    3 projects | /r/unixporn | 28 Jan 2021
  • [xmonad] singularity
    7 projects | /r/unixporn | 27 Jan 2021
    Music player: mpd + ncmpcpp
  • Music Hoarders that moved from Windows to Linux, how was the transition like?
    4 projects | /r/musichoarder | 20 Jan 2021
    I did that particular transition myself not that long ago. I used MusicBee and never thought I could replace it, but I did. For library management I use beets and for playing music I use mpd. The front-end I use for mpd is ncmpcpp which is a terminal player. There are several other front ends available. I also use Puddletag to check the tags before importing into beets. If I just want to listen to some files without importing into my library, I use Deadbeef.
  • [BSPWM] Just Messing Around
    4 projects | /r/unixporn | 1 Jan 2021
    Bottom Left: ncmpcpp playing a playlist from Tidal using Mopidy

What are some alternatives?

When comparing pavucontrol and ncmpcpp you can also consider the following projects:

mocp - Music On Console Player

pulsemixer - CLI and curses mixer for PulseAudio

cava - Cross-platform Audio Visualizer


spotify-tui - Spotify for the terminal written in Rust 🚀

pajackconnect - Make JACK Work With PulseAudio

kunst - Download and display album art or display embedded album art

awesome-ricing - A curated list of awesome tools and technology to help you out with ricing on linux

mpd - Music Player Daemon

noise-repellent - Lv2 suite of plugins for broadband noise reduction

mako - A lightweight Wayland notification daemon