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pulseaudio - A featureful, general-purpose sound server

PulseAudio, previously known as Polypaudio, is a sound server for POSIX and WIN32 systems. It is a drop in replacement for the ESD sound server with much better latency, mixing/re-sampling quality and overall architecture.
These are some of PulseAudio's features:
  • High quality software mixing of multiple audio streams with support for more than one sink/source. May be used to combine multiple sound cards into one (with sample rate adjustment).
  • Wide range of supported client libraries. ESD, ALSA, oss, libao and GStreamer client applications are supported as-is. Native PulseAudio plug-ins are also available for xmms and mplayer.
  • Good low latency behaviour and very accurate latency measurement for playback and recording. Ability to fully synchronize multiple playback streams.
  • Network transparency, allowing an application to play back or record audio on a different machine than the one it is running on.
  • Extensible plug-in architecture with plug-ins for jackd, multicast-rtp lirc and avahi, just to name a few.
This package contains the daemon and basic module set.
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Applications

PulseAudio Sound System

Start the PulseAudio Sound System

Manual pages

esdcompat(1)

esdcompat - PulseAudio ESD wrapper script

pacmd(1)

pacmd - Reconfigure a PulseAudio sound server during runtime

pasuspender(1)

pasuspender - Temporarily suspend PulseAudio

pax11publish(1)

pax11publish - PulseAudio X11 Credential Utility

pulseaudio(1)

pulseaudio - The PulseAudio Sound System

start-pulseaudio-x11(1)

start-pulseaudio-x11 - PulseAudio Sound Server X11 Startup Script

default.pa(5)

default.pa - PulseAudio Sound Server Startup Script

pulse-cli-syntax(5)

pulse-cli-syntax - PulseAudio Command Line Interface Syntax

pulse-client.conf(5)

pulse-client.conf - PulseAudio client configuration file

pulse-daemon.conf(5)

pulse-daemon.conf - PulseAudio daemon configuration file

Latest updates

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Fedora rawhide development/Everything-os: Updated from 13.99.1-1.fc33 to 13.99.1-2.fc33

Mar 24
  • Add some more UCM patches
  • Fix missing UCM mixers crash (#1815437)
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Ubuntu 20.04 focal-proposed/main: Version 1:13.99.1-1ubuntu1 removed

Feb 28
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Ubuntu 20.04 focal/main: Updated from 1:13.0-3ubuntu2 to 1:13.99.1-1ubuntu1

Feb 28
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Ubuntu 20.04 focal-proposed/main: Version 1:13.99.1-1ubuntu1 introduced

Feb 26
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OpenSUSE Tumbleweed oss: Updated from 13.0-4.1 to 13.0-5.1

Feb 25
  • Backport upstream fixes / enhancements about alsa modules: mainly for UCM support (boo#1160914): 0001-alsa-mixer-path-test-Hide-unused-functions-when-buil.patch 0002-alsa-mixer-recognize-the-Speaker-Jack-control.patch 0003-alsa-mixer-add-support-for-SteelSeries-Arctis-Pro-20.patch 0004-alsa-mixer-Add-support-for-SteelSeries-Arctis-5-2019.patch 0005-alsa-mixer-add-support-for-LucidSound-LS31-and-creat.patch 0006-alsa-ucm-use-ucm2-name-for-the-direct-card-index-ope.patch 0007-alsa-ucm-add-mixer-IDs-to-ucm_items.patch 0008-alsa-mixer-handle-the-index-for-ALSA-mixer-element-i.patch 0009-alsa-mixer-improve-alsa_id_decode-function.patch 0010-alsa-ucm-Support-Playback-CaptureVolume.patch 0011-alsa-ucm-Fix-volume-control-based-on-review.patch 0012-alsa-ucm-use-the-correct-mixer-identifiers-as-first.patch 0013-alsa-ucm-add-support-for-master-volume.patch 0014-alsa-ucm-split-correctly-JackHWMute-device-names.patch 0015-alsa-ucm-fix-parsing-for-JackControl.patch 0016-alsa-ucm-add-comments-to-ucm_get_mixer_id.patch 0017-alsa-ucm-validate-access-to-PA_DEVICE_PORT_DATA.patch 0018-alsa-Skip-resume-PCM-if-hardware-doesn-t-support-it.patch 0019-alsa-ucm-parse-correctly-the-device-values.patch 0020-alsa-ucm-do-not-try-to-use-UCM-device-name-as-jack-n.patch 0021-alsa-util-do-not-try-to-guess-the-mixer-name-from-th.patch 0022-alsa-ucm-add-control-and-mixer-device-items.patch 0023-alsa-ucm-get-the-mixer-names-from-ucm-don-t-guess.patch 0024-alsa-ucm-use-the-proper-mixer-name-for-ucm-pcm-sink-.patch 0025-alsa-mixer-handle-interface-type-CARD-PCM-for-mixer-.patch 0026-alsa-mixer-Add-the-ability-to-pass-the-intended-role.patch 0027-alsa-mixer-Set-the-intended-role-of-Steelseries-Arct.patch 0028-alsa-rewrite-mixer-open-close-cache-mixer-accesses-i.patch 0029-alsa-ucm-add-support-for-HDMI-ELD.patch 0030-alsa-mixer-do-the-quick-card-number-lookup-to-save-m.patch 0031-alsa-mixer-improve-check-for-the-empty-path-set-for-.patch 0032-alsa-ucm-allow-to-set-profile-priority-from-UCM-valu.patch
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Debian experimental experimental/main: Version 13.99.1-1 introduced

Feb 20
  • New upstream rc version, including those changes:
    • default sink selection for a better user experience, ALSA UCM support, disabling flat volumes by default, stream rescue moving to core, GStreamer-based RTP support, and qpaeq moving to Python 3.
  • debian/control:
    • B-D on libgstreamer1.0-dev and libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-dev, needed to enable the gstreamer based RTP support
  • debian/patches/qpaeq-Drop-unused-imports.patch,
    debian/patches/qpaeq-use-python3-instead-of-python-2.patch, debian/patches/daemon-conf-disable-flat-volumes-by-default.patch:
    • dropped the changes included in the new version
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Fedora rawhide development/Everything-os: Updated from 13.0-3.20200105gitf5d36.fc32 to 13.99.1-1.fc33

Feb 19
  • 13.99.1
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OpenSUSE Tumbleweed oss: Updated from 13.0-3.3 to 13.0-4.1

Feb 11
  • No longer recommend -lang: supplements are in use.
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OpenSUSE Tumbleweed oss: Updated from 13.0-3.2 to 13.0-3.3

Feb 09
  • BuildRequire pkgconfig(libudev) instead of libudev-devel: allow OBS to work with the -mini flavors. There is no need to be scheduled behind the full systemd.
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Ubuntu 20.04 focal-proposed/main: Version 1:13.0-3ubuntu2 removed

Feb 09
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Ubuntu 20.04 focal/main: Updated from 1:13.0-3ubuntu1 to 1:13.0-3ubuntu2

Feb 09
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Fedora rawhide development/Everything-os: Updated from 13.0-2.20200105gitf5d36.fc32 to 13.0-3.20200105gitf5d36.fc32

Feb 08
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Ubuntu 20.04 focal-proposed/main: Version 1:13.0-3ubuntu2 reintroduced

Feb 08
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Ubuntu 20.04 focal-proposed/main: Version 1:13.0-3ubuntu2 removed

Feb 08
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Ubuntu 20.04 focal-proposed/main: Version 1:13.0-3ubuntu2 introduced

Feb 08
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OpenSUSE Leap 15.2 oss: Updated from 11.1-lp152.6.5 to 13.0-lp152.1.2

Feb 04
  • Update pulseaudio-gdm-hooks.tmpfiles to use the same ownership and permissions as in specfile for pulseaudio files.
  • Update default.pa-for-gdm to not load bluetooth support in pulseaudio gdm instance. This ensure headset are not stolen by gdm instance instead of user instance. Idea from ArchLinux.
  • Update pulseaudio-old-systemd-workaround.patch to disable LockPersonality also on Leap 15.x.
Fedora icon

Fedora rawhide development/Everything-os: Updated from 13.0-1.fc32 to 13.0-2.20200105gitf5d36.fc32

Jan 16
  • Update to upstream gitsnapshot
  • ALSA UCM fixes
  • active_port sink selection fixes
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Ubuntu 19.10 eoan-proposed/main: Version 1:13.0-1ubuntu1.1 removed

Jan 16
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Ubuntu 19.10 eoan-updates/main: Version 1:13.0-1ubuntu1.1 introduced

Jan 16
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OpenSUSE Tumbleweed oss: Updated from 13.0-3.1 to 13.0-3.2

Jan 12
  • BuildRequire pkgconfig(libudev) instead of libudev-devel: allow OBS to work with the -mini flavors. There is no need to be scheduled behind the full systemd.

Related packages

pulseaudio-alsa - ALSA Configuration for PulseAudio
pulseaudio-bash-completion - PulseAudio Bash completion
pulseaudio-bluetooth - Bluetooth support for PulseAudio
pulseaudio-bluetooth-a2dp-gdm-fix - Unload bluetooth modules from gdm instance of pulseaudio. Fixes availability a2dp profile of bluetooth headset
pulseaudio-ctl - Control pulseaudio volume from the shell or mapped to keyboard shortcuts.
pulseaudio-dbg - PulseAudio sound server (debugging symbols)
pulseaudio-debuginfo - Debug information for package pulseaudio
pulseaudio-debugsource - Debug sources for package pulseaudio
pulseaudio-dlna - Stream audio to DLNA devices and Chromecasts
pulseaudio-equalizer - Equalizer sink module for PulseAudio sound server
pulseaudio-equalizer-ladspa - A 15-band equalizer for PulseAudio
pulseaudio-esound-compat - PulseAudio EsounD daemon compatibility script
pulseaudio-esound-compat-dbg - PulseAudio ESD compatibility layer (debugging symbols)
pulseaudio-gdm-hooks - PulseAudio GDM integration
pulseaudio-jack - Jack support for PulseAudio
pulseaudio-lang - Translations for package pulseaudio
pulseaudio-libs - Libraries for PulseAudio clients
pulseaudio-libs-debuginfo - Debug information for package pulseaudio-libs
pulseaudio-libs-devel - Headers and libraries for PulseAudio client development
pulseaudio-libs-glib2 - GLIB 2.x bindings for PulseAudio clients
pulseaudio-libs-glib2-debuginfo - Debug information for package pulseaudio-libs-glib2
pulseaudio-lirc - IR (lirc) support for PulseAudio
pulseaudio-module-bluetooth - Bluetooth support for the PulseAudio sound server
pulseaudio-module-bluetooth-dbg - Bluetooth module for PulseAudio sound server (debugging symbols)
pulseaudio-module-bluetooth-debuginfo - Debug information for package pulseaudio-module-bluetooth
pulseaudio-module-droid - Android Audio HAL module for PulseAudio sound server
pulseaudio-module-gconf - GConf support for the PulseAudio sound server
pulseaudio-module-gconf-dbg - GConf module for PulseAudio sound server (debugging symbols)
pulseaudio-module-gconf-debuginfo - Debug information for package pulseaudio-module-gconf
pulseaudio-module-gsettings - Gsettings support for the PulseAudio sound server
pulseaudio-module-gsettings-debuginfo - Debug information for package pulseaudio-module-gsettings
pulseaudio-module-jack - JACK support for the PulseAudio sound server
pulseaudio-module-jack-dbg - jackd modules for PulseAudio sound server (debugging symbols)
pulseaudio-module-jack-debuginfo - Debug information for package pulseaudio-module-jack
pulseaudio-module-lirc - LIRC support for the PulseAudio sound server
pulseaudio-module-lirc-dbg - lirc module for PulseAudio sound server (debugging symbols)
pulseaudio-module-lirc-debuginfo - Debug information for package pulseaudio-module-lirc
pulseaudio-module-raop - RAOP module for PulseAudio sound server
pulseaudio-module-raop-dbg - RAOP module for PulseAudio sound server (debugging symbols)
pulseaudio-module-trust-store - trust-store module for PulseAudio sound server
pulseaudio-module-x11 - X11 support for the PulseAudio sound server
pulseaudio-module-x11-dbg - X11 module for PulseAudio sound server (debugging symbols)
pulseaudio-module-x11-debuginfo - Debug information for package pulseaudio-module-x11
pulseaudio-module-zeroconf - Zeroconf support for the PulseAudio sound server
pulseaudio-module-zeroconf-dbg - Zeroconf module for PulseAudio sound server (debugging symbols)
pulseaudio-module-zeroconf-debuginfo - Debug information for package pulseaudio-module-zeroconf
pulseaudio-qpaeq - Pulseaudio equalizer interface
pulseaudio-qpaeq-debuginfo - Debug information for package pulseaudio-qpaeq
pulseaudio-qt - Qt bindings for libpulse
pulseaudio-qt-debugsource - Debug sources for package pulseaudio-qt
pulseaudio-qt-devel - Development files for pulseaudio-qt, Qt bindings for PulseAudio
pulseaudio-system-wide - Support for running PulseAudio daemon system wide
pulseaudio-utils - Command line tools for the PulseAudio sound server
pulseaudio-utils-32bit - PulseAudio utilities
pulseaudio-utils-32bit-debuginfo - Debug information for package pulseaudio-utils
pulseaudio-utils-dbg - PulseAudio command line tools (debugging symbols)
pulseaudio-utils-debuginfo - Debug information for package pulseaudio-utils
pulseaudio-utils-debuginfo-32bit - Debug information for package pulseaudio-utils
pulseaudio-zeroconf - Zeroconf support for PulseAudio
pulseaudio-zsh-completion - PulseAudio zsh completion
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