play a sound event


canberra-gtk-play [ OPTIONS... ]


This manual page documents briefly the canberra-gtk-play command.

canberra-gtk-play plays sound events that are specified by the XDG Sound Theme and Name Specification.


Application Options

-v, --version

Display version number and quit

-i, --id=STRING

Event sound identifier

-f, --file=PATH

Play file

-d, --description=STRING

Event sound description

-c, --cache-control={ permanent|volatile|never }

Specify how canberra-gtk-play manages its cache. permanent will cause the sample to be cached permanently, volatile to be cached until the cache needs to be freed.

-l, --loop=INTEGER

Loop how many times (default: 1)

-V, --volume=STRING

A floating point dB value for the sample volume (ex: 0.0)


An arbitrary property


X display to use

Help Options

-h, --help

Show help options


Show all help options


Show GTK+ Options

GTK+ Options


Program class as used by the window manager


Program name as used by the window manager


X screen to use


Make X calls synchronous


Load additional GTK+ modules


Make all warnings fatal


canberra-gtk-play is Copyright 2008 Lennart Poettering.

This manual page was written by Francois Wendling <> for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

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