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Linux / UNIX: mplayer Play mp3s From a Playlist File

I‘m an extreme newbie to the Linux world, but any time I try to get play files according to a playlist file using mplayer command line it turns up this error:

$ mplayer playlist.m3u
MPlayer SVN-r1.0~rc3+svn20090426-4.4.3 (C) 2000-2009 MPlayer Team
mplayer: could not connect to socket
mplayer: No such file or directory
Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.

Playing playlist.m3u.
Cache fill: 0.00% (44 bytes)

Exiting… (End of file)

How do I fix this and play music without using GUI tools?

mplayer is a movie player for Linux and UNIX like operating systems (it may also runs on many other platforms). It plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, ASF/WMA/WMV, RM, QT/MOV/MP4, Ogg/OGM, MKV, VIVO, FLI, NuppelVideo, yuv4mpeg, FILM and RoQ files, supported by many native and binary codecs. You can watch VCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5, WMV and even H.264 movies, too.

mplayer: Playing Music Using a Playlist File

First, make sure your playlist in ASX, Winamp, SMIL, or one-file-per-line format. Next, you need to use the following syntax to play any media file from playlist. Open a command-line terminal (select Applications > Accessories > Terminal), and then type the following command:

mplayer -playlist {yourlist.input.file}
mplayer -playlist playlist.m3u

A Sample One-file-per-line Playlist Format

$ cat playlist.m3u
Sample output (tracks):


You can create a playlist called mylist.txt as follows by searching all .mp3s in /home/vivek/music directory:

find /home/vivek/music/ -type f -iname "*.mp3" > mylist.txt

To play mp3 from a playlist, enter:

mplayer -playlist mylist.txt
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{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Derrich December 22, 2010, 4:19 am

    Use mplayer -playlist playlist-filename.m3u

  • Derrich December 22, 2010, 4:24 am

    Which is what I’d submit if the question hadn’t already been answered in full. Oh my.

  • ~m January 14, 2013, 7:42 pm

    Hello, mplayer is full movie player. For simple mp3 you can use simple tool such as mpg123 or mpg321. Regards ~m.

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