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daisy-player - player for DAISY Digital Talking Books or Audio-CD's


daisy-player [directory_with_a_Daisy-structure |
Daisy_book_archive] [-c cdrom_device] [-d audio_device:audio_type] [-h]
[-i] [-T] [-n | -y] [-v]


Daisy-player reads a Daisy-CD and plays the audio-files. DAISY versions 2.02 and 3 are currently supported, as well as media with multiple books. (discinfo)

Daisy-player also can play Audio-CD's and tries to get CD-information from a cddb-database.

A list of items on the Daisy-CD or Audio-CD will appear. Press <ENTER> to start playing. When reading of an item has finished, daisy-player will play the next item and the cursor will automatically skip to that item, so that an attached braille-terminal will display the name of that item.


One could also give a directory with a daisy structure as argument to daisy-player.
One could also give an archive with a daisy structure as argument to daisy-player. Many archive-formats are supported like .tar.gz or .zip. The archive will be unpacked using the "unar"-utility.
Use DEVICE as the CD device. DEVICE is the device special file name of the CD-ROM device. The default is /dev/sr0. Be sure the user is a member of the group cdrom.
-d audio_device:audio_type
Daisy-player will play on this sound device of given audio_type. The value must be of the form "audio_device:audio_type". Example: "-d default:alsa", "hw:0:alsa" or "0:pulseaudio". This option overrules the value in the ~/.daisy-player.xml config file. Be sure the user is a member of the group "audio".
Display this help and exit.
Ignore reading of the bookmarks.
Do not display the time passing during playback.
Don't fetch cddb-information of an Audio-CD from the internet.
Fetch cddb-information of an Audio-CD from the internet.
Be more verbose, so one can se what's going on while initializing.


The name and version of this program and the name of the author will be displayed left aligned at the top of the screen. The name of the current loaded book will be displayed right aligned.

The second row of the screen will display the number of pages of the current loaded book (if any), the current selected level and the total number of levels, the total playing time, the current displayed screen and the total number of screens.

The next rows will display the title of the item, the first page of that item within brackets (if there are pages) and the playing time. Items in higher levels will be indented. (Three spaces each level.) When "just playing this item" is active, a "J" will be viewed at the first column of that item.


Daisy-player recognizes the following keyboard-commands:

move cursor to the next item
move cursor to the previous item
skip 10 seconds forwards
skip 10 seconds backwards
view next screen
view previous screen
Start playing
pause/resume playing
play on normal speed
search for a label
store current item to disk. (Take into account the selected level)
decrease playing speed
stop playing and eject
find the currently playing item and place the cursor there
go to time in this item or song (MM:SS)
go to page number (if any)
give this help
just play current item and place a "J" at the first column.
switch to next level
switch to previous level
mute sound on/off
search forewards
search backwards
select next output sound device. The volume levels and the "mute" states of all cards ar shown and can be altered
place a bookmark
quit daisy-player. The playing-point will be saved as bookmark.
stop playing
display the time passing during playback on/off
increase playing speed
decrease playback volume
increase playback volume (beware of Clipping)


When playing an Audio-CD skip-left and skip-right react a little late. The same for commands like 'U', 'D' and HOME.

A DAISY 2.02-medium normally contains a single book. If more than one DAISY book is provided on the same medium, each book is stored in a separate folder (directory) of its own. In the root of the CD, DVD, or other media a file called discinfo.html is created that contains links to all books on the medium. (See <>)

A DAISY 3-book has two index-files for navigation, a NCX and an OPF file. Daisy-player tries to detemine which of these two files give the best result. But sometimes daisy-playr is not able to make the best choice. When in doubt use option "--N" to force the use of NCX or "-O" to force the OPF. This is only for DAISY format 3 books.


for the XML2 library.
for the MPEG audio decoder (madplay).

Chris Bagwell <>

for the sox library.

Kim Nilsson <>

for pulseaudio.
for some patches.


This directory contains the bookmarks in XML-format. . Each file has the name of the book and contains the name of the current item, the start-time of that item and the current level.
This file, in XML-format, contains the current sink in the list of the available sound devices, the desired playing speed, the current cdrom-device and wether or not to fetch cddb-information.


cddbget(1), unar(1), eject(1), udisksctl(1), pulseaudio(1), pactl(1), amixer(1), alsamixer(1), usermod(8)


Jos Lemmens <>


Copyright (C)2003-2021 Jos Lemmens <>

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program (see the file COPYING); if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA

23 October 2021 13.0