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SNAPCLIENT(1) General Commands Manual SNAPCLIENT(1)


snapclient - Snapcast client


snapclient [OPTION]...


Snapcast is a multi-room client-server audio player, where all clients are time synchronized with the server to play perfectly synced audio. It's not a standalone player, but an extension that turns your existing audio player into a Sonos-like multi-room solution.
The server's audio input is a named pipe `/tmp/snapfifo`. All data that is fed into this file will be send to the connected clients. One of the most generic ways to use Snapcast is in conjunction with the music player daemon or Mopidy, which can be configured to use a named pipe as audio output.


produce help message
-v, --version
show version number
-l, --list
list pcm devices
-s, --soundcard arg (=default)
index or name of the soundcard
-e, --mstderr
send metadata to stderr
-h, --host arg
server hostname or ip address
-p, --port arg (=1704)
server port
-d, --daemon [=arg(=-3)]
daemonize, optional process priority [-20..19]
--user arg
the user[:group] to run snapclient as when daemonized
--latency arg (=0)
latency of the soundcard
-i, --instance arg (=1)
instance id
--hostID arg
unique host id


the daemon default configuration file


Copyright (C) 2014-2018 Johannes Pohl ( License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


July 2018