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pactl

Control a running PulseAudio sound server.

  • List all sinks (or other types - sinks are outputs and sink-inputs are active audio streams):

pactl list {{sinks}} short

  • Change the default sink (output) to 1 (the number can be retrieved via the list subcommand):

pactl set-default-sink {{1}}

  • Move sink-input 627 to sink 1:

pactl move-sink-input {{627}} {{1}}

  • Set the volume of sink 1 to 75%:

pactl set-sink-volume {{1}} {{0.75}}

  • Toggle mute on the default sink (using the special name @DEFAULT_SINK@):

pactl set-sink-mute {{@DEFAULT_SINK@}} toggle