a terminal-based, cross-platform music player, audio engine, and metadata indexer in c++
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a cross-platform audio engine and player written in C++.


a curses frontend to musikcube.

musicbox compiles and runs easily on Windows, OSX and Linux.

it looks something like this on windows:

windows screenshot

and this on osx:

osx screenshot

and linux:

linux screenshot

you can also remote control musikbox using the musikdroid android app, which can be downloaded in the releases section above. it looks like this:

android screenshot

raspberry pi

interested in running musikbox on a raspberry pi, connected to you home stereo? see here!



  • grab the Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition and install the C++ compiler and tools. the 32-bit compiler is currently used.
  • clone the musikcube sources: git clone https://github.com/clangen/musikcube.git
  • install the 32 bit version of boost 1.60. ensure it shares the same parent directory with musikcube. e.g: c:\src\musikcube and c:\src\boost_1_60_0 -- the project's solution will reference it via relative path.
  • open musikcube.sln and build/run.


you'll need homebrew to install the required dependencies.


  • brew tap clangen/musikbox
  • brew install musikbox
  • musikbox


  • brew install cmake boost libogg libvorbis flac faad2
  • git clone https://github.com/clangen/musikcube.git
  • cd musikcube
  • cmake .
  • make
  • cd bin
  • ./musikbox


  • install the following libraries and their development packages: cmake boost libogg vorbis flac faad2 ncurses zlib asound pulse
  • git clone https://github.com/clangen/musikcube.git
  • cd musikcube
  • cmake .
  • make
  • sudo make install
  • musikbox

keyboard shortcuts

the hotkeys listed below can generally be used at any time; however, if an input field is focused some may not work. you can enter command mode by pressing ESC, which will highlight the bottom command bar and accept all hotkeys. command mode may be deactivated by pressing ESC again.

you may also change hotkeys by editing ~/.mC2/hotkeys.json and restarting the app. a hotkey tester is provided in the settings screen.

  • TAB select next window
  • SHIFT+TAB select previous window
  • ~ switch to console view
  • a switch to library view
  • s switch to settings view
  • i volume up 5%
  • k volume down 5%
  • m toggle volume mute
  • j previous track
  • l next track
  • u back 10 seconds
  • o forward 10 seconds
  • v show / hide visualizer
  • r repaint the screen
  • . toggle repeat mode (off/track/list)
  • , (un)shuffle play queue
  • CTRL+p pause/resume (globally)
  • CTRL+x stop (unload streams, free resources)
  • CTRL+d quit

and a couple hotkeys that are specific to the library view:

  • b show browse view
  • n show play queue
  • f show album/artist/genre search
  • t show track search
  • 1 browse by artist
  • 2 browse by album
  • 3 browse by genre
  • x jump to playing artist/album/genre in browse view
  • SPACE pause/resume

important: on OSX make sure you configure your terminal emulator to treat your left alt key as "+Esc" or "Meta".


musikcube is built around its own SDK interfaces. they're still in the process of being cleaned up and slimmed down. you can see what they look like here: https://github.com/clangen/musikcube/tree/master/src/core/sdk