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Alsa Control Server

Shane Tully (


The server and client will compile with just a basic development enviroment set up.

  • The Android client requires the Android SDK and Ant to be installed.
  • You need the -xorg-dev (or similar) package installed.
  • While not required at compile-time, the Alsa program "amixer" is required for the server to work properly.
  • In order to communicate with the X server, the startup script needs to change the user the server is running as to a user that is logged in to X. At the very least, it needs changed to a user that exists on the system. In src/alsa-server change the line USER=shane to a user on the target system.

For the server and client:

sudo make install

For the Android client:

make android
sudo make install_android  <-- You should have your Android device plugged in


The server was written and tested on a Debian-based system. It should work on other Linux distros, but no guarantees are made.

First, start the server: sudo service alsa-server start

Either use the client (alsa-client) or the Android application to communicate with the server.

See "alsa-client -h" and "alsa-server -h" for specific usage info.


This program is a little side project and carries no warranty or support from its author. However, bugs and feature requests may be submitted to the GitHub repo linked to above.


Copyright (C) 2012-2013 Shane Tully

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, 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 Lesser General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with this program. If not, see


Set the volume of an Alsa channel from another computer or Android device




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