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Rhythmbox ‘Now Playing’ script for XChat
Posted on Friday 27 March 2009

This is a small script I wrote for myself when using XChat and Rhythmbox.

Ever since the latest Rhythmbox release, there has been an undocumented feature in rhythmbox-client to print the string received from shoutcast streams, such as my favorite radio, which I normally have on. I found several xchat-rhythmbox announcers but they all lacked the ability to determine if rhythmbox currently streams music or listens to a music file.

Now that I actually have free time, I could write a small script to do exactly what I wanted, and I’ve decided to share it. The source/script is released under the terms of the WTFPL.

Download link: rhythmbox_nowplaying.tar.gz.

10 Comments for 'Rhythmbox ‘Now Playing’ script for XChat'

    August 21, 2009 | 16:02

    Really thanx for it :D

    August 30, 2009 | 11:14

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    September 3, 2009 | 22:11


    Do you think you could make it so it shows up automatically? When the song changes?


    April 19, 2010 | 9:52

    Thank you so much, I hate python/pearl scripts, Didn’t wanted to make one!

    You rox

    May 25, 2010 | 8:26

    Tks for this script.

    October 21, 2010 | 22:58

    @Dom use the /timer command

    TIMER : Usage: TIMER [-refnum ] [-repeat ]
    TIMER [-quiet] -delete

    /timer -refnum 1 -repeat 2 3 np

    the /np command repeats after every 3 seconds.

    I hope that was useful :)

    xchat user
    October 30, 2010 | 7:05

    Very useful script. Thank you.

    April 30, 2011 | 22:01

    Heh, thanks for this. I didn’t even know Rhythmbox had command line options – then again, I never did check.

    June 16, 2011 | 0:53

    Unfortunately it looks that rythmobox-client has been dropped and therefore it looks that this plugin is not working anymore.
    At least this is true in version 2.90 included with fedora 15.

    October 24, 2012 | 20:20

    Quick note the tar file is named without the extension. It says rhythmbox_nowplayingtar not rhythmbox_nowplaying.tar, I have to rename it to be able to extract no big deal or anything just a heads up. Thanks for this I use it all the time Ubuntu 12.10 amd64 with Rhythmbox 2.97

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