Play sounds or music from Linux terminal

Playing music or sounds from the command line is simple with Sound eXchange (SoX). It supports many audio file types: mp3, wav, ogg, etc.

What is SoX?

As described by its man page, Sound eXchange is the Swiss Army knife of audio manipulation. It’s a cross platform command line utility used to convert, apply affects, record, or play audio files.

How to play audio from the terminal

  1. Install sox using your package manager with all the encoders.

    For Ubuntu:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install sox libsox-fmt-all
  2. After the installation is complete, use the play command to play an audio file.

    play filename.mp3