Multimedia Keys

Have you bought a new keyboard with cool multimedia keys only to find out that your favorite web-based music streaming service ignores them? Nuvola supports them out of the box.

Nuvola Runtime Service Required

You need to install Nuvola Runtime Service to enable support for Multimedia keys. If the service is installed, it starts automatically when needed. More about Nuvola Runtime Service.

Google Chrome eats multimedia keys

It has been reported that Google Chrome 73 or later exclusively binds media keys, which makes them unavailable for other applications including Nuvola.

If you are affected by this issue, open a new Chrome tab, enter address chrome://flags/#hardware-media-key-handling and disable Hardware Media Key Handling.

To enable Multimedia keys, open Preferences dialog from the Menu button and toggle Multimedia keys option on.

Media Keys in GNOME

GNOME is the default desktop environment of Ubuntu 17.10 and later, Fedora and many other distributions. Learn more about Nuvola's integration features for GNOME.

Media keys in GNOME are managed by the GNOME Settings Daemon service, which provides a D-Bus interface Nuvola Player registers to.

Media Keys in Cinnamon

Cinnamon is the default desktop environment of Linux Mint Cinnamon edition, but is also available in other distributions. Learn more about Nuvola's integration features for Cinnamon.

Media keys in Cinnamon are managed by the Cinnamon Settings Daemon service, which provides a D-Bus interface compatible with that of GNOME Settings Daemon. Nuvola Player registers to this interface.

Media Keys in Mate

Mate is the default desktop environment of Ubuntu Mate and Linux Mint Mate edition, but is also available in other distributions. Learn more about Nuvola's integration features for Mate.

Media keys in Mate are handled by the Mate Settings Daemon service, but differently than GNOME/Cinnamon Settings Daemons. Mate Settings Daemon doesn't provide a D-Bus interface Nuvola Player could register to, but triggers playback actions via Nuvola's Media Player DBus Interface. Older versions than 1.25 support only a few selected players and Nuvola Player is not supported.

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