Media Player DBus Interface

Nuvola implements Media Player Remote Interface Specification (MPRIS 2). Doesn't ring a bell? It's a must-have technology that various applets and media indicators use to control media playback over DBus.

To enable Media Player DBus Interface, open Preferences dialog from the Menu button and toggle Media Player DBus Interface option on.

MPRIS Applets 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.

Built-in Applet

The built-in media player applet can be found among notifications under the date & time button.

  1. Click Date & Time button.
  2. The applet shows track metadata (album art, track title, and artist).
  3. You can control media playback (skip to the previous track, toggle play/pause, skip to the next track).
  4. You can click the notification itself to show Nuvola window.

Media Player Indicator Extension

Although the built-in media player applet is good enough, I recommend checking out the awesome Media Player Indicator extension (originally created by Jean-Philippe Braun, now developed by Jason Gray).

  1. Install Media Player Indicator extension.
  2. Reload the web page.
  3. Click Preferences icon.
  4. Tune the extension according to your liking.

The extension provides more features than the built-in applet:

  1. The extension shows track metadata (album art, track title, artist and album).
  2. You can control media playback (skip to the previous track, toggle play/pause, skip to the next track).
  3. You can click the notification itself to show Nuvola window.
  4. You can adjust the volume of audio playback (if the particular supports that).
  5. You can jump to a different position within the track (if the particular supports that).
  6. You can see and change rating (if the particular script supports that).

MPRIS Applets in Unity

Unity is the default desktop environment of Ubuntu 17.04 and older. It was replaced with GNOME since Ubuntu 17.10. Learn more about Nuvola's integration features for Unity.

The built-in MPRIS applet in Unity resides in the sound indicator.

  • It shows information about the current track including album art.
  • You can control music playback, especially useful when Nuvola is running in the background.
  • You can show Nuvola window if you click the track details.

MPRIS Applets in elementaryOS

The elementaryOS's desktop environment is called Pantheon Learn more about Nuvola's integration features for elementaryOS.

The built-in MPRIS applet in elementaryOS resides in the sound indicator.

  • It shows information about the current track including album art.
  • You can control music playback, especially useful when Nuvola is running in the background.
  • You can show Nuvola window if you click the track details.

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