alsa-utils - Utilities for configuring and using ALSA

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Distribution Debian 8 (Jessie)
Repository Debian Main amd64
Package name alsa-utils
Package version 1.0.28
Package release 1
Package architecture amd64
Package type deb
Installed size 1.99 KB
Download size 953.17 KB
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Included tools:
- alsactl: advanced controls for ALSA sound drivers
- alsaloop: create loopbacks between PCM capture and playback devices
- alsamixer: curses mixer
- alsaucm: alsa use case manager
- amixer: command line mixer
- amidi: read from and write to ALSA RawMIDI ports
- aplay, arecord: command line playback and recording
- aplaymidi, arecordmidi: command line MIDI playback and recording
- aconnect, aseqnet, aseqdump: command line MIDI sequencer control
- iecset: set or dump IEC958 status bits
- speaker-test: speaker test tone generator
ALSA is the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture.


Package Version Architecture Repository
alsa-utils_1.0.28-1_i386.deb 1.0.28 i386 Debian Main
alsa-utils - - -


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dialog -
kmod >= 17-1~
libasound2 >= 1.0.27
libc6 >= 2.15
libncursesw5 >= 5.6+20080119
libsamplerate0 >= 0.1.7
libtinfo5 -
lsb-base >= 3.0-9
whiptail -


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audio-mixer -


Type URL
Binary Package alsa-utils_1.0.28-1_amd64.deb
Source Package alsa-utils

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install alsa-utils deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install alsa-utils




2014-07-04 - Jordi Mallach <>
alsa-utils (1.0.28-1) unstable; urgency=medium
[ Luke Yelavich ]
* New upstream release
* Dropped patches, applied upstream:
- aplay_fix_off_by_one_errors.patch
- systemd_service_typo.patch
* Refreshed patches:
- alsactl_home.patch
- systemd_restore_condition.patch
[ Jordi Mallach ]
* Drop Recommends on alsa-base and tighten kmod dependency to >= 17-1~
(closes: #747074).
* Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.5 (no changes needed).
* New patch systemd_standardoutput.patch: do not define StandardOutput,
just rely on the system's configured output (closes: #741123).
2013-10-19 - Jordi Mallach <>
alsa-utils ( unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream release.
* Drop all patches: all were git cherrypicks.
* Add aplay_fix_off_by_one_errors.patch from git: fix two off by one
errors in aplay that prevented usage of the last available sample format.
* Add systemd_service_typo.patch from git: fix typo in service file.
* Add alsactl_home.patch: Add a new configure switch that allows one to
configure the value of $HOME for alsactl invocations.
* Pass --with-alsactl-home-dir=/var/run/alsa to configure, to avoid
autospawned pulseaudio littering / (closes: #712980).
* Hardcode the same in the sysvinit script.
* Add systemd_restore_condition.patch: Check for the existance of the
asound.state file before trying to restore anything.
2013-05-29 - Jordi Mallach <>
alsa-utils ( unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream release.
* Drop all patches: all applied upstream.
* Add fix_hctl_elem_search.patch from git: fix hctl searching in amixer
(closes: #710059)
* Add revert_removal_udev_rules.patch: revert erroneous removal of udev
rules from the tarball.
* Build-Depend on and use dh-autoreconf and autopoint for the above change.
* Mark alsa-utils Multi-Arch: foreign (closes: #710185).
2013-05-17 - Jordi Mallach <>
alsa-utils (1.0.27-3) unstable; urgency=low
* alsa-restore_service_improvements.patch: dropped. Our assumption was
wrong and there's nothing to fix.
* Rebuilding against current alsa-lib fixes alsa-utils-udeb dependencies
(closes: #708353).
* Mark all patches as forwarded and applied.
2013-05-09 - Jordi Mallach <>
alsa-utils (1.0.27-2) unstable; urgency=low
* Upload to unstable.
* Include all included programs in alsa-utils' description.
2013-05-04 - Jordi Mallach <>
alsa-utils (1.0.27-1) experimental; urgency=low
* New upstream release.
* Bump libasound2-dev requirement to 1.0.27, for snd_pcm_abort().
* Pass --with-systemdsystemunitdir=/lib/systemd/system to configure.
* Drop udev_test_alsactl.patch: obsolete.
* Don't call dh_installinit with static runlevel info. This is all
managed via the LSB headers in the init script.
* Add utils_ftbfs_format-security_fix.patch: fix a format-string FTBFS.
* Add alsa-restore_typo.patch: from Git; fix typo oneshop → oneshot.
* Add alsa-restore_service_improvements.patch: start restore after
sysinit, to ensure it's run after
* Add alsactl_lock_underflow.patch: from Git; fix underflow in alsactl.
* Add manpage_fixes.patch: formatting and spelling fixes (lintian).
* Use default compression for source package.
* Drop pciutils recommends, it was needed for alsaconf.
2013-04-01 - Jordi Mallach <>
alsa-utils (1.0.26-1) experimental; urgency=low
* New upstream release.
- fixes typos in aplay's manpage (closes: #658762).
* Drop aseqnet_manpage_errors.patch, applied upstream.
* Build-Depend on pkg-config, for improved ncurses test (closes: #695316).
* Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.4, with no changes needed.

See Also

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alsaplayer-alsa_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer output module for ALSA
alsaplayer-common_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb audio player (common files)
alsaplayer-daemon_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer daemon
alsaplayer-esd_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer output module for EsounD
alsaplayer-gtk_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer gtk interface
alsaplayer-jack_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer output module for JACK
alsaplayer-nas_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer output module for NAS
alsaplayer-oss_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer output module for OSS
alsaplayer-text_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer text interface
alsaplayer-xosd_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer XOSD display module
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