PulseAudio Preferences 1.2


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This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.


Wed Dec 22 2021:

Version 1.2 released; compatibility with PulseAudio 16.0 module paths, a crash fix, add Galician, Kazakh, Korean, Lithuanian, Norwegian Nynorsk and Sinhala translations

Fri Jan 25 2019:

Version 1.1 released; replace dbus-glib and libdbus with gdbus, use module-combine-sink instead of module-combine

Sun Jul 29 2018:

Version 1.0 released; replace GConf with GSettings, port from GTK 2 to GTK 3, change build system from Autotools to Meson, add support for fixed RTP port, add Croatian translation

Tue Sep 27 2011:

Version 0.9.10 released; minor tidyups, should no longer require recompiling with each new PA version.

Thu Sep 10 2009:

Version 0.9.9 released; more translations, add uPNP enabling support, add PackageKit support

Tue Apr 14 2009:

Version 0.9.8 released; more translations, add RAOP enabling support

Tue Sep 9 2008:

Version 0.9.7 released; more translations, other updates

Tue Oct 30 2007:

Version 0.9.6 released; rework UI; add support to enable automatic zeroconf discovery; automatic device combination; i18n support

Sat Aug 26 2006:

Version 0.9.5 released; initial release


PulseAudio Preferences (paprefs) is a simple GTK based configuration dialog for the PulseAudio sound server.

Please note that this program can only configure local servers, and requires that a special module module-gsettings is loaded in the sound server.

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Current Status

Works perfectly.


There is not much to say. Just run paprefs and see for yourself.


Currently, paprefs is tested on Linux only. It should work on most Linux distributions.

paprefs requires gtkmm and glademmm installed.

Obviously paprefs requires an installation of PulseAudio (version 12.0 or newer). The module module-gsettings must be loaded in the daemon.

There is an implicit dependency on PackageKit. If you don't install PackageKit the 'Install' buttons in the UI for installing necessary PulseAudio plugins won't work.


As this package is made with the Meson you should run meson build inside the distribution directory for configuring the source tree. After that you should run ninja -C build for compilation and ninja -C build install (as root) for installation of paprefs.


The newest release is always available from http://freedesktop.org/software/pulseaudio/paprefs/

The current release is 1.2

Get paprefs's development sources from the Git repository (web interface):

git clone https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/pulseaudio/paprefs.git

Bug Reports

Here's the list of open bug reports: https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/pulseaudio/paprefs/issues

And here you can create a new bug report: https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/pulseaudio/paprefs/issues/new

Contributing Code

If you have patches for paprefs, the primary method for submitting them is by creating a merge request in GitLab.

Contributing Translations

Translations can be contributed in Fedora's Weblate translation service. Paprefs isn't affiliated with Fedora otherwise, but Fedora kindly offered to host the translation service for us.