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I like to switch the sound output from Speaker to USB headphone with a Shortcut. Is there a way to accomplish this?

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Closely related:… – Takkat Jun 28 '12 at 6:16
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  • Check for port names pactl list sinks (I remove non needed sinks output):

    Sink #1
        State: RUNNING
        Name: alsa_output.pci-0000_00_1b.0.analog-stereo
        Description: Built-in Audio Analog Stereo
        Driver: module-alsa-card.c
            analog-output-speaker: Speakers (priority: 10000, not available)
            analog-output-headphones: Headphones (priority: 9000, available)
        Active Port: analog-output-headphones
  • Set sink port using pactl set-sink-port:

     pactl set-sink-port 1 analog-output-speaker


     pactl set-sink-port 1 analog-output-headphones

    If you are using USB device its better to use sink name instead of id, Example:

     pactl set-sink-port alsa_output.pci-0000_00_1b.0.analog-stereo analog-output-headphones

Ref: man pactl

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Thank you. Finally after a long time a working answer :) – rechengehirn Feb 15 '14 at 19:55
Come'n :) you were still waiting, I just fill it in case someone need it come by. – Sneetsher Feb 15 '14 at 20:00
Really. I haven't found a solution for that. But i stopped trying to find one a long time ago. – rechengehirn Feb 15 '14 at 20:04

Do this in 2 steps:

  1. Find a command line setting to change back/forth between these settings.

  2. Add these to some key combinations. Systems Settings >> Keyboard >> Shortcuts

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How can one find out, what command line setting is needed to switch the sound output? Is there a way to trace what happens, when I do it with the GUI? – rechengehirn Jun 28 '12 at 5:43
No, you need to use amixer (command line) and/or alsamixer (char-mode) in a terminal. These are old-school, and require some effort to master. Start by adding output from amixer -c 0 to your question .. – david6 Jun 28 '12 at 7:16

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