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Is there any command to check the PulseAudio sinks volume. Means I want display PulseAudio volume of particular sinks in %

i.e. 50%

I already set the volume using pactl set-sinks-volume 1 50% command. But now i want to check is it 50% or not.

So how can i do this?

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You can use pactl list sinks to get info on the current state of your sinks. This returns a lot of information, including the volume. So, to get only the volume of sink 1, you can use:

pactl list sinks | perl -000ne 'if(/#1/){/(Volume:.*)/; print "$1\n"}'

This will return something like:

Volume: 0:  50% 1:  50%

The above perl command will print the details of sink 1. To use a different sink, change the #1 to another number, for example #0.

I am not sure what the two 50% mean, I assume they are the left and right speaker volumes. So, in order to check if they are above or below a specific value, (assuming that the balance is set to "center", that both left and right volumes are identical so only one needs to be checked), you can do:

pactl list sinks | perl -000lne 'if(/#1/){/Volume:.*?(\d+)%/; $1 >= 50 ? (print "y\n") : (print "n\n")}'

The above will print a y if the volume is greater than or equal to 50 and an n otherwise. This is all getting a bit complex though, so I would simplify by creating a script:

#!/usr/bin/env perl 

## The sink we are interested in should be given as the 
## 1st argument to the script.
my $sink=$ARGV[0] || die("Need a sink number as the first argument\n");

## If the script has been run with a second argument,
## that argument will be the volume threshold we are checking
my $volume_limit=$ARGV[1]||undef;

## Run the pactl command and save the output in 
## ther filehandle $fh
open(my $fh, '-|', 'pactl list sinks');

## Set the record separator to consecutive newlines (same as -000)
## this means we read the info for each sink as a single "line".

## Go through the pactl output
while (<$fh>) {
    ## If this is the sink we are interested in
    if (/#$sink/) {
        ## Extract the current colume of this sink
        my $volume=$1;
        ## If the script has been run with a second argument,
        ## check whether the volume is above or below that
        if ($volume_limit) {
            ## If the volume os greater than or equal to the
            ## value passed, print "y"
            if ($volume >= $volume_limit) {
               print "y\n";
                exit 0;
            else {
                print "n\n";
                exit 1;
        ## Else, if the script has been run with just one argument,
        ## print the current volume.
        else {
            print "$volume%\n";

Save the script above as check_volume.pl in a directory in your $PATH (for example, /usr/local/bin), make it executable, chmod +x check_volume.pl and then run it giving the sink you are interested as the first argument:

$ check_volume.pl 1

To check whether the volume is above a given threshold, give the threshold as a second argument:

$ check_volume.pl 1 50
$ check_volume.pl 1 70
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Thanks it's working great for me –  Prakash V Holkar Apr 28 '14 at 9:00
How can I check the volume is >= 50% in if condition –  Prakash V Holkar Apr 28 '14 at 9:31
@PrakashVHolkar see updated answer, I made a more complex script. –  terdon Apr 28 '14 at 12:07

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