I want to map a keyboard shortcut to such a command so that I can increase/decrease the volume beyond 100% using a keyboard shortcut anytime. I have tried pactl and amixer that don't go beyond 100%, and pavucontrol that brings up the graphical window (I don't want that). I'm using Xubuntu 16.04. Any ideas?

  • How did you use pactl? let me know if my answer works for you... if not I'll improve it ;) – Ravexina Jun 1 '17 at 16:26

Use pactl to change "set-sink-volume":

pactl set-sink-volume 0 120%

you can do it relatively too:

pactl set-sink-volume 0 +10%
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  • I have tried both of these ways. The volume reaches 100% and then doesn't increase further. For amixer I tried amixer -D pulse sset Master 130% and also like this: amixer -D pulse sset Master +10%. Neither of them go beyond 100%. – swa_mi Jun 3 '17 at 11:46
  • Are you sure that you are watching out the correct volume (output device ) instead of system sound? – Ravexina Jun 3 '17 at 15:48
  • How do you check that? All I am checking is the volume shown on top right corner, and the volume at which I can listen to my songs. – swa_mi Jun 4 '17 at 19:24
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    In terminal run pavucontrol a window will show up, go to the "output devices" tab. here you can see the volume status, run those commands see if they are working. if you don't have pavucontrol install it: sudo apt install pavucontrol. – Ravexina Jun 4 '17 at 19:33
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    Thank you! So 0 was for the HDMI apparently and it used to increase. I tried pactl set-sink-volume 1 120% and it works perfectly fine. – swa_mi Jun 5 '17 at 2:14

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