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JACK (JACK Audio Connection Kit) refers to an API and two implementations of this API, jack1 and jack2. It provides a basic infrastructure for audio applications to communicate with each other and with audio hardware. Through JACK, users are enabled to build powerful systems for signal processing and music production.

Have you ever wanted to take the audio output of one piece of software and send it to another? How about taking the output of that same program and send it to two others, then record the result in the first program? Or maybe you’re a programmer who writes real-time audio and music applications and who is looking for a cross-platform API that enables not only device sharing but also inter-application audio routing, and is incredibly easy to learn and use? If so, JACK may be what you’ve been looking for.

getting jack to run

Disable pulseaudio (less drastic measure)


Remove pulseaudio (drastic measure)

Note: This is not advice currently in GNU/Linux distro, as Firefox makes use to Pulse audio to output audio Andre Castro (talk) 13:43, 4 April 2020 (CEST)

Pulseaudio, like Jack is a sound server, and the two don't co-exist very well, so we might want to remove it

from: http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=23930

sudo killall pulseaudio
sudo apt-get purge pulseaudio pulseaudio-utils gstreamer0.10-pulseaudio libpulse-browse0 paman pavumeter pavucontrol
sudo mv /etc/asound.conf /etc/asound.conf-bak
rm ~/.pulse-cookie
rm -r ~/.pulse


Install required alsa tools

sudo apt-get install alsa-base alsa-tools alsa-tools-gui alsa-utils alsa-oss alsamixergui libalsaplayer0

Test Alsa

Note: we are using mpv as media-player. Download it with

  • Debian/Ubuntu: apt install mpv
  • Mac: brew install mpv
mpv someaudiofile.mp3

While the file is playing, and specially if you aren't hearing any sound, open the alsamixer


and check if the output volume (Master, PCM) is up and if the channels are not muted (MM on the bottom mutes. If sound select the channel and unmute w/ 'm' key) linuxaudio_alsamixer_ok.png

if mpv doesn't seem to be playing, then maybe it is because you - the user - are not in the audio group

sudo adduser yourname audio 

Reboot and try again to play something through mpv

Start Jack

the easy way is to use qjackctrl to start and manage jack connections


start jack (Play button) in qjackctl

if jack starts without problems, you can test jack by using mpv with jack as audio output ( -ao jack )

mpv someaudiofile.mp3 -ao jack

sound or no sound?