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PulseAudio Volume Control 5.0

PulseAudio Volume Control 5.0


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

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.


Sun Aug 15 2021:

Version 5.0 released. Changes:

Tue Mar 5 2019:

Version 4.0 released. Changes:

Tue Mar 24 2015:

Version 3.0 released; improved error handling; remember device selection visibility; window sizing improvements.

Fri Mar 8 2013:

Version 2.0 released.

Tue Sep 27 2011:

Version 1.0 released.

Thu Sep 15 2011:

Version 0.99.2 (v1 RC2) released; digital receiver UI.

Tue Aug 2 2011:

Version 0.99.1 (v1 RC1) released; gtk3 support; source output volume support; key command handling; bugfixes.

Wed Oct 14 2009:

Version 0.9.10 released; minor fixes; translation updates.

Thu Sep 10 2009:

Version 0.9.9 released; allow configuring device ports; various updates.

Mon Apr 13 2009:

Version 0.9.8 released; allow configuring card profiles; various updates.

Tue Sep 9 2008:

Version 0.9.7 released; show volume meter for each stream and device.

Fri Mar 28 2008:

Version 0.9.6 released; draw radio buttons instead of check boxes when moving streams; fix crasher when connecting to a PA server that has no default sink/source configured.

Tue Oct 30 2007:

Version 0.9.5 released; rework UI; add context menu option to kill a playback stream; add context menu option to select the default device; use prettier channel names; filter non-application streams by default; support muting streams

Sat Aug 26 2006:

Version 0.9.4 released; add the ability to move a stream to another device while it is playing; limit the list of sinks/sources shown by their type; other cleanups

Mon Jul 24 2006:

Version 0.9.3 released; show client names only if they are set

Sat Jul 8 2006:

Version 0.9.2 released; update for PulseAudio 0.9.2

Fri Jun 2 2006:

Version 0.9.1 released; add a .desktop file; update icons everywhere

Sat May 27 2006:

Version 0.9.0 released; update for Polypaudio 0.9.0; show client name of playback streams; make volume slider more responsive

Fri Apr 21 2006:

Version 0.8 released; initial release


PulseAudio Volume Control (pavucontrol) is a simple GTK based volume control tool ("mixer") for the PulseAudio sound server. In contrast to classic mixer tools this one allows you to control both the volume of hardware devices and of each playback stream separately.

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Current Status

Works perfectly.


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


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

pavucontrol requires gtkmm and glademmm installed.

Obviously pavucontrol requires an installation of PulseAudio.


As this package is made with the GNU autotools you should run ./configure inside the distribution directory for configuring the source tree. After that you should run make for compilation and make install (as root) for installation of pavucontrol.


The newest release is always available from

The current release is 5.0

Get pavucontrol's development sources from the git repository (GitLab):

git clone

Bug Reports

Here's the list of open bug reports:

And here you can create a new bug report:

Contributing Code

If you have patches for pavucontrol, 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. Pavucontrol isn't affiliated with Fedora otherwise, but Fedora kindly offered to host the translation service for us.