Introduction to libao

The libao package contains a cross-platform audio library. This is useful to output audio on a wide variety of platforms. It currently supports WAV files, OSS (Open Sound System), ESD (Enlighten Sound Daemon) and ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture).

Package information

libao dependencies

Installation of libao

Install libao by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&
make &&
make install

Configuring libao

Config files

/etc/libao.conf and ~/.libao

Configuration information

Currently, the only configuration option available is setting the default output device. Issue man libao.conf for details.


The libao package contains libao libraries and plugins.


ao libraries

libao libraries provide functions for programs wishing to output sound over supported platforms.

Last updated on 2005-02-13 22:28:45 -0700