ALSA Library-1.0.9

Introduction to ALSA Library

The ALSA Library package contains the ALSA library. This is used by programs (including ALSA Utilities) requiring access to the ALSA sound interface.

Package Information

ALSA Library Dependencies



Kernel Configuration

In the “Sound” section of the kernel configuration, edit Advanced Linux Sound Architecture options to match your audio hardware and disable deprecated Open Sound System. Recompile and install your new kernel.

Installation of ALSA Library

Install ALSA Library by running the following commands:

./configure --enable-static &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

If you have Doxygen installed and you wish to build the library API documentation, run the following commands from the top-level directory of the source tree:

make doc

Now, as the root user:

install -v -d -m755 /usr/share/alsa/doc/html &&
install -v -m644 doc/doxygen/html/* /usr/share/alsa/doc/html

Command Explanations

--enable-static: This switch is used to enable building the static library as some programs link against it.

Configuring ALSA Library

Config Files

~/.asoundrc, /etc/asound.conf, /usr/share/alsa/alsa.conf, and /usr/share/alsa/{cards,pcm}/*.conf

Configuration Information

The default alsa.conf is adequate for most installations. For extra functionality and/or advanced control of your sound device, you may need to create additional configuration files. For information on the available configuration parameters, visit


Installed Programs: alsalisp and aserver
Installed Libraries: libasound.[so,a]
Installed Directories: /usr/include/alsa and /usr/share/alsa

Short Descriptions


provides ALSA functions for application programs.

Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600