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), ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture), NAS (Network Audio system), aRTS (analog Real-Time Synthesizer and PulseAudio (next generation GNOME sound architecture).

Package Information

Libao Dependencies


X Window System, EsounD-0.2.37, ALSA-1.0.13, aRts-1.5.9, NAS-1.9, and PulseAudio (requires atomic_ops)

User Notes:

Installation of Libao

Install libao by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -v -m644 README /usr/share/doc/libao-0.8.8

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.


Installed Programs: None
Installed Libraries: libao.{so,a} and plugins
Installed Directories: /usr/include/ao, /usr/lib/ao and /usr/share/doc/libao-0.8.8

Short Descriptions


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

Last updated on 2007-07-19 11:54:05 -0500