sound on FreeBSD

Mark Kane mark at
Sat Oct 29 17:36:40 PDT 2005

Jim Pazarena wrote:
> does anyone have a link where a web page has been created
> which explains clearly how to install sound drivers
> _and_ test them I.E. play a sound?
> I found on an explanation which describes
> first using kldload to try to determine what driver you
> need, and then it speaks a bit about compiling directly into
> the kernel, but neither example show how to actually
> play a sound --any sound-- as a test to see if it works.
> A CLI example would be very handy.
> Thanks!
> Jim

The FreeBSD handbook has a chapter on sound configuration and testing.

Look at section 7.2.2. You can cat a file into /dev/dsp to test that it 
is working.

If you want to play an actual mp3 file or something, check out mplayer 
or amp, both are in ports and are CLI apps.


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