Project 2a – Running VLC in the background for the Internet radio

Now that we have the VLC media player working with a UI satisfactorily on the Pi, let's look at what it takes to automate its operation. The application has a complex UI, but we are about to turn all that complexity off. If you have the VLC media player running, close the interface, and we will bring up a manual remote control facility. The following is a simple introduction to the remote control that can be used to run the VLC media player without a GUI.

The following table shows the list and description of the commands that need to be run to get the manual remote working:

Command

Description

Open a Terminal command prompt window and do the following:

Type cvlc -I telnet

To ...

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