Show and hide the main toolbar in Rhythmbox

Happy holidays to one and all.

(article updated 24 Dec 2014 to include proposed CSD version of rhythmbox)

A small Christmas present to Rhythmbox v3.x users – I’ve created a small plugin that allows the main-toolbar to be hidden when the application starts.

Regular Rhythmbox users will note that the toolbar rather dominates the whole application. Given that personally I rarely actually use its functionality it is basically just a bit of visual real-estate that was just willing to be reclaimed to become more useful.

Rhythmbox_001The toolbar can be redisplayed through the shortcut CTRL+T or through the menu View – Show Toolbar.

How to install

From git:

cd ~/.local/share/rhythmbox/plugins
git clone

From PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox-plugins
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-alternative-toolbar

As to future plans – if I find some time, I was thinking of adding a more slimline toolbar.

Currently I’ve got a working version as follows:

As you can see – this makes Rhythmbox a “True Gnome” application – it has a Client-Side Decorated slim-line toolbar i.e. no more window decoration and fits in with the new gnome-shell specific applications such as gnome-clock/gnome-maps and gnome-calculator.

If this is something that interests you and you wish to work with me to implement this (code in the headerbar branch), just drop me a comment or wizz across to the project website and create an issue.


3 thoughts on “Show and hide the main toolbar in Rhythmbox

  1. Pingback: Show or hide the Control Bar in Ubuntu 14.04 Rhythmbox Player | UbuntuHandbook

  2. How to install from PPA instructions didn’t work for me until I changed ‘sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugins-alternative-toolbar’ to ‘sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-alternative-toolbar’. Same typo appears on Dec. 29 post as well.

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