controlling rhythmbox using your android phone

bansheeremoteControlling Rhythmbox via a web-browser is not new.  Indeed, I’ve done this before via rhythmweb.  However I wanted to use my phone as a remote-control…

I thought it was a bit sad to allow rhythmbox-android-remote to suffer from bitrot – so I’ve forked it, converted it to python3 and fixed up some issues with the original source.

My new version of rhythmbox-android-remote is a backend tcp based server for the banshee remote app available through the android playstore.

It allows you to play, pause, forward/reverse, shuffle and repeat tracks.  It displays any coverart you have in your rhythmbox collection.  It also allows you to browse & play by album/track artist and tracks titles as well.  Just hit your phone’s settings button and touch the “sync” icon.

It is GPL-3 open-source based. So feel free to fork and make changes. Banshee-remote is similarly GPL-3 open-source.  So if you are wanting to dip your toes into android programming – grab the source here

Heck – if you want – I am most definitely willing to help with the rhythmbox side of things – I would love add functionality such as to control rhythmbox’s volume and also to “play all” tracks for an album.

So fork banshee-remote – call it something else, work with me to make the rhythmbox changes and publish to android’s playstore.


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

Activate “rhythmbox-android remote” in the plugins window

Alternatively, install the “rhythmbox-plugin-android-remote” package from my rhythmbox PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox-plugins
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-android-remote


6 thoughts on “controlling rhythmbox using your android phone

  1. Hello. Love it, thanks a lot. One question though : I like to play entire albums, and I can browse through albums but can’t get to add an entire on to the playlist. Is there a way to do it ?

        • oh – ok – now understand. The banshee app will need to be extended to send a request back to the music player to fetch a specific album. That would be an interesting project for someone who wants to dabble in android programming. Happy to work with anyone so that when such a request is received to the rhythmbox plugin, a list of albums is returned.

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