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Sound Switcher Indicator is a sound input/output selector Ubuntu AppIndicator. It allows switching the current sound input and output (source and sink) as well as the specific output port with just two clicks.

Sound Switcher Indicator

Using it, can for instance switch between headphones, speakers and HDMI sound output with just two clicks. Or switch between several sound devices (sinks) without having to go to System Settings > Sound, etc.

The application needs PulseAudio to work and it gets a list of devices automatically thanks to the PulseAudio subscription capabilities.

The features provided by Sound Switcher Indicator are not something that's missing from Ubuntu, but this tool makes it a lot easier for those who constantly switch between speakers, headphones and HDMI sound for instance, and that should be very useful for some Ubuntu users.


Install Sound Switcher Indicator in Ubuntu


Sound Switcher Indicator is currently available in a PPA for Ubuntu 13.10, 12.10 and 12.04. Add the PPA and install it using the following command:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:yktooo/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-sound-switcher

For Ubuntu 14.04, you can download Sound Switcher Indicator from HERE.

The AppIndicator doesn't fully work with Ubuntu 14.04 - I reported the bug HERE. There is a work-around though: open System Settings > Sound, change the output device (e.g. from HDMI to speakers), then close System Settings and run the following command:
pacmd dump | grep set-card-profile
The output from the above command must be inserted at the bottom of the /etc/pulse/default.pa file - so open that file as root (I'll use Gedit in the command below):
gksu gedit /etc/pulse/default.pa
And paste the command output, then save the file and that's it.

Update: Indicator Sound Switcher is now automatically added to startup.

To download the source code, report bugs and so on, see Sound Switcher Indicator @ GitHub.
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