You can control the Clementine media player on your Linux computer from anywhere on your local network via an official Android remote app. You only need that app and to switch a few settings to get started.In this tutorial you will learn:
- How to Allow Remote Control in Clementine
- How to Install The Clementine App
- How to Connect The App and Control Clementine
Software Requirements and Conventions Used
|Category||Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used|
|System||Any Distribution Running Clementine|
|Other||Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the
# - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of
How to Allow Remote Control in Clementine
In order to control Clementine remotely with the app, you're going to need to enable remote access from within Clementine on Linux. Open up Clementine, if you don't already have it running. Then, select Tools from the top menu, followed by Preferences.
When the preferences window opens up, select Network Remote from the menu on the left. Then, in the main body of the window, check Use a network remote control at the top.
Once the box is checked, the rest of the settings will become available. You can choose to modify anything here if you like, but none of it is strictly necessary. Press Ok to close the window and exit.
How to Install The Clementine App
Turn your attention to your Android device. Open up the Play Store, and search for Clementine. The first result, Clementine Remote is what you want. Select it, and install the app.
How to Connect The App and Control Clementine
Open the Clementine app on your Android device. When it first starts up, you'll get a plain screen with a place to enter your Linux computer's IP address. Enter it, and press Connect below. If you don't know your computer's IP, go back to Clementine on Linux, open the Network Remote tab in the preferences. It'll be listed there.
The Clementine app will display the currently playing song along with controls to pause/play and skip forward and backward in your playlist. The Clementine app is also a player in its own right, and you can download songs from your Linux computer to the app, but that's not necessary, if you're just looking to control your media player remotely.
There isn't much else to it. These two applications don't change frequently, so you won't need to worry much about them falling out of synce. Feel free to explore the Clementine app some more to see what else it can do.